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    Default Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?



    Hey guys, I was just about to but an 6-8" dob but I still think a nice set of binoculars would get used more. Not really interested in a mount, just lying on my back and gazing. I'm guessing people have rested their elbows on things make it easier to hold up something of decent aperture?
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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    There have been lots of discussions about hand-held binos vs mounted. In general, once you go over around 10x then the view can get a bit wobbly; but if you are lying down and bracing your elbows you may be able to get away with (say) 15x70's.

    I think hand-held binos are a great way to just have a look, but if you are really interested in deep-sky astronomy viewing then at some stage you will want a telescope, or large binos (say 25x100's) with a good mount. If you are after planets then a telescope is a must.

    You can't go wrong with a good pair of 10x50 binoculars to start with, especially if you get them with a reasonably wide field. Good "old fashioned" porro-prisms are a great and cost effective way to start: and something like a Nikon Aculon or Action, Pentax XP, etc. will last you a lifetime.

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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    I just bought the Orion Giant view and the paralelogram mount combo for 800 at Orion Telescope. Love it.

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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    Anything larger than 10x50 I would want to mount them on a tripod or monopod.
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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    There is no general rule.
    Just try it out in an experiment for your own circumstances.
    Sit down in a comfortable chair, like the one you are going to use.
    Stare up and hold a weight in front of you, as if you are holding bino's.
    Do this with several weights, corresponding with the weight of the bino's you have in mind.
    Measure the time until you start feeling uncomfortable.

    But this is not all. A higher magnification requires more effort to keep still.
    Divide the measured time by two each time you have a step of magnification in mind, stepping from 7X to 10X to 15X.

    You will be surprised by the outcome.

    I did the same, using real bino's. I was surprised to find out that comfort was more important than aperture.
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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Auron View Post
    I was just about to but an 6-8" dob but I still think a nice set of binoculars would get used more. Not really interested in a mount,
    My 25x100s definitely get used WAY MORE than my 8" Dob, the smaller binos do as well. But I mount all of my binoculars (except the little 2.3x40 constellation binos). Regardless of the size or magnification, mounting binoculars will allow you to see more, but I would not consider anything higher than 10x for hand holding.
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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    This has been very helpful, can anyone recommend a good set between $100 and $200?
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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Auron View Post
    This has been very helpful, can anyone recommend a good set between $100 and $200?
    Check out 10x50 Nikon Aculon or Action, Pentax SP, or Oberwerk Deluxe. I don't think you can wrong with any of them.

    You could try 11x70's, like Oberwerk LW's: but you are pushing it for hand-held.

    All the best,

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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    If I had more money I would buy the Oberwerk BT-82XL-ED Binoculars. You would definitely need a tripod though, as they weigh over 10 pounds.

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    Default Re: Largest binos you'd want without a tripod?

    Hello Aron

    regarding the binoculars with the light weight magnesium body, you can go up to 25x100, and hold them at least for some short time with your hands.
    They are on the market under different brand names:
    https://www.optics-pro.com/instrumen...25x100/p,47251
    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/obs...inoculars.html

    Their 8 lenses in 5 groups eyepieces (Zeiss Astroplan remake for the fast achromatic optics), are expected to offer respectfully sharp views.

    I am also considering these as a relacement for my old 25x100 FB,

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