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I would like to purchas a bino for night star watching. I am struggling between

Nikon Action 10-22x50 CF Binoculars

and

Celestron SkyMaster 20x80 Binocular.

Please let me know if there is any other options for the price range

thanks


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One thing to stay away from, would be anything with a zoom.  It is hard to maintain a quality
view in this range.
 
For Nikon a better pick, would be a 10x50 or 12x50 in the Action Extreme.
I have no comments on the Celestron, as I have no experience.
 
I would recommend spending some time on the Cloudy Nites, forum, large discussion and reviews
of astronomy binoculars, and their use. 
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+1 with NDHunter.

The Nikon Action Extreme line has especially good optics for the price.
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Originally posted by yzha2 yzha2 wrote:

I would like to purchas a bino for night star watching. I am struggling between

Nikon Action 10-22x50 CF Binoculars

and
 
Please let me know if there is any other options for the price rangethanks
 
Here's a quick lesson on zooms.
 
Unfortunately, inexpensive, imported Chinese giant binoculars, in the SkyMaster price range, generally have Quality Control issues, as well as collimation problems, because, at that low price the prism housings are NOT very sturdy.
 
Also, 20x80mm is tooooo much magnification & aperture to hand hold, that means you would  have to budget additional monies to invest in a tripod with 2 way pan head.
 
What is your budget?
 
 
 
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Check out some of the closeout Burris Signature select Binoculars. These prices can't be beat.
the 8X56 at $199 would be very bright.
Burris 8x56 Signature Select Binocular
Stock # - 300284
  • Black
  • BaK4 Prisms
  • Fully Multi-Coated
  • Twist-up Eyecups
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof
  • Highly Shock Restitant
  • Discontinued closeout price
  • Normally $529.95
$199.95


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i know this has nothing to do with what binoculars but it reminded me of something funny...

at work there was this guy who was getting into fishing and what not and being the not all there construction workers that we are we told the guy to go to the star gazers section at night theres great surf casting. i was telling him how exciting it is to fish at night...i dont even fish...i just wanted to hear him come to work the next day and tell us we sent him to the part of the beach where all the gays hang out and have discreet meetings...the star gazers section

never know if he went, the poor guy got laid off...

anyway good luck with your bino search. 
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i just wanna add that i have redfield binos and they are amazig for the price
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My budget is about 100-150 dollars. Just want a good binos for star watching
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Well I think you should go for Nikon, as one of of my friend got this and he is quite happy with it!!
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Hi yzha2,

The priorities for an astronomical binocular are sharpness, light gathering and exact collimation.
Hunters and other by contrast value ease of focus, ruggedness and weather resistance, along with fidelity of color rendition.
So most astronomy binoculars tend to be "big eyes"  binocs with objectives of 70 mm and up, with individual focus,
generally designed to be tripod mounted because they are too heavy and powerful to manage hand held.
Your choices are at the entry level for astronomy use, but are quite versatile models that will also serve well for conventional use.
Do note that the Nikon Action Extreme models mentioned in the discussion is a weatherproof upgrade o0f the Nikon Action series.
It is well worth the extra money, imo.
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