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#1 simoncarlisle

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 06:00 AM

hello their.

 

i am looking at buying a set of binoculars to assist with locating objects for my telescope, and also for the super wide low magnification field you get for viewing large dso's. 

 

my budget would be around £100, although if binoculars around that price are just going to be cheep rubbish, then i would happily spend the extra on getting something worth my while. 

 

any suggestions?

 

clear skies,

 

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#2 Jethro7

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 08:11 AM

Hello Simon,

I work at a sporting goods outfitters and we sell a wide range of binoculars from inexpensive to "You have got to be kidding me". Out of the inexpensive binoculars I am very impressed by the Vortex line, particularly the Diamondback series. How ever I find 10 X50's a bit too heavy for stargazing. That being said, a pair of Vortex 10X50 Diamondback HD, SKU # DB-217 @ £186.98.  Or better a  pair of 10X42 Vortex Diamondback HD, SKU # DB-215- OP, @ £165.40  would serve you much better in my humble opinion. I personally use  8X32 binoculars, they are light, compact and that translates into stability while providing  a nice wide field of view.

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro

 

P.S. I know that these are a little over your budget but I think the difference over £100  in cost will be money well spent.


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#3 astrokeith

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 08:36 AM

Sky & Night magazine recently did a review https://www.skyatnig...-for-astronomy/

It does seem as though £160 is a key price point, but they did identify some below £100 that were recommended.


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 08:40 AM

Hi simon and welcome!my uk freind 

well to be honest preowned binoculars don,t come up for sale on the preowned market on more specialist sites like uk astrobuyandsell and seems to be mainly telescope oriented and any accessories associated around them.and unfortunately online merchandises like eBay can be a little bit hit an miss on occasions as you don’t know how well the previous owner has looked after them.however back in the day so to speak before I started spending obserds amount of money on telescopes etc,I used to own several pairs from Helios which I believe are Russian of origin.and thay really know how to make optics!,and as I recall thay offered nice sharp views for your money.you can find the range online with rother valley optics.

 

Helios 10x50 feildmaster £47

Helios 10x50 Nitrosport   £87

Helios 10x50 Naturesport £90

Helios 10x50 mistral £120

Helios 10x50 mistral ED £149

Helios 10x50 Lightquest £309 

 

As you can see! Bang on budget apart from one model and a wide range to choose from.



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Posted 01 August 2021 - 02:51 PM

You should look at Oberwerk's LW series binoculars. I have the 8x56 LW and like it. They are FMC and the owner double checks every pair he sells for Q/C and collimation. The 9x60's and others have gotten good reviews here too. Amazingly good considering the price point of $100+ Best of luck to you and your choice! watching.gif


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 07:08 PM

I second the recommendation of the Oberwerk LW series. I own the 11x56 and 20x80 models, and they both provide good views.  The 11x56 are $100 and a great choice if you’re on a budget. 


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#7 ECP M42

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Posted 02 August 2021 - 12:31 AM

Helios Stellar II 10x50 IF WP ... perfectly useful for astro. 

 

if you want to save money and weight, there is the  Opricon Oregon WA 10x50 ...

 

... but I would prefer the Helios waytogo.gif



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 12:45 AM

Hello Simon,

I work at a sporting goods outfitters and we sell a wide range of binoculars from inexpensive to "You have got to be kidding me". Out of the inexpensive binoculars I am very impressed by the Vortex line, particularly the Diamondback series. How ever I find 10 X50's a bit too heavy for stargazing. That being said, a pair of Vortex 10X50 Diamondback HD, SKU # DB-217 @ £186.98.  Or better a  pair of 10X42 Vortex Diamondback HD, SKU # DB-215- OP, @ £165.40  would serve you much better in my humble opinion. I personally use  8X32 binoculars, they are light, compact and that translates into stability while providing  a nice wide field of view.

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro

 

P.S. I know that these are a little over your budget but I think the difference over £100  in cost will be money well spent.

As someone who is a big fan of their riflescopes, their warranty is second to none.

 

Run it over in your car and break it? No worries, they'll send you another for free NQA



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 02:27 AM

Helios Stellar II 10x50 IF WP ... perfectly useful for astro. 

 

if you want to save money and weight, there is the  Opricon Oregon WA 10x50 ...

 

... but I would prefer the Helios waytogo.gif

Those look a lot like the Oberwerk Ultra. Wonder if they are made by the same manufacturer? I have the Ultra and can confirm the review is accurate. 
 

https://oberwerk.com...ASABEgK8mvD_BwE


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Posted 02 August 2021 - 03:26 AM

As someone who is a big fan of their riflescopes, their warranty is second to none.

 

Run it over in your car and break it? No worries, they'll send you another for free NQA

Hello Chanrobi,

You have that right about Vortex, I had a Gen 1 Vortex Razor HD Gen1 3X18X50 and I called Vortex Customer support to see if I could get my scope upgraded to a Gen 2. This is what the Customer service Agent told me. " We dont make the Gen1's any longer and we cant do the upgrade to your scope. So remove your scope from the rifle and throw it on the ground and send it to me, I will send you a brand new Gen 2" WOW what a warantee. I never did the transaction, I dont see any reason to destroy a perfectly good scope. I still have the Gen1. Vortex products are a lot like Astrotech scopes you get a great scope for the money. At the shop I work at, Vortex is my go to scope for someone who is looking for a good scope or binoculars for the money. Vortex has a scope or binoculars for everyone's price point from the Diamondbacks to the Razors We sell a bunch of them. 

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro


Edited by Jethro7, 02 August 2021 - 03:34 AM.


#11 ECP M42

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Posted 02 August 2021 - 08:29 AM

Wonder if they are made by the same manufacturer?

It is most likely the same binoculars, made by the same manufacturer.

But for the British, Helios is longer affordable, because tax-free.



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Posted 02 August 2021 - 09:13 AM

I second the Oberwerk LW series recommendation. I’ve had a pair of Obie 12x60 LWs for nearly twenty years. The views are very sharp and contrasty and the focus works very well. I only paid a little over a hundred bucks for them new and they were well worth the price. I still use them all the time. Tho budget binoculars, their lifetime keepers for me.




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