Just got my Oberwerks 15x70s!!!
Posted 15 April 2004 - 11:55 PM
After setting up my scope at 9:00pm, I decided to play with the binoculars for an hour or two while the scope cooled down. To say I was floored, is an understatement! I mean, the view through these things is amazing!! It feels like I am going to "fall right in." I could easily pick out Jupiters 4 big moons, and could see separation between saturn and its rings. Then I decided to go DSO hunting.
I had tried to find M53 with my scope the other night, and came up short. Pointed the binocs in the general direction, and within a minute, had found it!! Was a very obvious fuzzy spot.
You remember my post last week, wondering if it was possible to see M81/82 in my 7x50s.. I felt like maybe I had convinced myself they were there.. with the 15x70s, I KNOW I saw them.. it was clear as a bell (no averted vision.. just popped right into view!)
Also was able to find M51. Not quite as obvious as M81/82, but was visible in direct vision.
While these might not be the best astro binoculars out there, they are a HUGE HUGE HUGE step up from my 7x50s.. They are light enough, that I can do some hand holding (M81/82/51 were almost directly overhead. Was able to keep nice and still, lying my back). These binoculars definitely get two thumbs up!!!
Posted 16 April 2004 - 05:18 AM
That is great news Sir !!! After a few days of use, give a report on your impressions. Sounds like they were definitely worth the $$$. Lots of us are interested in the 15x70's. Oberwerks makes some great products, I am very happy with my 8x42's and 11x56's.
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Posted 16 April 2004 - 09:53 AM
I would definitely say these were worth the money (at lest from my initial impression). Best bang-for-the buck I have had in this hobby!
Nightwatch- I will definitely be on the lookout for the orion nebula and pleiades, as these are two of my favorite objects in the sky (unfortunately, by the time I got my act together last night, they had already gone below some trees across the street).
They are definitely worth getting excited about, but dont get too excited on my account. Remember, I am as green as green gets when it comes to binoculars, so this account is coming from a very inexperienced person. All I know is the view is MUCH more impressive than my Nikon Shoreline 7x50s, but from the sound of things, that isnt saying much .
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Posted 16 April 2004 - 05:02 PM
Am I really the last one to get a set ?????
Are you mounting them? If so - on what? Good luck tonight and have fun.
Posted 16 April 2004 - 05:05 PM
Scott, whatcha waitin' on?
Posted 20 April 2004 - 03:11 PM
Mounting them on my $30.00 camera tripod. Made an L-bracket that works ok. Bought a new Burgess tripod at the NEAF show along with a pair of new Burgess 20x100s. Burgess didn't have them at the show, and they are due in a few weeks. We'll see ...
My Oberwerk 15x70 was showing double images, but I learned how to collimate them at the NEAF show. We due for great conditions tonight, so I'll take them out for a spin. My very brief look the other night wowed me.
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Posted 21 April 2004 - 10:44 AM
Got home at 10:00pm so I was unable to go after some of my favorite clusters which had set already. First stop filled my FOV with the Beehive. I was mesmerized for several minutes. I’m already hooked at this point. Binoculars provide stunning views. Dropped south to M67 for a quick visit, then off to Jupiter with it’s moons. It was bright. CA evident as I moved back and forth in front of the Obs. Assume really good binos would not have this problem. Went looking for M65, 66 in Leo without success, but will try again later. Off to M3 ... got it. Somewhat faint, but I was pleased to see one of my favs. I realized that with my Star Atlas, I am getting to really learn the locations of these objects as compared to a more general idea when using my Go-to scope. I’ve got a lot to learn, and look forward to the process. Found a very faint M51. Viewing toward Zenith is a pain in the neck, so I pulled my binos off the flimzy tripod, hit the lounge chair on my deck, and panned around the big dipper. I really enjoy the bino views! Went to find M81, 82. Yep, right where they are suppose to be ... galaxies with 15x? Like Mark, I’m amazed! Just wandered around at this point captivated with the new views until clouds sent me packing. I’ll get out early next time so I can view the double cluster, M45, M36, etc, and begin some real planning. Star hoping is much easier with binos. I travel frequently on business and will now never leave home without ‘em! What a treat!