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    Could someone please recommend a pair of binoculars for sky
    viewing....somthing in the $100 to $200 range.

    The reading I'm doing says 10 x 50 and up. I would like them to be

    I see Celestron and Pentax, and Barska(?) all hve comparable pieces.




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    On Sun, 12 Apr 2009 01:10:37 GMT, "Stu" <> wrote:

    I can't recommend any particular brand. Glasses stronger than 10
    power are difficult to hand-hold steady and using a tripod takes a lot
    of the fun out of using binoculars.


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    > Could someone please recommend a pair of binoculars for sky

    You will get many opinions, and your best bet is to seek out your local
    astro club and try out different binos to see how they work for you. That
    said, here are some of my thoughts:

    1) You will probably not be happy with 10x or greater power binos unless you
    use some kind of a mount, as it is hard to hand hold them steady enough for
    astro use. sells a great little parallelogram mount
    that works well for 10x50 binos and those a bit larger/heavier. My brother
    bought an excellent pair of 10x50, and he prefers my 7x50 because he can't
    hand hold his nearly as well.
    2) I love my 7x50 Celestron Ultimas (no longer made). Some folks will tell
    you that the 7mm exit pupil is probably oversized for most eyes. What this
    means is that all of the light isn't able to enter my eyes, and so the binos
    perform as if the objectives were smaller, e.g. 7x42. Who cares about the
    "wasted light"?! Also, the oversized exit pupil makes it easy to position
    your eyes, which is an asset when they are used by both the very young and
    old folks.
    3) Buy from somebody who will not give you grief in case of a problem. Orion
    always gets high marks for customer support, and their binos are well
    regarded. I would also check out HandsOnOptics, Oberwerk and Garrett, as
    well as Eagle Optics.


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    On Apr 11, 7:09 pm, "Dennis Woos" <> wrote:


    I agree with everything that Dennis has said...

    Stu originally asked about Barksa. These guys can be had very cheaply,
    but their quality is all over the board. I have a pair of their 15 X
    70's, but I had to "audition" several pairs before finding one that
    was acceptable. For $89 they are just fine.

    \Paul A

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    On Apr 11, 9:10 pm, "Stu" <> wrote:

    The 10x50 seems to be a good balance between light-gathering power,
    magnification, field of view and ease of use. Larger, heavier, higher
    mag binoculars probably need a tripod, and at that point a small,
    short-focus telescope can start to look like a better choice.

    When comparing otherwise similar binoculars, I prefer using those that
    have a wider field of view, maybe about 340 feet at 1000 yards for a
    10x50. Even a cheap set of 7x35s can be interesting if they have a
    field in excess of 420 feet at 1000 yards.

    Also look for a binocular with long eye-relief especially if you need
    to wear glasses.

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    "Stu" wrote:

    'My' choice would depend upon 'my' intended use (detail on the sun and/
    or moon, harvesting deepsky objects from a darksky location,
    willingness or unwillingness to use a tripod and mount, the apparent
    size and brightness of the latest comet, the 'tightness' of a
    planetary grouping, etc.

    For myself, no one pair of binoculars has been found that I would
    label as 'best'. Consequently I own and make regular use of three
    different binoculars -- 8x42s, 20x80s, and 25x100s. With *experience*
    all three can be (and have been) used handheld. I now use the 8x42s
    and 20x80s exclusively handheld, but for quite a few years I used the
    20x80s with a tripod and mount. More often than not I use the 25x100s

    In my experience, a tripod and mount are very useful when I go out
    with the idea of making a sketch or when I want to see fine detail
    when observing the sun, moon, planets, planetary satellites, double
    stars, etc. For casual observations of deepsky objects I've found
    little, if any, advantage to using a tripod and mount. I truly
    *enjoy* observing DSOs (from a *dark* sky) with handheld 20x80s!

    With all the above out of the way, I *might* be able to recommend
    Orion's 8x42 UltraViews as a first, general purpose, binocular for
    astronomical (as well as daytime) use. If you end up using binoculars
    like I do, you'll find yourself returning to the 8x42s from time to
    time even after you've acquired larger binoculars. The raw truth is
    that different binoculars are better for different purposes. No one
    pair is best for everything!!

    Bill Greer
    To sketch is to see.

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    On Apr 12, 7:06 am, wrote:

    I have a pair of 7x50's and a pair of 10x50's and I find I use the
    10x50's more than the 7x50's, because the images in the 10x50's appear
    slightly brighter. This is probably due to the slightly higher power
    (darkening the background sky slightly) and using the full 50mm
    aperture. The difference is small but noticeable. The 10x50's are not
    hard to hand hold and I don't have a tripod for them. I bought my
    10x50's from Apogee Inc along with a pair of 20x80's at an AstroFest.
    The 10x50's were very inexpensive ($50) and are a nice pair of

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    On Apr 13, 8:27 am, wrote:

    But it was hard to turn down a pair of 20x80's for $100 at AstroFest

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    > But it was hard to turn down a pair of 20x80's for $100 at

    I have no idea how your particular 20x80s perform, but I've generally found
    such binoculars to be quite resistible. Collimation of the tubes is usually
    significantly off, and eye-relief is usually too short.
    Curtis Croulet
    Temecula, California
    33°27'59"N, 117°05'53"W

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    On Apr 13, 11:50 am, wrote:

    70-100mm binos would seem more interesting to me if "binocular chairs"
    could be made smaller, lighter, cheaper and easier to set up. OTOH a
    small short-focus Newtonian on a stable alt-az mount can have
    excellent ergonomics and versatility.


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