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    Default Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?



    About the past 1 to 2 years waiting get the ok from my doctor on setting these up on a concrete 12 x 12 in our back property. I am in a dark green pollution zone. I have 3 acres with the closest home about 1500 feet in trees so not a problem. I was looking at the 25X100 but I think the 20x80s will work fine for what I like to look at. I have had lots of good size scopes for over 20 years from Scts, Reflectors, Refactors. Now being 79 years old the big days are gone. I do not mind binoculars . These 20 X 80s I know I can handle with no problem. I know they will never match my previous scopes this I expect. my game now will be open star clusters and globular, nebulas, galaxies, some planets. I think what I can view with these I should be happy and not go broke getting and be able to handle the weight. I was looking at the 25X100 and a mount that is water under the bridge.
    All feedback greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?

    I have not looked through the Oberwerk LW 20x80s, I assume they would perform well. The Oberwerk 20x80 Deluxe III are nice and would serve you well. Either pair will need a mount like the 25x100s, that part at least will out of necessity remain the same even for the LWs.

    I don't think you will really be pleased with any binocular for planetary viewing. I would get a small 90mm-125mm Mak as a dedicated scope for that to keep things small and convenient.

    For the open and globular clusters, the 20x80s are quite nice. But for the nebulae and galaxies, the 25x100s have a definite edge and clearly outperform the 20x80s, especially so on nebulae as the eyepieces on the 25x100s are threaded to accept 1.25" filters.

    Either pair of 20x80s will likely serve you well (I would still prefer the Deluxe model to the LW) but you will have to mount them and you will have to sacrifice some performance compared to the 25x100s (not to mention the individual focus which is also nice).
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    Default Re: Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?

    20x80 or 25x100 will provide enjoyable views. Nothing wrong with either. Are you setting up zero gravity chair and a parallelogram mount? Those are crucial for comfortable observing with binos.
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    Default Re: Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?

    Yes I will be getting the parallelogram & a zero gravity chair this is a must at my age.

    Thanks Bill

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    Default Re: Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?

    Hello Bill,

    I used to have an older 20x80 manufactured still in Japan at the same time as I already had 25x100FB and other binoculars. The 25x100 beat the 20x80 by quite a margin, so I have sold the 20x80 before one observing season has been over.

    If you still want something in the mid range, then the Nikon Astroluxe 18x70 can't be beaten, I have their little brother 10x70.
    https://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/...uxe-18x70.html
    They emerge for 1/2 price from time to time as pre-owned, or on the surplus sales of the sports optics and birding optics dealers.

    Another good option should you keep with the 80mm, are the double refractors, like the little Vixen
    https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-...02763-242-9261

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    Default Re: Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?

    I did a big typo error. I did mean the Oberwerk 20X80 Deluxe III binos. There is quite a few differences compared to the much older ones

    Thanks for you feedback appreciated

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    Default Re: Oberwerk 20 X 80s Pros &m Cons?

    Hello Bill,

    then a better choice are the Triplet ED APO 20x80 binoculars, both for the terrestrial and astro,
    https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...d-Adapter.html

    If yu want to spend more money on better quality, then look here https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/6...rative-review/

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