|Time Exposure of M45, A Great Object in Binoculars|
(author: Filip Lolić)
Guidelines in a Nutshell:
1. Buy 7x50's if it's dark where you live.
3. If the first number (above) is bigger than 10, or the second number is bigger than 50, you can't hold them steady with just your hands for long. Hello, tripod. Nothing wrong with mounted binoculars, you can see a lot more with them mounted than without, but it does detract from their "grab & go" appeal. (most 10x50's are pushing this limit too, get the lightest ones you can)
4. If you have a chauffeur, you have enough money to consider a top quality brand roof prism type binocular such as Zeiss , Leica , or Swarovski . Otherwise, porro prism type binoculars represent the best value (and they can get pricey too!).
5. It's all about grab & go. Stay "neck strap portable".
Read on for explanations...
Why the Guidelines Make Sense:
|Roof Prism (image source)|
How Much Do You Want To Spend?
1. My name is Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire, I own a mansion and a yacht:
Check out these brands. Zeiss , Leica , and Steiner . The first two have a lot of roof prism designs, but they are expensive enough to be of unmatched quality. The last one is in my opinion the best of the best in porro prism designs, though heavier than some. $500 and up for the Steiner’s, $1000 and up for the other two.
3. Under $200:
|Collinder 399, "The Coathanger"|
(author: Roberto Mura)