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Hello,

I'm getting started in star gazing and sky watching and I want to buy an entry level pair of binoculars.

Based on my budget I kind narrow it down to 3 models:

  • Olympus 10x50 DPS I
  • Opticron Adventurer 10x50
  • Strathspey Marine 10x50

They all cost more or less the same, and the specs look similar.

Can you help me in choosing what may be the best one?

Thank you.

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I have the Strathspey 7x50 Marine's which are very good, but I wish I'd gone for the 10x50 now for the higher magnification. One thing to note with the Marine binoculars is they have individual focus for each eyepiece, so if you intend to use them for daytime too this maybe a problem if you need to change focus quickly. Not sure how good or not the others are. Opticaly and build wise the Marine's are solid and I would recommend them.

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Are you planning on hand-holding or mounting them?  If hand-holding, I wouldn't go above 7X or 8X unless you get a Canon image stabilized pair.

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It's for hand holding.

Do you think they are too big. I was reading and got the impression that 10x50 where still suitable for that. Maybe in the upper limit but doable.

Thank you

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If you sit in a reclining chair and can brace your elbows on the arm rests, then yes, it is just doable.  Otherwise, I find it jumps around too much to enjoy the view.  YMMV.

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Thanks for the tip.

About the binoculars choosing can you advise on the models I mentioned or suggest a different one?

Thank you

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My advice, stick with BAK-4 porro prisms to get the best image for the least money.  Look for at least a 65 degree apparent field of view.  Less feels claustrophobic in a binocular.  Don't sweat the edge performance too much because you should be looking in the center and swinging the binos around to look at the edges.  The edge is just there for frame of reference.  Personally, I like my ancient Meade 8x42 pair I bought years ago.  The Orion UltraView 8x42 Wide-Angle are basically the same.

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I keep a strathspey marine 10x50 binocular under my car seat and cant fault them.

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You can get a monopod to help support your binoculars as long as you have a binocular adapter to fit to both the binoculars and monopod. A camera tripod can help, but I find it too stifling when using any binoculars. At least with the monopod support you can angle it, and shorten it to suit much better.

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Thank you for all the help.

After all the discussion I decided to go for the Opticron Adventurer 10x50.

Special thanks to Steve Tonkin.

Cheers

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From viewing the night sky to viewing the next day in daylight, the depth of field is that good, that little if any adjustment was required for my eyes using my 10x50 Marines.

My  10x50s were bought for general use rather than astronomy specific, I also tried  their the 7x50s favouring my Helios 8x40s for their field of view.

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4 hours ago, Carlos Sousa said:

Thank you for all the help.

After all the discussion I decided to go for the Opticron Adventurer 10x50.

Special thanks to Steve Tonkin.

Cheers

Let us know how you find them Carlos, feedback on kit is always good for others.

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I have been using the Olympus 10x50 DPS over the past six months, nice and light with a wide FOV.  I would recommend.  

 

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