How much can you see with these binoculars?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12×60-HIGH-QUALITY-NEW-ASTRONOMY-STARGAZING-OBSERVATION-BINOCULARS-ASTRONOMICAL-/370640713043?pt=UK_Photography_Binoculars_Monoculars&hash=item564be87553

I was looking to buy my first pair but i am short of cash so cant really afford anything over £30 how much would i be able to see with the binoculars links above, i would like to use them for seeing planets and stars?

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5 Responses to “How much can you see with these binoculars?”

  1. thankyoumaskedman says:

    That specification could be good for astronomy. It would require a tripod to hold them steady enough at that magnification. However, it would be a waste of money anyway, because at that specification and that price, quality has to be bad.
    If you spend £30 on junk then you are £30 further away from saving up again for something good. If you could save a bit longer, these Nikon 8 X40
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-Action-VII-40-Binocular/dp/B000F6WSJK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354783777&sr=8-1
    or these Olympus 8 X40
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0001M3612/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
    should be good enough quality, and at 8X it is still at about the limit for looking steady enough hand held. It could show you craters on the moon, and some large faint objects like the Andromeda Galaxy.

  2. Paula says:

    They are too heavy.

    You won’t be able to hold them up to your eyes, because they are very big and heavy.

    8×50 or 10×50 are about the biggest size you can hold comfortably. Even so it will be tiring and you’ll be wanting to rest them on something.

    A better size is 8×40

    The 8 is the magnification.
    The 40 is size of the large lens in mm (milimeters).
    And just think on this. The first telescope that Galileo had in 1609 was a 3 times magnification.

  3.  Fred K says:

    Spend £40 on a telescope from Aldi, much better
    http://aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/special_buys3_28104.htm

  4. GeoffG says:

    I would find these binoculars too heavy and with too much magnification for regular use in astronomy. Remember that you have to hold binoculars above your head to look at the sky, and this becomes a serious strain when the binoculars get larger than 50mm aperture. The best binoculars for astronomy, in my experience, are 10×50. Avoid binoculars with ruby coating and "universal focus," and look for ones with BaK-4 prisms rather than BK-7. "Fully multicoated" are best.

  5. Ruby says:

    To heavy

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