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    Default New Binoculars otw



    I ordered the mrs a pair of Celestron 18-40x80 zoom skymasters. She wanted something more powerful than the 7x50's that we have for spotting and scanning. We looked on B&H and after some looking and comparing decided that these would be the pair to order for her. We have also ordered the Orion parallelogram mount head for this set. We already know that trying to hand hold this set will be very frustrating. Please, be honest, opinions and expectations of this set of binoculars would be appreciated. We intend to use the tripod from our nexstar 60 telescope for the parallelogram mount after we get our new telescope and mount. Until then we will use our heavy duty camera tripod with weights hanging on it for the parallelogram. Any suggestions or comments?

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    Default Re: New Binoculars otw

    Congrats Jub, newbie here trying to learn. We ordered the Celestron heavy duty 20x80 binocs, eta today. Hope we both have some exciting viewing ahead.
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    Default Re: New Binoculars otw

    In my opinion, the parallel mount is a MUST HAVE for serious binocular viewing, even with smaller binoculars. I have a couple of parallel mounts, one of them is the Orion. The pivot point holding the tripod adapter that attaches directly to the binoculars was quite stiff and hard to move, it was either too tight or too loose with no good in between. This was an easy, no cost fix by cutting a plastic washer out of a milk jug to go on the pivot point. Now I tighten it down quite a bit but the plastic washer still lets it slide smoothly up and down.

    I have no experience with zoom binoculars. I have heard that fixed magnification is better, but do not know that and really haven't heard much from those that do own them. I would be very interested to hear what you have to say about them once you have used them.
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    Default Re: New Binoculars otw

    Congrats on the new binos!
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    Default Re: New Binoculars otw

    OH-YAH!!!,Mrs Jub is going to have hoot of a time with that rig--She may need to order a stun-gun too-- just to keep you from hogging it---

    From what I've read zoom bino's aren't as sharp as fixed mag units--Having said that I really believe you've made the right choice by not going overboard with the mag,like 20 to 80x--Because you have opted for a realistic and doable 18 to 40x with good eye relief and exit pupil the views should be quite nice---

    I too hope that Jub and his better half give us a review in the near future on their new twin photon trap------------------------ZX
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    Default Re: New Binoculars otw

    Everything arrived in a timely manner, and, we were blessed once again with clear skies on new toy day. This new set of twin light buckets is spectacular. Crisp clear images throughout the zoom range. Minor adjustments to fine focus had to be made along the way, but that is to be expected. I spent the extra money and got the tripod/mount setup from Orion and didn't tell the mrs until later..... She was pleasantly surprised as I told/informed her that through research I was able to save a greater deal of money by converting the nexstar get mount to a dslr tracking mount. For only $30 I was able to get a new dovetail with 90 and adjustable 1/4 20 sliding screw. It beats ordering a new tripod/mount for over $700 plus additional hidden costs that I may or may not have foreseen. I'm glad to post this update for everyone. Oh, the mrs told me she saw something about a zero gravity collapsible chair that I must purchase for her. Having her happy and wanting to invest more has me elated. Thank you for you suggestions and comments.

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