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    So I have a cheap 10X50 Tasco binocular(bak 7 prisms, not multi-coated). And its pretty decent. I saw Ganymede with it(just barely). However the sky around my house is pretty light-polluted. I plan on getting a telescope in a month or two, after going to a star party. However before that, what would you recommend?
    I found these 9x63's: NcSTAR Full Size Binocular
    Or the Celestron Skymaster 15X70?
    Both are cheap and sound like good bargains, will either show me much more than what I have, considering the polluted skies? I already have a small tripod, from before. So should I get another binocular, or just save up for a better scope?
    I haven't been able to find M29...and from the book Nightwatch it sounds like I should be able to find it. Could my binocular be too crappy? Or do I need darker skies, or just more practice?

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    Hi harbinjer,

    Welcome to the forum.
    Save your money for a telescope. You will be glad that you did.

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    The 9X63' and the 15x70's are going to requrie a tripod. Anything above 10x50 is difficult to hold steady (even my 10x50's are a challenge at times). The Orion Scenix 10x50's are decent and at $100 quite affordable.

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    Thanks for the responses. Are 7X50's much better at seeing faint objects than 10X50's because of the lower magnification? How do the 9X63's compare. It's just that the star party around here won't happen for about 5 weeks, and I'd really like to see more before that. I so wonder if these better quality, larger aperture binocs will allow me to see much more or just see the things I already see a little bit better. I have the money to get the scope either way. I'm mostly holding off because I want to make sure that I'll stick with this, instead of having a telescope that sins in the corner, observing cobwebs.

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    I can't really comment too much on the 7x50s never having used a pair, however I have heard many on this forum say possitive things about them. I think the 63's are still going to be a little difficult to hold steady.

    What part of southern MN are you from? I am in East Central SD, trying to survive the latest round of winter - half the schools in the state are off today, and I don't thing I-29 is open yet.

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    I'm in Rochester, and wow that winter just got more intense. I heard Sunday night on the Radio that you guys had "life threatening windchill".

    It was clear last night, so I dressed warmly and went outside. I lay down in the snow, and after a few minutes, I think I finally found the double cluster. I also realized I need a butt pad or snowpants. I also think that the 10x50 might be too narrow a field of view to easily find constellations. Its 367 ft at 1000 yd.

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    Harbinjer, M29 is small and dim, just a handful of very dim stars. From light polluted skies it's a chore to see it in 10x50s.

    BTW, stay with 10x50 over 7x50. Better contrast and 3x more, to boot. Also better than the 9x63 on contrast.

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    Thanks, RussL. That helps to know. I'll look for it while it highest in the sky. The zenith is much darker than anything approaching the horizon around here. After reading a lot of reviews, I've just ordered Oberwerk 15X70's which should help too. They sound like a "sweet spot" in terms of price, size and view.

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    You will like the Oberwerk 15X70's. They will be a significant improvement over your Tasco 10X50's. It is difficult to hold large binoculars steady. Do you have a sturdy tripod?

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    That's on the Christmas list. Would a "heavy duty" photographic one work? Can something that can hold a 6lb camera do well enough with a 3lb binocular? Is there a big advantage to ones specifically for astronomical binoculars?

    I finally drove out of town 5 minutes with my 10x50 and found out that the light pollution is the biggest inhibitor. I live close enough to the downtown area that it washes out a ton of stuff. eg. the bottom half of the big dipper and sometimes all of it.

 

 
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