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Doug D.
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: steve@37n83.9w]
      #5950433 - 07/01/13 10:01 PM

8x32 SE - I know, puny by the standards of most of what has been posted in this thread but they are just about right for me handheld on sky - and perfect for birding. Simple, comfortable and compact.

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RichD
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Doug D.]
      #5950886 - 07/02/13 08:28 AM

12x50 se. 12x is normally too much power for me by day but these are so well made and balanced that they work well. Had some tremendous times birding with them over the last year. On the night sky, well, lets just say they have resulted in my fuji 10x50 fmt gathering dust.

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Grimnir
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: RichD]
      #5950983 - 07/02/13 09:38 AM

Rich

Quote:

On the night sky, well, lets just say they have resulted in my fuji 10x50 fmt gathering dust.




I'm amazed to hear that after your fulsome praise of your fujis in the past.

I was also interested to hear it as I'm considering buying a pair of fujis from the US.

Graham


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ronharper
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Grimnir]
      #5951057 - 07/02/13 10:23 AM

If one is suitably predisposed, the mere act of obtaining something with center focus can bring out the closet birder.
They're hard to see right? Well, there you go.
Ron


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ThomasM
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: ronharper]
      #5951808 - 07/02/13 05:55 PM

Most binoculars will give an amazing view,

here are my preferences, unfortunately I have not looked through all binoculas.

- Leica Trinovid 6x24, amazing field of view
- Canon 15x45 IS, very convient to use, image stabilizer
- Borg 89 ED bino with from AOK swiss,looks very interesting
- 160mm binocular telescope 160 mm binocular telescope

Thomas

Edited by ThomasM (07/03/13 01:55 AM)


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panhard
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: ThomasM]
      #5952030 - 07/02/13 08:18 PM

Thomas I removed your link from the above post. First of all it didn't work, secondly, it was to long. Here is how to create a more suitable link. It is also a good idea to check the link before posting it. Thanks
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ThomasM
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: panhard]
      #5952433 - 07/03/13 01:57 AM

Herb, thanks a lot for your helpful comment

Thomas


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RichD
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: ThomasM]
      #5952552 - 07/03/13 05:45 AM

Graham, It's partly the "honeymoon" phase with the Nikons and partly the fact that I have been fortunate to have a few work trips and holidays lately in quite dark sky areas and have taken the Nikons because of their center focus so I can use them by day.

I recently had an evening with the Fujis and I won't be selling them anytime soon, but right now the nikons are definitely my most used pair. I can't find one area to criticise with the nikons, they are as close to perfect as any bino I have used. I do like the slightly wider AFOV in the Fujis however - it is slightly wider and wonderful for sweeping through the MW.


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Re: Your Best Astro binocular [Re: RichD]
      #5952560 - 07/03/13 06:11 AM

Oberwerk 15x70 Ultra on a UA Unimount.

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panhard
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Jim7728]
      #5952606 - 07/03/13 07:16 AM

No problem Thomas, glad I could help you out.

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Grimnir
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: panhard]
      #5952860 - 07/03/13 10:37 AM

Rich,

Ok - obviously you're not suffering from long ER black outs. Is your preference for the Nikons largely because you're happier with their 4.2mm EP rather than the 5mm EP of the Fujis?

Graham


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RichD
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Grimnir]
      #5952963 - 07/03/13 11:47 AM

No, the ER blackouts are not a problem for me - I have very deep set eyes and use all my binoculars with the eye cups fully rolled down (even the nikon). I never get black outs, and reading around I see so many have problems with it with the eyecups up that I can only think I must be a bit of a freak in that regard!

And you are spot on about the EP, at 5mm the Fuji is just starting to show a tiny bit of astigmatism, even in the center of the field. I know that it's my eyes causing the problem. At 4.2mm the nikon is just a tad sharper and it is noticeable. I notice an improvement in sharpness again when I use my 8x30 Fuji FMT, so obviously my eyes are not great. But i'm splitting hairs here, the fuji 10x50 is an incredible bino that i'll likely never let go.

If you are thinking of getting one, I would not hesitate to recommend it. I bought online in the US and imported, saving around 150 UKP. The nikon I got second hand at over half the new price and to be honest, all things considered, it's the better all round buy. There is nothing it doesn't do well. If you think you will be using the bino by day, hold out for a used nikon 12x50.


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John_G
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Grimnir]
      #5958710 - 07/07/13 10:50 AM

Quote:

Rich

Quote:

On the night sky, well, lets just say they have resulted in my fuji 10x50 fmt gathering dust.




I'm amazed to hear that after your fulsome praise of your fujis in the past.

I was also interested to hear it as I'm considering buying a pair of fujis from the US.

Graham




Hi Graham. I had a great night exploring Cyg at the vertex last night. The Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX never fail to impress me with how good the view is. They're great astronomical binoculars and a real pleasure to use. They're definitely keepers.


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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5958928 - 07/07/13 01:08 PM

Zeiss 15x60 B/GA T*

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TomCorbett
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5960465 - 07/08/13 12:34 PM

Fujinon FMT-SX 10x70

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moynihan
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #5970085 - 07/14/13 08:56 AM

Nikon 12x50 SE
Nikon 10x42 SE for dual use (day/night)
Leica 10x42 BA for dual use during travel


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Grimnir
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: moynihan]
      #5971572 - 07/15/13 01:44 AM

Well, according to this poll, the clear winner is the Canon 15x50 IS.

Graham


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Grimnir]
      #5971722 - 07/15/13 05:57 AM

My favorites:

I recently bought a Zero-gravity type lounge chair and have been enjoying hand holding my Carton "Prisma" 20x80s. Laying back with the eyecups resting on my eyes, I can hold them quite steady. These are older Japanese binos. They claim a 3.5 degree TFoV, I can see both M10 and M12 at the very edge of the field, they are separated by 3 degrees 16 minutes, pretty close to the 3.5 degrees.

Lots of neat stuff to see at 20x that are not easily seen with 10x or 11x binoculars. For example, M56 and M57 are quite obvious, even Saturn can be seen to have rings.

They have stood the test of time, they are still well collimated and sharp. I am not sure how old they are, I am guessing 20 years or more, they appear essentially identical to my 11x80s which I have had for close to 15 years and those were far from new when I bought them.. I am sure with modern coatings they would be brighter but them seem bright enough and quite robust.

These are not the most practical binoculars but they certainly provide some wonderful views...

Jon


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TomCorbett
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5972171 - 07/15/13 12:44 PM

I use a zero-gravity chair with a Unimount parallelogram from Universal Astronomics. I mount up a variety of binoculars
--from 7x35 to 25x100--and just relax and enjoy the night sky.

But, I must confess that my often quick peek is to handhold a 10x70 laying in a lounge chair or standing with my elbows propped on a car roof.


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Andresin150
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: TomCorbett]
      #5972420 - 07/15/13 02:39 PM

Looks like our best astro binocular is the one each of us have....
Probably it would be better to ask what is the best astro binocular you have used, doesn't have to be yours, and in parallel, just to know different opinions, which one you consider is the best astro binocular, even if you have not use it ever, but you think it may be and the reason...


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