Franklin Posted November 13, 2022 Share Posted November 13, 2022 I've always had a pair of binoculars to hand, just basic 7x50/10x50 porro prism types, yet I've never really used them for actually observing. They've been used more as an aid to finding my way around the sky and homing in on targets for the telescope. In short, I've been using my binoculars to get my bearings when searching for targets to observe with the telescope. I did try some big bins, 15x70 and 20x80, to see if they could be used for observations. Impossible for me to hand hold binoculars of this size and when tripod mounted, I've still struggled with position at the eyepiece. Any object above 45deg becomes a right pain in the neck and it seems to me that the angled eyepiece type binoculars, like the Vixen BT-81, with individual eyepieces would work much better. So big bins make sense for astronomy but what about the other end of the spectrum? On a whim, I picked up a Vixen SG6.5x32ed roof prism binocular, used at a bargain price, and what can I say? The last clear night here I never even set the telescope up and spent the whole session with my eyes glued to these amazing little binoculars from Vixen. These are excellent and quite an unconventional size of binocular for astronomy. A huge field of view, great optics and individual eyepiece focusing. For sweeping through star-fields, milky-way, open clusters and nebula from a dark sky these little Vixens are superb. I think for higher power viewing of the moon and planets I will continue with my telescope and bino-viewers for now but am saving for some 45 or 90 degrees, big bins in the future. I like the look of the Vixen BT-70ed, but they don't come cheap!!! 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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