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#1 Oriondk

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:27 PM

I hope this was a good choice. I've been wanting some decent binoculars for a while and decided on some with a larger aperture. I want to get a mount to put them on my camera tripod, but am not sure what to get. The Celestron mount got some bad reviews and to tell the truth I haven't really researched any others. Any suggestions?



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:28 AM

Something made of metal. Preferably heavy metal... breakdancing.gif



#3 hallelujah

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:10 AM

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:59 AM

I have the Orion 9x63 Mini-Giants and use this Orion tripod adapter.  It holds them very well and being heavy duty build of steel, I'm not worried about it breaking and dropping the bino.



#5 Oriondk

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:26 AM

Thanks, all. I found the Orion mount last night on Amazon last night and ordered that.



#6 starbase25

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:43 AM

I've looked through these. Only thing I did not like was the smallish apparent field of view.



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 09:09 PM

The 9x63s are a great set, I've had mine for 20 years and still enjoy the views through them.  The weight/balance is good overall.  Just about any decent p-mount is capable of handling them well for the longer observing sessions.  


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:10 AM

I have this Celestron binocular adapter and it works fine for my Nikon 10-22 by 50s

 

https://www.amazon.c...nocular adapter



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:44 AM

Avoid the plastic brackets like the one supplied with the cheaper Skymaster 15x70, lots of good metal ones out there.
Vortex, Oberwerk are two that come to mind, the bino you have (9x63) is a good performer,D.
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 12:58 PM

Avoid the plastic brackets like the one supplied with the cheaper Skymaster 15x70, lots of good metal ones out there.
Vortex, Oberwerk are two that come to mind, the bino you have (9x63) is a good performer,D.

I have the Vortex adapter and it is definitely solid - but of course, like anything, it will cost you quite a bit more comparatively than the plastic version.  The plastic one is ok, it's just that the way you attach the binos to the adapter with the metal one is far more secure and mechanically sound than the plastic.  If the plastic is all you have, it will work and you may not ever care to 'upgrade'.  I would be very surprised if the plastic mount would ever break, but the connection points would be the first to go.



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 02:45 PM

Any review? Pics?



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:51 PM

https://www.bhphotov..._Binocular.html

 

45 degree AFOV. Good, if you're not bothered by that, but for me, they'd feel too claustrophobic.

 

Congrats anyways!  63mm is a nice light-gathering size, if they are indeed 63mm.


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#13 Oriondk

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:12 AM



Any review? Pics?

I'm not much of a reviewer, but I'll give it a shot. First thing I noticed was that they weren't as hard to hand hold as I thought they'd be. About the same as my cheap old 10x50's. They appear to be solid, well made binoculars. The one thing that jumped out at me in comparison to my old binoculars is how sharp they are edge to edge. No coma that I could detect at all. And the extra light gathering of the larger objective really helped in my light polluted skies. I had them out last night looking at the moon and Jupiter and just scanning the sky overhead while sitting on a bench. The diopter adjustment is marked so once you adjust them to your eyes you can note the adjustment so if anyone uses them and readjusts them you don't have to fool around trying to get them back in the same spot. Something I always had trouble doing on my old binos.  I'm looking forward to getting them out to someplace where I have a better view of the sky. I'm very limited from my house.

 

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What appears to be a spot on the lens here was actually on the cement patio underneath.

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#14 starbase25

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:36 PM

Nice mini review!  :-D

 

They appear to be solid, well made binoculars. The one thing that jumped out at me in comparison to my old binoculars is how sharp they are edge to edge.

 

This particular binocular has a 45 degree AFOV, which is why they are sharp out to the edges. Some are not bothered by this, but for me, they'd feel claustrophobic to look through as I am used to an apparent field of at least 60 degree AFOV in binoculars.

 

Thy do look nice tho!  A friend of mine has the exact same pair.


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#15 Don W

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:20 PM

I have a set of 9X63s that I bought from Orion about 15 years ago. Very nice.




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