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    Hi Fella's

    I've aquired a pair of 10x50 Binoculars, no idea on manufacturer. I think
    they may be fairly old, the only markings they have is 'Zenith' and '10x50'
    on the eye peices. They seem to give a fairly sharp image.

    What sort of detail can I expect to see through these when looking at the
    brighter planets. Mars just looked like a bright star.... Would it pick out
    any more detail on Jupiter, Venus or Saturn (probably VERY optomistic but
    seeing some sort of indication of the rings would be nice...)?

    TIA



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    "Matthew Corr" <mnospamcorr@burgessfurniture.com> wrote in message
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    I started my astronomy interest with my Dad's 10x50 binoculars.

    I was fascinated at Jupiter especially the 4 Galilean moons. Shows up great
    in binoculars. I found that a wheely-bin was just the ideal height to rest
    the binoculars to keep them steady.

    If I recall correctly, Saturn, being further away, was a little tricky.
    You should see some evidence of the rings but the planet still looks very
    small.

    The low-magnification / wide field-of-view of binoculars is ideal for large
    clusters such as the Plieades and dense areas of the Milky Way.

    But it was definately the Moons of Jupiter that captured my interest in
    Astronomy. They show up nicely in Binoculars. I used to watch thier
    movements from one evening to the next, marking their positions on paper.

    I am sure you will enjoy those binoculars!

    Brendan





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    Hi Brendan

    Thanks for the response

    Matt



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    "Matthew Corr" wrote in message
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    Over the years I have found hand-held 10 x 50 binoculars useful for
    astronomical observing.
    Whilst you may have fun spotting and naming features on the moon, I don't
    think 10 x magnification will show details 'on' the planets. However, it is
    interesting to watch Mercury in bright twilight, Venus and perhaps Jupiter
    in daytime and nighttime; the 4 largest moons of Jupiter, and possibly Titan
    near Saturn. If your sky is free of severe light pollution you could find
    Uranus and Neptune when they are near your local meridian.
    Open star clusters and the wider double stars are interesting to watch, and
    one can try projecting the sun's image (from one half of the binoculars)
    onto a white card to observe sunspots.

    Ant



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    On Thu, 2 Oct 2003 09:05:02 +0100, in uk.sci.astronomy , "Matthew
    Corr" <mnospamcorr@burgessfurniture.com> wrote:

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    I cut my teeth with a 2.5" refractor, and marvelled at Saturn, Jupiter
    & the Gallileans, and various double stars and nebulae. I now own a
    pair of 10x50s which are excellent for much the same thing, plus very
    portable. I take them on my hols when the wife refuses to let me pack
    the newt....


    Venus will look much like Mars but you should see the others quite
    nicely.

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    Matthew Corr <mnospamcorr@burgessfurniture.com> wrote:


    x10 is insufficient to notice the rings (or even that Saturn is an "odd"
    shape) or any detail on Jupiter. You may sometimes notice the crescent
    of Venus. However, 10x50 binocs are possibly the most useful "grab and
    look" instrument for astronomy; there are some deep sky objects (e.g.
    M33) that may be better in your binocs than in many telescopes, and
    large open clusters can be magnificent.



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    Hi Matthew,

    Further to what the others have said you will find lots of interesting
    things to look at apart from the planets. Have a read of the observing with
    binoculars article on my website (in the articles section, URL in my
    signature). It includes observing tips and some interesting objects to get
    you going. If you haven't already got a star chart of some form, you could
    try the free ware, and very useful "Cartes Du Ceil" from :-

    http://astrosurf.com/astropc/

    Your binocular brand is Zenith by the way, as that is the manufacturer's
    name.

    Very best wishes and clear, dark skies.

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    /Paul B, York, UK.
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