binoculars

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G'day, I'm looking to buy a pair of binoculars, has anyone any experience with lens size and magnification....thanks
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Reply By: Tony Shaw - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 23:36

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 23:36
Hi Andy,

Check out these for a nice powerful compact pair.

Bushmaster 16x32

But it depends on what you want to do with them.

Cheers, ToNy!
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Follow Up By: Steve - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 17:08

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 17:08
National Geographic (Australian) are giving a pair away with a year's subscription. I've got a pair by Bushmaster 8x21 wide angle. Crackin little pair. They are putting their own Aus Geographic "badge" on for the promo.
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 23:40

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 23:40
Depends on what you want to do them. The greater the power, the more you see but it exagerates the shakes. If it is for general use a pair of 7x50 might suit you, if it is for birdwatching, 7x42 wide angle might be better. If your walking a fair bit, the smaller compact units might be better.
Generally, you get what you pay for. i.e. $250 ones are better than the $80 ones but the $2,000.00 one leave the others for dead.You can get night vision ones. Best thing is to talk to a reputable dealer and have a good look through them before you buy.
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Reply By: Ted (Cairns) - Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 23:51

Saturday, Jul 16, 2005 at 23:51
Andy

Have a look here (sorry you'll have to cut-and-paste) www.opticmall.com/binocular/choose.html

Should have all the info you need to know.

Generally the more you pay, the better it is. The question is how good is good enough. I've got a $50 8x21 job which is ok 95%of the time, and goes everywhere as it's light and small. The 10x50 stays home unless for low light work.

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Reply By: Glenno - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 00:31

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 00:31
Id love a pair of the Nikon Image Stabilising bino's

Nikon Bino's

From memory they are about $3K so definetly not something I would be in the market for!

Cheers,

GLenno.
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Reply By: motherhen - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 00:38

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 00:38
I got mine from eBay. I have a set of Tasco 10 x 50 (10 x magnification - 50 lens size) for use on the farm, but wanted a compact lighweight for the backpack. Got 12 x 25 (12 times magnification, smaller lens size in the compact types) for around $20 odd from eBay. The basic models seem to be 8x, 10x and 12x magnification.
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Reply By: Member - Andy Q (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 03:17

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 03:17
Thanks for all your responces, a great help......yeah I didn't really say what I was to use them for! After our last trip(far to the north and back from Melbourne) my wife and I decided that a pair of binoculars would be a good addition to the kit.
I've found many pairs of binoculars on e-bay, lots of different sizes and shapes even binoculars with picture and video capability.
Anyway thankyou all once again
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Follow Up By: Member - ROTORD - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 05:46

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 05:46
Hello Andy

Cash Convertors always have a range of 2nd hand binoculars for about $45 . You can try them out to make sure you get what suits you . When they get the odd high quality set , such as Zeiss , the price is still low .
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 11:44

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 11:44
Andy, I have just recently bought a pair of Southern Cross Focus Free 7 x 50, $80.00, brilliant for general viewing, no need to focus. Got them at a marine place in Port Adelaide, Taylor Marine http://www.taylormarine.com.au/, hope this helps.
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 13:04

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 13:04
Andy

Bushnell or Bosch and Lom bad spelling would 2 of the better ones on the market.

cheers
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 13:51

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 13:51
Hi Andy
Some general info for you
50 mm front lense gives you good light deffinition and light gathering in low light.
above 10x most people have trouble holding a stationary image.
Divide small number into larger number gives you the light factor idealy it should be over 4.2, this means there is no light being lost internaly.
Ray
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 14:18

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 14:18
A good pair will serve you for many years. I bought a pair of Pentax wide angle 26 years ago and they remain a delight to use. For trips, however, I use $30 Dick Smith specials. They work OK and I won't slash my wrists if they get lost or damaged.
One feature that I would look for is a camera tripod mount for star gazing.
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Reply By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 15:32

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 15:32
buy the best you can afford.....these generally allow better light and more true imaging

magification is then the main criteria and that manily depends on what you want to use them for
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Reply By: Member - Andy Q (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 18:17

Sunday, Jul 17, 2005 at 18:17
G'day, thanks to you all, great information and advice. Spent the day(well nightreally) looking up information on all the subjects you all supplied.
Anyway I bought a pair of FernGlaser 10 x 25 Binoculars, brand new with case and strap from e-bay......28.80 including frieght. Even if they are useless I haven't broken the bank!!
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 20:22

Monday, Jul 18, 2005 at 20:22
I have two pair.

A pair of 8 x 30 Tasco's
A pair of 12 x 50 Bushmaster's.

Bugger the compactness. Hardly use the Tasco's any more.
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