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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?



    I had 2 pair of the Simmons from Walmart. They both did very good. I gave one away to a nephew when I got a pair of Oberwerks as a door prize.
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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    Hi Joe. Sorry to come in late here. When we moved from Illinois to Florida in 1985, I sold off my astronomy equipment, except for a few eyepieces that I thought I would never see again (and I was right). Until 2009, all I had was my K-Mart Focal 7x35 binoculars (made by Tasco) and my Sky&Telescope magazine subscription. Upon my third entry into the amateur astronomy hobby (I am retired now and here to stay), I bought a couple of telescopes and the Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 binoculars. I use these first to check the sky for "what's up" before bringing out the telescopes. Although not as big as the 20x100 versions, I still have to lean against my pickup truck after half an hour to help me stabilize my arms. I have never had any optical problems with these Joe, or I wouldn't recommend them. There are other more expensive binoculars on the market, but you set a budget range, which I fully understand. I agree with AbbN on the quality of these binoculars for the money. I hope this helps Joe, and the kindest of blessings.
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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    Quote Originally Posted by Psalm 19 View Post
    Hi Abb,
    Thanks for your reply. I read some reviews and they sound like a great pair of binoculars. The collimation [problem?] and price are my concerns. Will have to continue to see what's out there.
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    They are a great pair! I have had no collimation problem with them.

    Good luck with whatever your end with
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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    Just a quick comment about cheap binoculars. As long as they are collimated (ie: the image from each eye overlaps with no eye strain, and the stars are single points instead of every one seeming to be a double!), then any binocular is better than none, and any will enable you to see much more than just naked eye! If you can get 7x50 or 10x50 in your price range then they will do you for many years, and will be magic for daytime viewing as well. 8x40 or 10 x 40 binos will also do the job nicely- and in fact one of my favourite binoculars to look through are only 8x30!

    One caveat: you will find at the low price end that porro prism binoculars (ie: "traditional" looking ones) will be better in terms of views and value for your money than roof prisms (the more "more looking ones).

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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    Hello Bigzmey/Pauls72/Makuser/AbbN/DeanD,
    Thanks to all of you for your help/suggestions. I did find reviews on the SkyWatcher 15x70 and there were great reviews. For the most part I'd be looking at $70.00 or more and while the reviews and several folks on here rate them very highly, it is, at this point more than I want to invest. As stated before I'm in the process of saving money to buy a scope and it will probably be several months before I can get one. I know the difference between the SkyWater and Simmons Prosport doesn't seem to be much, but right now every little bit that I can put back for a scope will be very helpful in attaining my goal. I feel somewhat ashamed to even consider buying the less expensive binoculars. Perhaps it will whet my appetite [viewing the heavens] and motivate me to do better at saving for the scope.
    Thanks to all who have taken time to help me with this and other subjects I've posted. The responses and kindness are a bit overwhelming. It is a real pleasure to be here and I hope at some point to be able to pass along some of the knowledge and courtesies that have been extended to me.
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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    I've purchased several binoculars at Walmart. I used to purchase pairs to give away as door prizes when I went someplace to give a talk, It's true that you get what you pay for, but I never had any complaints. They showed a LOT more than the naked eye and often you don't notice where a pair is weak unless you have another pair to compare it with. I've seen a lot of deep sky objects with inexpensive binoculars. I would get at least 10x50's though. I seem to notice more difference in the size of the aperture than in the quality of the lens.
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    There is nothing to be ashamed about. This is a hobby and you can only afford to buy, what you can afford to spend.
    You don't need the best of equipment. There will always be someone with better equipment than you, so what! Just invest your money wisely.

    Binoculars and a Sky Map or Star Chart are a great place to start.

    Dark skies are the most important thing in this hobby. If you are ever able to get to really dark sky sites with little or no light pollution, you can see lots of things naked eye.
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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    Hello Rob/Pauls72,
    Thanks for your advice.
    Rob,
    Someone here has already suggested the Simmons Prosport which are 10x50 so that will be my starting point.
    Pauls72,
    Thanks for your words of encouragement. In way of explanation, I wasn't embarrassed [so much] to buy the cheaper [less expensive] binoculars, my embarrassment stems from spending money on the binoculars instead of setting it back to save for the telescope. I do thank you for your wise words. If I'm smart enough to heed what you say, I'm sure things will be fine.
    God Bless You both,
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    A lot of us on here will say that we never outgrew our binoculars. Many of us keep using them as much or more than our telescopes even after purchasing telescopes. I bought a pair in college and for years binoculars were all I used.
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    Default Re: Are there any good cheap [reasonably priced] binoculars?

    Agree with Pauls. Absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, as each have their own budget with which they can enter and enjoy the hobby. I've never been a proponent of going into debt for a hobby. Simply too many other more important life matters for which we are, or potentially are, responsible. Whatever equipment you can manage to come up with that will get you out under the sky is an important first step. Doesn't have to be the best as long as its usable. Always advisable to take small steps until you are totally sure of which direction you want to go.

    Not sure of your current resources or knowledge of the sky, but having a planisphere as well as a good basic atlas to accompany your binoculars is highly recommended. A good starter atlas is the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas. Both items are available from many sources, including Amazon. Good luck and enjoy the learning.
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