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Great price (~$300) for large aperture binos. 3.50 degrees of true field of view. Able to be camera tripod mounted. Light enough with foam padded c...
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Appogee 25x100 binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, MI Written on March 29, 2009
Great price (~$300) for large aperture binos. 3.50 degrees of true field of view.
Able to be camera tripod mounted.
Light enough with foam padded case to be taken to Mauna Kea for best view of the Andromeda Galaxy ever (filling 80% of the main field of view, plus a second FOV for about 6 deg long!). Closer to home the Pleadies and Behive never looked better; especially when the moon and or planets pass through. Easy to find and track some asteroids (than telescope) such as Vesta and Ceres
Pros: Great price for large aperture binos. 3.50 degrees of true field of view. Portability.
Cons: Straight view neck strain above 60 degrees above horizon. Must be tripod mounted for observing....
Would recommend: Yes
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Awesome for the price

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TN Written on January 17, 2009
I purchased these as a demo pair from Optics Planet. They live up to the stated specs. Quality is good; collimation is perfect; the tripod adapter and bracing rod are solid (more so than a Barska); and the views are excellent! I use these more than my 90mm or 102mm refractors, and they can be used handheld (although not recommended) for short periods of time. Very, very nice for the price.
Pros: Price
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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Apogee 25x100mm Astro-Vue Binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on August 9, 2007
A sturdy tripod is a must for this set of binoculars. It is heavy because it's big. But when combined with a sturdy tripod it is excellent for it's low price. What a bargain!
Pros: Nice view especially in a dark sky. Very sharp stars. I was able to see the Veil Nebula from a dark site
Cons: The rubber eyepiece collar came off. It was not totally secured....
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Big Binocular Value

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on August 9, 2007
After reading several review regarding the Apogee 25x100mm binoculars (mostly positive, although there were reports of hit or miss quality control), I made the decision to purchase the binocs from Optics Planet after seeing the company's impossible to beat pricing and free shipping offer.

The binoculars arrived a few days after completing the purchase.

First impression... These things are huge! Much, much larger than my Celestron 11x80 binoculars. A suitable, heavy duty mount is a requirement. Fortunately, I had one, and was able to try out the binoculars soon after receiving them.

Wow! The performance of the binoculars exceeded all my expectations. A small amount of color around the rim of the moon, but not overly distracting. With these binoculars I can easily identify the four major moons of Jupiter as well as see several cloud bands on the planet. (And this was in horrible seeing conditions -- I can't wait to get these binoculars out on a nice, clear night.)

The binoculars came in a nylon (fabric) carrying case/backpack. (This was a nice perk, as I wasn't expecting it.) Both front and rear lens caps are included, although the front ones (covering the eyepieces) like to fall off.

Overall, I've found these to be great binoculars at an incredible price point.
Pros: Incredible value. Good optics.
Cons: Small amount of play in mounting post....
Would recommend: Yes
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Great views of the Milky Way

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 25, 2007
I have been an amateur astronomer for more than 35 years, and I can say that now I´m using the Apogee 25x100 more frequently than my 10 inch reflector. These binoculars are really nice for observing star clusters and nebulae in the Milky Way. Get a good sky atlas, you will need it to identify the thousands of objects you will see in the sky. Even some galaxies may be glimpsed in my light poluted skies (within a 4M metropolitan area).
Optical: Although there is some coma in the borders of the field and a bit of residual chromatic aberration, the image is surprisingly good and bright. When observing star fields, those small defects are irrelevant.
Mechanical: Very solid and easy to make focus.
Set-up: A heavy-duty tripod is absolutely necessary. Take some time during daylight to understand the set-up, focusing and pointing procedures. It may help if you have some previous experience with smaller binoculars, which are still useful as companions for this big one. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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