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Steve72

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  1. thanks for all the advice guys. I finally decided to increase my budget a bit and found a very good deal on Hawke Endurance ED 8x42's. I managed to test drive the 10x42's and was very impressed with the quality and the compactness.
  2. Hi Ruud, Both models have phase coasting (which I wanted) and generally have similar specs. The Helios have silver coated mirrors which aren't mentioned on the B&S Sierra so I assume they are probably aluminum (not sure how much difference that would really make). Other than that the main difference seems to be hinge design. Although fairly close in weight the B&S are slightly smaller and seem to be a bit more rugged which for me gives them a slight a slight edge. I'm going to pop into Jessops tomorrow to have a hands on comparison of similar designs to see what I prefer. I've tried looking through my binoculars upside down but I keep falling over! The few reviews I found rate them both quite highly for their given low price range. Cheers.
  3. I think I'm getting close to a decision. It could be a toss-up between Barr and Stroud Sierra 8x42 and Helios NitroSport 8x42. Both seem quite similar in Spec and I could get either for under £80 which suits my pocket. Does anyone have experience with either and could help make the decision? S.
  4. thanks for the suggestion Merlin, it sounds interesting. But from a luggage point of view, I need to keep the weight to a minimum and when out and about I only want a small daypack, so I'm really keen on small handheld bins. Also, I don't quite think I'm ready for carrying/pushing a Zimmer around! I might leave that option for another few years!
  5. Hi Ian, I take it are you referring to iMagic 8x42 porros? I had considered them but I think my preference at this stage is for the more compact roof design.
  6. Do you know if these are Phase corrected? It's not mentioned so I suspect not, but does that make much difference?
  7. Thanks for the advice so far. my 10x50 iMagics are great binos and I would be happy to have them with me. But from past experience on holidays I have often found myself wishing they were a bit smaller, especially when day trekking. That’s why I’m drawn to the roofs. These Barr & Stroud Sierra 8x42 seem good for the price. Any thoughts/ experience with them? https://www.365astronomy.com/Barr-and-Stroud-Sierra-8x42-Binocular.html Also would 8x32 be too small for useful Astronomy?
  8. Hi Guys, With a trip to New Zealand on the horizon, I'm keen to buy some fairly lightweight binos that will easily fit in a daypack, be good for general nature and scenery observing as well as some star gazing (I've never been in the southern hemisphere before so want to take as much in as possible). I've concluded my 10x50's are just slightly too big and so was thinking about 8x42 or 10x42 roof prisms. I don't want to spend too much as the trip is expensive enough to begin with and so was hoping for something around (but preferably under) £120. Any suggestions? My main questions are: - would 8x/10x 42mm still be a good size for useful astronomy? (I assume 32mm would be too small) - would 8x be a better option (over the 10x) for general use due to steadier handheld viewing and wider fov? - is phase coating (phase correction?) an essential feature to consider in roof prisms? (few binos in my price range seem to have it) All advice appreciated thanks Steve
  9. Thanks for the heads up Steve . I just checked and several of mine were actually more loose than I expected, which surprised me as I know I definitely made a point of tightening them when purchased. Something to watch! The Amazon Basics tripod and pistol grip head (Still available for £50) is amazing value for the price and one of my most used set ups!
  10. just curious, how do you find the Williams bins?
  11. Thanks for the heads up Steve . I just checked and several of mine were actually more loose than I expected, which surprised me as I know I definitely made a point of tightening them when purchased. Something to watch! The Amazon Basics tripod and pistol grip head (Still available for £50) is amazing value for the price and one of my most used set ups!
  12. Update: Finally got my Orion XT8i from TS Germany. TS have them in stock and the delivery to UK only took 4 days. Very impressed! Just waiting on clear skies.
  13. HI Guys, I'm find it impossible to source a new Orion XT8i Dob anywhere in the uk. The Orion UK site is out of stock until November which seems crazy. Does any know where one could be purchased in the UK or even Europe? thanks. Steve
  14. My Celestron 127slt tripod has hard plastic feet not what I would call rubber so I kept them on. I purchased the Celestron vibration pads and found they reduced the vibrations by about half (and slightly more if on grass rather than concrete).
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