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    My father recently bought these Nikon 10x50 Action Binoculars - Binoculars at Binoculars and I really like them. Great crisp images.
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    You have nearly enough budget for a good quality binos like Nikon Action Ex. Better to get a weather proofed one as it can prevent fogging especially in colder places like yours.

    And I second the idea to have a tripod. I use my camera tripod with my 10X50 bins. L bracket was made by a technician at my project site.
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    I have heard of Sakura films in film days. Perhaps the same company.

    googling SAKURA Binoculars yielded some imrpessive results. But one of them said they are Rubicon coated. Be wary of these as I read during my search for binos not to be mislead by Ruby coated or Rubicon ones as they are cheap coatings cutting off much light. We want more light to view the sky.
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    Thank you for all the advises I've decided that I'll visit few scope shops - maybe there I'll find something interesting as well

    I've looked up Nikon Action Ex, but I could only find Action VII model, which is ~200£ and that waaay out of my budget...


    And one more question - What's the lowest objective diameter I should consider? I suppose I shouldn't go lower than 50mm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonis View Post
    And one more question - What's the lowest objective diameter I should consider?
    The ratio of objective diameter to power, which is the exit pupil diameter, is what people generally look at for nighttime viewing. That implies that the best object diameter depends on the power. The ratio should approximate your own pupil size at night, which is probably 4-7mm, depending in part on your age. The Celestron binos I have are 5mm exit pupil (8x40, 10x50). Of the commonly available sizes, several have 7mm exit pupil: 7x50, 8x56, 9x63.
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    50 mm is the best you could hold by hand. More than that it becomes heavy (even I feel my 50mm heavy), hands start aching, quivering etc. And the quiver easily gets magnified even at 10X. My Action Ex is about a kilo.

    You can check for Olympus EXPS or EXWP 8x42. They are rated excellent for astro purposes. also DPS series should be OK only thing it is not water proof. And Olympus are cheaper.(I did not get a dealer here who had the full range)

    Or Pentax, Orion, Celestron etc, etc.
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    Has BK7 prism that is inferior to BAK4. How to Choose Binoculars - OPT Telescopes

    Exit pupil is only about 3.

    You need a tripod for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subbu68 View Post
    Has BK7 prism that is inferior to BAK4. How to Choose Binoculars - OPT Telescopes

    Exit pupil is only about 3.

    You need a tripod for sure.
    I've tried these in a shop and they felt quite good, but i didn't like build quality... They feel solid, light and an image was good to my untrained eye, however there were some edges where rubber coating quality didn't look that good. And the price was 68£. Oh I for got to mention that they were 20x60.



    So that leaves me with five choices: these hawke 20x60 binos (68£), celestron skymaster 15x70 (VERY frequent colimnation problems - gives 'double' image, I could return them though) (74£),Olympus DPS-1 10x50 (I have no information, except recommendation by someone on this thread)(62£),Bushnell Powerview 10x50 (no information on these ones as well, someone recommended the manufacturer) (54£) and Bushnell 10x50 Permafocus Wide Angle Porro Prism Binocular (Clamshell) with 7.5° Angle of View (no information, 64£).

    If you all could write which one you would choose and why I would be very happy Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonis View Post

    ... Bushnell Powerview 10x50 (no information on these ones as well, someone recommended the manufacturer) ...
    Hi gonis, I mentioned Bushnell when speaking of binoculars in the $25-$30 US range. When you are at a department store and see very inexpensive binoculars ($25).. you would know, at least, with Bushnell you were buying from a reputable company.
    I believe that Bushnell's focus is more toward binocular lines designed for terrestrial use.. I am uncertain about this, but you rarely see their bins talked about in terms of being an astronomical tool.
    There are several brand/models of binoculars in your stated price range that are tried and trusted. The problem with specific recommendations, at least in my opinion, is that you have manufacturers in the UK that are very good yet I don't know anything about them, many are not on the store shelves here in North America.
    So.. off the top of my head I could say many folks buy Pentax PCF's, Nikon Action Extremes, etc.
    When I looked up these models on UK sites, they didn't translate in cost to what we pay here. They are just generally more expensive in the UK.
    You definately would not be dissapointed with those models, but maybe someone in the UK that reads this will suggest equally valid options.. that don't bust your price point?

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