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  1. BinocularSky

    Which Nikon binos should I get? Beginner.

    10x50 is fine. 12x50 is too much magnification for most people hand-held, & hence too shaky. Re Edit 2: Dec 2018. PM incoming... Check that the leg clamps are adjustable before you buy it. The top one in particular gets a lot of use when you use it with binos, and they have a tendency to slacken, so you need to be able to tighten it.
  2. BinocularSky

    Which Nikon binos should I get? Beginner.

    @Saraneth Good choice. The Action EX 10x50 came top of the "six of the best" comparison I recently did for BBC Sky at Night mag. I really liked them. Re BK7 vs BAK4 (or even BaK-4 ) - most of it is advertising hype, especially where budget binoculars are concerned (see why here). The best binoviewers use BK7. And, in response to your (now moot) question about the Aculon vs Oly - yes, I prefer the Oly. But the Action EX is a cut above them both; I'm sure you'll love it!
  3. BinocularSky

    Which Nikon binos should I get? Beginner.

    @Saraneth Just had a look at the jacobsdigital web shop that you mentioned. I notice they do the Olympus DPS-1 10x50. In my opinion, this is better value for money than the Nikon Aculon, and it appears to be in stock.
  4. BinocularSky

    What did the postman bring?

    In case you need it, I've written an instruction/maintenance manual for that trigger-grip (it usually comes with woeful instructions) - see the "Choosing and Using tab on http://binocularsky.com Also, I see you have the 7DayShop monopod. Just a heads-up: if it is the one I think it is, the clamps are not adjustable for tension.The top clamp gets a lot of use and the one I had became too slack after about 18 months (still, lots of use for such an inexpensive monopod) and would no longer support the weight of my Helios Apollo 15x70, so you might want to start thinking about your eventual upgrade.
  5. BinocularSky

    Which Nikon binos should I get? Beginner.

    They are standard "inclusion" with some of the United Optics (which TS binocs are) binoculars. That is why I have several of these.
  6. BinocularSky

    Which Nikon binos should I get? Beginner.

    It'll be fine. I have several of those. Re monopod/tripod: I far prefer a monopod with a trigger-grip head, which is easier to use on a garden recliner for high altitude targets (contrary to popular belief, the monopod does not have to be vertical to confer more stability). With a tripod, there is inevitably a territorial dispute between my legs and the tripod's legs (unless I use a parallelogram mount - like the one in my avatar - but you really don't need to go there yet!). However, I only use the monopod/trigger-grip combo with my 16x70; if you hand-hold your 10x50s in the way I suggested above, you should be fine. As an example, when the lad (my son) in those images I pointed you to was 10, he found an interesting-looking object using 10x50s and holding them like that, and devised a star-hop so he could show me what he'd found. Turns out he'd made an independent discovery of M34 (open cluster in . That suggests to me that he was able to hold them sufficiently steadily to be useful. You're probably also discovering that there are several seemingly-conflicting opinions (eg Charic's, Klitwo's and mine) on hand-held binocular sizes and mountings - this is merely individual preferences;; we all have them; you'll eventually find your own set of preferences.
  7. BinocularSky

    Which Nikon binos should I get? Beginner.

    10x50 will show you more, as long as you can hold them reasonably steadily. Some hints on how to do that on my website: http://binocularsky.com/binoc_hold.php (use method 2). But it would also be a good idea to try out some 10x50s, to make sure you can hold them reasonably steadily; if you can't, get the 8x42 (if you can't hold 10x50s steadily, you won't be able to hold 10x42 steadily either - the limiting factor at that size is magnification).
  8. BinocularSky

    Levenhuk 15 X 70's ?

    Yes, but it's easier to scan around in binos first, I find. Last night, for example, 46P was easy to locate in binos, but (because of its altitude) a pain in the neck with a straight through finder. I also sometimes use binos with my Rigel QuikFinder - combine the advantages of a unit power reflex finder with a "proper" finder.
  9. BinocularSky

    Levenhuk 15 X 70's ?

    They sent me one (10x50 Sherman PRO) to review a few years back - mixed bag, but well designed and significantly better than a lot of stuff out there.
  10. BinocularSky

    Comet 46P /Wirtanen

    Definitely fading, but still easy in 10x50 last evening. I found it easier to identify in 10x50 than 16x70, owing to its diffuseness.
  11. BinocularSky

    Levenhuk 15 X 70's ?

    Can't comment on the Levenhuk, but can certainly recommend the Stellar II (my review of it is at http://binocularsky.com/binoc_reviews.php). Some of the comments you've seen on the loose focus may well have been mine; that was 5 years ago. A few months ago I had the 10x50 version (which, 5 yrs ago, also had that loose focus) for a review for Sky at Night mag - the focus was somewhat stiffer, so they may have changed it (same eyepiece assemblies, etc. as the 15x70). I should also add that, even in its earlier, looser, state, it would not defocus spontaneously, but it was not as satisfyingly "stay put, even when you muck about with the eye-cups" as the focus on the Helios Apollo. HTH
  12. The first Binocular Sky Newsletter of 2019 is ready. In addition to the usual stuff on DSOs and variable and double stars, this month we have: Uranus still available Comet 46P/Wirtanen fading X Oph brightening Two (difficult) grazing occultations Here's hoping that 2019 brings us all an abundance of clear, dark skies. To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab. You can also subscribe (also free) and have it emailed each month.
  13. BinocularSky

    Golva help

    ZCF = Zeiss centre focus (Zeiss is the body design: the objective tubes screw into the prism housing. The other variant is BCF: B= Bausch & Lomb; the objective tubes and prism housings are a single casting.). They look very similar to the near-ubiquitous Zenith 10x50; possibly just branded differently for a different outlet? But I also vaguely recall reading somewhere that a number of Japanese binocular manufacturers sourced their prism housings from the same source; that could be the reason for the similar appearance.
  14. Playing around to see what's possible with a static camera. Canon 700D, modded, UV/IR filter on 18-55mm lens at approx 30mm, f/4.5, ISO 3200, 66x15sec, stacked (with darks) in DSS, processed in StarTools.
  15. My best view so far has been with 16x70, but also easily visible down to 6.5x32 and probably less (approx Bortle 4 skies). It's a big ghostly object, so you really don't want to give it too much magnification - something that gives you an exit pupil of 4 to 5 mm and a field of view something in excess of about 2 degrees is probably near to optimal. (which is why I've not had the big bins on it - FoV would probably be too small)

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