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41. Steiner Navigator II 7x50 Binoculars
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42. Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout Laser
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43. Nikon Eagleview 8-24x25 Zoom Binoculars
$139.99 $129.00 list($159.99)
44. Konica Minolta Activa 8x40 All-Weather
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45. Nikon Action 16x50 EX ATB Binocular
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46. Nikon OceanPro 7x50 Waterproof
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47. ZEISS 8x30B MC Diafun Binoculars
$582.06 $484.99 list($778.00)
48. Pentax DCF SP8x43 Binocular
$153.99 list($319.99)
49. Bushnell 20-60x60 Multi Position
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50. Steiner Predator 10x26 Binocular
$649.99 list($1,100.00)
51. Meade ETX90EC Telescope w/ UHTC,
$207.57 $200.00 list($449.99)
52. Celestron Dissecting Microscope
$159.99 $149.95 list($179.99)
53. Konica Minolta Activa 8x42 Waterproof
$84.99 $78.95 list($109.99)
54. Konica Minolta 8x42WP WaterproofClassic
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55. Nikon Action 12x50 EX Extreme
$269.95 $167.00
56. Bushnell Excursion 8x42 Waterproof
$399.99 list($599.99)
57. Celestron C102HD 102mm Refractor
$69.99 list($112.95)
58. Celestron Powerseeker 60EQ Telescope
$159.99 $154.95 list($279.99)
59. Bushnell H2O 20-60x60 Waterproof
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60. Nikon Travelite V 8x25 Binocular

41. Steiner Navigator II 7x50 Binoculars
by Steiner
list price: $919.00
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Asin: B00004ZD4I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Steiner
Sales Rank: 3421
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Amazon.com Product Description

Steiner's smart looking and compact 7 x 50 Navigator II binoculars are designed to help sailors, boaters, and hikers find their way. In addition to high magnification optics and a slim, waterproof body, the Navigator II has a built-in electronic compass that allows you to establish headings while continually scanning the horizon for markers and potential hazards.

These binoculars are extremely compact, thanks to the slim Steiner compass glass. This allows you the same full-featured performance as many other models, but with considerably less weight. The built-in, "on-demand" compass is only visible when the compass button has been electronically activated. Even better, there's no reticle in your field of view, just a pointer that you place beneath your mark or point of reference. The compass light illuminates so it is easy-to-read at night, and is powered by a long-lasting lithium battery. The Navigator II binoculars are ideal for a multitude of uses, including navigating, exploring, and viewing wildlife. These binoculars are protected with a 10-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Luminosity factor of 50.4, twilight factor of 18.7
  • Built in, electronically activated compass
  • Compass light illuminates, easy-to-read at night
  • Splashproof and waterproof
  • Comes with attached objective lens covers; occular cover (rain guard); large, extra-wide carry strap

42. Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout Laser Rangefinder
by Bushnell
list price: $515.99
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Asin: B00005AXIY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 1091
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout compact laser rangefinder can display the distance of a larger object up to 700 yds. The monocular design provides continuous distance measurement as multiple targets in the field of view are scanned. Battery included. Color: Hunter Green.

Hunting and golfing will never be the same with the Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout. Its 10- to 700-yard range with 1-yard accuracy (plus or minus, without reflectors or special devices) makes it perfect for golfing, bow hunting, and archery. The pocket-sized Pro Scout is water resistant and comes with a standard 3-volt battery.

How a Laser Rangefinder Works
Bushnell's Yardage Pro rangefinders use an invisible, eye-safe Class 1 Laser beam (as classified by the FDA) which is "bounced" off distant objects with the press of a button. Then, the rangefinder's high-speed digital clock measures the time it took for a laser beam to reach a target and return to the unit. Next, using advanced digital electronics, the rangefinder instantly calculates the distance within + / – 1 yard and shows the range in either yards or meters on a through-the-lens LCD Display. The entire process is so fast that less than a second elapses between the time you press the button to generate a laser beam to the time the exact range to your target is displayed.

Reflectivity of Target Types
Because rangefinders "bounce" a laser beam off the target in order to take a measurement, their range is partially determined by the reflectivity of the target. In other words, hard or "reflective" targets – like a rock cliff or semi-truck – can be measured at greater distances than soft surface targets – like a deer. Ranges for moderately reflective targets, like trees, fall somewhere in the middle. Most experienced hunters will use their rangefinder to frequently estimate ranges to near and distant landmarks before they actually encounter a game animal. By "pre-measuring" ranges to spots where a trophy is likely to appear, they can concentrate on making an accurate shot when the moment of truth arrives.

Through-the-lens LCD Display
Bushnell Yardage Pro rangefinders are fast and easy to use because everything you need to know is displayed on our built-in, through-the-lens LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). Here's how it works:

A. Targeting Modes
Scan
The Scan mode allows you to pan across the landscape while viewing a continuously updated LCD display of the distances between you and the targets you scan with the viewfinder.
Rain
This feature compensates for precipitation to guarantee an accurate distance measurement through rain or snow.
Zip
Zip allows you to accurately measure longer ranges (beyond 150 yards) when looking through foreground clutter like brush or branches.
Reflector
This feature increases the maximum measurement range for most highly reflective objects.

B. Meters/Yards
You can quickly choose between these standard measuring units with a simple press of a button.
C. Reticle
The distance to objects targeted in these crosshairs will be displayed on the Distance Readout with the press of a button.
D. Battery Indictor
Flashes when battery power is low.
E. Target Quality Gauge
Gauge indicating amount of energy pulses being received back from the target.

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Features

  • 10- to 700-yard range with 1-yard accuracy
  • Perfect for golfing, bow hunting, and archery
  • Pocket-sized
  • Water resistant

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it!
I purchased the Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout for my son for his birthday and he absolutely loves it. I have a Nikon compact 800 laser rangefinder that I thought was best small package laser rangefinder available, that is until I saw the Pro Scout.

I still like the Nikon, but the Pro Scout works equally well, with just slightly less range capability. The big plus for the Pro Scout is it's size. It is about half or less the size and weight of the Nikon (or Bushnell) 800 compact and comes with a pouch that when it's on your belt you almost don't notice it's there.

If I didn't already have the Nikon, I would buy a Pro Scout for myself in a minute.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little Giant Killer
This rangefinder is great! Much lighter than the big bulky other units. Has all the great features that is needed. This is one that you will take with you and not leave in the truck because it's too big. I tested this against some of my buddies' bigger units at known distances and this one out did the bigger units in speed and accuracy. Great scan mode. Best buy. Should be sold for about ($) more than asked for. ... Read more


43. Nikon Eagleview 8-24x25 Zoom Binoculars (Silver)
by Nikon

our price: $139.99
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Asin: B0002Y5WV6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 2310
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Quick central focusing
  • Sharp multicoated optics for superb contrast and vivid color
  • New ergonomic body design
  • BaK4 high index prisms
  • Diopter adjustment for strain-free viewing

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THESE!
I was absolutely astounded with the amazing clarity of these binocs. Tremendous zoom range, small enough to pack anywhere, and again, tremendous, stunning clarity. Buy these!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent sharp views for sightseeing or other uses.
We bought these binoculars to use for our honeymoon cruise, and we were very pleased. In particular, we love the eyepieces that raise and lower for use with or without glasses (helpful for both eyeglasses and sunglasses users). Secondly, the width of the binoculars adjusts for the space between your eyes, allowing a custom view for each user. Also, the binoculars are small and lightweight, making them perfect for travel. Finally--and most importantly--the binoculars provide a clear, sharp picture that stays relatively stable even at higher magnifications. Highly recommended for the casual user.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just What I Wanted
I got this great pair of Nikon Eagleview 8-24x25 Zoom II Binoculars as a gift from my Mom & Dad for Christmas. I've had several other pairs, but never this compact and powerful. The zoom is VERY smooth and keeps good focus throughout. Nice and lightweight, they did well as 'opera glasses' on my visit to the symphony last week. And I'm getting a better close-up of my favorite birds. The 'field' is not as good as with dedicated wide-view optics, but you can't complain. Just What I Wanted ... Read more


44. Konica Minolta Activa 8x40 All-Weather Binoculars
by Konica Minolta
list price: $159.99
our price: $139.99
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Asin: B0002KH3SU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 2714
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Features

  • All-weather, fogproof optics
  • 40mm objective lens
  • Magnification of 8x
  • Multi-coated optics and high-refraction BaK4 prism provide bright, high-contrast images
  • Rubber-armored body protects against scratches and dings

45. Nikon Action 16x50 EX ATB Binocular
by Nikon Sport Optics

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Asin: B0001EFIG6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon Sport Optics
Sales Rank: 10795
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Features

  • Waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof performance
  • All-metal chassis in lightweight polycarbonate shell
  • Rubber-coated body for firm, non-slip grip
  • Magnification: 16x
  • Objective lens: 50mm

46. Nikon OceanPro 7x50 Waterproof Binoculars with Compass
by Nikon

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Asin: B00005LENN
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 3634
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Features

  • Quick, easy central focus.
  • Rubber-armored, shockproof polycarbonate body.
  • Long eye relief oerfect for eyeglass weares.
  • Nylon floating strap included.
  • 100% Waterproff/Fogproof

47. ZEISS 8x30B MC Diafun Binoculars ? Black
by Zeiss

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Asin: B00006I60R
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Zeiss
Sales Rank: 9567
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Features

  • Magnification -8
  • Objective Diameter -30mm
  • Field of View at 1000 meters -120m (360')
  • Diopter Compensation -+/- 3 dpt
  • Exit Pupil -3.75

48. Pentax DCF SP8x43 Binocular
by Pentax
list price: $778.00
our price: $582.06
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Asin: B000093TVQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Pentax
Sales Rank: 3697
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Features

  • Nitrogen-filled magnesium-alloy waterproof body (JIS Class 6) and protected with a full-body rubber housing
  • Exceptional image quality and close focusing with edge-to-edge sharpness
  • Inner-focus optical design incorporating hybrid aspherical eyepiece lenses
  • High-resolution phase-coated roof prisms
  • Scratch-resistant hydrophobic coating on exposed objective and eyepiece lenses, and multi-coated optical elements

49. Bushnell 20-60x60 Multi Position Spacemaster Spotting Scope
by Bushnell
list price: $319.99
our price: $153.99
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Asin: B00006HO4T
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 3714
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Features

  • Exclusive multi-position eyepiece offers infinite viewing positions between straight through and 90 degrees, for comfortable viewing in every situation
  • Field of View @ 1000 Yards -88' @ 20x, 40'@60x
  • Exit Pupil -3mm@20x, 1mm@60x
  • Weight -36.5 ounces
  • Length -14.5

50. Steiner Predator 10x26 Binocular with Case
by Steiner
list price: $269.00
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Asin: B000063EK1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Steiner
Sales Rank: 2380
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Features

  • 10x magnification
  • 26mm objective lenses with CAT coating for ultimate visibility
  • Water-resistant seal
  • Center focus dial
  • Includes thermo-molded Predator case

51. Meade ETX90EC Telescope w/ UHTC, Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884)
by Meade
list price: $1,100.00
our price: $649.99
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Asin: B00008IOVV
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Meade
Sales Rank: 937
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The little Meade ETX90EC, one of the most popular telescopes ever made, is a 3.5-inch f/13.8 Maksutov-Cassegrain designed for maximum portability while also delivering outstanding images.It certainly succeeds on both counts, and at a terrific price.The telescope comes with a 26mm Meade Super Plössl eyepiece, an 8x21 finderscope, a very nice screw-on dust cap, a fork mount, an adjustable tripod, and a built-in computer for finding and tracking sky objects.

Images through the ETX90EC are absolutely textbook perfect. The excellent optical quality produces some wonderful views of brighter sky objects, such as the Moon and naked-eye planets. Meade's recently introduced UHTC optical coatings further strengthen optical performance by enhancing image contrast. Given the amazing low price for what you get, the ETX90EC is a great triumph in low-cost, mass-production optical fabrication techniques.

The computer-driven hand controller makes it easy to find 14,000 celestial objects.
Once properly set up and initialized, the onboard Autostar computer control can guide users to more than 14,000 sky objects.I have always found the Autostar navigation system to be extremely accurate, even if it does include many more targets than a 3.5-inch telescope could possibly see under the best conditions.

As good as the optical assembly is, the finderscope leaves something to be desired. I find it difficult, if not impossible to look through because of how closely it is mounted to the tube of the telescope.The problem only gets worse as the telescope raises in altitude, causing my nose to scrunch up against the eyepiece.I would recommend augmenting the finder with a small one-power aiming device, such Orion Telescope's EZ Finder II Reflex Sight.Another drawback is the focusing.Although the focuser's movement is smooth, the small, aluminum knob is very difficult to grasp when looking through the eyepiece.

The tube assembly comes mounted on a miniaturized, clock-driven, fork equatorial mount made mostly from molded plastic.The DC-powered clock drive runs for more than 20 hours on eight common AA-size batteries.The clock drive tracks the sky quite accurately after it has been properly initialized.

Consumers should note, however, that since the tube is longer than the fork arms, the telescope cannot swing all the way through the mount.This could limit the telescope's ability to look low in the sky, depending on how and where you have it set up.What that point is exactly will depend on the angle at which the ETX is tilted for polar alignment, but it worsens as you head south.I also feel that the plastic fork mounting is just barely solid enough to support the weight of the telescope.It is certainly not strong enough to hold both it and a camera.

Overall, despite the weaknesses mentioned above, the ETX90EC is a well-made instrument and has an amazingly low price.Computer tracking and slewing coupled with outstanding optics in such a compact package would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.Yet, here it is. --Phil Harrington, author of Star Ware

Pros:

  • Outstanding optics
  • Compact size
  • Amazing value for the money
  • Accurate computer control and tracking
Cons:
  • Poor finderscope
  • Weak plastic mounting
  • Focusing knob very close to eyepiece
  • Small aperture only suitable for the brightest sky targets
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Features

  • Includes AutoStar controller and deluxe field tripod
  • UHTC coatings are on all optical surfaces for enhanced detail
  • Cordless motor drive for fully automatic tracking
  • Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass
  • Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter eyepiece for 48 times magnification

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Rating Optics on ETX90EC Very Good Near Excellent !!
Rate the Optics as exceptional on ETX90EC w/UHTC are near excellent!! Easily see the north star companion (9th magnitude), for the 1st time watched a Jupiter Shadow Eclipse, small in my 97X, but jet black circle, beautiful !! Focusing is abit coarse, but fast ! Have yet to use it in a nice Dark Sky, watched the Jupiter eclipse between two street lights !! Two Dark Bands on Jupiter stand out well, hint of polar markings, the bands are irregular show hints of detail !! Large Red Spot shows easily when in view. Saturn is low in horizon now, tho division not visible large Jet Black area between Planet and Rings ! Have only 97X waiting for my 9 MM eyepiece. Star images are nice and compact, have owned a F/10 6 inch reflector, 6 inch Dynamax Schmidtt Cassegrain, but the ETX blows them away, fantastic, Best WARREN ..<>..

4-0 out of 5 stars ETX90EC W/UHTC AUTOSAT & TRIPOD PURE FUN !!
First Rate myself as a casual observor, wanted maximum portability, and the ETX90EC certainly does !! First night aligned the finder and used manual control, only using 47X Jupiter was beautiful and moons snapped into view nicely. Over all image(s) look Good to Very Good, nice and compact stars as they should be ! 2nd night (using Autostar) able to align on the 3rd attempt, viewed more in 1 hour, infact lost count ! Was locating many from horizon to horizon, simply amazing feat ! Noisy in operation and dislike the small finder and needs more info on use, otherwise would give 5 stars !! Was Pure Fun, LOVE IT !! questions feel free to inquire wnppmy@yahoo.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
This is my second telescope and I took the opportunity of the Meade special offers. Shipping arrived on time, I was a little bit worried about shipping such an equipment, but packaging was great.
Strongly recommending buying the hard case.
This is a wonderful telescope, very easy to use, and I recommend this for anyone, even beginners. Calibration is easy, just a few clicks on the Autostar, and then you can start the great show. Planets and objects are bright and offer fantastic contrast (buy the optionnal UHTC it's worth).
Prepare not to sleep at all the first few nights, but you'll be amazed at what you can see. ... Read more


52. Celestron Dissecting Microscope
by Celestron
list price: $449.99
our price: $207.57
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Asin: B00006F2VT
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Celestron
Sales Rank: 1832
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • One of the best stereo microscopes in its class
  • True color with 20x and 40x power using 10x eyepieces
  • Rotating turret of 2x and 4x objectives

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars YAY FUN
Hi Folks. Let me begin by saying this microscope has been an extremely fun toy to have around the house. I'm a law student (read: not a scientist haha) and this thing has been great fun - for the other novices like me, this microscope magnifies both 20x and 40x, which may not sound like much, but wait until you get a fingernail or a bug under it - EWWWWW. Anyway, this thing is absolutely solid - nice heavy-duty construction, with great optics. For those of you who don't know, this is a "dissecting" microscope which means you don't need slides or any of that stuff - you can just stick anything under it and easily get it in focus. VERY cool, and highly recommended to anyone who is interested in exploring the world of the small and icky. I can't recommend this scope highly enough, ESPECIALLY if you are a novice like me who just wants to look at anything and everything just for fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best
THIS HAND HELD MICROSCOPE IS AWESOME!
I HAVE 1 AND IT GIVES ME THE SIGHT OF EVEN THE SMALLEST THINGS
I USE THIS ON MY TRIPS TO MY COTTAGE AND I LOVE IT
HOPE U BUY THIS ... Read more


53. Konica Minolta Activa 8x42 Waterproof Sport Binocular with Case & Strap
by Konica Minolta
list price: $179.99
our price: $159.99
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Asin: B0002L57L4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 2636
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54. Konica Minolta 8x42WP WaterproofClassic Sport Binoculars
by Konica Minolta
list price: $109.99
our price: $84.99
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Asin: B00008X2WX
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 884
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Wide angle of view
  • Long eye relief
  • Bak4 Prism and Multicoated optics Ensures Clear and Bright viewing
  • Convenient Diopter Adjustment
  • Waterproof feature protects from heavy rain and water splashes

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best in class and better than most that cost much more!
I need binoculars for hunting and nature watching in varied conditions including 100+ degree heat/dust, muddy bogs, snow covered mountain woodlands, and open prairies. I bought the Minolta 8x42WP Waterproof Classic Sport Binoculars after a months long search and they have not disappointed. I have used them hunting in North Texas and whale/nature watching in Maui from on land and at sea. Minolta offers the most features including larger FOV, BAK4, coated optics, waterproofing, etc. This shows when you actually put the binocs to your eyes. Other makers charge 2 to 3 times as much for these features. They are hands-down a better choice than the similar priced Nikon, Orion, Bushnell, Leupold Wind River, etc. brands. "Similar priced" is not totally accurate as most of these makers charge well over $100 for their products. The Wind Rivers are particularly disappointing considering their price. Pentax does make a similar model at a similar price but it is heavier. I had to buy these on faith as I could not find a retailer who had the Classic Sport model in Dallas, TX. By looking through a large number of very different models of binoculars, I can strongly say that these are the set to buy if you do not intend to spend over $300. I am amazed at how competitively Minolta prices this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW...
I just recieved my new binoculars and as is usual with the old Minolta tradition, you get a great product at a greater price.
I worked for this company many years ago and I remember they were sticklers for detail.
The binoculars are great if, like me, you have to wear glasses; incredible eye relief. It was very heavy overcast and once upto my eyes, someone turned on the lights. It was just that bright. The contrast was not overbearing in any way; just enough snap to remind you of a good quality pair of binoculars. With a short focus of only 18 feet and a sharpness beyond my expectations, I couldn't be any happier with my purchase. I highly recommend them to both pros and amatuers alike. ... Read more


55. Nikon Action 12x50 EX Extreme ATB Binocular
by Nikon Sport Optics

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Asin: B0001EFIFW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon Sport Optics
Sales Rank: 4382
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Features

  • Waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof performance
  • All-metal chassis in lightweight polycarbonate shell
  • Rubber-coated body for firm, non-slip grip
  • Magnification: 12x
  • Objective lens: 50mm

56. Bushnell Excursion 8x42 Waterproof / Fogproof, PC3
list price: $269.95
our price: $269.95
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Asin: B0007PEOK0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Bushnell
Sales Rank: 3800
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Product Description

8x42 Excursion - Waterproof/Fogproof ... Read more

Features

  • 8x magnification
  • Waterproof and fogproof rubber armor for maximum protection
  • PC-3 phase coating for optimum resolution
  • 426-foot field of view at 1,000 yards
  • 42-millimeter objectives for bright, clear images

57. Celestron C102HD 102mm Refractor Telescope
by Celestron
list price: $599.99
our price: $399.99
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Asin: B000051TIA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Celestron
Sales Rank: 1798
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Celestron C102HD telescope is regarded as a major bargain for good reason. Instead of computerized bells and whistles, you get the solid optical performance of a full sized four-inch achromatic refractor combined with a serviceable German Equatorial mount. Experienced observers frequently recommend the C102HD to beginning astronomers for one simple reason: it delivers great views of the planets.

How great are the views?In side by side tests, the C102HD consistently showed better contrast and more detail on Jupiter and Saturn than my five inch Schmidt-Cassegrain.On a night when my C5 showed five or six cloud belts across the face of Jupiter, the C102HD showed seven. On Saturn, when I push the magnification to 200X, the Cassini division is crisp, I see cloud belts on the planet; I see shading in the A and B rings, and even glimpse the Crepe ring.When looking at the star Epsilon Lyrae, the famous double-double, the C102HD showed me four crisp bright beads of light, without the bright diffraction rings and scattered light that I see in my C5.

One drawback: the CG-4 equatorial mount included with the C102HD is only barely adequate to support a forty-inch plus telescope. I found that it was better to set up on grass or gravel and leave the tripod about a foot short of full extension--this significantly reduces the vibration problems that otherwise trouble this mount.

What accessories would I recommend?Adding a CG4 motor drive significantly increased my viewing pleasure by allowing the telescope to track for long periods without my touching the controls.As with any equatorial mount, you need to point the Polar axis at the North Star, Polaris, for the tracking to work properly (don't worry, this is all explained in the manual). As for eyepieces, the included 20mm plossl eyepiece gives a magnification of 50X and a one degree true field of view.You'll want a 32mm eyepieceto take in the full view of star clusters like the Pleiades and the Double Cluster in Perseus.The Ultima 7.5mm is ideal for high power views of Jupiter and Saturn.I usually suggest a good star chart with any telescope, but for viewing the planets, a subscription to Sky and Telescope magazine might be even more useful; the planets, after all, move from one month to the next! --Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • Solid optical performer
  • Great views of the planets

Con:

  • Barely adequate mount
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Features

  • Refractor telescope for serious astronomers and terrestrial observers
  • Rigid German equatorial mount for following objects
  • Slow motion controls on both axes object
  • Magnification: 241x
  • Objective lens: 102mm

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars WoW
I finally had a clear night although it was a bit on the windy side, and I was very impressed with the performance of my C102HD refractor. I have never really had a real Telescope I alway's Fell to the ads of those high powered store sold 60mm. refractors, those are junk. I saw more on that one night than I have all of my life, I saw the Orion Nebula for the first time,it was great at 50 power with the 20mm. eyepiece, also the moons of Jupiter were very sharp plus the rings of Saturn, I also bought the Celestron accessory kit so I have plenty of options when it comes to power. I just can't say enough to express my delight with my new scope and probably can't say it right. But this a real quality item,and amazon.com is a great place to purchase it, they have great service and the scope came very well packed. So I would really recommend one of these scopes you will really be pleased and amazed at it's performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every bit worth the wait!
I used to work on 10" and 12" refractors and in comparison this scopes only lacks in size. I started running around in circles after looking at the amazingly sharp views of Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon, and the Orion nebula the first night. Stars are sharp pinpoints. Plan to buy additional eyepieces as this 20mm Plossl (pretty decent per se) is just a starter. My 6mm eyepiece works beautifully at 150x. With the 2x Barlow lens, the 20mm gives you 100x. In a light polluted city (like where I live), the best I could get was around 200x.

I saw the Cassini division and bands on Saturn, bands on Jupiter and its 4 moons as pinpoints of light. The full moon gives a purple halo, but only at high mags. A moon filter solves that problem. The finderscope takes some fussing with the get it centered and the mount is VERY shaky. I plan to buy a better mount anyway. From reading other scope review sites and from my personal experience, this Celestron 102HD is a definite ***** winner. Everywhere I asked, "pro-amateurs" were telling me its the perfect scope for a beginner. Its still very portable - just carry the weights separately out to the field/backyard for viewing. From a beginner's perspective, to really learn how to navigate the stars, this scope gives you the best bang (optics) for the buck as opposed to smaller apertured GOTO scopes (ahem Meade 90etx) for the same money. You won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Low-Contrast Detail and Portable Too
This is a good scope for the price. It provides refractor-sharp views of the Cassini division in Saturn`s rings and cloud bands as well as the shadow of the rings on the planet. I`ve also seen as many as 8 cloud bands on Jupiter and the two reddish equatorial belts. The bands look like they`ve been colored in with a very sharp pencil point. The 4 Galilean moons are easily seen and, with good seeing, the Great Red Spot is also visible. Also, views of the moon are contrasty and filled with lots of details. Mercury, the phases of Venus, Mars, 100`s of deep space objects, etc., are also easy targets. For instance, the Orion nebula is a spectacular sight with it`s greenish glow.

Most images are extremely clear, sharp and bright with almost no spurious color on bright objects. One has to sometimes look for the spurious color to see it.

IMHO, the mount-tripod seems to be fine even for high-power views if everything is tightened up all the way and vibration suppression pads are used. In fact, this makes for a very portable set-up which can be carried around pretty easily and can be ready for use at a moment`s notice.

Conclusion: This scope excels at showing low-contrast details. This is one of the refractor`s most superior features and is one of the main reasons why they often make better planetary scopes than other types of scopes much larger. The C-102HD is no exception!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great buy
For the money this telescope is hard to beat. The OTA is well made; the 102mm Achromat being housed in a adjustable metal lens cell. The tube has three internal baffles and has a nice focuser which will accomadate 2" eypieces. My focuser was originally rather sloppy but after tinkering with several screws it tightened up nicely and is now quite serviceable. It also includes a 5.5" removeable felt lined aluminum dew cap. The 30mm finder scope is to small and it would be good to replace it with 50mm. The equatorial head is solid and well matched to the OTA. It has the standard(rather small)setting circles with a vernier. The slow motion controls work fine with no backlash although the locks have to have a slight amount of tension otherwise there may be some slippage. It's also supplied with two conterweights one large and one small. The small weight tightend all the way to the end of the counterweight shaft leaves the scope perfectly balanced. The larger weight is to be employed if photography is desired. I added the single axis clock drive and it tracks well. Again there has to be a slight amount of tension(via RA lock)on the RA axis or there will be some slippage. The weakest point of this model is the aluminum legs. Aliminum has the advantage of being light but has a very low dampening coeficent. Thus, focusing at higher powers can be a challenge. My remedy to this problem was to add a JMI electronic focuser. Focusing is a breeze now as I don't have to touch the OTA when adjusting. Another alternative used by some is the addition of wooden tripod legs. The scope is supplied with a nice 20mm Plossl; But figure on buying a couple more plus a barlow as this scope handles 200mag. well. Optically it does very well on the star test with only a slight amount of spherical abberation present. Ronchi grating test shows sraight lines in and out of focus. There is some false color, as to be expected from an achromat, around bright objects. All and all a very nice package. I would have given a five were it not for the tripod. Keep in mind this is a telescope best used for planetary use and double star splitting. Deep sky object are best served by more aperture. So if that's your fancy consider a "light bucket"(Dobsonian). I have heard of some cases of people getting poor optics with this scope, but that seems to be the exception not the rule. So if that happens to you, send it back to the factory till you get a good one.
Cheers.

3-0 out of 5 stars bought too quickly
This was the first real telescope I purchased. The product description fits, but, as I found out later, I should have started with a good pair of binoculars. The mount is the culprit that caused me to give the telescope a 3 rating. It isn't the quality I expected from Celestron. After carefully carrying this heavy (equatorial mount) scope in and out of my van numerous times, there is evident play in the mount. Other than that, I have seen beautiful views of Saturn, Jupiter and Orion Nebula. Another problem is straight up viewing, virtually impossible. Would recommend a good pair of binoculars (7X50 or 10X50) and a dobsonian mount at least 8 to 10 inches for starting astronomers. As you may or not know, what you see in this telescope (as all others) will not look like the beautiful pictures in astronomy mags and books. It takes a lot of viewing to start dectecting any colors, and the size of the object won't be very large, other than the moon. I know I am adding a lot about astronomy, but I learned the hard way, join an astronomy club,and try out all the scopes they offer before you commit to something that will collect dust. Clear Skies, don ... Read more


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