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    I'm considering the orion 9x63. I have one question though. can you hold these easily in your hands or do you need a tripod. I've had a pair of 10x50mm binos in the past. and I loved them. im just getting back into astronomy after a 4 year hiatus. i remember wanting these 9x63 binos in the past and im now in the market for a good pair of binoculars for astronomy and daytime use. please help me decide what to buy. my budget is in the $150 to $200 range. thank you in advance.

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    Personally I'm just to "shaky" to hold binoculars by hand. If I steady my arms against something solid I have much better luck.
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    eventually ill get a tripod but i like to take quick peaks. I am a truck driver so sometimes when im driving i'll stop and look up with my binoculars. i have an orion xt8 for good long looks into the sky. It wont fit into my backpack though. ive found that i can get more eyepiece time with a small portable pair of binoculars. if anyone has any more suggestions for a good pair of binoculars I'm all ears.

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    I don't think that 63mm will show you very much more than the 10x50mm.

    You would need to jump up to at least a 20x80mm which does require a tripod or a parallelogram mount.

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    good point. I think ill look into a good pair of 10x50s. does anyone know of a good quality pair of 10x50s. something that is going to last a while, i had my last pair for about 8 years. made by minolta. I misplaced them and need to replace them.

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    A good 10x50s is Nikon Trailblazer 10x50s i have one and it works great.I read about it on Testfreaks, Glad I made the right choice.

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    Hello Dewman,

    I have had that 9x63 bino, and I have liked it until replaced with the 10.5x70 marine.

    BBC Sky at Night has rewarded the Helios Naturesport plus, 10x50, field of view 6.5deg, it seems to be a fine wide bino for a moderate budget. Have a look at it, if this suits you well.

    Actually, I would not hesitate to consider some light weight bino up to 15x70, you should check the price.

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