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Steady hand?

Postby proff mcgoff » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:23 pm

Hello just wondering that is there any binocular's that are steady when using them. For some reason on my ones its like watching fireworks. I'd rather not use a tripod as well, I have noticed on other binocular's are more steady the bigger they are could this have something to do with it? Any advice would be great.
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RE: Steady hand?

Postby les » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:56 pm

HI Kevin,
Maybe your bins are too high a magnification,the higher the power the more any tremours will be magnified.Also higher powered bins will be heavier.10X50's are about the maximum size for hand held.A tripod is the only solution,but steady veiws can be had by using the tripod folded to form a pole grasped at chest level in both hands.
Regards and clear skies Les.
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RE: Steady hand?

Postby big dipper » Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:26 pm

Just to add to Les's post. You can, of course, get image stabilising binoculars - but they come at a price & tend to have a relatively conservative objective aperture; hence a limited light grasp.
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RE: Steady hand?

Postby sftonkin » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:30 am

OTOH I can see more through a friend's Canon's 10x30 IS than I have through any hand-held 10x50.

@ Proff Mcgoff: I have some hints for hand-holding binoculars at:
http://www.astunit.com/tonkinsastro/binoculars/binoculars.htm
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Postby cookie » Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:36 pm

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[font="times new roman"][size=2]Found very interesting the link to the hand held binoculars. I've got a Celestron 15x70 fantastic to see the Pleiades. Will try next time I have a clear sky. Its been raining down here for the past week or so.[/size][/font]
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Postby 3rd rock » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:30 pm

Hi Proff. My dad taught me this trick and it actually works - try it. What you do is hold the bins by only the very end of the body, i.e. you basically wrap your fingers around the circumference of the rubber guard that protects the objective lenses. And then you really really try and hold steady.

It reduces apparant shake by at least half, probably more.
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RE: Steady hand?

Postby proff mcgoff » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:23 pm

Great stuff people thanks for the tips now all that is needed is a wee bit of warmth[;)]
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RE: Steady hand?

Postby asterixhb » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:40 pm

I refer the Right Honourable gentleman to the answer I gave earlier:-
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RE: Steady hand?

Postby jsc248 » Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:53 pm

It may sound strange Steve but when I use my binoculars (10x50) I use an upside down floor brush! You will be surprised how steady you can get your bins!
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