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    Default Best Binoculars for Beginner?



    I am looking for a beginner binocular, I am led to the 25x70 Celestron...

    Would this be a great first pair??

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    Default Re: Best Binoculars for Beginner?

    Welcome to the forum!!

    That is definitely NOT a pair I would recommend for a first pair. They would most definitely HAVE to be mounted and some 15x70s (still mounted) would likely be a much better choice, although still probably not what I would recommend to start with.

    I would suggest starting with some 10x50s. These can reasonably be hand held (the more magnification the harder it is to hand hold) although I always recommend to mount any binoculars because you will see WAY MORE!

    A good alternative, as long as you're going to mount them, would be binoculars with a magnification from 9x to 15x and 60-70mm aperture.

    The Celestron binoculars, and many others, suffer from bad collimation. Oberwerk is the only vendor that collimates their own binoculars before they ship, ALL others rely on the collimation from the factory, which is hit or miss (mostly miss in my experience). If you receive a new pair that isn't collimated properly you can either return them or collimate them yourself (easy to do) but this voids the warranty and should not really be necessary on a NEW pair, but it happens ALL the time.

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    Default Re: Best Binoculars for Beginner?

    I also recommend 10x50's to start out. Just a bit easier to use.
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    Default Re: Best Binoculars for Beginner?

    Another vote for 10x50 or even 8x40. Basically, you want your first binos to be light enough to hold comfortably in your hands and have wide angle views, so it will be easier for you to find targets from beginning.
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    Default Re: Best Binoculars for Beginner?

    yep I wouldn't spend to much, buy cheaper smaller ones and put the money saved to a good chair to lay back in. there's nothing comfy about using binoculars .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozypic View Post
    there's nothing comfy about using binoculars .
    Well that depends on what you have and how you use them. Laid back in my zero gravity chair with the big binos floating above me on the parallel mount, my biggest problem sometimes is staying awake because I'm so relaxed and comfortable.

    But I agree about the necessity of a good reclining chair. And an air mattress and pillow work nicely for objects high in the sky if you're using smaller hand held binoculars. The vast majority of my observing is done with binoculars and I can't see my self spending much time being uncomfortable.
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    Default Re: Best Binoculars for Beginner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozypic View Post
    yep I wouldn't spend to much, buy cheaper smaller ones and put the money saved to a good chair to lay back in. there's nothing comfy about using binoculars .
    Ye, using them on a photo tripod is a neck torture, but reclining in a chair with binos resting on a monopod is very comfy.
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    "Well that depends on what you have and how you use them. Laid back in my zero gravity chair with the big binos floating above me on the parallel mount, my biggest problem sometimes is staying awake because I'm so relaxed and comfortable."

    And just how long DID it take to polar align the gravity chair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff F. View Post
    And just how long DID it take to polar align the gravity chair?
    3.14159 seconds.

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    Default Re: Best Binoculars for Beginner?

    What about something more magbnified in? 20X50?

    What sort of price?

    I am still keen on the Celes 20x80.. Other than light quality is there any other difference?

    Any good 20x80? How much? £45??

 

 
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