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70mm Binoculars Archives
Jan 06 2010 09:01 AM | Lujo in 70mm Binoculars
Coatings looked impeccable and oculars were in perfect shape. Something I can’t say for the pair of
Author name: Luke Elrod
Dec 22 2009 11:40 AM | nebulizer982 in 70mm Binoculars
There are two models often used in astronomy, roof prisms or Porro prisms binoculars. Roof prisms are more modern and have a
Author name: Benjamin Gowen
Apr 08 2005 02:37 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
In the specific field of binoculars for astronomy , Miyauchi is a name with a reputation for good design and performance. During spring of 2003 , for the purpose of undertaking a review on behalf of the astronomy magazine for which I carry out instrument testing along with other amateur
Author name: Piergiovanni Salimbeni
Mar 14 2005 01:13 PM | starpal in 70mm Binoculars
Historically, binoculars have been known best as more or less strictly a useful *addition* to a telescope when out under the stars or when viewing the moon. Their optical quality being something of a compromise due to their greater complexity of design and very fast achromatic objective lenses. They were a cut below when referencing what a telescope could do at a fixed lower magnification.
Author name: Pete Rasmussen
Mar 14 2005 10:51 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
I have always wanted a pair of big binoculars. I have never had the money to go Fuji so I have looked at off brands. Some folks that I respected spoke well of the 70mm Barska's available from Heartland America and from Sportsmans Guide. Since Sportsmans Guide is nominally connected to Minnesota I ordered a pair of "no name" 70mm
Author name: Craig Molstad
Mar 14 2005 11:25 AM | DocGP in 70mm Binoculars
I am writing this in order to relay impressions of a recent binocular purchase. I am a fairly active amateur during the winter (3-5 1hr sessions per week), but don't do much observing in the summer due to our proximity to the gulf coast, insects, heat, humidity, etc. My interests are primarily planetary observations, however I do enjoy hunting down the occasional faint fuzzy. I have approximately 4 years of such experience, so don't consider myself anything but a basic amateur. I heard of Burgess Optical Company
Author name: Dennis Foster
Mar 15 2005 06:18 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
I recently obtained a pair of these binoculars and have evaluated them during daylight and night time conditions. I am very impressed by their performance. Read on ..
Author name: Mike McIsaac
Mar 15 2005 06:42 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
I purchased a pair of Miyauchi 20 x 77 binoculars this past summer. They currently sell for less than $1000. I wanted an alternative to my telescope for wide field views and a more portable setup. I had previously enjoyed views through a club members Fujinon 16 x 70 as well as my own smaller Nikon 10 x 50. One big drawback for me was the difficulty of viewing with binoculars at the zenith (which is of course the best location to view objects). Unless I was laying on my back, viewing near the zenith quickly became a real pain in the neck. The fancy $200+ binocular mounts do not address this problem. Enter in the Miyauchi binoculars. With their 45' inclined turrets, viewing near the zenith is no longer a strain. I mount them on a sturdy Bogen tripod. By raising or lowering the tripod's
Author name: Craig Zerbe
Mar 16 2005 07:20 AM | APM M.Ludes in 70mm Binoculars
Since I already know that the NIKON 7x50 SPs and 10x70 SPs are unbeatable and the best I have ever seen, I asked Nikon of Germany to send me for testing their new 18x70 Binocular. Last week I received them and waited for clear skies, which arrived over the past two days.
Author name: Markus Ludes
Mar 16 2005 07:24 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
For a while now, I have been contemplating entering into binocular astronomy and wanted a quality general-purpose binocular that I could use for astronomy as well as daytime viewing. After much research on the Internet, I decided to go with the Oberwerk 15x70 primarily because of the cost to performance ratio expressed by other owners. After a failed attempt to acquire a used pair, I decided to purchase a new unit directly from Kevin Busarow of BigBinoculars.com a division of Oberwerk Corporation. After exchanging several pleasant and helpful emails with Kevin, I placed my order and within a few days the Oberwerk 15x70 arrived!
Author name: Norman Boyer
Mar 16 2005 07:31 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
A few months ago a pair of 9x63mm binoculars that I had for a number of years were broken. I debated getting them repaired as it would cost more to repair them than they were worth. Then a friend of mine showed me a pair of 8x56mm Oberwerk binoculars he had recently purchased. I was surprised after trying them out as they were lightweight and seemed very good optically, with surprisingly good sharpness, light transmission, and contrast. Plus they were relatively inexpensive. I asked if Oberwerk made larger binoculars in the 70mm range and he said they did. So I decided to check into the 70mm pair to replace my broken 9x63mm pair.
Author name: Eric Jamison
Mar 16 2005 07:34 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
We have all gotten aperture fever at one time or another, and I am no exception to this, it was due to an accident (crushing a disc in my back) that I decided it was time to go a different route. It was time to downsize. I started by doing the usual amount of research, reading everything I could lay my eyes on. I started on Cloudy Nights reading article after article. I tried to tell myself that a small scope would be the answer, maybe a Televue Pronto or possibly a William Optics Megrez 80. Well these definitely did not do the trick, I was still looking for an easy to set up and easy to use system. It then dawned on me, a friend of mine had shown me a pair of binoculars once and I had really enjoyed the view. I thought why not look at the binoculars that were available, and and see if this would do the trick. I then set out on the quest for the perfect binos.
Author name: Ron Davidson
Mar 16 2005 09:01 AM | Phil Barker in 70mm Binoculars
I've always maintained a keen observer needs a good pair of binoculars in the arsenal. For several years I've been making use of a reasonable pair of 10 x 50mm Nikon binos. They are sharp over most of the field and perform well although the edges suffer over the 6.5 degree field.
Author name: Phil Barker
Mar 16 2005 09:05 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
My wonderful wife gave me a pair of Pro-Optic 11X70s last night as an "appreciation gift" (I've been kinda nice lately). These are the binoculars I wanted, at least given the price.
Author name: Mike Reed
Mar 14 2005 10:50 AM | EdZ in 70mm Binoculars
I have been in the market for a new pair of binoculars for a while now. Over a period of 4-5 months I read as many reviews as I could on binoculars in the 11x to 20x range. I am looking for a step up in magnification and aperture beyond my indispensable Orion Ultraview 10x50's. At least a moderate field of view is important to me, although since I am increasing power I am not expecting to get as wide a FOV as the Ultraviews, and I'm looking for a good sharp image. Finally, I narrowed my search to consider the Oberwerk 15x70's and the Orion Giant 16x80's. Both of these binoculars were well within my price range and had the power I was looking for. I read as much as I could about each of these but still could not make up my mind. I decided to purchase both. . I compared them in as many ways as I could, with the intentions of keeping the one that fit my criteria (This tactic has not always worked for me in the past, as I often discover reasons to justify keeping a lot more than I send back). Certainly, there would be issues to consider; quality vs. price (Oberwerk's $149, Orion's $399), size, performance and most important, which one best meets my needs.
Author name: Ed Zarenski
Mar 22 2005 12:19 PM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
The Fujinon 10 x 70's with the SkyWindow have been a wonderful purchase. Together, these have added a new dimension to sky-watching that I have never experienced through any of my telescopes or even via hand-held binoculars. The eye relief is incredible, but almost too much. you must get the width of the bino's adjust just right, or you get the 'black-out' effect. But when they are set right, you get that airy-floating in space feeling looking at the stars. It's something you must experience to understand.
Author name: David Goodrich
Mar 14 2005 10:26 AM | EdZ in 70mm Binoculars
Recently, I have received several emails from people that have read my Comprehensive 4way Feb 2003 article. They have questions about the newer version of the Oberwerk 15x70 with the upgraded coatings. Since I have two posts over on the forum side that address the issue of improved performance with these upgraded 15x70 binoculars, I would like to update this article with this brief paragraph and a link to these two posts. Thank you, edz. Oberwerk 15x70 2002 vs 2003
Author name: Ed Zarenski
Mar 14 2005 11:12 AM | fototaker in 70mm Binoculars
With the increasing availability of cheap but good made-in-China optical products, the amateur astronomer is now fortunate to be able to own a variety of equipment of fair quality at affordable prices. My impressions of such products have been favourable ever since purchasing a Synta-made Skywatcher 80mm shortube refractor and some Plossls. However, the buyer still has to exercise caution, and read reviews of specific items, as there are many lemons out there among budget equipment, whatever the country of manufacture.
Author name: Gavin Khoo
Mar 15 2005 06:47 AM | Dave Novoselsky in 70mm Binoculars
Another set of big binos, and another pair of Miyauchis?: To quote my lovely and articulate wife, "you need another pair of binoculars like you need another head. And why a pair made by the company that built two pair you already found wanting?" Good point, and perhaps the best place to start this review. I love binoculars (and refractors, and Dobs, and eyepieces, and I
Author name: David A. Novoselsky
Mar 15 2005 06:17 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
On the way home from our AS meeting in early August, 2000, a friend and I stopped off in the darkest wilds of East Dorset (cue: chirping crickets, wailing hounds...) and tried out his Helios Stellar 15x70. I like! These are seriously nice binoculars for the price. The FOV (4 deg) gets a tad ragged very close to the edges but, apart from that minor inconvenience (it was unnoticeable unless I was actively looking for it) they gave nice images.
Author name: Stephen Tonkin
Mar 15 2005 06:44 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
Binoculars are a great way of touring the night sky, the image is the 'right way up' so it's easy to find your way about by reference to a simple star chart. Many objects are better viewed through binoculars, whether it's sweeping through rich star fields in the Milky Way or a wide-angle view of a comet's tail - in fact anything that requires more than a couple of degrees of real Field of View (FOV). Larger 'astronomical' or 'night observation' binoculars offer a different view to that of standard binoculars, they provide a brighter image revealing fainter stars, nebulae and galaxies, and usually have a slightly higher magnification which shows star clusters to better advantage. They do not replace standard binoculars which are still the best instrument for hand-held scanning at low power. General-purpose binoculars, such as 7x50 or 10x50
Author name: Chris Heapy
Mar 16 2005 07:39 AM | Guest in 70mm Binoculars
For quite a while, I'd been wanting a pair of medium aperture binoculars to replace my 8x-20x Minolta-EZ Zooms. The zooms have been cheap fun (on sale) for about $100.00 at the local Sports Authority a couple of years ago) but after I got to use a friend's pair of Fujinon 10x70s in Arizona... well, what can I say. My Minolta Zoom days were numbered after that.
Author name: Paul Walsh