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    Default Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer



    Hi all - First post - be gentle

    I have always been interested in Astronomy but have always been too busy to get into it.

    My kids are now at an age where they are fascinated by space / stars / planets and I am using this as motivation to kick of my astronomy interest.

    After copious reading online I have decided to start with a good set of 10x50 binoculars prior to spending some time outside with the kids, and we are looking at joining the Adelaide Astronomy club.

    I am looking for a good set of 10x50 binoculars, that are obviously good for night viewing. They need to be relatively robust in case the kids cause trauma. I am happy to pay enough so that I don't need to replace them if our interest develops -- and looking for a set that will last 30 years.

    I am looking at the High Grade (HG series) premium 10 x 50 binoculars! listed on Super Discount Offer on Binoculars | Binoculars For Sale in Australia

    based on the advice of some of the forum posts that I have read here.

    Will the above binoculars meet my needs?
    Anyone got any feed back from this provider - their website leaves a lot to be desired - but the quality of their gear has been recommended.
    Any alternatives that people would suggest?
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    Default Re: Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer

    Hello and welcome to the forums
    Unfortunately the link you posted only goes to the company page and not a particular product.
    I have a set of Celestron Calvary 10x50 that I keep in the vehicle and they give good nighttime viewing.
    Reasonably light for holding by hand though I do use a monopod with them also.
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    Default Re: Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer

    Hello Hyjinx,

    and thank you for asking.

    Really good 10x50 binoculars in your link are the WO 10 x 50 ED Astro for $399 AUD
    Super Discount Offer on Binoculars | Binoculars For Sale in Australia , the William Optics sticker is just the sticker.
    They drawback is the weight, and the individual focus making them less practical on the near field terrestrial viewing.
    They come from Kunming Optical, and they will last for 100 years. I am using two Kunming Optical BA8 big (70mm and 85mm) binoculars to my full satisfaction. The next similar performers to my BA8 are the discontinued Nikon Astroluxe 70mm.

    Excellent lighter weight binoculars with a good ergonomy for the kids, and hardly to beat on the price, are the Kowa:

    10x50 high ergonomy roofs https://www.kowaproducts.com/kowa-sv...VDCFBinocular/ , also 12x50 (designed in Japan, manufactured in China)
    10x56 high ergonomy roofs https://www.kowaproducts.com/kowaBDX...NARBinocular0/ and 12x56, designed in Japan and still (?) manufactured in Japan
    or the binocular telescope https://www.kowaproducts.com/Kowa-Hi...er-Binoculars/

    I have tested the Kowa SV, and they offer the best performance-to-price ratio, followed at some distance by the Nikon Porro 10x50 Action binoculars. The Kowa Prominar binoculars are heads on with the ZEISS Victory binoculars

    If I would not already have the Leica - Swarovski - Zeiss binoculars, I would have the Kowa.
    Attached is a pic of my collection of the binoculars.

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    Default Re: Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer

    Good luck on the bino purchase! And welcome to the Forums!
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    Default Re: Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer

    Hi Hyjinx,

    Welcome to the forum! Sorry I didn't see this earlier, but better late than never...

    I have a pair of the HG series 10x50 binos. They are quite nice for the price, but the MB Ultras (or Kunming BA8) are better as JG has pointed out. Andrews sell them under their own name, and as "Williams". The only difference is the colour of the armour- Williams seem to like the brown, while the unbranded version seem to be khaki green (the same as the Orion versions).

    The HG's give nice views, and are quite sharp, but they are not as robust as the Ultras.

    I always keep a pair in my car, so if you want to check them out and you live nearby send me a PM (I am at Seacliff). If you are interested I might even entertain an offer for them, as I really should "cull the herd" a bit and I have other binos that I use more often...

    There is no "Adelaide Astronomy Club", but we do have the "Astronomical Society of SA". See: https://www.assa.org.au Again, if you are interested let me know and we can have a chat if you like (I am a Life Member of the ASSA).

    Wrt Andrews Communications: I have had a lot of dealings with them over the years, and they have always done the right thing by me, occasionally going the second mile too. I think they spend more time on customers than on upgrading their website: which is not a bad thing!

    All the best, and good luck with your purchases.

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    Default Re: Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer

    Welcome aboard Hyjinx!
    Like Dean I have just seen this thread and unless it is to late to affect I would like to add a thought.
    I understand from your post that the children will be part of you activities on a regular basis, hopefully.
    That being the case I am wondering how old they are and if they will have any difficulty holding the 10X binoculars steady while observing. My 12 year old grandson has some difficulty with this and does not last long at the glass for this reason. I have been letting him use my 8X43 pentax and he can handle them with satisfaction.
    So my thought is to maybe consider a slightly lower magnification for this reason.
    Of course they can learn to brace themselves and that would do. Just a thought.

    Good hunting, and clear skies to you and your children.
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    Default Re: Binoculars for a Budding Astronomer

    Hello.
    Welcome to the forum.
    Good luck with the binocular purchase. You have been given good advice.
    Clear skies
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