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About Everton

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 I may buy some 7x50s 😁.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. I used to have some Tento 20x60s years ago which were excellent for stargazing. To this day I still remember being blown away by the views I got of the Orion Nebula, M35(AND NGC 2158!) and M37. You can still find them on EBay today. If you do, buy it. You won't regret it.
  6. Hi everyone, my name is Everton Porter. I've had a lifelong interest in astronomy, having started out in the '70s with a pair of 8x30 binoculars and a few textbooks. After a long break I decided to take up the hobby again with a Russian Tal-1 4.5" reflector. I've since downsized and currently have a Skywalker Equinox 80mm ED APO refractor and a pair of Russian 12x40 binoculars.