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What Is Your Favorite Hand Held Binocular?

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#26 rushintuit

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 06:54 PM

Interesting choice, Magellanico. That's a heavy bino!

#27 Magellanico

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 08:02 PM

Hello rushintuit,

Interesting choice, Magellanico. That's a heavy bino!


IMO, not so much. It is lighter than Nikon 18x70 and Fuji 16x70, you will never worry about collimation and have a very good field up to 90 or 95%.

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#28 Paul G

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 07:29 AM

For astronomy, I'd keep my Zeiss 15x60 B/GA T*.

For overall use it would be the Leica Duovid 8+12x42. It gives me 8, 10, and 12x.

Luckily, we have no such limitations. :)

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:23 PM

Having a lot of experience with only a few less than high-end binoculars (plus a few months with a very nice borrowed Celestron Ultima 7x50 model from the 1980s), I'm not very qualified to reply, but I will anyway. So far I have been very pleased -- very pleased -- with the views that I see through my recently acquired 12x60, with its 5.7-degree AFOV and (to me) not disappointing edge performance. However, even at only 44oz, it's heavy!

A few nights ago after first seeing Omega Centauri later I went after about a dozen Messier objects, and they all looked pretty good given the magnification and the observing location. But I have just got to get myself in gear and get new eyeglasses that better correct my astigmatism (and that also are anti-reflection coated, which my current astronomy eyeglasses are not)!

Now, if I could pick any binocular (and afford it) for handheld astronomy use -- I don't know the answer to that.

#30 Bob W6PU

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:45 PM

WOW! 15X60 Zeiss...Drool Drool :jump:

In 1947, I was 11 years old, we had this famous binocular store(BrownScope) in NYC that featured Zeiss-Jena binoculars...like a hundred of them, or so it seemed to me!

I use to go there every other day and drool over the 15x60 . The store owner would let me look out the window down at the city with those monsters! I don't remember, but back in 1947, I'll bet that they must have cost at least $500!

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Life was good in those days!

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#31 XT10Guy

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:53 PM

Obie 15x70 Ultra - it's all I got. I have the Bogen 475 tripod/501 head, and that was fine with the 20x90s, but that big tripod gets between me and the Ultras. Last night I took them off the tripod and held them. Amazing! I could see so much more with them in my hands. Looking into a monopod.

#32 rushintuit

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 03:58 PM

http://www.bigbinocu...com/monopod.htm

The monopod/joystick combo sold by Oberwerk is hard to beat!

#33 Joad

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 06:41 PM

If you look at Kevin B's (of Oberwerk fame) website, and his avatar at CN, you will find him holding what surely must be the Rolls Royce of handheld astronomy binoculars: the Fujinon 25X150s! :bigshock:


Of course, Kevin is related to Superman on his mother's side and has this "thing" about kryptonite. ;)

#34 davidpitre

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 08:14 PM

. Is the 16x70 my favorite handheld? Not at all. Would it be a choice if I could own only one? You bet.


edz


I'll second that.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 08:46 PM

For handheld astronomical observing, I'll take the Nikon 12x50SE.

#36 Richard Low

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:07 AM

My favorite hand held astronomical binocular is the Nikon Monarch 10x42DCF, a waterproofed phase-coated roof prism bino which is very light (610g), compact, and in my opinion, it allows me to see a bright, high-contrast, sharp-to-the-edge wide field of view (60 deg apparent field of view, 6 deg actual field) fully with my glasses on.


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