Re: A nice outdoor pair of binoculars.
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2015, 12:24:48 AM »
Very nice. Envy of the 10x70. Have you seen comet Lovejoy? It was better with binoculars than telescope. Tonight it is close to Pleiades, nice to jump between the two.
No I haven't. Fell on some ice on Jan 1st and just getting back up and around. Will look for it tonight. Moderately dark skies here and will be mostly clear tonight. Thanks for the reminder and the nearby constellation.
I lucked into those 10X70's. Was looking for some big binos back before Halley's last appearance in '86. Bought some affordable 20X80's and hated them so returned 'em and kept looking. B+H had an old customer return pair of Nikons that were gray market with all Japanese cards, tags etc...so I got them for around $349.00. They were mint/unused and B+H probably couldn't sell them with a USA warranty so priced them to fly. Bought the Nikon tripod adapter and extra Prostar eyecups as well. They are remarkable bins but have read their edge performance is slightly inferior to the Astroluxe.
When the wildfire took my parent's farm in '06, my mom, on the way out the door, grabbed those 10X70's and a bag with a Sony SW77 shortwave. I had jokingly said months before that if there was ever a fire, to save those two items and she did!