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Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?  
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19110 posts, RR: 53
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3909 times:

I am looking for another pair of binoculars, but they must be relatively inexpensive. What magnification do you recommend which would be suitable for most situations, bearing in mind my cost level and that it should be as light as possible?


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

The best general purpose binoculars are 10x50. 10x magnification at 50mm frontlenses gives decent magnification combined with quite decent capability in less than very bright light.

I got a pair of Minolta binocs, good build quality and optics at an altogether reasonable price.
Mine are 8-20x50 zoom, which is more expensive but handy as I have no spotting scope (and at 20x I can make out aircraft markings at 4500ft or so up)



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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

I have a pair of 16 x 50 binoculars, but I would like more zoom. I can't really make out aircraft or airlines above my house at 30,000ft + unless it's a really clear day.

I thought of using a telescope when the aircraft that high. That way, I would get much more magnification, but it'd be really hard trying to keep it in focus.

If I wanted a pair of binoculars that are more powerful than the ones I have now, I'd have to pay £250+ ($500 approx) and I'd rather not spend that much Big grin.

DC-10


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

the reason you don't see much is not because your magnification isn't enough (or rather that's not all of it) but mainly because of atmospheric distortion.
You won't have much luck unless it's a very cold clear winter day with low humidity.



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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19110 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3778 times:

Thanks for your replies! Big grin

I just got some new ones - they're 10-30x50 or something. They should do the job well and they were not that expensive.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineFritsz From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3798 times:

I have a pair of Bresser 7-35 x 50 (zoom). Any magnification above 20
requires a tripod. With the tripod I have wonderful results, from aircraft passing over at 30.000 ft you can recognize the airline and/or type.

Enjoy.




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