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#1 goinggoingone

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 06:54 AM

Hi there everyone, 

 

As my first post here I'd like to start by wishing everyone a wonderful day. 

 

I'm trying to start getting into the hobby but am currently on an very tight budget and purchased these binos at a flea market here in the Netherlands for 19 Euros.

 

I would very much like help with the following questions-

 

Can anyone identify these?

 

Are they appropriate for star gazing?

 

Warmest regards, 

 

Goinggoinggone

 

 

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#2 sg6

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 07:28 AM

Going to start out saying "Yuck". That Red AR coating.

However they will do better then a pair of eyes.

 

At 10x25 the view will not be greatly brightened. So do not expect overly many objects to stand out.

Do you know Hercules?

If so go look at where M13 should be.

If you see anything that I suggest you are lucky, but I expect that M13 will be somewhat dim.

 

Will enable M31, again just faint grey, but M31 is faint grey in everything.

M42 should be visible, M45 nice, Hyades fair but Hyades is spread out and never overly bright whatever you use.

Try the Double Cluster in Perseus.

Another are the 3 clusters in Auriga. One cluster is not a very apparent cluster.

 

Not sure M92 will show up.

Can split Mizar+Alcor.

 

Orion's belt is maybe worth a look.

Cassiopeia with the Milky Way behind.

 

Binoculars are for looking around I say, not looking at.

 

Will say I have a similar set, but not the red AR and mine are 8x25 and grey. However I use the 8x42's for looking around the sky.

 

Oops, your question: Mine are made by Praktica.

Some small differences, one being the ridged area underneath, mine are a cross hatch.

Had them many, many years and they work well.

Useful in a small backpack when out on the bike.


Edited by sg6, 08 August 2020 - 07:34 AM.


#3 goinggoingone

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:05 PM

Thank you so much for your response, 

 

I'll try my best with these until I can save up for a more suitable pair one of these days.

 

Have a wonderful day!


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#4 Waddensky

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:38 PM

Welcome! Binos are a great way to get started in the astronomy hobby. I don't know this pair but unless they are really bad, they will show you more than with the naked eye alone. sg6 has some great suggestions for objects to try out.

 

For astronomy use, the aperture (diameter) is important. If you can, save up for a nice pair of 7x50 or 10x50 while learning the night sky with the pair you already have. I tend to use binos more than my telescopes, because they are so easy to take out and just look around. Dark skies are also important. I don't know where you live, but it is worth it to travel to Friesland, Drenthe or the Wadden Sea area to experience much, much darker skies than the Randstad.



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Posted 12 August 2020 - 01:13 AM

It's usable for star gazing but the magnification and the tiny aperture will make stars not as bright.  The red tint on the lens will make terrestrial viewing appear greener, which I don't like.




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