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    I'm working on it! haha. There's been rain here since I got them! Of course! I went out last night when it stopped and through the clouds saw a big orange star with a little white star next to it. haha :-p too many clouds though. that's all there was in the sky.
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    I've put up the started review (ha, it's pretty long). It is in the binocular section titled "Review: Pentax PCF WP II 10X50 Binocular".
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    Sweet, I'm going there now.
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    Here's a quick update. I went out for a little. My eyes adjusted while the clouds cleared a bit. It was a little easier this time. I tried to force myself to relax and not focus on the barrel alignment. I still may get another set, but nonetheless...
    After the clouds cleared, in about 10 minutes or less I found the following in my pentax:
    m13, m51, m81 and m82. I made these screenshots using stellarium and gimp to show you almost exactly how they looked in the binoculars as close as I could possibly make them look. All but m13 I found almost casually sweeping the areas. I looked at stellarium before going out and memorized my own methods of locating them based off of ursa major and some simple star triangle patterns. Seemed to work o.k. Here are the images:

    m13


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    Nice screenshots. For my curiosity, what was the brightest of those targets? It had to be M13, right? My gosh, I'd be super suprised if M13 wasn't by far the brightest of those four.
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    Nice!
    What light pollution level do you live in?
    I've been waiting almost 3 weeks now for the skies to clear up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by powervolume View Post
    Nice screenshots. For my curiosity, what was the brightest of those targets? It had to be M13, right? My gosh, I'd be super suprised if M13 wasn't by far the brightest of those four.
    Yes it was definitely M13. by at least 20%. Those screenshots aren't to scale compared to each other. They are just a very close representation of what each one looked like. I would say M13 was the brightest and clearest. M81 and 82 were second easiest to see and M51 was pretty close to 81 and 82, but took more averted vision to really pinpoint. Once I found each of them I could then literally sweep the local areas and spot them by their appearance and not by star hopping.
    I'm not sure about light pollution or magnitude. How would I know these? In order to make stellarium look like it did in real life I had to put the program's light pollution up to about 5 or 6 I think.
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    Here's a light pollution map but I don't know if the colors are official.

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    WOO! binos in the mail today! first five minutes are super clean and bright! where should i post my detailed review later
    You could post the review right here or start a new thread ...The pentax are great binoculars ..I have an old pair that "ashi-pentax" on them ..I believe they are 20+ years old ..Real crisp optics to this day ....The only brighter binoculars i have seen are fujinon , but they are also a lot more expensive as well ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by powervolume View Post
    Here's a light pollution map but I don't know if the colors are official.

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    I'm right in concord, nh, so the pollution on that map is orangish. Although, I'm on the edge of the city in a somewhat suburbish area, so I'm possibly in the yellow...
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