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Old 12-08-2011, 17:16   #16
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Re: Time for New Binoculars - Any Recommendations?

this one is dual purpose,,,,,

every-time you want to use them put a quarter in. A piggy-bank at sea, extra beer money,,
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I used good Stieners for years. Spent the bucks 6 years ago for Fuginon Techno-Stabi 14X40's. They come in a Pelican case and we love them. You can see a lot of things you can't with normal 7X50's, boat names, masthead problems underway and just plain good snooping!
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Using gramps probably near 60 years old. Have to focus each lens, once their set they work fine. They have range indicators but not a compass. Smaller set of nushnell field glasses that are probably 30 years old. Work fine as well. Also 4 pairs of 2x reading glasses all new in the past few years. Binoculars are out lasting my eyes
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Fuji has the best glass!

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I have a pair of the Canon Stabilized. I can read the names on ships from a much greater distance than 7x50's and as an added bonus, see Jupiter's moons!...way cool.
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Re: Time for New Binoculars - Any Recommendations?

So is it better to have a set of stabilizer binos like this (good price) which are 8x25, or are you better of with a more light gathering 7x35 or even 40?

My past experiences always went for higher light gathering, but that was always on a stable platform, not a boat.
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Re: Time for New Binoculars - Any Recommendations?

Seems the Canons are winning
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If I had my choice I would have a set of 7 X 50 for good low light use and a pair of 12 - 15 X stabilized for reading numbers on buoys and such.
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If I had my choice I would have a set of 7 X 50 for good low light use and a pair of 12 - 15 X stabilized for reading numbers on buoys and such.
12-15 X wow!

That's pretty high magnification. I find 10X does an amazing job for almost anything I have done in good light. 12-15X is going to require a large objective if you want it useable in low light conditions. Also, I wonder if heat shimmer becomes more noticeable?
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Fujinon Polaris, best bins ever , great at night , miles better then Steiner , not cheap though. Steiner overpriced for what you get IMHO

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If I had my choice I would have a set of 7 X 50 for good low light use and a pair of 12 - 15 X stabilized for reading numbers on buoys and such.
I use a 9-30X monocular for that. Seems easier to keep stable at that level of zoom than binos. A good spotting scope works great...
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If you're going to get a stablized binocular I suggest you get at least a 10X or 12X to take advantage of the stabilization.
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If you're going to get a stablized binocular I suggest you get at least a 10X or 12X to take advantage of the stabilization.
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12-15 X wow!

That's pretty high magnification. I find 10X does an amazing job for almost anything I have done in good light. 12-15X is going to require a large objective if you want it usable in low light conditions. Also, I wonder if heat shimmer becomes more noticeable?
The higher magnification for me is not to see things further away, it is to see things at a moderate distance larger. Light gathering and heat shimmer are not really a concern.

The stability is to make it possible to read the numbers on channel markers and buoys. In even moderate conditions with even 7 X binoculars I find I can read the numbers almost as soon by eye as I can with the binoculars. With stabilization you can see those numbers much further away. Makes navigating a lot easier in areas with crossing channels and multiple channel markers.
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