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Oberwerk 20x80 LW Light Weight Giant Astronomy Binoculars is currently on sale with fast shipping. Plus your total satisfaction is guaranteed when you purchase Oberwerk 20x80 LW Light Weight Giant Astronomy Binoculars and other Binoculars by Oberwerk.

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Average Ratings
Overall rating
4.0 / 5
Easy To Set Up 5.0 / 5
Usability 4.0 / 5
Features 3.5 / 5
Value for your money 4.5 / 5
Meets expectations 4.5 / 5

Oberwerk 20x80 LW binocs- won't overwork your arms!

Product Ratings
Overall rating
4 / 5
Easy To Set Up 5 / 5
Features 4 / 5
Meets expectations 5 / 5
Usability 4 / 5
Value for your money 5 / 5

Author: Mike B {!} , Intermediate amateur astro-head, CloudyNights regular, recently recommitted Newtonian nut!, from Hollister, CA on Jul 26, 2007
Pros:  Light-weight, hand-holdable, ergonomic
Cons:  Not much dew-shielding... but then, what binocs do *that*?
Would recommend:  yes

Mike B wrote:

I'd read-up quite a bit on the subject of binocs... i'm an occasional user, but most often prefering the aperture a "telescope" offers. My go-to binocs for years had been a pair of 8X56's- decent enough, but quite pedestrian. I thought i might want something "more"... Opening the box from Oberwerk, i was actually stunned by the CASE these came in! This is a serious affair- stout, with restraining straps *inside*, and sturdy, folding flaps that can open to fully expose the binocs- or just open at the top to retrieve them! Said flaps attach securely with velcro panels. The case itself was nearly worth the price of admission... but was also a preview of what was yet to come... Lifting the binocs out of the case is also a bit of an eye-opener! Your eyes & brain are braced for much more of a load than that which actually lifts out- yet they're solid feeling, with a pleasant & grippy rubberized finish. Tight-fitting caps at all FOUR key points protect your optics, and the folding mechanism of the binocs is smooth & solid- will not easily flop out of alignment once placed where you want it! As an added bonus, these 'Obies' are VERY friendly to us eyeglass-wearers, the soft rubber eyecups easily popping *down* to provide comfy access for my eyes to the entire view provided, clear to the field-stops. Lifting them up to my eyes, i was amazed at their weight- or rather, their LACK of weight. Their heft & *feel* would seem to imply perhaps 70mm binocs, but at 80mm of aperture, they DO deliver! Many Messier goodies are readily swept up in their view & very recognizable, as are the "gas-giant" satellites. Saturn itself is obviously not the roundish disk as is Jupiter, its rings just verging on visiblility. And the Moon? Hooey!- its rendered jaw-droppingly BIG and BRIGHT!... you'll need to take care in navigation after viewing thus, as all that light these send up will have your night-vision severely challenged for a while! While hand-holdable (i termed it "gorilla-mode") for periods, these are heavier than the ubiquitous 7x50 binocs, and at 20x magnification, even a dixie-straw will take some steadying! I've found them held most-easily by gripping up forward, nearer the objectives, and allowing my face to lend a bit of support at the eyepiece-end. This permits me several minutes of comfortable viewing. That stated, the user of these binocs will be rewarded with even more enjoyable views once these are mounted on a simple photo-tripod with the inexpensive 'L' bracket that can be purchased therewith. This little goodie i'd *highly* recommend! Mounted in this manner, and thereby steadied beyond what the human arm can accomplish, the views these Obies provide will take another leap forward- even fainter stars will twinkle into view, and fainter extensions on your favorite nebulae will be noticed- perhaps even another satellite or two near its gas-giant parent will become visible! As such, you've now got a pair of decent 80mm richfield, short-tube telescopes for your eyes to enjoy... and they can even *share* the view, as opposed to arguing over which one gets the eyepiece! To sum up, these 20x80 LW 'Obies' provide me the *best* of BOTH worlds: * Binoculars, enjoyed conventionally, * Richfield telescopes, enjoyed mounted, And they do so in a solidly built, ergonomic package, and supplied in an excellent case. All this, and for less than the price of a single "premium" eyepiece! Its a total no-brainer! These are "gotta-have's".

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