Nikon 7246 Action 12×50 EX Extreme All-Terrain Binocular, black. These are amazingly good for the price. Can see well, see distance, see detail. Can see nebulae in a Bortle 5.
These will change your life.
Also get this $25 mount ^ so you can put the binocs on your tripod. They fit on the top of most tripods. Shop for tripods here, make sure you get one that can go as high as just above your head if you plan to look up at the night sky at up to 20% altitude. (A fairly high angle.)
Some tripods might need an adapter which would cost about 10 bucks.
This mount turns your binocs into super stable dual telescopes for astronomy, wildlife, or helping defend the nest during the possible coming collapse. You know, end-times bivouac.
Note: You can’t look directly overhead without much more expensive tripod heads that are sold out everywhere as of this writing.
Tips on focusing these: gently pull the eye cups out, the are sort of telescoping. Then look at a fixed object about the distance you will be looking. A building or mountain if landscape use, the moon if astro use. Focus the left lens to your eye. Then use the adjuster that is only on the right cup, and adjust just the right eye cup. Then they’re both focused to your eye, and you can fine tune with the rollers on top that adjust both together.
Tip for steady use if you don’t have a tripod, or don’t feel like taking it on a walk:
- Wrap the strap around one elbow, and wrap around arm until tight against your hand. Then it’s easier to steady. This is a rifle trick that works for binocs. Before I discovered this on binocs, I adjusted the strap to hang how I wanted it, but then realized I had it too short for my trick when wearing a coat. So try this before shortening or lengthening the strap.
- With or without the above trick; when you use the binocs, hold the front of one with one hand, and the back (eye cup end) with the other hand. This staggered holding helps steady the binocs.
Another tip: let your binocs sit and reach room temp before you put the caps on the lenses and put them away. This will avoid condensation which could possibly eventually damage the unit.
All in all, these things are great. Get them.
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