Oberwerk Ultra 10.5 x 70 OR 15 x 70
Posted 16 June 2006 - 12:56 PM
Bob in SW Ohio
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:07 PM
But that's just me....clear dark skies to you...
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:42 PM
Between those two instruments I think you will be much happier with the 15x70. It should prove more versitile. Please realize that you will probably have to mount either one on a tripod.
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:50 PM
One other question then (am I going to get in trouble for changing it up within this topic?).
Oberwerk 15x70 Ultra OR Oberwerk 11x56
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:57 PM
Posted 16 June 2006 - 01:59 PM
Alot lighter and more affordable. Plus comparable ER and FOV to the Ultra series 15s. (Though the Ultra's look like a real treat.)
As a personal side note, 10-12x usually leaves me wanting for either more mag or more field.
(Not knocking 10-12x binos at all. YMMV. Just an acquired Limbo.)
Posted 16 June 2006 - 02:18 PM
I can't even hold my Oberwerk 11x56 steady enough for my enjoyment. I have an adapter, but I have yet to put it on the tripod. My 20x90s sit on the tripod and I hold the 11x56 out toward the front to reduce movement but it is still shaky. I want to get rid of my 11x56 and 20x90 and get the Ultra 15x70.
Bob, SW Ohio
Posted 16 June 2006 - 06:48 PM
At 10x the views are just beginning to get interesting. 15x at around 4° is a sweet spot for binocular astronomy, IMO. Many areas of the sky are framed nicely by that FOV. The 50% increase in magnification makes a very noticable improvement in my viewing enjoyment!
A 10.5x 70mm binocular would be less useful than 15x for many folks due to the large exit pupil and the effect of light pollution. If the 15x Ultra is close to the quality of a 16x70 Fuji, it sounds like a real winner!
Posted 17 June 2006 - 08:36 AM
Short answer and YMMV - I'd go for the 15x70's and get a monopod.
Posted 17 June 2006 - 11:21 AM
Posted 17 June 2006 - 02:26 PM
Since my 15X70 has more light gathering power and magnification, than my 8X50 finder scope, I use it to locate objects of interest for my 10" F/5 Treckerscope.
I also have a 11X80 Vixen, and find that my 15X70 Oberwerk does a better job for this purpose, and is lighter!
Hope that this helps you!
Bob in NM
11X80 Vixen, 15X70 Oberwerk, 7X50 Hensoldt/Zeiss, 7X50 USN B&L, 8X30W Swarovski
Posted 17 June 2006 - 07:49 PM
Thanks for all your thoughts. I sold my 11x56 and 20x90 and got the Ultra 15x70s. I already had the great heavy duty tripod and 501 head, so I kept those for now. I look forward to adding a monopod over the next year. Thanks again!
I have a 20x80 Triplet, which optically isn't equal to my 11x80. Are you satisfied with your decision?
As well the Ultra 15x70 and the 20x90 are not handholdable (I would like to claim), but the 11x56 is, thought it's may be barely.