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Bins

Postby retik » Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:36 pm

Does anyone own any of the bins at Strathspey if so what do you guys think of them.I am looking at the 15x70.
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RE: Bins

Postby jsc248 » Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:43 pm

Hi Retik,
I own a set of 20x60 strathspeys. They have excellent optics, and easy focussing. They are easilly tripod mounted, which is essential as they tend to be heavy!
Best of luck and let us know what you think of them.
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RE: Bins

Postby sftonkin » Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:33 pm

I have one of the Marine 10x50 IFs, and we use "bog-standard" 10x50s in the astronomy club I run at school. They are very good value, and John Burns (the man behind Strathspey) gives superb customer service.
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RE: Bins

Postby albireo380 » Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:13 pm

Have a look at the thread "which big bins". I'm trying to decide between 15X70 OR 25X100 (one hand held the other requires tripod mounting[and a strong one at that])

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RE: Bins

Postby andrew short » Sun Apr 09, 2006 7:03 pm

You're right about the 25x100's Andy,they are real beasts.I was thinking of getting them myself,until a friend from our AS purchased some last Christmas.
When I had a good look at them I realised my photo tripod(which is fairly heavy duty)simply would not be up to the job.I think I'll stick with my 15x70's!

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RE: Bins

Postby sftonkin » Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:00 pm

Whilst it is certainly possible to hand-hold 15×70 for very short periods, they too really need mounting. When I had some, I sometimes used an upturned broom to rest them on. Even with such a kludgy monopod, the difference in what is visible is immediately apparent.
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RE: Bins

Postby albireo380 » Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:16 pm

Don't get me wrong here, the St 25X100 do seem to have a good combination of features (incl coated prisms?) but my ideas are moving on from even a couple of months ago (I'm now thinking of saving for a quality EQ mount first then tube later) whilst using the bins to continue to learn.
The 25X100 really do need a solid tripod and john burns monfrotto is the only quality one that I've found so far (at some £119 +vat flame suit on) that can take the weight ( 5kg) below £250 so already it's starting to mount up £££ wise. Oh to be £oaded.
Dunno still undecided.

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RE: Bins

Postby brian mac » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:00 pm

Hi, i have some strathspay 22x100 and they are very good for the money, however, they need strong support, i made one myself and it weighs a ton and works a treat. i also have some helios 15x70 they are ,good but eye relief is poor. 25x100are great with proper suport......BRIAN
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RE: Bins

Postby albireo380 » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:03 pm

Well took the plunge, whizzed up the A9 to Avimore, had a chat with John (what a nice chap indeed) and left with a pair of 25X100's and a pair of boggo std 10X50's, the tripod should be here next week. Only used the 10X50 so far, outstanding, sharp and bright image during daylight the giants will have to wait for the tripod as by the time I'd focussed them my arms had given out[8D] and it had gone all "shakin stevens"[:D][:D] 'kin smart though the level of coating is readilly apparant and a quick glance at a distant hilltop showed vast detail and a bright image (as long as I strained and held my breath[&:][&:])


Well impressed, will report more once the astronomers curse lifts ie buy a bit of kit and the clouds roll in [:@]

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