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BinocularSky

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  1. Try folding/twisting the eyecups down, so as to get more air circulation between your eyes and the eyepieces. If you hold the binocs like this, you can keep them the appropriated distance from your eyes (and it's a heck of a lot steadier than just holding them around the prism housings, especially for high elevations).
  2. Nothing like trying it out - I wouldn't usually use dew shields on a 10x50, because I hand-hold them, but I do have 26cm long (overall - they extend about 21cm beyond the objectives) for my 16x70. I've just rolled them a bit tighter and tried them on the 10x50. Just outside the FoV at 23cm extension (a tad over 4.5x aperture). Obviously, it will depend on the design of the binocular: mine has very substantial objective tubes; lightweight ones may have smaller OD objective tubes. Also, very wide angle ones may need them shorter (mine are 6.5* TFOV, some are 8.5* TFOV) As long as they don't impinge on the field of view, the only light loss will be light you don't want anyway.
  3. Ben, I used to have 3 BA1 15x70s - I use them for demo stuff, and cheap stuff I can loan to newcomers to the hobby. I now have two: two of the original three became unusable, but I managed to get one working binocular out of the serviceable bits. I agree entirely with what you say about waterproofing and expendability. Where prisms are concerned, BA1s can sometimes be remedied: there are collimating screws under the rubber. I have the Lunt Magnesium 16x70 - lovely binocular - I'd like the APO version, but I can't justify both Yes, the "unstoppedness", and the WP with N2 filling do make these an attractive option to people who want the convenience of centre-focus.
  4. For a while, I've wondered how much a step-up from the standard Skymaster the Pro version is. I was very pleasantly surprised. Full review here.; mini-review in October's Binocular Sky Newsletter. TL;DR: Significant step-up from the ubiquitous budget 15x70s. Well-implemented centre-focus Porro binocular, definitely worth a look if you're after something that won't break the bank. Thanks to @FLO and Celestron UK for arranging for me to borrow the review instrument.
  5. With my binos, I tend to use Collins Gem Stars - Text by Ian Ridpath, charts by Wil Tirion, and it fits in a shirt pocket - what's not to like?
  6. Heads up: "Kepler" (Benedict Cumberbatch & Alun Armstrong - as Kepler and Tycho Brahe) on BBC Radio 4Extra,Thur 3rd Oct 11:15, repeated 21:25
  7. The latest edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: Vesta getting brighter and higher Moon skirts Praesepe Mira itself is near maximum Review of the Celestron Skymaster Pro 15x70 I hope this helps you make the most of your autumn evenings. To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab, where you can subscribe (also free, of course) to have it emailed each month, and get archived copies.
  8. You could make it work by tightening the fulcrums, but it wouldn't feel good. At all. The Paragon Plus starts to struggle even at its advertised capacity. I find it just about OK with a 2.042kg old-style centre-focus Opticron Oregon 20x80. The Helios LQ is a lovely binocular: don't ruin it by putting it on a sub-optimal mount.
  9. Not sure what you mean by "top heavy" - if you mean "front heavy", most decent 100mm binos have some facility for longitudinal adjustment (e.g. a mounting rail between the objective tubes) so you can adjust that out - see image (not my binos; one I was testing): Are you sure about that? My "double-barrel" foam-mat shield for my 100mm binos weighs in at 37g. My single dew strap for my 102mm scope weighs 40g (not inc cable), so the dew shield weighs less than half what a couple of dew straps would weigh.
  10. There are essentially two types of hinge mount: Opticron and "Kaiser" - one, both, or neither may fit your bino, depending on the space on and around your hinge. There are pix of the Opticron all over the interwebs; there's a Kaiser type one in use on the top image of this page: http://binocularsky.com/binoc_mount.php or just search the web for "kaiser binocular clamp". Don't disassemble/drill/tap the hinge end: most likely outcome is that your binoculars will fall apart!
  11. I don't know about Tecnosky, but Oberwerk don't, as far as I know, make binoculars; they merely have their brand put on ones made (mostly) by United Optics.
  12. Looks good. What weights do you have (I have 3x 5lbs)? Mine has just been transported "assembled and naked" for the last 16 or so years. Edit: Can you provide a link to it, please. A search on TecTake for "rifle storage case" merely threw up nearly 350 things that aren't rifle storage cases.
  13. I reviewed that for the Nov 2016 Sky at Night mag. Very nice binocular!
  14. This looks good: a series of short astronomy talks at the BNSS on Saturday afternoon: * Planet 9 * Rømer and the Speed of Light * Elements from the Big Bang * Galaxies and Black Holes ... and maybe more Details: http://bnss.org.uk/event/astronomy-lecture-short-talks/
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