Binocular Suggestions

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jcwylie
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Binocular Suggestions

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I am looking to finally upgrade my binoculars and I was looking for some suggestions. What is the minimum magnification and objective diameter i should go with? Is there any reason I should go with a pair made by a company such as Celestron over say Bushnell or Leupold?
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Christopher K.
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Re: Binocular Suggestions

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If you are going to keep them handheld, I wouldn't go over 12x for the magnification. Some are able to keep a 15x binoc steady for an appreciable time, but I'd get a mount. There is also something called a Sky Window, made by Tricomachine, which allows one to mount the binoc above a flat pivoting mirror and therefore look through it as one looks through a microscope. Of course, in that case the image is flipped vertically.

I'm afraid I can't speak to different brands of binoculars. The three at HRPO are 10x Bushnells and they serve personnel, volunteers and patrons well. HRPO also will soon acquire a Meade 9x63. If you can buy in town do so as you'll want to test view it; I also would not buy a binocular with "zoom" optics.
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Re: Binocular Suggestions

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The best-case scenario is to try out a binocular before purchase. As that is difficult if not impossible during this weird time, at least obtain a guarantee from the seller that the binocular can be returned if flawed.

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