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#1 Burgerboxx

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 12:30 AM

What would be the best small pair of binoculars to throw in my backpack? preferably in the range of $50-60



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 10:01 AM

I have a pair of Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 that I use for travel. However, they cost more then your price range. The Obie 6.5x32 lw are about $70 and are small, so they might be an option.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:05 AM

I prefer an 8x42 roof for travel because it’s large enough for astronomy, and it’s versatile enough to be used for many other purposes. Expect a keeper will cost more than $50-$60. 


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:16 AM

I have a pair of Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 that I use for travel. However, they cost more then your price range. The Obie 6.5x32 lw are about $70 and are small, so they might be an option.

I'll definitely check those out!



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:17 AM

I have had good luck with Nikon, though even their smaller units will push your budget a bit.  Best thing would be to get to a local sporting goods or camera store and try out different units to see what looks good.  Good optics have gotten cheaper over the years and some of the off brands are decent these days.

 

Sometimes a resale shop, camera shop, or pawn shop might have a decent pair used in your budget.  My old 8x20 Nikons sell used for around $25 when you can find them.  You will want to decide how small they need to be.  Especially if trying astronomy with them.  My 8x20's are decent enough, but can't begin to compete with my 10x50's - especially at night.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:18 AM

Within the next few days i'll be ordering a pair of skymasters as my main binos, but i want to get a smaller pair i can toss in my EDC backpack.



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:19 AM

The Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 would be a "best" small travel bino. It costs about USD 120-ish. It is hard to find an acceptable bino for USD 50-60, not speaking of "best" and "travel/lightweight".


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:20 AM

I have had good luck with Nikon, though even their smaller units will push your budget a bit.  Best thing would be to get to a local sporting goods or camera store and try out different units to see what looks good.  Good optics have gotten cheaper over the years and some of the off brands are decent these days.

 

Sometimes a resale shop, camera shop, or pawn shop might have a decent pair used in your budget.  My old 8x20 Nikons sell used for around $25 when you can find them.  You will want to decide how small they need to be.  Especially if trying astronomy with them.  My 8x20's are decent enough, but can't begin to compete with my 10x50's - especially at night.

Would Dick's Sporting goods have anything worthwhile?



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 11:36 AM

Life in a backpack is hard on any binocular, especially inexpensive binoculars that are not intended for hard service.

 

Here’s a link to the Audubon Society Guide to binoculars in various price ranges. 

 

https://www.audubon....binocular-guide


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 12:20 PM

How much room do you have in the backpack?   If you can fit a 42mm size binocular and can stretch your budget to $70 you can get these 10x42 great pair of binoculars 

 

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,237&sr=8-2

 

My neighbor has them and they are the real deal.

 

Also see review on YouTube 

 

https://youtu.be/dTLCAoCl__8


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 12:23 PM

A 8x25 reverse porro, Vortex Vanguish, Nikon Travelite Ex, Leupold Rogues all with fit the bill,may cost a bit more than your budget but you will only have to buy once, Dave.



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 01:05 PM

The Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 would be a "best" small travel bino. It costs about USD 120-ish. It is hard to find an acceptable bino for USD 50-60, not speaking of "best" and "travel/lightweight".

or 8.5x if you want higher mag

it is small, light weight, well built and relatively sturdy

not the best for astro, but general and closeup it is great

 

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:06 PM

I love my little Pentax Papilio, but for daytime use. Although any binocular is better then none for astronomy.



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:25 PM

A 8x25 reverse porro, Vortex Vanguish, Nikon Travelite Ex, Leupold Rogues all with fit the bill,may cost a bit more than your budget but you will only have to buy once, Dave.

Would Bushnell Powerview 12x25  (roof prism) work? They're well below my max budget on ebay and i could put the money i save towards a tripod or some astronomy books


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:31 PM

How much room do you have in the backpack?   If you can fit a 42mm size binocular and can stretch your budget to $70 you can get these 10x42 great pair of binoculars 

 

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,237&sr=8-2

 

My neighbor has them and they are the real deal.

 

Also see review on YouTube 

 

https://youtu.be/dTLCAoCl__8

I was hoping for something as small as possible while still having at least the minimum amount of power for moon viewing and close stars


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:41 PM

Would Bushnell Powerview 12x25  (roof prism) work? They're well below my max budget on ebay and i could put the money i save towards a tripod or some astronomy books

These binoculars are ok for daytime use, but will be poor for looking at stars at night 



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:43 PM

In my experience the minimum for nighttime views of the stars are 32mm binoculars 


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:45 PM

These binoculars are ok for daytime use, but will be poor for looking at stars at night 

What can i expect to see during the daytime? I'm somewhat new to all of this if you can't tell.



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:47 PM

Maybe something like this may work on the limited budget 

 

https://www.amazon.c...s=photo&sr=1-21


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:50 PM

Daytime use of binoculars can be for looking at birds, wildlife,  airplanes, boats/ships, marine life, sports, scenery,  just to name a few items



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:52 PM

Also i feel like i should mention that i live in a bortle 6



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:55 PM

Maybe something like this may work on the limited budget 

 

https://www.amazon.c...s=photo&sr=1-21

These seem lto be the best so far!



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:56 PM

Also i feel like i should mention that i live in a bortle 6

That is good.  You will see the brighter Deep Space Objects with a pair of 8x32mm.  The bigger you get like 42mm the brighter and deeper you will be able to see


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 03:03 PM

I’ve always found 8x40s to be a good all-arounder when it comes to binoculars. Decent aperture and a 5mm exit pupil. These have an 8.3° field and are compact and reasonably priced.

 

https://www.amazon.c...k/dp/B00SKO4LU8


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 04:26 PM

I hate to seem like i'm cheaping out, but would these be any good?

 

https://www.ebay.com...2D/201696063401




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