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#1 perogi99

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:29 AM

I was going to purchase a monopod and head combo for my Celestron Cavalry 15x70 binocular but after reading comments and suggestions decided on upgrading to a better unit.

 

Can anyone suggest a mid priced (~$300) 70 mm binocular that would significantly surpass the overall sharpness of the Cavalry. 

 

I have noticed that I constantly have been adjusting the focusing on these units as stars are never pinpoints.

 

Appreciate feedback.

 

Paul

 

PS:  I live in Toronto suburbs but do travel often to Bortle 6 skies.



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Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:34 AM

My recommendation: https://www.outdoors..._5914999_1.html

 

or...

 

Go with the 16x80 model: https://www.outdoors..._8900431_1.html


Edited by Mad Matt, 11 December 2018 - 10:36 AM.

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#3 Wouter1981

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:37 AM

I am pretty happy with my TS 15x70 Marine, which is exactly the same (rebranded) as the oberwerk ultra 15x70. Sadly it's 400$.

But do try to find any way to mount a 15x70. Even if it's only a broomstick with a binocular adapter screwed on it. The difference with handholding a 15x70 and mounting is big.



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Posted 11 December 2018 - 12:31 PM

The above linked APM 16x70s are the best 15/16x70 I've tried.  Long eye relief, flat field, minimal CA and a solid build.  Quite a stretch in price from the Celestrons, though, but worth the money, IMO.  A better bino optically than the Fuji 16x70FMTs but only about half their current price.

 

Don't know about Canadian pricing, though...

 

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 12:53 PM

Can anyone suggest a mid priced (~$300) 70 mm binocular that would significantly surpass the overall sharpness of the Cavalry. 

 

I have noticed that I constantly have been adjusting the focusing on these units as stars are never pinpoints.

 

Appreciate feedback.

 

Paul

 

PS:  I live in Toronto suburbs but do travel often to Bortle 6 skies.

This is only one that I can think of in the $300 price range.

 

https://oberwerk.com...15x70mm-deluxe/

 

Stan


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#6 perogi99

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 01:27 PM

Thanks for the input.  The APMs do look nice but converting the CAD they approach $1000 and probably more with shipping and duties.

 

I wonder how APMs perform against the Oberwerk's Delux 15x70  which are half the price. Is the difference significance (like another level)?

 

 

Note sure if these Orion Little Giants and Resolux be a significant improvement over the Celestrons :

 

https://www.telescop...lars/p/9327.uts

 

https://www.telescop...c/72/p/9546.uts

 

 

 

Paul



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Posted 11 December 2018 - 01:32 PM

You will not be disappointed with the Cust. Svc. from Kevin B. at Oberwerk.

 

https://oberwerk.com...ries-10-5x70mm/

 

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 03:18 PM

Thanks for the input.  The APMs do look nice but converting the CAD they approach $1000 and probably more with shipping and duties.

 

I wonder how APMs perform against the Oberwerk's Delux 15x70  which are half the price. Is the difference significance (like another level)?

 

 

Note sure if these Orion Little Giants and Resolux be a significant improvement over the Celestrons :

 

https://www.telescop...lars/p/9327.uts

 

https://www.telescop...c/72/p/9546.uts

 

 

 

Paul

Resolux and Obies are the same. Also the same as Astro Physics as well


Edited by Miranda2525, 11 December 2018 - 03:18 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2018 - 03:53 PM

My $0.02, if you can't stretch your budget for the APMs, spend a little more for the Oberwerk 15x70 Ultras.  They are very nice and Kevin Busarow's QC checks and accommodating support are worthwhile.  My best views are mostly overhead so I use them handheld a lot, but a monopod or tripod is a good investment.


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Posted 11 December 2018 - 05:09 PM

Resolux and Obies are the same. Also the same as Astro Physics as well

Orion Resolux, Oberwerk Ultra and TS MX Marine, as well as other vendors, sell binos that share the BA8 15x70 platform.  Astro Physics used to sell a BA8 15x70 also, but now sell a version of the newer MS series 16x70 instead.

 

The Obie Deluxe 15x70 is a great alternative at a lower price point than the above binos.  IMO, a way better choice than a Celestron.  Kevin B. strives to take care of his customers and gives personal service; a lot of forum members here have had very positive dealings with him over the many years he's been in business.  

 

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