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Are these any good for starting astronomy?,
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Maybe, like me, you're looking for binoculars for astronomy but don't know much about astronomy yet and are just starting out? You might also be wondering "if I buy them what will I actually see"? I've written this review to try and tell you (wish someone had done this for me).
You, like me, probably keep reading that you should buy the best you can afford and people talk about spending at least £75 on anything "worthwhile". Maybe I'm a cheapskate but, I thought, for this price, I'd try these first and upgrade if I had to. If this sounds like the decision you're trying to make then I'd say these are great value for money and "good enough" for a rank amateur astronomy starter like me.
Look, I don't know about barrel distortion or chromatic aberration or what have you. I was just trying to work out if I should pay £100 for 10x50 bins or get these low price ones and figure you (the reader) might be making that decision too. No doubt people more expert than I would complain about them and they don't instill too much confidence when they arrive, perhaps, but I can see crisp images of moon craters and if I mount them on a tripod (see bottom of review) I can even convince myself I've seen Jupiter's moon's. I can definitely see the Orion nebula (hey, look, it really isn't just a star) and the Pleiades simply pop out at you (so many stars in one place). OK, so the Andromeda galaxy is still just a smudge but it's a definite "something that looks like an oval mini-cloud" not a "have I seen it or not" averted gaze "wisp".
Am I pleased with them? Yes I am. Would I recommend them to you? Yes I would.
Do I think I'll grow out of them and want something more in 3 to 6 months? No, don't think I will.
Will I grow out of them and want more in a year or so? Yes, I'll probably get a telescope if I've still "got the astronomy bug", but I'll have seen loads of stuff by then for much less than spending £100+ and, if I don't "get the astronomy bug" then I've not spent a fortune and can use them for bird-watching and sports (also impressive for that too)...
Footnote on tripod mounting: You will need to buy an L-adaptor but they do have a tripod mounting screw socket to use one with - wasn't clear from the pictures so thought I'd pass that on
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2013 11:49:50 GMT
A very well written article about these bins Helps begginers make up their mind astro bins A most helpful review
Posted on 3 May 2013 17:37:13 BDT
Just writing here to say that this is a very well written review. Thank you for all the detail.
Posted on 29 Jun 2013 23:13:43 BDT
Thank you for this honest and most helpful review. I'm sure if they are strong enough to see the Moon's craters they'll do fine enough for my wildlife watching! :D
Posted on 5 Jul 2013 07:57:19 BDT
I bought these bins for a big holiday based not only on the spec but also to a large extent on your review. You were spot on - thanks for an excellent review and good recommendation. Much appreciated. These are very very good binoculars for the price.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2013 09:38:14 BDT
The Buzz says:
Thanks for the kind words. Glad you found it useful. I'm still using mine too. They're pretty good for the money even now.
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 14:11:17 BDT
great review, really helped with the purchase.
Posted on 6 Dec 2013 12:36:30 GMT
canary sun says:
You were right I was hoping for some help! Exactly what you have given. I have no idea what to look for and my ten year old really wanted to have a pair of binoculars to look at the stars. It could be something that doesn't last long... knowing kids, but on the other had he may want to take it further. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so was really chuffed you bothered to write this review. Thanks.
Posted on 12 Dec 2013 23:48:41 GMT
C. J. Cossins says:
Posted on 20 Jan 2014 11:43:36 GMT
M. R. G. Dickson says:
I bought my fella a telescope a couple of years back and he doesn't use it as much as I would like but he still uses it. We are off to iceland to see the northern lights (my fabulous Xmas pressie from the other half!) and seeing as valentines day is coming up I thought a pair of astrology binoculars would be fab for him. I don't want to pay a lot out as he probably won't use them all the time! Thanks for this informative review! I've now decided that these will do the trick AND I haven't spent too much on something he will probably only a use when we travel😊
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 18:32:09 GMT
Thanks for a great review. I have ordered a pair for night-time stargazing.
Serious user 10x50 binoculars with fully coated optics for all uses including birdwatching, astronomy, sports and wildlife. 10 x 50 high power magnification. Comes with case, lens caps, strap, cloth and warranty.(366 customer reviews)