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Binoculars decision

Discussion in 'All Other Observing Equipment' started by Leonard, Apr 6, 2019.

Binoculars decision

Started by Leonard on Apr 6, 2019 at 8:54 AM

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  1. Leonard

    Leonard Well-Known Member

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    I recently discovered I needed new binoculars.

    My Celestron Nature 10x50, which I have had for appx 9 years, performed very well and in fact did an excellent job for astronomy purposes. Their cost was reasonable (under $100), they were nitrogen purged, had BK4 lens, and were fully MC.

    However with use there were some issues: Focussing was not smooth and often threw the views out of culminations, and they were not durable. One minor bump and there was a problem. However, until recently they served me well. Then, I noticed some problems with the views that I found were not economically repairable. .

    For my new binocs, preferable 10 x 50, I would have an limit of $100 US. So, I spent a week comparing various binocs by Coatings, BK, durability, until I narrowed brands to just a few. I like a Bushnell Legacy 10 x 5o for $96, a Nikon for $99, a Cannon for $99 a Simmons Pro for $68, and several Celestrons. And there were more. All had similar specs. It was difficult to find glaring differences. So, I checked in-depended reviews.

    Finally I went with Orion’ Scienex 10 x 50. I went with them because in almost all reviews and comments to the good they are mentioned. Not always on top, but always mentioned as good astronomy binocs. And that has been ongoing for years. There might be better, but I’m pretty sure these are a safe bet.

    So any rate they arrive next Wednesday and I’ll soon see.

    Later
    Lenny.
     
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  2. Mak the Night

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    They're probably all made in the same factory anyway lol.
     
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    Be sure to give us a report :cool:
     
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    I have also read many good reviews about Orion binoculars. Like you said, not the very best, but a good bang for the buck. Looking forward to reading your report on them.

    Ed
     
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    Hi:

    Yes, if only we can some decent weather. It’s been pretty nasty.
     
  6. Leonard

    Leonard Well-Known Member

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    They are supposed to be here tomorrow.
     
  7. Leonard

    Leonard Well-Known Member

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    The Orion scenix binocular came today.

    As everyone knows, first impressions are important. The binocs were nicely packed and appeared to be properly protected for transport.

    I did some quick comparison between the Orion scenix and the Celestron Nature. Both are 10x50. The major problem with the Nature was slight double vision, a culmination problem. However, I was able to fix that problem by unscrewing the housing that contains the large field lens. For whatever reason, the threads were dirty. So, I cleaned them and carefully screwed them in place. I hope this fix is permanent. In the past, various fixes were temporary.

    The comparison test took place on a nice sunny afternoon.

    The Orion binocs are much lighter, and smaller, which makes them easier to handle. The Nature was noticeable longer. The Orion also appeared to have a slightly wider FOV.

    Focusing was lighter with the Nature, while the Orion was smoother. There was little difference in the image on axis as both did a great job. The Diopter adjustment was much stiffer with the Nature.

    Well that’s about it for now.
     
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