Stargazing Binoculars – Top 3
Many purchase binoculars so they can look at the riches of the earth, but many more look to the sky and beyond, keen to pick out every detail there is to be seen. A recent surge in interest for astronomy aligning with the first photos of Pluto and popular astronomy shows such as Cosmos have reignited the, “cool” factor of star gazing. But in order to star gaze, you’re gonna want to make sure you have the right equipment. These are three star gazing binoculars I would recommend for any novice or expert star gazer.
Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 Review – Our Number 1
Many think that the only way to star gaze is to purchase an over expensive telescope (CHECK PRICE!). Although a telescope works perfectly fine, the star gazing binoculars offer manoeuvrability and a wider field of view giving the user a far clearer image.
With the Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 binoculars you will also have the luxury of being able to interchangeably use it star gazing or any other general application of binoculars such as bird watching. This is one of the many great features I noticed with the Nikon Monarch, these are some more which are particularly notable.
- Many Nikon binoculars carry a patented technology known as Extra-low dispersion (ED). This technology gives the user a clearer and more precise image.
- The Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars also are fortunate enough to have Dielectric high effective multilayer prisms, or in layman’s terms, a very subtle coating on the lenses to give the user a wonderfully bright image.
- The large eye cups will make long viewing times comfortable for the end user, and can even accommodate special circumstances such as glasses or sun glasses making the binoculars overall far more universally useful than some of its competitors.
- Both eye cups can also extend out to different lengths, increasing the comfort for many users and perhaps the slight added benefit of being able to become a monocular at will.
The Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 Binoculars offer a simple and rugged black plastic exterior, but what it lacks in sleek and slender looks, it certainly makes up for in charm and a feature set which is more than admirable.
Nikon Monarch 5 10 x 42 Review – Number 2
The same binoculars? Nope, look closer. They’re very similar, but this is the bigger brother of the Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 Binoculars. Although not sporting many differences on a face level we have to look deeper to really see where the two differentiate from each other.
This is a fairly marginal price increase from the Nikon Monarch 5’s little brother, so we should get in depth with the feature set to see where the two really stand apart. Among all of the features the Nikon Monarch 5 10 x 42 Binoculars, these were the ones that stood out to me.
- Just like the 8 x 42 Binoculars, the Nikon Monarch 5 10 x 42 Binoculars carry the unique patented ED technology providing extra clarity for the user.
- Again, much like it’s younger sibling the Nikon Monarchy 5 10 x 42 Binoculars also has Dielectric high effective multilayer prisms making the image even crisper than before.
- One of the key differences between the two binoculars is that unlike the x8 magnification of its younger brother, the Nikon Monarch 5 10 x 42 Binoculars have a superior x10 magnification.
- Among this improvement, there are also some small improvements across the board, a wider field of view, a slightly weightier feel, and a darker relative brightness.
Whether you want to purchase the Nikon Monarch 5 10 x 42 binoculars over its younger brother is up to you and dependent on how much money you wish to spend, however, you must carefully consider whether it is worth the extra money or not.
Nipon 20 x 80 Giant Observation Review – Number 3
Taking a step away from the Nikon binoculars, the final set of star gazing binoculars I would like to recommend would be the Nipon 20×80 Giant Observation Binoculars. These certainly are a foreboding presence, and the giant in the name is no hyperbole, you’ll really catch some looks pointing this behemoth at the sky.
The feature set of the Nipon 20×80 Giant Observation Binoculars is certainly impressive, but these are the specific features that stood out to me.
- A x20 magnification which will more than suffice when star gazing at a level that doesn’t require an entire observatory.
- An 80 millimeter objective lens and Bak-4 prisms embedded into the lens give this one of the clearest images you’ll see through a pair of binoculars.
- A built in stabilising bar meaning the binoculars will do most of the work when it comes to keeping your hands still.
- The 23 millimeter eye pieces and lenses have smooth and comfortable fold down leather cups that will hold your eyes in place, giving you the best picture possible.
- It is important to note that the Nipon 20 x 80 Giant Observation Binoculars are primarily made for long range scoping, so if you’re looking for something with a more general use, the Nipon won’t fit the bill.
These are certainly lookers, but you have to consider there general purpose use as well. Nipon is also fairly unknown in the market so buyer beware when buying from them, however in this case they have certainly delivered a great product that stands tall among its peers.
The Nikons are the clear stars in this list, but when it comes down to it, it’s hard to decide which model to take.
In the end I feel The Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 Binoculars come out on top due to their all-purpose use, great value for money and more and a more focused feature set.
The Extra-low dispersion (ED) is also another very good reason to opt for The Nikon Monarch 5 8 x 42 giving you a very clear and precise image with no compromise.