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#1 Bill david

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 12:33 PM

Used to monitor this site often, then got turned off by too many self proclaimed experts that went into the ninth detail to show their knowledge (EGO). Saw too many newbies asking what are the best for the lowest costs and got bad advise.

 

Well, after a period I came back recently. Have bought numerous Binoculars in my life (now 72), looking for that PERFECT one. It does not exist, our experiences are different as our location and eyesight.

 

I also like to use them for nature. Long story, currently have Funjions (three models), Cannon(two), Leopold(three), Leica (one), Orion (one) currently and a Bogen 3036 tripod and donated the rest (many) of the other binoculars (Celestron, Swift, etc) to scouts, poor kids, etc.

 

Have Celestron 8" and a Pronto.

 

Some nights, just did not want to set them up.

 

Like two eyes as it is poetic and see the overall beauty of our universe.

 

Getting ready for bed the other night and thought I would step out and check the sky. Saw a 3/5ths moon in the west, Grasped a Leopold roof 8x42 and could not believe the clarity and detail I saw. 

 

Pretty sure it was the atmospheric conditions that rewarded me.

 

Just want to say, yes, there are ones I would recommend based on experience and the numerous ones I have tried, but the most important recommendation I can advise is grab what ever you have and go out and scan the night sky!!!!!!!

 

​Been fortunate in my life to make a good income, but my first Binoculars were a Sans and Strifel 7x35's that cost $5.00.

 

I hope the administrator of this forum will edit this message to what I saying is the Sky is the object, don't get too much caught up in equipment!!!!!!!!

 

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#2 SMark

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 12:37 PM

Sounds to me like you're an expert! wink.gif


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 01:40 PM

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:15 PM

 

Well, after a period I came back recently. Have bought numerous Binoculars in my life (now 72), looking for that PERFECT one. It does not exist, our experiences are different as our location and eyesight.

 

Thats 72 binos I presume?  smile.gif


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:25 PM

Bill,

I like that you give binoculars to scouts, poor kids, etc. Keep up the good work! You can make a difference.


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#6 Bill david

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:33 PM

No, thats my age!!

 

My total purchases in my life might come in at the high forties.

 

Noticed that Smark and Viking list all they're equipment.

 

I don't do that, do not like equipment junkies, anything looking at the night sky is helpful.

 

Most of the equipment lists I seen are mostly bad stuff.

 

I said it in my post, have donated more to places and clubs that were poor, trying to let these kids see more then just pavement.

 

Well. sorry I posted this, my point is the sky, not equipment!

 

Yes as you progress through life you can improve your equipment if you can.

 

Told this forum, I was successful and had a passion for binoculars.

 

Because of my experience, will offer advice to newbies, but only what they can afford!!

 

Again, hope the Admin can trim this down so I won't offend anybody!!!

 

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#7 The Ardent

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:39 PM

You are virtuous indeed.

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 04:12 PM

Hey, you have hit upon a neat binocular ratio -- age and number of binoculars on the shelf. lol.gif



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Posted 16 June 2019 - 07:28 PM

Noticed that Smark and Viking list all they're equipment.

 

 

Bill

Unfortunately, that's no where close to all my equipment... ohlord.gif


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 05:06 PM

Actually it’s equipment junkies like Smark,  that greatly helped my nature experience by exposing me to superwide binoculars. If it wasn’t for their collection and feedback, I wouldn’t see the whole grand experience that superwide binoculars offer

 

Those guys  experiences are important, to help us capture nature’s beauty at its best


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:02 AM

My optic experience has been to start small, get bigger and bigger;

and now, with age,  going smaller and smaller.

It is surprising what naked eye observing can see.

 

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#12 Vondragonnoggin

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:08 AM

I always thought SMark’s signature was “I’m a Binocular kind of guy”

 

I guess looking closer at it I see some equipment.

 

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 04:17 AM

Actually it’s equipment junkies like Smark,  that greatly helped my nature experience by exposing me to superwide binoculars. If it wasn’t for their collection and feedback, I wouldn’t see the whole grand experience that superwide binoculars offer

 

Those guys  experiences are important, to help us capture nature’s beauty at its best

Fully agree.

 

Of course here we use the "binocular/equipment junky" as a respectful joke, but more than junkies, they have become sources of open knowledge for people like me. Just by reading posts of Smark and others, I have learned many things about binos in an informal, friendly way. Thanks to all bino junkies!

 

Carlos 


Edited by Carlos Flores, 20 June 2019 - 08:13 AM.

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#14 Bill david

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 08:18 PM

Really sorry I started this topic.

 

My point was: I started with a pair of low cost 7x35's. I am jealous of some of these collections! But get out there and look up whatever you have and the moon, plants and stars will reward you!!!

 

Another point, ok, there are really pristine night skys rarely, but if I have 40 Binos, which ones do you grab?

 

So I just paired down and thought some kids could benefit from my experience.

 

Many decades later found these original 7x35's (from a family member that kept them) and went out one night and could not believe the low quality, but at 14 I thought they opened up a new experience for me over naked eyes.

 

Apologize again for this post and believe me, have learned so much from many experts at this site for a long time.

 

Just was telling the newbies, anything is better than nothing and have walked this road, spent much, and found out Binoculars are not Telescopes.

 

Just like the wide low power view of the night sky and is not this why we monitor this site and await a special night atmosphere and grab something to appreciate its natural beauty.

 

I like everyone on this site because we share the same passion!!

 

Billl


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 04:48 AM

Welcome on board Bill.

 

In your post above you shared some insights quite a few of us can relate to.


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 05:55 AM

Actually it’s equipment junkies like Smark,  that greatly helped my nature experience by exposing me to superwide binoculars. If it wasn’t for their collection and feedback, I wouldn’t see the whole grand experience that superwide binoculars offer

 

Those guys  experiences are important, to help us capture nature’s beauty at its best

 

When I am considering a used pair of binos, send Mark a PM. He's most helpful.

 

We all do this our own way. The vast majority of the time I use binoculars in conjunction with a telescope or two..  However, every so often I will set myself up with three patio chairs in the backyard. I'm in the middle, the chairs are for the binos.  I start with one pair and eventually end up with 5-10.. just enjoying the views, comparing the views.

 

Jon


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 06:52 AM

Welcome on board Bill.

 

In your post above you shared some insights quite a few of us can relate to.

Agreed. Hang in there Bill.

 

Endeavor to persevere, man.

 

- Cal


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Posted 23 June 2019 - 08:59 AM

Bill

 

dont be so hard on yourself

 

im a minimalist and pretty anti collection myself

 

but it’s the guys with the massive collections experience that help me narrow down to what I am looking for and save some money as well


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#19 Bill david

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 04:44 PM

Really like all that responded, love that patio chairs experience, I do the same thing!!

 

I'll end now, but want to add that some of the poor kids I helped have come to my house, made burgers and good hot dogs,) then I set up my C-8 and my Pronto refractor with a 2" wide view eyepiece, plus Binos and they really responded warmly and rewardingly. 

 

We all on this site look up instead of down. Thats my life story!

 

Love all of you (apologize to the ones with collections again!)

 

Bill


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