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#1 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 12:28 AM

Hi all,

I must admit that my favorite way to observe is through really good binoculars under pristine southern Arizona skies. In persueing that endeavor, I think I may have gone a little too far...

Canon 15x50 IS
Fujinon 10x70 FMT-SX
Pentax 7x50 PCF WP x2
Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Nikon 10x36 Sporter
Tasco 12x50 x2
Tasco 10x42
Rugged Exposure 10x50
Rugged Exposure 10x25
Rugged Exposure 10x30 monocular

Apogee 20x100 w/nebula filters
Barska 20x80
Orion parrallelogram mount

Use at work
Orion 10x50 Scenix
Orion 20x80
Celestron 10x50

Whew...I THINK that's all! :p

I love both my Canon 15x50 IS and my Fujinon 10x70 FMT-SX! Between them, I find they show me everything I need to see outside of high power planetary observation. And really well at that!

I also use all the rest of the binos on a regular basis. There is a warm place in my heart for the Rugged Exposure 10x50 WA binos. They were the first and showed me the potential of binoculars. And I got 'em for twenty bucks!

So, what's in your binocular collection? :jump:

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:52 AM

6.5x21 Pentax Papilios for hiking, close nature observing
5x30 Miyauchi Binons with 13 degree FOV for wide views heavens
8.5x42 SW ELs for most birding
8.5x44 Swift Audubons for all around work
10+15x50 Leicas for long distance birding
22x60 Miyauchis for 2 eyed spotting scope, public star parties
20/26/37x100 Miyauchi for smaller star parties
25x150 Fujis for the more serious stuff


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:43 AM

Vortex Razor 8x42
Pentax 10x50 DCF SP
Garrett Signature 15x70
Garrett GT70/90°
Garrett GT100/45°

Just trying others out at the moment. I use all of them. I get enjoyment from using my scopes but pleasure from using my binocs.

BEWARE! I didn't have a "collection" before joining CN binocular forum :crazy:

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 07:25 AM

Glen, et al;

Well, we are walking different paths, I have cut down my number of binoculars to two.

Orion Savannah 8X42
Leupold Olympic 10X50

The wide field of the 8X42's are a real joy and a fun way to scan along the Milky Way. The 10X50's are brand new and I am stunned at how good they are, excellent star images with amazing contrast. I look forward to enjoying them over the years.

For me, I found that I liked my ED80 better for wide field views at higher powers than the 10X50 binoculars. I know it is viewing with only one eye, but I found my large binoculars too clumbsy to use and so I sold them.

Clear skies to us all;
Steve Coe

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:07 AM

Welcome jeronimo, and glad to hear that you also enjoy the clear desert skies and 2-eyed views

I will try to be more like Steve in the future, to be sure that I have a stable or toolbox rather than a collection...

11x80, 10x50 and 7x50 Porros that are all impressive mounted (just had them under nice dark skies at Great Basin National Park, enjoyed lunar detail before moon set and Milky Way lit up), 7x50 stays by back window daytime as well

8x40 older wide Porro that stay on kitchen windowsill for day use and quick peeks at backyard night sky; new 8x42 roofs for both uses as well.

old 11.9° extra-wide 6x42 IF for dark sky use on Milky way

several 7x35 of various FOV and weight, some are nice for worry free kids use, and ones with wider fields pull up lots of satellites, I need to pick 1 or 2 and donate or sell others...

Papilio 6.5x21 reverse Porro, for hiking & nature study, with the 8x roof tagging along if we don't mind more weight.

The Paragon p-mount is best bino accessory I have, can use the 11x80 on that to easily share views, sometimes with a wider x50 or x42 on a separate elevator photo tripod at same time.

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:22 AM


It has been weeks, since I have enjoyed a clear night. By this time of the year, even a clear sky is not very inviting. However, I use the following for night time binocular use:
12x50 on a monopod
15x60 on a tripod

Clear skies,
Arthur Pinewood

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:19 PM


Celestron 10x50
Alderblick 7x50

Both being "replaced" by the UPS person with Nikon 12x50 SE tomorrow!

Dual use:

Leica 10x42 BA
Zeiss 7x42 BGAT


B&L Audubon 7x26
Pentax Paplio 8.5 x something :)
B&L 10x40 Custom
Swift Audubon 8.5x44
Swift Audubon 8.5x44 ED
Swift Audubon 8.5x44 Roof
Zeiss 8x30 BGAT
Nikon 8x32 SE

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:49 PM

I am mostly a hunter and farmer, with a lot of wildlife. I have put together a range as follows. I haven't got into stargazing but should with no light pollution in rural ND.

Nikon 7x35 Naturalist II
Leica 8x20 Trinovid.
Nikon 8x25 Travellite.
Nikon 8x32 SE
Swarovski. 8.5 x42 EL
Nikon 8x40 Action
Nikon 10x42 SE
Steiner 10x50 Nighthunter
Nikon 12x50 Action.

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:22 PM

Bushnell Broadfield Compact 7x25 - Have them for over 40 years.

OB 20x80 Standards

GBT 100/45

Canon 15x50IS

For everyday observing, day or night, the Canon is attached to my hip.


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:59 PM

I recently reorganised my bin collection and sold of some of my earlier Japanese binos. My collection is down to about 25 now.
My top 15 or so now are:

Oberwerk 100 /45 degree B.T's.
Oberwerk 100x25
Triplet 20x80
Horizon 15x80 [Jap.]
Oberwerk 10x50 and 15x70 Ultras
Nikon 10x70 IF HP WP
Minox BD 10x58 ED BR
Pentax PCF 11 20x60 and PCF 11 12x50
Nikon 10x56 Monarchs
Nikon 'Lookout' 10x50
B. and L. Legacy 10x50
Carl Zeiss 10x40B T*P* and 10x50W Jenoptem
Leica 10x42 BA
Minolta Activa 10x40
Vixen Apex Pro 10x42
and some other recent roofs a Olympus EXWP-1 10X42 and a Stenier SkyHawk 10x42.

It is an obsession combined with a sickness ! :help:


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:56 PM

Hmmm, it is a bit sobering when you start listing all of them :grin:

Miyauchi Saturn III (39/54/75/150 x 100)
Miyauchi Exceeds (20/30 x 77 )
Takahashi Astronomer (22x60)
Oberwerk 25x100 IF
Oberwerk 20x80LW
Canon 18x50 IS
Garrett 11x56
Leica UltraVids 10x42
Celestron Regal 10x42
Celestron Regal 8x42
Carson 8.5 x 42
Pentax Papilio 6.5 x 21
Miyauchi Binon 5 x 30
Constellation View 2.3x 40
half-dozen other miscellaneous binos collecting dust (and probably for good reason).

The two big Miya binos and the Canon's get the most use by far, with the Garrett's almost always around my neck when I'm looking through scopes. The Papilio is my favorite day-time binocular when I go on nature walks. I think quite a bit of consolidation is going to (needs to) take place soon!!

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 05:35 AM

I've just got the Italian brand 22x85 of the giant binoculars BA8 Series (united optic factory).
I also own the 10x50 of the same line.

So, my astro-gear outfit has eventually reached the final configuration.
Two binos in total.

10x50 is mainly used to wander through the night sky.
The 22x85 will be soon used to see the sky in details.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 06:21 AM

"has ......reached the final configuration"


#14 Luigi


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Posted 03 July 2009 - 06:43 AM

8x32 Zeiss Victory T*FL (most used, gen purpose, hunting)
7x42 Leitz Trinovid (~20 years old classic style, old most used)
10x50 Nikon AE (big picture context when astro observing)
8x20 Nikon LXL (pocket for travel etc.)
8x25 Nikon Sportstar (got cheap, sorta OK)
16x70 Fujinon (Astro on a parallelogram)
6.5x21 Pentax Papilio (novelty, examining toenails, etc.)
7x35 Bushnell Citation (willed to me by a late friend)
8x20 Bushnell Roofs ??? (circa 1980?)

(recently sold 15x50 Canon IS, the only bins I ever sold. OK but didn't like em.)

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 07:25 AM

Barska Xtrail 20x80 - 2 years old, my first big bino..still use them regularly.
Fujinon 16x70 - Rave reviews are well founded.
GO 12x60 - Very good binoculars but hardly use them anymore (they need to be mounted, and I always pick up the Fuji if I am going through all this trouble)
Swift 8x42 WA - Nice 70* FOV for hand-held wanderings.

Cheap7x35, 10x50 - in my car trunk.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:09 AM

Just starting out.

Here is what I have acquired so far.
- Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm on a Velbon C-600 tripod
- Nikon Action 10x50mm

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:45 AM

Excellent Binoculars

Canon 15X50 IS - best binocular Astro views without a tripod.
Celestron Regal LX 8X42 - excellent daytime waterproof binos.

Cheap but usable

Bauer optics 8X21 - compact, gift from Celebrity Cruises
Bushnell powerview, 7-15X25 - kids like them.


Bushnell imageview 10X25 - gimmick


Focal DR-1025Ruby Coated 10X25- $12.00 paper weight.


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Posted 03 July 2009 - 12:44 PM

I just got all the BA8 series binoculars in the higher magnifications:
two BA6:
and the new 45º150mm
a 45º 30x120 oberwerk
and my beloved 25x150MT Fujinon

I think I'll just stop collecting binoculars for a while :)
and expecting my future APO refractor telescope (203mm f=9)


#19 Rich N

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 12:56 PM

Zeiss 10x25 B TP Classic
Zeiss 7x42 FL
Zeiss 8x42 FL
Zeiss 10x42 FL

Swarovski 8.5x42 EL
Swarovski 10x42 EL

Leica 8x20 BCA
Leica 10x25 BCA
Leica 10x32 BA
Leica 8x42 BN
Leica 12x50 BA

Canon 15x50 IS

Kowa 32x82 Highlander Prominar

Nikon 10x42 SE
Nikon 12x50 SE

Fujinon 10x70 FMT-XL

Orion 8x32 Savannah Roof
Orion 8x42 Savannah Roof
Orion 10x50 Savannah Roof x 2
Orion 10x50 Savannah Porro
Orion 8x42 Ultraview
Orion 15x63 Mini-Giant
Orion 20x70 BT-70

Celestron 9x63 Ultima
Celestron 10x50 Ultima

B&L 7x26 Custom


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Posted 03 July 2009 - 12:59 PM

that's like ? what, about $15,000 worth of binoculars!!!

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 01:16 PM

Rich: That is quite a collection, you should line them all up and take a picture. They say its a good way of keeping track for your homeowners insurance. But with the value of all of those you may need to list them to insure them if you are wanting full coverage. Which are your favorites and what get the most use?

#22 Rich N

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 01:23 PM

I try not to think about the dollar amount. :-)

I've been buying them over a number of years.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 01:30 PM

Thank you! It would be good to make a current photo.

The Zeiss 10x42 FL I use the most, for both astronomy and birding. I love the Canon 15x50 IS. The Kowa is outstanding but I need to come up with a different mount.


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Posted 03 July 2009 - 02:14 PM

I consider my collection complete since I got a good pair of binoviewers for high mag.

Canon 10x42L
Zeiss 15x60 GAT
Takahashi Astronomers 22x60

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 03:08 PM

Just a sampling - these are classic Japanese. There are others.

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