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  1. Outstanding Pete! Yesterday morning at 5am I too found Omega Centauri for the first time in my 12x70. It was fuzzy but fairly easy to see. I judged it to be less brighter and less dense than M13 which I also looked at, but certainly much bigger and a no brainer as to what I was seeing. Not difficult at all. I'm at 33 degrees north in California and Omega never rises above 9.3 degrees here, and it was just about at that altitude during my observation. I was also viewing through the light dome and haze from nearby San Diego, Ca. I was definitely impressed and extremely pleased.
  2. Last night I went out for 20 minutes or so at about 12:40am with my new 12x70 Cometrons just to scan around and take things in. Was able to find M46, M47, NGC 2264 (The Christmas Tree cluster), and NGC 2244 (the cluster with the Rosetta Nebula although I saw no Nebula). I liked M47 it was very bright and obvious, but M46 was just a haze although definitely there. 2244 is also very nice and definitive and easy to find. After looking at my charts I noticed that M48 and M50 are also in the area and I need to check them out next. The whole area in and around/between Orion, Monoceros, Gemini and Pu
  3. Early this morning I got my first view of the Beehive Cluster M44 through my new 12x70s. Wow, I don't recall ever seeing it like this before. Beautiful and Big!!! Before it came into my fov I'm scanning around and then Bamm!! there it is. More dramatic than M45 because M45 is quite visible beforehand, but the Beehive is a lot of stars in the middle of nowhere and not obvious to the naked eye. The middle of the cluster almost appears like a mini version of the Hyades with a V-like asterism. An outstanding view altogether.
  4. Sure is. Jupiter's disk can be discerned but no detail. And the Galilean Moons are easy except for Io which is drowned out by Jupiter's glare. But with bigger Bins you could probably see it too.
  5. I've had the Cometron 12x70s for a week now and last night I was finally able to get out for a 2nd full night of observing with them. It's been incredibly cloudy most of the week and it wasn't until last night that the sky finally cleared considerably. I continue to be impressed by how much these binos reveal. The richness of the area around the Double Cluster and Stock 2 is incredible. So many stars it's hard to describe. And then sweeping up into Cassiopeia between Epsilon and Delta and seeing the many open clusters there it's difficult telling which one is which. Talk about starlight overlo
  6. Rob, I just bought a pair of Cometron (Celestron) 12x70s off of Amazon and must say they are an excellent pair so far. I've only had them for one night but I'm quite pleased with them. They don't seem as a heavy as one would think and I use an old swivel mop head to steady them. In the US they're listed @$49.95.
  7. After realizing that Orion was up I popped outside for part 2 of this report although I didn't plan it that way. Orion's sword was incredible with Theta-2 and STF 747 cleanly split and both very bright. I swear I could detect multiplicity with Theta-1 but maybe it was just wishful thinking. The Nebula cast a clearly seen fog around the two but the washout from the Moon was significant. NGC 1981 and the belt area (Collinder 70) provided sparkling views. Finally, I could make out 5 components of the Sigma/STF 761 complex. Can't wait to check this area out without the Moon around.
  8. For my birthday I used an Amazon gift card my daughter gave me to purchase Celestron's Cometron 12x70 Binoculars. They arrived today and I was able to check them out during the day and then of course take them out for a highly anticipated first light observation tonight. They're a very nicely constructed pair and I was a bit surprised that they didn't seem as heavy as I thought they would be, but still they are 3 lbs. I solved the problem of holding it steady by strapping the pair to the top of a Swivel swifter mop head which worked reasonably well enough. I do have a monopod, but it doesn't
  9. Thank you all for the warm welcome. As soon as I get my new bins I'll try them out and let you all know how it went.
  10. Hi all, My name is Don and I've been active in backyard astronomy for almost 4 years now. I own an Orion StarBlast 4.5 Tabletop reflector as well as a pair of 7x50 binoculars. I just recently bought the Celestron Cometron 12x70 binoculars but haven't received them yet. I've become more interested in binocular astronomy as time goes by. I find the portability, convenience, and "big picture" aspect of binoculars more suitable for my observing style. As soon as I get the 12x70s I will certainly post a first light report and give my impressions. Overall though, I just love looking at the stars and
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