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Astronomy Binocs

Postby bkc on Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:12 am

I'm looking to purchase some binoculars primarily for hand held star viewing (with some daytime use). I'd like to spend less than $200. I've looked at the Nikon Action series, but I wear glasses (nearsighted with astigmatism) and they don't appear to have enough eye relief. Right now I'm leaning toward the Minolta Activa Wp.Fp 10X50. I've looked thru the 12X50 version (in a store), and was impressed with the eye relief, retracable eyepiece, and view. However, I haven't been able to find a local store that carries the 10X50 where I can look through them. I also understand the 10X50 has a different lense element than the 12X50.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the Minolta binocs or another brand?

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Astronomy binoculars

Postby Stan @ Opticsplanet on Wed Jan 28, 2004 12:20 pm

Thank you for your interest in We carry both Minolta Activa binoculars in stock:, 10x50, and, 12x50.

Both binoculars are excellent for day use. I would generally recommend the 10x50 as it has slightly longer eye relief, 18mm as compared to 16mm, and will yeild a slightly brighter image with the 5mm exit pupil, which is recommended for astronomy. Since you would like to use them by hand, the 10x will be easier to hold with a less shaky image. Although, both units are tripod adaptable, in case you change your mind.

The entire Minolta Activa line have Fully-multicoated lenses. The only difference between these two binoculars is their magnigication. I don't know what lens element you're referring to, but they should be the same.

I hope the above information is helpful. Thank you.
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