Barska, Celestron or Orion

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Barska, Celestron or Orion
Posted by SWA Pilot on Monday, February 17, 2014 3:46 PM

I am thinking about getting some bigger aperture binoculars.  I have found I like center mounting posts over the L adapter.  Barska, Celestron and Orion all make 25x100.  Oberwerk does as well but theirs are out of stock.  All things given, they are all fully multi-coated with relatively the same field of view and they all have center mounts.  Prices are all in the same ballpark.  So, what do you all think about the quality of the above three makers?  Are they all basically the same or is one better than the other?  Thanks for the help!

Well boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing...

 

Canon 10x30mm Image Stabilized, Celestron Cavalry 15x70mm, Oberwerk BT70, Oberwerk 25x100mm Deluxe, and Steiner 10x50mm binoculars

Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope

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Posted by Antitax on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:15 AM

   Sorry, I've never looked through binoculars larger than 80mm, but to avoid being stuck with only one magnification, consider an instrument with a choice between two magnifications (and 90° viewing) like this thing:

http://apuliaottiche.com/negozio/it/binocoli/454-ts-88mm-semi-apo-bino-.html

   Orion or some other large US retailer will have those under another brand; when the looks and the specs are the same, they're clones. The 88mm has three-lens objectives for a tighter focus, and dual-power: 20x or 32x. It's always better to have a bit smaller optics with better focused light because poorly focused light is just a blur around what you're looking at, anyway.

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Posted by Genesis 1:1 on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:25 PM

SWA Pilot
I am thinking about getting some bigger aperture binoculars.  I have found I like center mounting posts over the L adapter.  Barska, Celestron and Orion all make 25x100.  Oberwerk does as well but theirs are out of stock.  All things given, they are all fully multi-coated with relatively the same field of view and they all have center mounts.  Prices are all in the same ballpark.  So, what do you all think about the quality of the above three makers?  Are they all basically the same or is one better than the other?  Thanks for the help!

SWA,

I don't know where you got your information, but, if you go to the individual websites, you will see that 

Barska & Celestron are only multi-coated. (MC) Which tend to show ghosting on bright objects such as the full moon.

The Orion is Fully multi-coated. (FMC)

The Oberwerk is Fully Broadband multi-coated.

http://bigbinoculars.com/100mm-150mm.htm

http://bigbinoculars.com/faq.htm#15

http://www.oberwerk.com/products/compare.htm

I would rate the Oberwerk #1 overall.

Orion #2

Celestron SkyMaster & Barska Cosmos tied for #3.

With Oberwerk you have a choice between the older model with Individual Focus or

the newer model 25x100 which has Center Focus & their latest technology in optical coatings.

The Deluxe models recently received an upgrade in the optical coatings within the past year.

Based upon my past experience with Chinese 25x100mm binoculars I would recommend the Oberwerk. Yes

Nikon7x35GoldSentinel 9.3*+Pentax8x40PCFWPII+MinoxBD10x44BP

FujinonFMTRSX7x50+Nikon10x50GoldSentinel+Pentax12x50PCFWPII

Vixen8x56Geoma+Fujinon12x60HB+Pentax16x60PCFWP

Pentax20x60PCFWP+Pentax20x60PCFWPII+Tento20x60USSR

Orion12x63MiniGiant+Spectrum I 20x65+Orion15x70LittleGiant II

Orion20x70LittleGiant II+Orion16x80Giant+Orion30x80MEGAView

Barska30x80X-Trail+BurgessOptical20x90Series II

Stan~Rocky Mountain High ColoradoGeeked

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Posted by SWA Pilot on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:31 AM

Thanks for the inputs.  I caught the fact that the Barska and Celestron's were not fully multi-coated later in my searchings.  

 

Well boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing...

 

Canon 10x30mm Image Stabilized, Celestron Cavalry 15x70mm, Oberwerk BT70, Oberwerk 25x100mm Deluxe, and Steiner 10x50mm binoculars

Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope

  • Member since
    November, 2006
Posted by Genesis 1:1 on Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:03 PM

Well let us know which make & model you finally decide to test drive through the night sky. Travel

Nikon7x35GoldSentinel 9.3*+Pentax8x40PCFWPII+MinoxBD10x44BP

FujinonFMTRSX7x50+Nikon10x50GoldSentinel+Pentax12x50PCFWPII

Vixen8x56Geoma+Fujinon12x60HB+Pentax16x60PCFWP

Pentax20x60PCFWP+Pentax20x60PCFWPII+Tento20x60USSR

Orion12x63MiniGiant+Spectrum I 20x65+Orion15x70LittleGiant II

Orion20x70LittleGiant II+Orion16x80Giant+Orion30x80MEGAView

Barska30x80X-Trail+BurgessOptical20x90Series II

Stan~Rocky Mountain High ColoradoGeeked

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