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Monthly Archives: October 2009

28 Oct

True love can be measured in many ways and, I suppose, it just depends on the people involved. For example, I have always been very strict about never allowing anyone to use my Leica binoculars or Swarovski binoculars. That’s always been an iron fast rule – no exceptions. In fact, on my Swarovoski Pocket Crystal binocular, I have never even allowed anyone to touch them in the past. This may sound a bit eccentric, but, okay, buy your own Swarovski binocular. By this measure, though, I have to say that I am deeply in love, since I have allowed my …

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27 Oct

If you are a birdwatcher and have ever tried to start a bird feeder in the backyard, you know there is usually a lapse between the day you put up the feeder and the day the birds actually find and use the feeder. Sometimes, you get lucky and it is just a matter of a few days. Sometimes, you just have to wait a bit longer and I have even heard of some folks who waited in terms of weeks, though that is an extreme case. It all boils down to how bird friendly your backyard is before you put …

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26 Oct

These days, it is very hard to find a store that stocks a wide variety of binoculars, so most of us end up buying a binocular online or through a catalog. So, how do you buy a binocular online or through a catalog? It can be done, if you understand how to go about it and follow these basic guidelines. To begin, you can check some binocular features, sight unseen, when buying a binocular, but, for some features, you just have to make an educated guess.

For standard features like field of view, lens coatings, waterproofing, eye relief and so …

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22 Oct

By now, most Swarovski fans have heard that the great Swarovski EL binocular has been discontinued by Swarovski (though we still have some of the old model EL binoculars, here at OpticsPlanet, at a great price). Not to worry, though. the rumor is that a new Swarovski EL HD binocular is on the way.

This is more than a rumor. It is all true and I am pleased to report that during a visit from the Swarovski folks, last month, I actually got my hands on a prototype of the new Swarovski EL HD binocular. My reaction when I picked …

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22 Oct

Someone read my last forum post and asked why someone should pay $600 plus for the Fujinon Polaris F-SX 10×50, when he could probably see as much by spending $150 on a Nikon Action Extreme 10×50. Okay, fair question, but really not a complete question, though. Depends on how you define “see as much”. In a very general way, you will probably see nearly as many of the faint nebuale with the cheaper Nikon binocular, but the better light transmission of the Fujinon binocular will add more faint objects right at the limit of visibility. Score one for the Fujinon …

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21 Oct

In astronomy binoculars, there has always been a couple brands that comes to mind when you want the best and one of them is Fujinon. For years, we used a Fujinon 10×70 Polaris at our astronomy club and everyone was generous with their praise, myself included. Fujinon binoculars, like the Polaris, do not come cheap, of course, but we are talking about a serious quality astronomy binocular offering. Since I already have a superb 10×70 astronomy binocular, in my Nikon 10×70 Astroluxe, I have been thinking of something just a touch smaller in the Fujinon 10×50 Polaris, for those times …

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20 Oct

I remember, oh so many years, ago, when the standard astronomy binocular was a 7×50. This was before the advent of giant binoculars, back when the astronomy binocular was seen as little more than an add on or supplement to a telescope, but never a subsitutue for a telescope. Binocular astronomy had yet to achieve a status as a type of astronomy all its own. The binocular universe was overall quite different, too. The most common binocular was a 7×35 – the 8x had yet to achieve its present popularity. It was only natural, I suppose, to go with a …

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19 Oct

New moon over the weekend gave me a chance to do some much needed and long neglected binocular astronomy. How does life manage to interfere so much when it comes to the things I love? I’m sure we all wonder this very same thing, from time to time. Anyway, I did get the Nikon Astroluxe 10×70 out and put it on the binocular tripod for some serious detail work on some open clusters and double stars. Nothing I haven’t seen many, many times, before, but just a refreshing tour of one of my favorite binocular areas of the night sky. …

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15 Oct

Every office with a view of the cityscape or countryside needs a high-power observation binocular or spotting scope. If you are looking for a holiday gift for that executive, a high-power observation binocular or spotting scope is a great idea. Even if that observation binocular is seldom used for viewing or even never used for viewing, it looks great sitting in that office and it makes a statement about the status of the office and its occupant. Of course, the statement made will also be affected by the quality of observation binocular, spotting scope or telescope selected, but that’s all …

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14 Oct

As I have written, before, it is possible to do some limited astronomy with an astronomy binocular through a picture window if the you don’t attempt to view at too much of an angle. Too much of an angle when pointing the binocular produces too much distortion and, besides, very few windows allow you to see objects high overhead. There are exceptions, however. I discovered one the other night at my new home. At about 5 in the morning, I went downstairs to raid the refrigerator of a drink of orange juice and just happened to stop in our living …

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