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#26 Wade J

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 08:06 PM

Hiking and wildlife viewing (where space and weight is a premium) Bushnell Legend 8x26

Sports and short hikes Nikon 7x35 Action Extreme

Wildlife and handheld astronomy Bushnell Legend 8x42 Porro

Wildlife,Handheld astronomy and use with Monopod Leopold Mesa 10x50

Astronomy with Tripod or wildlife with monopod Garrett 15x70 Lightweight

#27 hallelujah

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:19 PM

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


Nice collection of Japanese binoculars, the Tasco 20x60 is a desirable addition to any binocular totem pole. :grin:

#28 CESDewar

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 04:48 PM

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

Yes, well you did see his name, right? I don't recall his sig. saying:

Poor N

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#29 KGE

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 07:51 PM

A partial list:

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Nife 8x50 90 o
Russian 12x60 60 o
Miyauchi 20x77 45 o
Russian 10x80 45 o
Gamma 10x80 90 o
Miyauchi fluorite 20/26/37x100 45 o

Leitz Trinovid 8x40
Carl Zeiss 7x50
Zeiss Jenoptem 10x50
Carl Zeiss 10x50
Zeiss Super Nobilem 8x50
Zeiss Super Nobilem 12x50

Sard 6x42 12 deg TFOV
Asahi Pentax 7x35 11 deg TFOV
Asahi Pentax 8x40 9.5 deg TFOV
Binolux 7x35 11 deg TFOV
Tasco 7x35 11 deg TFOV
Ross Mark IV and V 5x40 11 deg TFOV
Barr & Stroud GK5 6x42 10.2 deg TFOV


And many more not really suitable for astronomy

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#30 CSG

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 08:38 PM

In my sig...

#31 wal.s

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 10:56 PM

6x30 yosemite,
7x50 WO,
8x20 trinovid,
8x42 bushnell legend,
10x42 ultravid,
15x70 GO SS.

10x42 the most used. 70% birding 30% astronomy
7x50 mainly used for grab and go astronomy approx. 40% of astronomy time
15x70 love to use it but needs to be mounted to get the most detail. used 30% of my astronomy time.

in the future I will consider a more powerful and large aperture binocular, for DSO's and comets, perhaps something in the 22 to 32 magnification range. although i love quality, i'm penny wise and still undecided.

#32 Rich N

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:32 PM

Family photo.

I'm not sure where I put the B&L 7x26 Custom so it isn't in the photo. I did remember I had not counted a Leica 8x42BA that I will be giving to my nephew.

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#33 Rich N

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:34 PM

From the front.

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#34 Rich N

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:36 PM

Spread out.

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#35 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:44 PM

WOW!!! :bow: Which is your favorite one?

#36 NDfarmer

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:45 PM

Rich N:
Wow! Its fun to look at the large collection. Do you keep adding or do you thin some out as you replace?

#37 Rich N

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:49 PM

I've given away a few over the years. I don't buy to collect. I buy binoculars I want to use and that I find interesting.

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#38 Rich N

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:56 PM

My favorite may be the Zeiss 10x42 FL (at the bottom of the pile on the right).

Rich

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:10 PM

I'm very happy with my collection of three, chosen largely as a result of reading many CN reviews and preferences.

Canon 10x30 IS
Fujinon 7x50 FMT-SX
Fujinon 10x70 FMT-SX

The Canon and the 70mm Fuji were purchased used for very reasonable sums and are in great shape. I might be missing an ideal pair for birdwatching, but either of the smaller pair work pretty well even for that. Even my wife gushed over the daytime view through the 70mm Fuji's, and she never liked any pair of binoculars before that.

#40 RichD

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:35 AM

Likewise, very happy with my modest collection chosen after reading many reviews on CN and no plans to add to it-

Fujinon 8x30 FMT-SX
Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX
Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX
Garrett Optical 30x100 Gemini

Also have an older 15x70 which i'm looking to sell (helios stellar).

Love the 10x50's for handheld sweeping from a reclining chair and using the mounted 16x70, 30x100 or my dob to inspect smaller objects.

Thanks to all the guys (especially Edz) who post reviews here on CN so guys like me can choose the bino that is right for them and not waste money and time experimenting!

#41 PJ Anway

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:26 AM

Just 2-1/2:

Zeiss 15X60B
Nikon 10X42
Zeiss 8X30B (monocular)

#42 Sgt

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 06:28 PM

Miranda 10x50 with gold coated optics - first bins given to me by my Dad.
Opicron imagic 8x42
Zeiss 10x56 fl
Nikon 12x50 se
Leica 10x50 ultravid
Swarovski 15x56 SLCneu
Tak Astronomers 22x60
Nikon astrolux 10x70
Pentax papilo 6.5x21

#43 Man in a Tub

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 07:57 PM

About a week ago, I edited my signature down to list only the "best" I have at this time. What binoculars I will add to my "collection" remains to be seen. However, a Fujinon 16x70 is definitely on the wish-list.

Clear skies!

#44 doctordub

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:38 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.

Cheap

Bushnell imageview 10X25 - gimmick

Junk!!!

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

CS


There is an addition to the Astro line-up,
Minox BD 15X58 ED BR. These are excellent Astro binos, mounted the view is like the Canon 15X50 IS but brighter.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:35 PM

Started out buying cheap binoculars, now I have started buying some mid-grade bins.

Nikon 7x35 Actions
Nikon 7x50 Actions
Orion 10x50 Scenix
Celestron 15x70 Skymasters
Celestron 10x50 Noble
Oberwerk 20x60
Pentax 12x50 PCF WP II
Zhumell 20x80

I just got the Pentax and the Oberwerk's 2 days ago, and really like both.

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#46 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:52 PM

Hi all,

I just added some Astro-Physics 15x70 and Pentax 10x50 DCF SP binos!

I just couldn't resist!

And I love the Pentax! Awesome!

#47 Sammyboy

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:12 AM

See my signature for my collection, tend to do mainly nature/landscape but some astronomy too, need some larger bins for that tho!

#48 Tamiji Homma

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 10:49 AM

My binocular collection has been stable for a while.

5x32 Miyauchi Binon
6x16 Vixen Monocular (ok not bino :)
6.5x21 Pentax Papilio
7x50 Miyauchi Binon
7x50 Nikon ProStar
8-24x25 Nikon
10x42 Canon IS
10x50 Pentax ED
11x80 Parks
16x70 Fujinon
18x50 Canon IS
20x125 Vixen

I use ProStar most for astronomy, Pentax ED for general purpose from binoculars.

I use 66,80,102,130,152mm refractors, 260mm Cass/Mak with binoviewers for astronomy more than binoculars.

Tammy

#49 James S

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 03:46 PM

My binocular collection has been stable for a while.

5x32 Miyauchi Binon
6x16 Vixen Monocular (ok not bino :)
6.5x21 Pentax Papilio
7x50 Miyauchi Binon
7x50 Nikon ProStar
8-24x25 Nikon
10x42 Canon IS
10x50 Pentax ED
11x80 Parks
16x70 Fujinon
18x50 Canon IS
20x125 Vixen

I use ProStar most for astronomy, Pentax ED for general purpose from binoculars.

I use 66,80,102,130,152mm refractors, 260mm Cass/Mak with binoviewers for astronomy more than binoculars.

Tammy


I need to show your list to justify for another pair of binoculars. I got only 3 pairs. The most expensive one is the newly acquired Zen-Ray ED 10x43.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 01:28 PM

Here's my collection.


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