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Please help me only have a few days

Postby eric 4433 on Mon May 09, 2005 8:58 pm

Hi, I recently decieded to buy a good set of binoculars for general use, astronomy bird watching,etc. I want to spend no more than $160. After hours of research I found the Nikon 10-22x50 Action Zoom XL w/Tripod Adapter. Now as far as I could see this was the best set for the money. They also have BaK4, high-index prisms,and from what I have read this is a very good thing. But today I read something that is making me have doubts. An article said to never buy zoom binoculars because they are junk and they break easily. I see other good binoculars for the same price but I want the zoom feature. Can anyone tell me if this is true if they are junk. Also I plan on buying the tripod if I purchase them. Now I know that I wouldn't see images like the hubble telescope but how good would 22x be for planet viewing. Thanks.
eric 4433

Postby on Tue May 10, 2005 3:40 pm

Hi Eric

Zoom binoculars do have their place for casual use, but it also true that zoom binoculars are inferior optically and mechanically to a fixed power binocular at the same magnification. Zoom binoculars also have a MUCH higher failure rate. Then too, if you plan to get the most out of a zoom, you will need to sacrifice some of those dollars for a tripod to steady them.

If you really want to make your dollar count, invest it in a fixed power binocular. If you need more than 10x, you should be looking at a spotting scope, not a zoom binocular.
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