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#1 SECTOR 001

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 04:34 PM

Not tryin' to endorse anybodies product but I got some Bino Bandits today.  So I installed them on my 9x60s and since it's a really slow day at work, I took them and my tripod out to have a look..... 

 

Big white fluffy Cumulus clouds dot the skies.  In the far distance it looks as though it's one big cloud, but as they approach, they are broken with big patches of blue sky in between.  The clouds are swirling horizontally, rolling into one another, rising and falling in the same cloud.  I watched for several minutes and switched to a different set of clouds as they go by.  Two clouds coming together and between them a cloud water fall forms.  As darker clouds pour out of the lighter, falling down hundreds of feet until......poof it's all gone as the clouds continue to mix. 

 

The Bino Bandits worked great!  Kept the light out from the sides of my eyes.  If they worked this good in the daytime, I can't wait to use them at night!  No more light pollution getting in the sides of my eyes or glaring off the lenses.  This is a big deal as I'm in very light polluted conditions.

 

2 things...

1. I don't wear glasses and don't know if they would work as well for you if you do. 

2. I have my eye cups all the way out so my face actually touches the eye cup.

 

 

Kenny

 

 

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#2 BinoGuy

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 04:48 PM

Wow, did not even know these existed.  Thanks to your review I'll be getting a pair to split between my binoviewers and (seldom used) binos.


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:00 PM

For sure, - got to get one of those. I made dew/light shields for my 70mm and 100mm binoculars that work great, but still find myself needing to hold my hand up to my eyes to block light. These should fix that. 



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:19 PM

I ordered this just today!  Can't wait to try it out !!! 

 

Going to try them on my binoviewers as well as my binoculars.


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:44 PM

Miranda2525,

 

You need to update us on how they work with a binoviewer!!

 

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:46 PM

I wear glasses.  I love them day or night, but especially dusk or dawn.


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:50 PM

Never heard of these before. 



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:51 PM

I recommend them as well. I have them on most of my binos, as they allow me to focus on the view. The only drawback is that they can make eyepieces foggy at times. But as they are floppy they can be flipped over any time to let air in. (Now mind you 20 bucks does seem too expensive for a simple piece of neoprene, but they do work and are worth it even at that price.)


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#9 ShaulaB

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 06:05 PM

A buddy hooked us up with some for the 2017 solar eclipse. Used with white light filtered binocs. Excellent product.


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 07:15 PM

Miranda2525,

 

You need to update us on how they work with a binoviewer!!

 

Dan

Will do !  



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:59 PM

Never heard of these before. 

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:59 AM

Bino bandit is amazing!

 

I was skeptical about the Bino Bandit as it is relatively expensive here in Europe, but as I use binoculars a lot, I decided to spend the money and order them from UK.  When it arrived, I was surprised by its simplicity, but after installing it in my Zeiss 10x50 and Vortex 8x42, I realized how good it is. But the best result was when i installed it in my 15x70, suddenly the observing experience changed a lot, they are adjustable, it does not smell bad, it breathes enough to avoid fogging, and most importantly, it blocks the light properly, thus enhancing the views.

 

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It also works as eyepiece covers for my Zeiss, I have order two sets more. no more lost dust caps!!

 

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:55 AM

I have them permanently on my 8x30E2. The can induce fogging at night and I can’t seem to stretch them over the eyepieces on my APM binoscope(nagler T6), so I will probably look to print some flexible winged cups for them. (Bought some commercial ones and they don’t fit either)

The blocking of straylight really improves the view, expensive maybe, but only a fraction the cost of the bins for the improvement of the views!

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:45 PM

It's almost a necessity when viewing the sun (with filters, of course.) I keep mine attached to my 15x50 IS, and I've thought of buying a few more of them too...


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 03:08 AM

Got them in the mail today, - only tested them on my 15x70's in the daylight, - did not go out tonight. It makes it a little harder to make adjustments on the right diopter, but I think that will be easy to overcome/get used to. With my homemade dew/light shields up front, and these at the eyepiece end, I should now be set to maximize the performance of these 15x70's, And my 25x100's, - though at $20.00 a pop, I think I'll just let one set do double duty on whatever binoculars I may be using at the time. 


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 02:50 PM

I just ordered two. Something I wanted for years.
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 03:52 PM

I have had the Bino Bandit for quite some time and really like it!!

 

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:47 PM

Kenny thanks for the post. waytogo.gif 

 

I have never seen or heard of these before but look like a great solution to eliminating side glare when using my binoculars. I just ordered the Stealth Olive Slicker Bino Bandit to match my Oberwerk 20x80mm binoculars. grin.gif


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 09:13 PM

I'm glad to have shed light on such a worth while product.  For me, it makes using the binos much more enjoyable.  The views are so much better and enjoyable, day and night!  I won't be without a set on my binos again.

 

Kenny


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 04:32 PM

They work great on my Obi 20x80s.
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:41 PM

Just got mine two weeks ago. Found out about them on one of these bino forums. I had never heard of them.  What a great invention! Paid 15.99 free shipping from a company in Las Vegas...goHunt Shop.

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:55 PM

It's funny how these were apparently , or are used by hunters.  Looks like Alpine outdoors, is picking up more business from us Bino Astronomers.!! Good for them. And us for discovering such a simple and effective way to improve our night sky observing.

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Posted 19 May 2019 - 04:57 PM

Mine arrived today and although it's raining outside I set them up in the observatory and looked out the window. They get the job done and work with my glasses. So glad I found this thread. grin.gif

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Posted 19 May 2019 - 05:08 PM

Outstanding, Joe! Nice setup. You have a ROR Observatory! Could you please show off some outside pics?

Mike


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 05:28 PM

Here is a picture right after I finished building it and a more recent picture. The more recent one is with the weeds. smile.gif

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