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    Just thought I'd postsome comments on my first night of viewing with these.

    Luckily I had a pretty clear night. Tried them out during the day and they are much brighter than my old 7x35 Jason Clipper model. Focus was sharp and easy, very comfortable to hold.

    Now for the night. My big target of the night was Jupiter and its moons. This was actually the first time I saw the moons, very pleasant surprise. To me it looked like all four were off to the left of the planet and angled down about 15 degrees. It was either that or my eyes were seeing something that wasn't there. I wasn't sure at first and thought I might be seeing something so I had my wife check them. After a few moments she was able to see them also. Her comment was we need to get a telescope, so hopefully I'll be getting my 6se soon.

    The rest of the night was spent just looking around with no particular target in mind. It was amazing at how many more stars one can see with these. looking forward to getting out in the next nights for more viewing. Still warm enough that I don't need a coat. Just hope the neighbors don't think I'm spying on them. I can just imagine the conversations with the police, LOL.

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    Awesome purchase! Those are excellent binos. As for jupiter's moons, they are very easy to see with 10x binoculars, but only if you can hold them steady.

    Keep using the pentax and relax your arms and you'll get used to them. Then the moons will be easier to clearly spot. Either way, prop them or lay them on something like a picnic table with a bag on it to angle them at jupiter without having to hold or touch them (or just use a tripod) and you will see the moons no problem at all and you'll want a tripod. ha. Check out some messier objects in those. Good times.
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    i'm going to purchase a tripod adapter for them shortly.

    I only had about 30 minutes of viewing last night, clouds rolled in.

    so far the only issue is the eyepiece lens cap. I think Pentax missed it on that. I'm looking for replacement ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmssms View Post
    so far the only issue is the eyepiece lens cap. I think Pentax missed it on that. I'm looking for replacement ones.
    Definitely. You can read my review in the binoculars forum. I said the same exact thing. I think the person who designed the caps was on crack. :-P They were useful only to protect the lenses when you have them inside the nylon case. That's about it. I always wondered if they could be heated up and molded a little tighter by squeezing them in more??
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    Update on last night's viewing.
    It was a rather successful night for a short period of time I was out there.
    Saw the IIS and it looked brighter and bigger than before. If my eyes were not deceiving me it looked like a bright reactangle with a small dark spot separating it into two.

    I was then just cruising the sky and was able to track a couple satellites.

    Jupiter was pretty good also. I couldn't lean where I usually do though so it wasn't as steady viewing.

    So far I really enjoy using these and find myself getting out and just looking up.

    Trying to do some star hopping but the LP is really making it a challenge.

    Still have not heard back from Pentax support on the eyepice cover. Should be interesting to see what they say about the looseness.

 

 

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