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chromedome

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binnocular buying
« on: August 12, 2007, 06:43:02 pm »

 
  I wouldlike to buy a pair of decent binoculars,for shore to ship use,but don't want to get ripped off by a s
ales person who is trying to shift old stock.I would be greatfull for any advice.Willing to pay up to 200 pounds

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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2007, 07:41:05 pm »

7x50 are usually considered best for marine use as you get a good width of field. They are also best for stargazing and general purpose use. If you need more magnification then 10x50 are good too, above this then you tend to get the equivalent of camera shake unless you mount them on a tripod. I'm not very impressed with the smaller types such as 8x21 as the "picture" is simply too small. Some people opt for something like 8x40 as a lightweight compromise.

Google on binocular reviews to get an idea what is out there and price ranges - you can pay what you like!
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 07:46:52 pm »

miranda 8x40 are quite good colin, I have a pair of those and a pair of 10x50 halina binoculars,
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007, 08:18:26 pm »


I can personally highly recommend this chap:

http://strathspey.co.uk/

-Rob
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007, 08:31:58 pm »

Yes, nice pair of 7x50s for 69.99 there - well specified too.
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007, 10:33:09 pm »

My 10X50 Tasco's have done me over ten years, but they are a bit top limit for weight and need bracing against something solid if you watch anything for more than a few minutes.
I have had smaller objectives than 50mm, but the light gathering was never very good, and the 10X50 is cheper than the 7X50, so 10X50 it was.
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2007, 08:25:58 am »

My 10X50 Tasco's have done me over ten years, but they are a bit top limit for weight and need bracing against something solid if you watch anything for more than a few minutes.
I have had smaller objectives than 50mm, but the light gathering was never very good, and the 10X50 is cheper than the 7X50, so 10X50 it was.

I have always equated weight with quality in construction with binoculars. My good old Canon 7x50 bought in 1970something are still going strong and they are quite hefty compared to the cheaper modern mickey mouse pairs.

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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2007, 07:09:14 pm »

Thanks for such good replies.I am moving house next week,with great views to the local marina from the livingroom,so I think will end up opting for something on a tripod...say 20x90?

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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2007, 07:19:53 pm »

Get a strong tripod and a comfy chair.
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2007, 08:05:14 am »

Never tried looking through something that powerful for any length of time, maybe a bottle of aspirins to go with the comfy chair and tripod ?  ;D Perhaps some of our grey funnel line colleagues here have had experience with the big lookout binoculars ??

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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2007, 01:40:56 pm »

If you are thinking of tripod, then a telescope may be a better value option. You are only paying for one set of lenses and you can get some musch higher magnifiation and zoom. You do need to especially consider the size/diameter of the lens. Bigger is usually better.
Also make sure you get a terrestrial telescope, otherwide images will be upside down.
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Re: binnocular buying
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2007, 03:16:59 pm »

Just a suggestion visit a good gun shop and have a look at their `spotting scopes`. I have used these out to 1500 yards when the `shot marker` is only 2.5" dia with great success.

Be sure to check the field of view as it may be a bit narrow.

Yours Colin H.
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