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    Default quality astronomy binocular ?



    I looking for a quality binocular either handheld or mounted that will be able to see the moons of Jupiter and the Pleiades clearly. I am leaning towards one of these: Zhumell Tachyon 25x100 Binoculars vs Oberwerk BT-100-45 vs Celestron Echelon 20x70 vs FUJION FMTRC-SX 7X50 BINOCULARS vs Zeiss Optical 10x42 Victory HT. I am open to any suggestions or reviews for any of the above binoculars, or any other ones that may be able to do the above. We had a Celestron NexStar Evolution 9.25 inch that we sold as it was a little bit difficult to take it camping all over the place with us. I appreciate any input that can be given to me. -- Evelyn
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    Default Re: quality astronomy binocular ?

    Hello and welcome to the forums Evelyn
    A lot of people seem to like the Oberwerk 25x100 binoculars, I assume you have a tripod and mount for binoculars this size?
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    Default Re: quality astronomy binocular ?

    Welcome to the forum! Though binoculars are great for DSOs they are not good for planets. For instance, I cannot see Saturn's disc with my 20x80s, it is an elliptic blurb. Any supermarket 4.5" reflector would do better. You may be able to see the moons of Jupiter but for anything planetary I would get a telescope. Especially since the kind that you are looking for will be pricey and require an equally expensive mount. On the positive side, the 25x100s would provide very nice views of DSOs and targets like the Pleiades. Just don't expect too much benefit for planetary targets.
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    ^^^^

    What he said!

    When Mars was really close to us in 2003, I checked it out through my 15x70 bins and could see no surface detail whatsoever. On the other hand, I could see quite a bit with my 60mm refractor at 192x magnification.
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    Default Re: quality astronomy binocular ?

    As the others have noted, binoculars will not perform very well on the planets. Except those Oberwerk BT-100-45s, but we are talking about $2500 compared to the much more affordable binoculars that you list.

    If you can skip Jupiter, Saturn, and the occasional Mars then for less than $500, I would go for the Oberwerk 25x100s. You would also need their parallel mount and a sturdy tripod. It is a SERIOUS DSO MACHINE and has totally transformed the way I observe.

    I resolve Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars as discs. I can see the two major bands on Jupiter and easily see the 4 major moons as very bright pinpoints. I can at times separate the rings of Saturn from the body of the planet. But realize, they appear very small at x25 and this is at the very limit of detail I can observe. For any real observation of these bodies you would need a telescope.

    But the DSOs ABOUND!! At a dark site the number of observable galaxies is TREMENDOUS. Superior performance from such a portable instrument.
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    Default Re: quality astronomy binocular ?

    Quote Originally Posted by evelynthefirst View Post
    I looking for a quality binocular either handheld or mounted that will be able to see the moons of Jupiter and the Pleiades clearly. I am leaning towards one of these: Zhumell Tachyon 25x100 Binoculars vs Oberwerk BT-100-45 vs Celestron Echelon 20x70 vs FUJION FMTRC-SX 7X50 BINOCULARS vs Zeiss Optical 10x42 Victory HT. I am open to any suggestions or reviews for any of the above binoculars, or any other ones that may be able to do the above. We had a Celestron NexStar Evolution 9.25 inch that we sold as it was a little bit difficult to take it camping all over the place with us. I appreciate any input that can be given to me. -- Evelyn
    Hello Evelyn,

    and welcome to the Forum!

    - Regarding the 25x100 binoculars, among the best choices are the Oberwerk 25x100 IF
    - The Oberwerk BT 100 45° are in fact a double refractor, not bad, but it requires a solid tripod with the fork mount. A double refractor in 100mm is an investment for the life.
    - I have never had the Celestron Echelons 20x70 in my hands, I guess, they will fire chromatic aberration blur, as most Celestrons do in comparison with the other brands.
    - The Fujinons are overpriced, and so are the Vixen binoculars, - my point of view.
    - The Zeiss Victory Series is excellent in itself, but for 1/2 price you get the KOWA Prominar/Genesis, which are not behind.

    Regarding the astronomy when camping, I'd take a premium spotting scope with a top quality zoom eyepiece, like KOWA, Leica, Swarovski, or Zeiss. I am using the Leica APO Televid with the ultrawide 80° zoom,
    http://www.astronomyforum.net/member...o-televid.html

    Regarding the binoculars, the 15x70, or 18x70, might be the best choice.
    If I would not already have a bunch of the binoculars, http://www.astronomyforum.net/member...inoculars.html , and if I would go camping,
    I'd take the Nikon Astroluxe 18x70 Nikon Fernglas Astro 18x70 IF WP WF
    I have their "little" brother the 10x70 10x70 IF Binoculars: Nikon Astroluxe red ring (Japan) against BA8 MS (China)

    Wishing you the best choice,

    JG
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