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    Hi dudes, i want to start in the astrology world and I will with a binocular cause of the practice of it, can you guys suggest me which one of these is best ?

    Nikon Action 10x50 Binocular
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005QZ4J/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A18ACDNYOEMMOL &v=glance]Amazon.com: Nikon Action 10x50 Binocular: Camera & Photo[/url]

    Pentax 65808 PCF II 10x50 Waterproof Binocular
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00076QVQ4/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A17MC6HOH9AVE6 &v=glance]Amazon.com: Pentax 65808 PCF II 10x50 Waterproof Binocular: Adorama Camera[/url]

    Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 10x50 Binoculars
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009XOMO/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER& v=glance]Amazon.com: Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 10x50 Binoculars: Camera & Photo[/url]

    Nikon 7218 Action 10 X 50mm Binoculars
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001A3N58/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER& v=glance]Amazon.com: Nikon 7218 Action 10 X 50mm Binoculars: Camera & Photo[/url]

    What do you think about it being waterproof or not? Is it better worse or doesnt make difference?

    or you can suggest any other in this price range!

    really thanks

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    Hi Becktrank, and welcome to Astronomy Forum! Good to have you with us. I'm not a bino astronomer, not yet at least. I'll be interested in the responses that address your question. I've been looking into the Zhumell 20 X 80's, and thinking about mirror mounts and parallelagram mounts. The Zhumells seem to have quality control issues, from what I have gathered. Given the shipping issues to and from Brazil, they might not be a good contender for you.

    Do keep us posted on what you choose and how you like them. And, thanks for joining us!



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    Hey thanks. I always wanted to enter in the astronomy but a telescope right now is not good for me first cause of the price and space and second i want something easy to carry, something simple and pratical. I tought before that with binoculars you coudnt see much but after I researched a little I found that i was wrong.

    Anyway I live in Brazil but right now im in the US, florida, so price and shipping wont be a problem. I just want a good quality binocular to begin with but in a good price I m between 3 brands, Pentax, Nikon and Orion, and some of the options are waterproof but none costs more than $150 (discount price). I dont know about the Zhumell but i think 20x80 is just to big for me, cause i want something that could be handheld.

    If anyone have one of this three brands and can give me a opnion of what could be the better option i will appreciate, i dont know too much about binoculars just want to see the stars so i m kind lost in this. Also i want to know if it being waterproof or not make a difference?

    Anyway thank you for your post i will take a look about the Zhumell see if I can find anything smaller from them!

    []`s peace

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    Hi Becktrank,
    will let you know about the binos but many people have hands-on experience with many of them and they will be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by becktrank View Post
    Hi dudes, i want to start in the astrology world and I will with a binocular cause of the practice of it, can you guys suggest me which one of these is best ?

    Nikon Action 10x50 Binocular
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005QZ4J/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A18ACDNYOEMMOL &v=glance]Amazon.com: Nikon Action 10x50 Binocular: Camera & Photo[/url]

    Pentax 65808 PCF II 10x50 Waterproof Binocular
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00076QVQ4/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A17MC6HOH9AVE6 &v=glance]Amazon.com: Pentax 65808 PCF II 10x50 Waterproof Binocular: Adorama Camera[/url]

    Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 10x50 Binoculars
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009XOMO/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER& v=glance]Amazon.com: Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 10x50 Binoculars: Camera & Photo[/url]

    Nikon 7218 Action 10 X 50mm Binoculars
    w ww.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001A3N58/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER& v=glance]Amazon.com: Nikon 7218 Action 10 X 50mm Binoculars: Camera & Photo[/url]

    What do you think about it being waterproof or not? Is it better worse or doesnt make difference?

    or you can suggest any other in this price range!

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    Hi Becktrank, welcome to the forums!
    I'm not familiar with a couple of those specific models that you mentioned, one appears to be a discontinued model and another says it's out of stock, so not sure of it's status. Basically what you are looking for is BaK4 porro prisms, the roof prism design (the ones with straight barrels) are more expensive and have the disadvantage of an added reflection in the light train, making the porro prism design a better choice for astronomical use. Also you will want to look for "Fully Multicoated" as opposed to "Multicoated. The former is multicoated on ALL of the the optical surfaces. The better the coatings are, the less light that will be reflected from the lens, therefore allowing more light to reach your eyes.

    This model has a very wide FOV of 6.5 degrees, which is very nice:

    Nikon | Sport Optics | Action EX Series

    This model has a smaller FOV of 5.0 degrees, but reportedly has greater clarity closer to the edge of field and less reflected light from the objective lens. They are nitrogen filled and listed as waterproof, and are also a little more expensive than the Nikons:

    http://www.pentax.ca/sportoptics/bin...fications2.php

    If you have any more questions.. ask away.
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    ........The better the coatings are, the less light that will be reflected from the lens, therefore allowing more light to reach your eyes.
    Thank you for this insight, Griff.
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