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  1. Sounds like I'll be keeping the 102, but I'll miss the 90 though. Thanks guys.
  2. Which of these two Skywatcher maks travel well as hand luggage, the 90...or the 102? Thoughts, anyone?
  3. I took some used Commodore 12x50 wide-angle binoculars with me on a trip to Jamaica a few weeks ago, which I still have. The views of the Sagittarius starfields were absolutely breathtaking!
  4. Hi Jay, Welcome to Stargazer Lounge. I too, started out in the 1970s with a pair of Prinz 8x30 binoculars and a simple Star map.With these, I was able to see the crators on the Moon, Jupiter's four moons, some coloured stars, wide doubles and large loose clusters. Later, I took a reluctant break from the hobby before returning to it in the early 90s. As mentioned in other posts, modern binoculars are very good indeed. I can recommend the Russian bins, especially their 12x40 model, which is excellent for astronomical use and will show you many of the Messier objects.
  5. I've just added these vintage Russian BNU1 7x50s to my collection. They have a wide FOV and are extremely sharp at the centre of the field, but sharpness tails off towards the edges. They do give nice star images though and unlike the Chinon model are clear and free of haze or fungus.
  6. My two favourite binoculars: the Russian 8x30 and 12x40 models. Both give pin sharp images of stars and are a lot of fun. I actually managed to resolve both Beta and 61 Cygni with the former! I also recently acquired these vintage Chinon 7x50s after winning a bid on EBay. These give a nice wide FOV and meaty looking stars, but really need dark skies to show them off.
  7. Hi, For my Skywatcher Equinox 80mm (fl 500mm) refractor I have a Televue 7mm Nagler type 1 which gives a magnification of about 71x. When used with a Televue 2.5x Powermate I get 175x which I find ideal for looking at the Moon and splitting close doubles like Epsilon Lyrae. I find this magnification is ideal for Saturn. The Nagler has a huge 82 degree AFOV although the eye relief is a little tight, but that's a small price to pay for that spacewalk experience.
  8. I came across some Heliosphere Solana 12x50 binoculars on EBay recently and I'm thinking of adding them to my collection. Has anyone used any 12x50s for stargazing? What we're the views like compared to 10x bins? Thanks.
  9. The Russian 12x40 model is excellent for astronomical use with its central sharpness and wide AFOV. I picked up a pair from Cash Converters 6 years ago for less than a tenner and I still use them. Shop around on EBay though as they're sold at a wide range of prices and are highly sought after.
  10. I recently acquired a pair of BNU5 8X30 binoculars...and the views are incredible! Stars are pin sharp and numerous, as good a view as a pair of 10x50s and certainly better than any 7x50s I've owned! I'm having a lot of fun looking at the Milky Way starfields in Cygnus late at night through these at the moment.
  11. I really wouldn't bother with zoom binoculars, although the Olympus 8-16x40 model is one of the best I've used, but only for looking at the Moon and splitting close binocular doubles. At 16X you can just about split Mizar with these.
  12. I recently bought some vintage 7x35 binoculars with a huge 10 degree FOV. Stars are sharp almost to the edge of the field and the coloured ones really stand out. A lot of fun to use on clear dark nights.
  13. I recently acquired some 7x35s which have a wide 10 degree FOV and scanned the starfields in the constellation Cepheus. Mu Cephei, the Garnet Star shone out from the background like a glowing ember and made a good contrast with neighbouring Nu. The one thing I miss though is seeing more stars...so I may buy some 7x50s ?.
  14. Definitely go for the 10x50s, especially those with a wide field of view. Mind you, during a visit to Jamaica a few years ago I took a pair of old Tasco 7x35 binoculars and the views of the Milky Way from Canis Major all the way to Puppis, Vela and Carina was absolutely breathtaking!
  15. I bring out my Russian 12x40 binoculars when I'm not using my scope, having picked them up for just under £10 six years ago. I love these for the wide views and the pin sharp stars at the centre of the field. They'll show you the crators on the Moon, Jupiter's four satellites, close double stars (I once split 61 Cygni with these into two orange points) clusters, most of the Messier objects and Milky Way starfields. I have so much fun using these binoculars that I just can't think of using anything else. I'd recommend any Russian binoculars, especially these.
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