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    Hey all. I just joined these foums a few days ago as I am in the long process of saving to buy a telescope. Looking at either an 8" or 10" dob.

    For now I have been advised to get some binoculars to start exploring the sky now. I have found some I think are good but I just wanna check with you guys and see what you think. Here are the ones I am currently looking at: https://www.jacobsdigital.co.nz/prod...-2-7x50-marine. They are on sale for $109NZD at the moment and I can pay them off over 1.5months with no interest with afterpay, so I can buy now.

    The other set I was sort of looking at is the Nikon Aculon 8x42 which I can get on amazon for about $125 NZD Need to save a bit more for those. What do you guys think? I have no experience at all with binos.

    Or should I go for something cheaper like a 7x10 celestron?

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    Stay AWAY from the Konus binoculars, the ruby tint makes them a poor choice for astronomy.

    The Aculons are quite good and I would be very tempted to get those. They would definitely make the list of possibles. Not so with the Konus.

    Skip the Celestron 7x10s and go with the Nikons.
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    Oh, I do remember reading that ruby tinted ones aren't good for astronomy. I am guessing they are good for terrestrial viewing?

    Anyway, thanks for the reply. Will save a little longer and get those Nikons then.
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    Yes the ruby tinted ones are meant only for terrestrial use. Theoretically it helps with glare off the water, but from the ones I've tried (buddy got some for kayak trips, not Konus though) the red tint wasn't particularly effective with the glare nor were the optics very clear (he should have asked me first!).
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    I have been looking around trying to find some decent cheaper binos. Wondering what you all think of these.
    https://www.amazon.com/Skygenius-Pow...48a4e467675dd2 Hearing good things about these googling around.

    Or these
    https://www.amazon.com/AVANTEK-Binoc...0x50+Binocular

    Or even these
    https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-UpC...0x50+Binocular

    Or should I save for the Nikon 8x42?
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    I agree with Ozman 13 , the Nikon 7x50 Aculon would be a good choice . My first Binoculars we 7x50 ,and I would get them from a shop like Jacobs in Auckland which I note is a Authorised Nikon Dealer, all the help you will need. Or you could get a second hand ones from a OP Shop etc. I picked up some Pentax 16x50 PCF for $20 Aus last week from a Op shop. All the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saraneth View Post
    I have been looking around trying to find some decent cheaper binos. Wondering what you all think of these.
    https://www.amazon.com/Skygenius-Pow...48a4e467675dd2 Hearing good things about these googling around.

    Or these
    https://www.amazon.com/AVANTEK-Binoc...0x50+Binocular

    Or even these
    https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-UpC...0x50+Binocular

    Or should I save for the Nikon 8x42?
    They are virtually identical and very likely made in the same Chinese factory. The first and last look to be exact copies just with different logos on them. The second one has a slightly different housing, but likely the exact same optics as the other two. They are all likely the same as my Simmons Prosport 10x50s which are fairly good, especially considering how little they cost.

    You would likely get good service from either of them, but my preference would still be for the Nikons, they are a level above all of these.
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    Sweet as. Thanks for the reply. At the moment I am just getting worried that whatever I buy I will regret it and wish I got the other one. Just have to get over that I guess and buy them. 8x42 Nikons it is lol

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    I have the 10x50 Nikon Aculon set and like it very much.
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    I don't think you can go wrong with the Nikons. As mentioned above they are are a major step up in quality of construction and optics from the basic "entry level" ones you have referenced. You will use them even when/if you get yourself a telescope, and even when you have years of experience under your belt. Most of us have a pair of binoculars with us every time we go observing, no matter what telescope we are using.

    They will also double for bird/nature watching in the daytime, and they will last a lifetime, while I'm not sure the cheaper binos would have the mechanical construction to survive more than a few years of use.
    - I think you will only end up regretting your purchase if you get the cheap ones. At this level you pretty much get what you pay for... (unless you can snag some Pentax 16x50 PCF's for $20 like Graig did: bargain!!!)

    The other thing with the Nikons is that they are guaranteed, and it is almost certain that they will have sharp, well-collimated optics when they arrive. This is not something that you could bank on with the cheaper varieties.

    All the best,

    Dean

    PS: I don't know if this mob ships to NZ from Oz, but they seem to be a pretty good price here: https://www.digidirect.com.au/binocu...RoChpEQAvD_BwE
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