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On 25/08/2018 at 09:57, Geoff Barnes said:

I have to say I've never even looked in the Binocular threads, but I do have a pair of Sunagor 8-24x Mini Zoom bins which I've had for so long I can't even remember exactly where and when I bought them. It was probably 30 odd years ago and possibly from Jessops, or maybe even Argos in Southampton, not sure.

Anyway, they are really compact and great for keeping in your pocket when hiking etc. and nice and lightweight. The zoom function works surprisingly well, though you do have to re-focus as you zoom. FOV is obviously smaller at 24x but still acceptable and the views are really quite sharp for a cheap and cheerful pair.

I quite often still use them to scour the sky for faint visual objects like Omega Centauri before unleashing the 12 inch Dob.

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Out of interest, Sunagor are still going strong and have the proud boast of producing the world's most powerful binoculars, the mind boggles as to how truly awful they must be at 160x zoom!  http://www.sunagor.com/acatalog/info_13.html

I recently found a sunagor 15-70x25, These are shocking at the higher mags but passable as a 15x binocular!! ?

In all fairness though, I couldn't be bothered to dig the tripod out to mount them on!!

 

 

John ?

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Here are some pictures of my pair of binoculars. ?  They are Canon 10x30 IS II and I got to say that I couldn’t be more pleased with them.

Despite their small aperture they have already showed me many things I had never seen with a handheld binocular. 

Albireo is an easy split, as is many other double star. Wide field stargazing is simply awesome. M33, M81, and many other deep sky objects are within reach. The amount of detail seen on the Moon seems endless. Saturn can be seen as an ellipsoid. I’ve never seen the rings with 10x magnification before! The image stabilisation really makes a difference! There’s no going back for me ?

Storing the Canons in a small Pelican case (colored yellow so you won’t lose it in the dark) makes them a great go-anywhere no-excuses grab and go setup. The only downside I can think of is the lack of objective lens caps. I had to 3D print my own.

 

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8 hours ago, AstroFin said:

Here are some pictures of my pair of binoculars. ?  They are Canon 10x30 IS II and I got to say that I couldn’t be more pleased with them.

Despite their small aperture they have already showed me many things I had never seen with a handheld binocular. 

Albireo is an easy split, as is many other double star. Wide field stargazing is simply awesome. M33, M81, and many other deep sky objects are within reach. The amount of detail seen on the Moon seems endless. Saturn can be seen as an ellipsoid. I’ve never seen the rings with 10x magnification before! The image stabilisation really makes a difference! There’s no going back for me ?

Storing the Canons in a small Pelican case (colored yellow so you won’t lose it in the dark) makes them a great go-anywhere no-excuses grab and go setup. The only downside I can think of is the lack of objective lens caps. I had to 3D print my own.

 

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Hmmm,  ( scratches chin ) image stabilisation.

I'm currently investigating a new pair of bino's but had not considered this option.  Anyone esle using it on a larger set of binoculars ? 

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24 minutes ago, AstroCiaran123 said:

Hmmm,  ( scratches chin ) image stabilisation.

I'm currently investigating a new pair of bino's but had not considered this option.  Anyone esle using it on a larger set of binoculars ? 

Canon has a wide range of IS binoculars, up to 18x50, I recall. If your budget can allow the price, go for it. You wouldn’t believe how much more detail can be seen when the image isn´t shaking all the time. Besides image stabilisation, the optical quality itself is also good. It is not ED-glass, but still provides very sharp views. These are also excellent for daytime observing, birding, for instance. Oh and the bins are made in Japan. 

Many camera shops have a pair in stock, I recommend you go and try them to see it yourself. ?

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On Amazon...

Canon 15x50 IS binocular. £899.  Whew !

 

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18 hours ago, emadmoussa said:

Ingenious design. Split'em in half, and give me one. We both will have a 20" Dob :D :D 

No worries, shipping and "handling" charges will be 6000 pounds, will you send via PayPal or bank transfer? ?

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On 04/01/2019 at 09:35, AstroFin said:

The only downside I can think of is the lack of objective lens caps. I had to 3D print my own.

I really like the Canon Stabilised binoculars, and had a pair of 15x50IS for quite a few years. Regarding your comment above, I recall that I found out that Canon lens caps of a certain size fitted the 15x50s, it might be that a smaller size fits your binos too?

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49 minutes ago, Stu said:

I really like the Canon Stabilised binoculars, and had a pair of 15x50IS for quite a few years. Regarding your comment above, I recall that I found out that Canon lens caps of a certain size fitted the 15x50s, it might be that a smaller size fits your binos too?

This might very well be the case, Stu! The 15x50 must have been fantastic. ?  However, I wonder if Canon makes so small (36mm) lens caps? After receiving the bins, I did a quick Google search which didn't bring up anything, so I assumed there was no commercial solution available. I really like my 3D-printed caps, though and I think I'm going to stick with them. I can PM the stl-file if someone is interested in printing their own caps. ?

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Vixen Ascot 8x42WP, not bad for £150.

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I sometimes wonder why people build huge binocular reflectors, when they can have the same aperture in a single 'scope with a binoviewer. This would be my choice.

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42 minutes ago, Merlin said:

I sometimes wonder why people build huge binocular reflectors, when they can have the same aperture in a single 'scope with a binoviewer. This would be my choice.

presumably the cost of (say) two 10" reflectors is less than the cost of one 14" to get the same light gathering ability.

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