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The Joy of Binoculars

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#1 Bill Grass

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 01:25 PM

Last night (actually, this morning) after returning home from a late-night gig in New Orleans, I popped outside with my 15x70s since I didn't have the time or energy to bring my scope out. Right away I bagged M4, M6, & M7 in Scorpius. I began thinking again of how wonderful it is to have a nice set of astronomical binoculars to just carry around for observing at a moment's notice!

After that, curiosity got the best of me & I had to get my 10x50s to compare the view. All 3 clusters were visible, but not nearly as well as through the larger binocs. But they sure were light to hold!

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 02:28 PM

I envy your more southerly location Bill.

I think Scorpius is one of the most stunning areas of sky, but I only get the chance to view it properly when holidaying in the Mediterranean.

I'll be there in July though :-)

P.S 15 x 70s are great for a quick hand -held session and even 20 x 80s can be at a pinch.

I think any larger than 80mm and the practice gets a little silly , but each to his own.

You're right though Bill - portability ,spontaneity ,
no -fuss , hand -holdability , stereo -vision , wide -fields -- all MAJOR factors in the JOY of binoculars.

Clear skies , Kenny.

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 06:52 PM

Thanks, Kenny! I'm anxious to see Scorpius & Sagittarius under really dark skies. My light-polluted area certainly isn't putting on the best show!

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 09:52 PM

Yep, a good pair of binoculars epitomize the saying, Less is More.

I only had several minutes to spare early this evening, so I grabbed my beautiful Steiner 20X80 giants and got a quick fix from the crescent of Venus in the west, along with four of Jupiter's moons up above, all strung out in a line from their Mother Ship like jewels on a necklace. Then, one quick look at our own half-moon in between the two planets prepared my old eyes for the bright lights of the city again.

No muss, no fuss, just great viewing. That's what I love about a good pair of binoculars. KISS! Ain't life grand.

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 07:15 AM

Let us not forget the comets that will be dazzling the sky for the next 4 weeks too! Second to Messier Objects in my opinion, comets are the most awe striking natural wonders viewed with a good pair of binos. Your southern position Bill should enable you to "preview" comet NEAT for us northern folk.

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 08:53 AM

I'll definitely have to be on the lookout for it! I haven't seen a comet since the Hyakutake & Hale-Bopp days.


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