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  1. Here's realtime coverage of the eclipse for those who are awake. http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html Stan
  2. You can always go to a hardware store & purchase a thin rubber or neoprene washer & place it between the tripod adapter face & the binocular. Or you might consider using some plumbers tape on the threads of the tripod adapter to make the threads tighter. Stan
  3. I own five of the Pentax PCF WP II Porro binoculars. Three out of the five are a little bit stubborn, when it comes to moving the focus wheel into the LOCK position. Try closing the IPD down its narrowest position. The focus LOCK seems to work much easier when the barrels are close together. I would also recommend a replacement, if it is absolutely necessary to return it. Stan
  4. I had to purchase a large circular neoprene washer, years ago, to keep my 25x100 giant binocular from spinning around on the floorplate of my 2-way pan head. I had to snug everything down really tight to keep the 25x100 from turning around. http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-8-to-1-4-Tripod-Thread-Reducer-Adapter-Brass-with-rubber-washer-/180891287937 Stan
  5. Here's another company worth considering. http://luntengineering.com/lunt-engineering-magnesium-series-binoculars/ Stan
  6. Here's a review of the Nikon 18x70 Porro binoculars. http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/294324-nikon-18x70-measures/#entry3748366 Stan
  7. For those here with unlimited funds, Canon makes the Image Stabilizer models of binoculars. http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/binoculars/image_stabilizer One way to help overcome the jitters/shakes is to observe the night sky from a comfortable sitting position. One of my favorite chairs is the inexpensive V-Rocker. I've been using them, on & off, for approx. 10 years. http://www.walmart.com/ip/16472636?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000790424&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40845781232&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=78659151872&veh=sem Stan
  8. This is a very good learning experience, myself included; I have never experienced a binocular with the collimation screws located through the top prism covers. My apologies. We learn something new every day. Thank you Steve. Stan
  9. For my light polluted skies I actually prefer 12x or higher magnification. It helps bring out the fainter stars, etc. Stan
  10. My apologies for not paying closer attention to your info & pictures above. The four screws, per prism cover, are only for the prism covers themselves, they are not for conditional alignment of the internal prisms. Stan
  11. Chris, Scroll down in this link for more information about collimation. Some one may have tampered with your binocular previously & totally ruined the alignment & the prism screws. http://www.bigbinoculars.com/vcontents.htm Stan
  12. Donaldo, The discontinued Nikon Action & now the replacement Nikon Aculon Porro prism binoculars are both notorious for very short eye relief. For people who wear eyeglasses they are better off looking at the Nikon Action Extreme Porro prism binoculars. As you can tell from my signature, I like the Pentax PCF WP II Porro prism binoculars. However, some individuals think that the Pentax PCF WP II binoculars have a FOV that is too narrow for them. Stan
  13. Here's another recent link on the subject of FOV. http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/495126-whats-the-difference-between-6%C2%B0-and-65%C2%B0/#entry6506724 Stan
  14. I agree. I have a Minox 10x44 Porro 5.1* & Nikon 10x50 Lookout II Porro 6.0* & Nikon 10x50 Gold Sentinel Porro 6.5*. ALL three are enjoyable to use; the w i d e s t FOV is like Icing-on-the-Cake, but, I would not give up the other two just because of it. Cake is cake, whether it is small, medium, or large. "Variety is the 'spice' of life". Stan
  15. Here's a review of the Nikon 10x50 Action Extreme binoculars regarding FOV. http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/11254-2nd-thoughts-on-the-nikon-action-extremes/#entry133774 Here's a review between the Nikon AE & the Pentax PCF WP II. http://www.cloudynights.com/documents/nikon.pdf Stan
  16. The Pentax XCY is the el cheapo, bottom of the Pentax line. Don't waste your money. The Pentax 8x40 PCF WP II is much better overall. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pentax-8x40-PCF-WP-Binoculars/dp/B00076QVPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426866394&sr=8-1&keywords=pentax+8x40+pcf+wp+ii Stan
  17. Take a look at this: http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html Stan
  18. First hand experience vs. "imagination" is the key to better viewing & image stabilization. The OP is looking for ways to MOUNT his 20x80 giant binoculars. Hand held is not the answer, when it comes to stability. Stan
  19. Having a tripod which is TALL enough makes ALL the difference, when it comes to ease of viewing the night sky. Compared to a monopod, you can lean a tripod back on two legs & still have better 'image stability' than a one-legged monopod. Stan
  20. A tripod is much superior to any 'monopod', for 20x magnification, when it comes to producing image stabilized views. Everyone is different when it comes to viewing above 50 degrees with straight through binoculars. I've been doing it for almost ten years & I have never had any desire for any other type of mounting setup other than my geared tripod & 2 way pan-head. The fact that the Manfrotto 501 or 503 heads need to be "reversed" in direction, to achieve +90 degree tilt, is a non-issue. Stan
  21. 15x70 binoculars have become more of a "sweet spot", over the past few years, for individuals who enjoy stargazing. They perform even better, optically, when mounted. http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/36040-binocular-resolution-testing-wusaf-charts/#entry500195 Stan
  22. Charic, The Pentax PCF WP II waterproof/fogproof Porro prism binoculars are excellent binoculars for the money. However, some individuals complain that the Field of View is too narrow & not to their liking. Be sure and look through the Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II if your have the opportunity. Years ago I decided to purchase the Pentax 12x50 PCF WP II instead of the 10x50 because of the light polluted region that I live in. However, some individuals find it more difficult to hand hold a 12x binoculars vs. the 10x. Stan
  23. If the importer/distributor/dealer is still in business, you could try looking up the brand name, of the monopod, on the internet search engine. A monopod will NOT give you the kind of "image stabilization" that a 20x binocular requires. At 20x magnification a tripod is much better than a monopod overall. A tripod with a geared center column & a 2 way pan head is a good beginning for a 20x80 giant binocular. Stan
  24. Here's a link for "Porro prism vs roof prism binoculars. http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/242607-porro-vs-roof-prism-binoculars/ Myself I prefer Porro prism binoculars all around, especially for stargazing. Moderately priced to Inexpensive roof prism binoculars have been know to exhibit spiking on bright celestial objects. Also, Porro prism binoculars offer better overall illumination than roof prism binoculars for stargazing. Stan Stan
  25. Mark, Which Nikon model 10x50 do you own? Stan
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