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    Default Sakura binos - any good?



    I've decided that I need a good (and of course cheap) pair of binoculars. Because of bad weather I can't take my scope outside and I only use it through my apartment windows... Problem with that is that I can only see object which are not high in the sky because there are some obstacles on the floor and I can only put telescope ~1m away from window. I've looked up for binoculars on ebay and found few made by Sakura. Is this manufacturer any good? Their binos are really cheap and give a lot of magnification and that's basically what I am looking for. Thank You!
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    I hadn't heard of Sakura so I looked up some info. The information came in two flavours..
    1) The company line.
    2) Bad reviews.

    Zoom binoculars in general tend to be out of collimation at all but the lowest magnification, and these seem to be no exception.
    Not to say that you need to spend a fortune for premium optics, but I think you would be much better off with inexpensive fixed magnification binoculars from a reputable company, such as Orion and Bushnell (just examples). Such companies offer a line of very inexpensive binoculars without the BS of overstating the quality.
    You didn't mention how much you wanted to spend, but those companies I referred to have binoculars available in the $25 to $50 range, as does Celestron (I think?).
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    I've noticed those on eBay, too. I've never had any in hand, but I like low prices. Some Sakura models have a zoom or ruby coated lenses, which many people find unsatisfactory for astronomy. As alternative low cost binos, you might consider Celestron UpClose 8x40 and 10x50, both $25-$30 on Amazon. I have them, but not much experience with them yet. They have respectably wide field of view, multicoated lenses, BK7 porro prisms. Celestron 15x70 Skywatcher were $50 last month, but now $65.
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    I can spend ~100£ for binoculars and a tripod (I've found one for 20£ so that leaves me with ~80£ (130USD) for binoculars). Maybe I should consider spotting scopes as well? Or are they designed for terrestrial/animal observations? Could suggest any particular models? tripod connection is rather important but not necessary. Thanks again
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    I've found Konus 20x80 astro binos 74£. Konus Konus 20x80 giant observation binocular
    Is it good?

    or should I choose something else? Range of binoculars for astronomy
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    That's a decent budget, you have some room to work with.
    You are now in the price range of good quality hand held models and somewhat "ok" quality giant binos.
    You mentioned spotting scopes. I hear folks say they don't care for them as an astronomical tool, I think due to being awkward to point up.. regardless, quality spotting scopes are way over your budget.
    Something to keep in mind, you stated that you have already picked out your tripod, and in doing so you therefore have a ceiling as to the weight of your binoculars. It's best to keep the bino weight around half of the tripod capacity.. not unlike selecting a telescope tripod.
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    what magnification and abjective diameter is enough to see some Ms?
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    This site has some great sketches of objects as seen through 8x56 and 15x70 binoculars:
    Rony's Astronomy Site : My Binocular Sketches.
    .. to give you some idea.

    Also, I was able to find all of the objects listed in this course with only binoculars:
    http://www.rasc.ca/im/observing/exploretheuniverse2.pdf

    You can see a lot with binoculars, although I wouldn't consider them to be a telescope replacement, more of a compliment to a telescope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GriffinBF View Post
    This site has some great sketches of objects as seen through 8x56 and 15x70 binoculars:
    Rony's Astronomy Site : My Binocular Sketches.
    .. to give you some idea.

    Also, I was able to find all of the objects listed in this course with only binoculars:
    http://www.rasc.ca/im/observing/exploretheuniverse2.pdf

    You can see a lot with binoculars, although I wouldn't consider them to be a telescope replacement, more of a compliment to a telescope.
    I didn't even know that you can se SO much with mere 8-15x magnification I was thinking of getting 20x magnification binos, but I see that there's no point in that. I'd rather pay half the price and save some money for zoom eyepiece for my scope
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonis View Post
    I didn't even know that you can se SO much with mere 8-15x magnification I was thinking of getting 20x magnification binos, but I see that there's no point in that. I'd rather pay half the price and save some money for zoom eyepiece for my scope
    Cool gonis, you're getting it whittled down.

    Some "should know" facts about bins to help you make the right choice:
    How to Choose Binoculars & How to Buy Binoculars? Complete Binocular Guide

    - also, it's a good idea to stick with getting the tripod even if you buy something smaller like 10x50's or 8x56's. It will still be needed for most DSO's and eliminate the shake in general for any object.
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