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Choosing Binoculars For Astronomy

Astronomic binoculars are optical instruments used in stargazing or day and night sky viewing. It allows people to see far objects besides those seen by the naked eye. Choosing good binoculars for astronomic purposes entails some considerations. A good pair of astronomical binoculars is more effective as a telescope.

Binoculars are small telescopes mechanically linked together or mounted side by side, allowing distant viewing. It is handy, durable, light and easy to use. Astronomical binoculars can help you see up to 40% of a more detailed observation as compared to using only one eye with a telescope. In order to get high quality astronomy binoculars, one should follow certain considerations for good results:

Magnification
Choosing the magnification level also reflects the way it is intended for usage. With the handheld method, the setup time is zero. It has no accessories so as to drain the pocketbook. This means that one should keep magnification below 12x in order to maintain the steadiness of your binoculars. However, an objective size combination allows you to view hundreds of stars and galaxies, only through the use of a 7x to 12x binocular.

Hence, you can also determine the binoculars exit pupil (a virtual aperture in an optical system) which can match your eyes. It is done by dividing the size of the objective lens via its magnifying power.

A human eye has 2mm of exit pupils during the daylight, making it a type of high magnification. The exit pupil needs to be more than 5mm in low light so as to make it more usable. Since all binoculars have limits, one should consider the amount of distance to be achieved when focusing or the so-called eye relief. Binoculars having a 9mm eye relief can produce uncomfortable viewing.

A tripod can also help you to effectively handle magnifications over 15-20x. Astronomic binoculars have 15x to 30x and can result to a more detailed stargazing. This is while a 25x100mm can be very effective for a dark and clear night viewing.

Most giant binoculars possess a limit, especially for fixed magnification. This is although more model types now offer interchangeable eyepieces.

Sizes
Lens Size - Aperture (opening or a hole through which light is admitted) is referred to as the size of the objective lens. It is a light gathering source that plays a key role in suiting binoculars applications. More apertures mean better and brighter resolved images. The size and bulk can also increase proportionately. Binoculars are very portable, having a size that is less than 30mm. 5x25 or 5x30 models can also fit into the pockets easily. Low magnifications are necessary for this size range in order to keep a bright image.

Binoculars that have 40mm are considered as mid-range sized. It is used by most people for multiple applications. A 50-60mm lens size is far heavier that requires support. However, this is well suited for astronomy.

Mounts
Big binoculars need to have big mounts. The weight of the binocular can be compared with its maximum load capacity on a tripod. A tripod that has the capacity of at least 12 lb. and 15 lb. or more is best for an 80mm binocular.

Prism Type
Z shaped porro prisms are best suited for astronomy binoculars. Porro prisms have no mirrored surfaces and are less expensive. It can even inherent image sharpness which is intended for large hands.

The prism allows the body to be seen onto a far shorter view. This is because it folds the light path. It can also flip images and reflects the light path 3 times.

Focus Type
Astronomy binoculars use both CF (center focus) and IF (individual eyepiece focus). Center focus is versatile and easy to use, especially in refocusing other applications. If the focusing system is a more practical type, it is then easier to seal against moisture and dust.

Quality and Price
Most giant binoculars are made in China. Some Chinese optics is made with high optical standards. Popular brands include the following:
• Celestrons
• Oberweck
• Meades
• and Apogee
Small binoculars that are of the highest quality are sold under $25. Mid-sized types range from $50- $75. While the 80mm binoculars are sold at $100 and $300. Models with 100mm actually run for $400 to $1000, especially for deluxe interchangeable eyepieces.

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Where are Minox binoculars made? Speccifically the BD 8x44 BP(Porro Prism) model.?

Boy, that's a tough one. It appears they're made in Germany although I can't nail down the manufacturing location.




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