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Advice On Binoculars For Spotting  
User currently offlineMDL412 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 9536 times:

Hello everybody. I'm hoping to upgrade my Minolta 8x25 binoculars to something a little more robust for watching planes. Basically, I was considering zoom units under $120 or so. What kind of optics do you personally use when spotting? I'm thinking I need binoculars that have a good zoom, aren't TOO huge (to keep a lower profile so the airport cops don't bother me about them), and have accurate color representation (no tinting). The size of the lenses doesn't matter too much, since whenever I spot, there's plenty of outdoor sunlight that can saturate into the lenses anyway.

Thanks for any suggestions. I know that with zoom over 7x or so, a stand will need to be used to prevent jittering. Therefore, the set ought to have a tripod-mount.

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User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 840 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9469 times:

Just to add to the question from MDL412, it is possible to get binoculars with image stabilisation. Does anyone have these? Do they work? How do they work?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy and are they worth the price?



Erm, is this thing on?
User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1627 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9454 times:

*great* question -- I've often wondered this myself.

Any advice would be great!


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7224 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9433 times:

I'd say most people can handhold 10x binoculars okay; I've never used them, but I'm guessing image-stabilized 10x binoculars aren't worth it. But 18x and 20x may well be.

Do you wear glasses? If so, you may not want zoom binoculars. Indeed, any high-power binocular will likely be a pain with glasses.

If at all possible you should try binoculars before buying. But if it's not possible, and 10x is enough magnification, I recommend the 10 x 50 Orion Ultraviews-- especially if you wear glasses. Optically they're much better than you'd expect for $170.

User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1290 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9391 times:

GPHOTO- There most certaintly is image stabilization binocs. I used them on a friends boat way back when. I really liked em'. Sorry dont remember the company.

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