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    Default Coming back to astronomy



    I have not been active for quite some time do to work. I retired several years ago and I want to get back into amateur astronomy again. I have a Meade DS-90 EC refractor scope and a home made 90mm refractor. I also have a Nikon Action LX 10-22X50 binoculars. I plan on purchasing a 15x70 binoculars eventually. As of now I would like to ask several questions:
    1. I would like to build a binocular mirror mount for both binoculars I have now and for my future purchase. I just purchased a first surface mirror 4 1/2" x 9" mirror from oberwerk. If anyone is using a mirror mount, and if anyone has constructed one, which one did you build and are you satisfied with its performance. I have not decided if I want to mount it on a tripod or have it sit on a table.
    2. When I purchase the 15x70 binoculars I was thinking of the oberwerk's. I have read fairly good reviews on these. If anyone has a pair, are you satisfied with them. I have read many reviews on the internet about other brands such as Celestron, Orion, Barska, etc. and it appears that they have problems with collimation especially when they first purchase them. I would like to avoid this if possible. I do not want to keep sending them back and reordering another binocular.
    Thanks for your time and I look forward to participating in this forum as time permits.

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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Hi and welcome to the forums!
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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Welcome back to the hobby and to our forum-family.

    Quote Originally Posted by rsrubin View Post
    ... When I purchase the 15x70 binoculars I was thinking of the oberwerk's. I have read fairly good reviews on these. If anyone has a pair, are you satisfied with them...
    I have a pair of the 15x70 Oberwerks that get a lot of use. I use a heavy-duty monopod and the Oberwerk heavy duty L-bracket. Of the four pair of binoculars I have, the two Oberwerks preform the best and give the most "bang-for-the-buck", IMHO.

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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Hello and welcome!

    I also use a monopod with my 15x70 binoculars but am very interested to hear how your mirror mount works out.
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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Welcome RSRubin,

    and nice to have you back to the astronomy.
    The Oberwerk 15x70 are basically the same optics and mechanics (flimsy prism holders) design as the Celestrons. You'll pay a premium for more attention to quality in the manufacturing.
    A really good alternative are the BA8 70mm binoculars, rebranded by Oberwerk as the Ultra Series, Oberwerk Ultra Series Binoculars
    Read also a review at Astro-Physics Inc.

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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Welcome to the Astronomy Forum and back to astronomy.
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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Howdy RSRubin--And Welcome back,If you post your question in the Binocular sub forum,I'm sure you'll get some feedback..I built a parallelogram mount for my 25x100's,but the mirror mount sure seems intriguing...Here's a link to a handy guy who lists several do-it-yourself projects Downward Looking Binocular Mount -- Rod Nabholz Sometimes the project is so much fun to build you almost wish for rain--Almost-----------------ZX
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    Default Re: Coming back to astronomy

    Welcome back to the hobby and good luck with the binos purchase. The Oberwerks (IMHO) are better than the Celestrons, though the Celestrons are basically a cheap kind of grab and go binocular, costing around $65. I haven't had any collimation issues with mine but many people here on the forum have.
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    Hello sir welcome back to this hobby and forum.
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