Pe@rson
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Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?

Mon Oct 13, 2003 6:53 pm

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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RE: Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:39 am

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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RE: Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:40 am

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.

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RE: Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?

Tue Oct 14, 2003 5:10 am

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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RE: Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?

Fri Oct 17, 2003 7:31 pm

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.
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RE: Binoculars - Which Do You Recommend?

Fri Oct 24, 2003 4:07 am

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.

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