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    Default Are Vivitar Binoculars Good?



    I have an old pair of Vivitar binoculars 8x22. They are the PV Series. They are less than 4 inches long and could fit in a pocket (real small). Does anyone know if these are a high quality pair?

    I look at the moon through them and its like im literally looking through a telescope. I can see craters in perfect detail. It was really stunning to me the first time I used them when I remembered I had them. My grandfather has a pair of binoculars that are 10x50 and they have less magnification and clarity than my 8x22, how is this possible?

    EDIT: These are the exact ones I have VIVITAR PV SERIES BINOCULARS-SAMALL SIZE-VERY NICE-SEE! - eBay (item 380258395600 end time Aug-15-10 19:57:44 PDT)

    For $10 I can say that I suggest these HIGHLY!

    Just found the specs: Vivitar Compact 63-4642 Binocular Details and Product Specifications - Epinions.com
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    Hey,
    any binoculars are good. The exit pupil is a bit small, but I think they would do fine for the moon especially. They have a small aperture (22mm) but that would be ok for the moon, try them out and let us know.
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    I already have them. I was saying how they are better than the 10x50's my grandfather has. It might be because his are cheapos, but I would think any 10x50 would beat a 8x22 in terms of magnification. It just boggles me how good these little tiny binoculars are for looking at the moon. I wish you could see this, lol.

    Maybe I just have never used a good set of binoculars before...

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    I saw some of the larger Vivitar binoculars go on clearance at a Target and bought a pair thinking that they would be better than my trusty pocket binoculars due to a larger aperture and longer focal length. It was a very bad choice and waste of $15

    Chromatic aberration was insane with these things, and I would not be able to suggest these for such things as bird watching as the trees I started looking at when I first got my binoculars out of the box were a red and blue mess.

    I returned my binoculars for a different pair, hoping that the problem was with a bad set of optics, but the second pair was just as bad. With that said, I do sometimes whip this pair out for a quick scan of the night sky, but I am always disappointed.

    Now, with the negative out of the way, let me say that there are a few good things about the larger Vivitar binoculars.

    These binoculars are built like they were meant to withstand a car driving over them, lots of metal with lots of rubber covering, fairly heavy but not something I would worry about handing to a little kid that might drop these things.

    In the end I murdered a couple Meade eyepieces from a failed telescope to fix my Chromatic aberration problem and turned this into a decent pair of binoculars, the problem is, I shouldn't have to provide my own optics for an optical instrument.




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    Vivitar binoculars are pretty cheap but there are many, many other ways to spend $10-$15 in no time on less useful objects.
    I've played with some cheap Vivitar binoculars in the past and, of course, I was not impressed. But, in my opinion, you can see more objects in the sky with binoculars than with no binoculars at all... For some reason I'd say Vivitar binoculars are probably better for astronomy compared to cheap department store telescopes which, with their atrocious mounts are "hobby killers"...
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    It's pretty interesting that the views are better than that of the 10x50s. You should try finding some faint messier objects. Try finding the triangulum galaxy, or M51. Less challenging would be M13.

    22 inch aperature isn't much, the moon is plenty bright for that, and 8 magnification isn't much less than 10. But you might struggle with 9 or 10 magnitude objects.
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    Default Re: Are Vivitar Binoculars Good?

    A little late posting, but I've owned a pair of Vivitar PV Series 10x26 for a number of years (since new). These were okay binoculars at one time, but recently, even though stored with professional camera equipment in a temperate environment, the soft rubber parts (including the center adjustment knob) are now deteriorating into a sticky goo. The case has also got a sticky film. These clearly were not built to last.

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    Default Re: Are Vivitar Binoculars Good?

    Hello mrsnak and welcome to the forum!

    Please take a moment to introduce yourself over in our Welcomes/Introductions Forum.

    Sorry to hear about the trouble with your Vivitar binoculars.

    Also, please take a few minutes to review our Forum Rules and Terms of Service (link at the bottom of my signature), especially the section concerning the revival of old threads, aka necro posting.

    Thanks for your understanding. And again, welcome to the forum!

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