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    Default Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy



    Hi,

    A forum newbie here in Dorset, UK.

    I already have a Celestron 10cm telescope but now since I’ve moved into the countryside and have amazing views I am looking to purchase a pair of bins and a tripod to have set up in my conservatory. These would be used primarily for day use and sometimes astronomy.

    I’ve read countless reviews and thought I’d found what I was looking for only to find another option then another.

    I wear spectacles so need a decent eye relief.

    I’ve seen Celestron, Orion, Bresser, Opticron & Zhummell etc on websites and am concerned about collimation issues and then having to return them.

    I want to spend around a maximum of £200 on the bins (I think 20x80) and sturdy tripod combined.

    Oberwerk seem popular but I don’t think you can purchase these in the UK (or in budget).

    What would you recommend?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

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    The most common ones to be out of collimation are typically the Celestron 15x70 though mine are quite good.
    I did have to repair a set of 10x50 for a friend a couple of years ago.
    I think you would be fine ordering a set from Firstlight Optics or 365Astronomy as they do returns if needed quite painlessly.

    The only mid range binoculars that seem to be guaranteed for collimation are APM telescopes and Oberwerks.
    Nikon and Pentax make some good sets as well.
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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    Well I just purchased the Celestron Skymaster 20x80 binos to replace my 15x70's which got stolen. The collimation was slightly off but easily fixed But you may want to seriously consider the 15x70's as they can be hand held to some extent whereas the 20x80 really can't.....

    I ended up having to buy a new tripod as well because of the weight of my new binos (heavier than the 15x70's) and wound up with the Celestron TrailSeeker Tripod which has turned out to be excellent - I'm actually considering getting another one

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    With glasses you will need an eye relief of 18mm or greater. Amazon pays for return shipping. Make sure they are shipped or fulfilled by Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=binocul...f=sr_nr_p_76_2

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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    I forgot to mention that I wear TRI-focals but never use them when observing with anything I have - much easier that way

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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Destiny9 View Post

    I wear spectacles so need a decent eye relief.
    Unless you suffer from astigmatism, you do not need to wear your glasses to observe.
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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    Actually I do suffer from astigmatism.

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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by AbbN View Post
    Well I just purchased the Celestron Skymaster 20x80 binos to replace my 15x70's which got stolen. The collimation was slightly off but easily fixed But you may want to seriously consider the 15x70's as they can be hand held to some extent whereas the 20x80 really can't.....

    I ended up having to buy a new tripod as well because of the weight of my new binos (heavier than the 15x70's) and wound up with the Celestron TrailSeeker Tripod which has turned out to be excellent - I'm actually considering getting another one

    Good luck!
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    Thanks Abb. I actually want to keep these on a tripod permanently. I also saw the Celestron 20x80 Pro in my budget range. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Destiny9 View Post
    Actually I do suffer from astigmatism.
    Then eye relief is a concern. I would probably go with these. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/obs...inoculars.html

    I would shop around for a suitable tripod, but I would consider this one. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/fot...ay-tripod.html
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    Default Re: Advice on which 20x80 binoculars to buy

    Quote Originally Posted by AbbN View Post
    Well I just purchased the Celestron Skymaster 20x80 binos to replace my 15x70's which got stolen. The collimation was slightly off but easily fixed But you may want to seriously consider the 15x70's as they can be hand held to some extent whereas the 20x80 really can't.....

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    Good luck!
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    Thanks Abb. I actually want to keep these on a tripod permanently. I also saw the Celestron 20x80 Pro in my budget range. Any thoughts?

 

 
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