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Declasse
2011-Feb-03, 10:27 AM
Hi All, new to the forum,but been reading for a while... I'm looking at getting a pair of Binoculars, I've been exploring the night sky with telescopes for a little under a year now but never used Binoculars for this and would like to try due to the portability and such.

I'm looking at these
Celestron Skymaster 25X70 Porro Prism Binocular
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-Skymaster-25X70-Porro-Binocular/dp/B003AM87Q4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1296728094&sr=8-3

Just wondering if anyone here can let me know if these would be good and if not, maybe advise a decent pair within a similar price range?

Kaptain K
2011-Feb-03, 07:34 PM
There is no way you are going to be able to hold 25x70s still enough to see any thing without a mount of some kind! For hand held binocs, stay with 7x50s or 10x50s.

HenrikOlsen
2011-Feb-03, 09:27 PM
The x70 bit looks really good, but with 25x you get lot of shaking without a mount, as well as a quite narrow field of view.

Personally I think I'd go for the 15x70 instead. Same aperture, so same amount of light captured, meaning you can see the same stars but the 15x means it's far easier to hold steady and for most of the things you looks at with binocs, magnification doesn't mean as much as aperture.

redshifter
2011-Feb-20, 08:46 PM
Anything greater than about 10X50 will need a sturdy mount. For casual scanning of the Milky Way, 10X50's do quite well.

astromark
2011-Feb-21, 09:52 AM
There is no way you are going to be able to hold 25x70s still enough to see any thing without a mount of some kind! For hand held binocs, stay with 7x50s or 10x50s.

With over 35 years of astronomy and telescopes that is good advice.

Declasse
2011-Feb-22, 10:25 AM
Thanks for all the helpful advice guys, I will go with 10X50's.