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Long Range Binoculars

Postby waclark57 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:43 pm

I'm in the market for a pair of long range binoculars. Specifically I want to use these from the deck of my house to view ships and marine life in the Puget Sound. The distance from my deck to the water/viewing area is between 1-2 miles, give or take. I am thinking I'd like a minimum magnification of 15x unless someone convinces me that 10-12x would be sufficient. I plan on using these mostly in the hand but will have the option to have a tripod for extended viewing sessions.

I've looked at a lot of binoculars that meet my "specifications" but the reviews seem to be all over the map. I'd like to keep the cost under $1000 and to be honest, under $500. If money were not an issue I would probably go with something like the 15x50 or 18x50 Canons with IS. Of course if money were truly a non-issue I'd probably go with something even more expensive but so far I haven't won the lottery so under $500 is where I'm looking.

I see a lot of options ranging from $100-$2000 and I do realize that you usually get more if you spend more. That said, what are the recommendations for a good value priced set of binoculars that will give me good details on viewing whales and ships with decent optical quality?
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Re: Long Range Binoculars

Postby PhilR. on Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:37 am

I would suggest you look at the Oberwerk Ultra 15x70. It meets your specifications extremely well. Also leaves a bit on the table for the tripod that you will need to exact the full measure of performance that they can provide.

The Celestron astronomical binos actually provide a quite a bit of performance for their low price. They will however not be as good as the O's.

You might also look around for a used Pentax PCF WP (NOT the WP II), which are no longer made. Pretty decent glass, although some were a bit short on eye relief.
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Re: Long Range Binoculars

Postby PhilR. on Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:47 am

BTW, withing your budget you could also consider a pretty decent spotting scope that will get you more magnification. That being said, I will also say that viewing with two eyes is more comfortable than using just one (unless you have just one to begin with).
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Re: Long Range Binoculars

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Re: Long Range Binoculars

Postby kahr mk9 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:28 pm

Since OP no longer carries Oberwerk, what would be the next you'd recommend?
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