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    I don't think even my 12x60 are really that practical looking at specific objects in the night sky unless you have the means to steady them. Its not that they are that heavy, but just the same keeping them stable without the jitters and shaking is next to impossible. As said, it makes studying specific targets difficult, but when scanning or searching around free hand, its not a problem. Once I find something I want to study for a while, I usually prop them against the fence or wall, or lie on the ground or in a lawn chair. Binoculars are really a great option to have in your astronomy took kit, a true grab and go instrument. I also appreciate the relief from keeping one eye closed, viewing with both eyes open is relaxing and can be done for much longer periods of time. As others have said, the unique view binoculars offer adds another demension too.
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    Default Re: 15x70 or 20x80

    Quote Originally Posted by gmssms View Post
    Looks like it is going to be the Nikons. The 15x70s or 20x80s might come along later. Though with the telescope purchase a couple weeks away they may not be necessary.

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    Default Re: 15x70 or 20x80

    I just bought a pair of Orion 20X80 Astro-Binoculars and tonight I went outside between the rain showers to a beautifully clear sky. With my hand held Orion 8X42 UltraView Binoculars to compare to I looked at M42, Jupiter and the Pleadies. The 20X80's on a tripod performed quite well and naturally gave me more detailed views. The only difference is I couldn't see the moons of Jupiter with the 8X42's.
    My wife and I will be using both binoculars along with my Celestron 4SE. The 20X80 Binoculars will be a nice addition to enhance the astronomy experience.

 

 
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