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Most Helpful Positive Review A good value in a large binocular
This is my third attempt at finding happiness with a large binocular. The first two attempts, both with 80mm binos, suffered field distortion about 2...
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best value in binoculars.

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, KS Written on February 6, 2011
Absolutely loved these binoculars, so did my mother in law, on a vacation back home without me my wife gave them to her...gerrr. Time to replace them, so I am shopping now.
Pros: Excellent optics, great coating, absolutely great view no matter what your looking at, no distortion.
Cons: Heavy....
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent Value

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on May 6, 2010
I purchased the Oberwerk 15X70 for astronomy and am very happy with the performance. They are light weight, bright, and the distortion free. Mechanically the focus mechanism a bit wobbly and needs to be re-focussed if bumped but I typically use them on a tripod so it isn't a real problem for me. I would recommend for the astronomy. Excellent overall value.
Pros: Excellent performance at this price range
Cons: Focus mechanism a bit wobbly...
Would recommend: Yes
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Oberwerk 15x70mm Binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on April 24, 2010
These are my favorite grab'n go instrument. The view along the terminator of a 3/4 moon showed remarkably little color, focus was sharp and collimation nearly perfect; the interocular adjustment is stiff though. One eyepiece broke off of my first pair and the brass tripod socket is IMHO not robust enough. The coatings are first rate, and the bino feels good to hold, but I can't hold it long; a mount is required for binos this big. Handle with care and these will serve you well.
Pros: great value, light weight (for its size), very good optics
Cons: not as sturdy as it looks...
Would recommend: Yes
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Very good, but not perfect

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on April 20, 2009
These are very nice binoculars, unless you're used to premium binoculars in this size range. They are an excellent value for the money, and sit well between the "iffy" lowest end binoculars, and the pricey really good ones. They are easily light enough to hand hold for a short while, but better mounted. Mine seem very well aligned, so the images merge nicely. The focus is pretty smooth unless it gets really cold, where it stiffens quite a bit. The eyecups are fairly soft, and can be folded back for those with glasses. Images are sharp in the center but get softer towards the edges. The close focus isn't very close, so not good for nearby birdwatching, but I would guess not many people want them for that. I use them mostly for astronomy. They are great for that; they show many clusters, galaxies, double stars, and some nebulae. You might want a heavy-duty tripod adapter, and a tripod that can support 6-10 lbs to make them stable. Some people prefer monopods with these too. I have noticed some reflections and ghosting, but mainly on very bright objects, like the moon. And the moon still looks absolutely beautiful in these. Just keep in mind that these are not $700 binoculars and you wont be disappointed.
Pros: large objectives, lightweight, excellent value
Cons: not as sharp as others, ...
Would recommend: Yes
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A good value in a large binocular

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, PA Written on January 19, 2009
This is my third attempt at finding happiness with a large binocular. The first two attempts, both with 80mm binos, suffered field distortion about 2/3 of the way to the edge. It made galaxy hunting impossible. To the Oberwerk's everlasting credit, that kind of field distortion is largely absent. In fact, they are comparable to the 16x70 Fujinons in this regard. They are very light-efficient, and have top-grade multi-coatings on the objectives, although the outer eyepiece lenses appear to be single coated. Mechanically they are very nice, but the focus knob seemed a bit stiff. (My earlier model may not have had the improved focus mechanism) Also, if you press them to your face they will need to be re-focussed. When used with a tripod this fault was less evident. Bottom line: Not perfect, but excellent optics for an excellent price. Recommended for the Astronomy enthusiast who wants a binocular for serious observing.
Pros: relatively flat field
Cons: needs re-focussing often...
Would recommend: Yes
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