Barska Waterproof 12x60 Storm Binoculars
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Exactly what I need while I sit in my tree watching those dirty birds and slimy fish.
These are $99 on Amazon with free shipping so $84 with shipping from Woot isn’t a huge deal - but whatever…
I’m curious as to how these are adaptable to a tripod.
Optics is still one of those things you should get from reputable companies.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about binoculars or optics, but when I went over to read the reviews for this on Amazon, I noticed that other customers bought this Celestron 15x70 instead:
Isn’t that a much better brand and magnification for $18 cheaper? I am planning to use it for both stargazing and scenic use, probably on a tripod most of the time.
Would appreciate some input from someone that knows a bit more than I do about these Thanks!
there are alot of factors to determine when getting binoculars, such as field of view, exit pupil and eye relief.
Field of view is comparable only with other binoculars of same magnification. It indicates the angle of view of the eyepiece, how wide the image will look when looking into the eyepiece.
Exit pupil indicates how large the image is coming out of the eyepiece. It is significant in night viewing, where if the exit pupil is close or smaller than a fully dilated pupil, image cutoff will occur whenever you shift your eyes ever so slightly off the center axis.
Eye relief is how far you can pull you eyes away from the eyepiece and still view a full image.
Those specs still won’t tell you how the binocular will perform, especially stargazing where any slight distortions on the points of lights will be extremely noticeable. That’s why you can’t buy these on specs and need to buy from a reputable brand.
For stargazing, you need a large 2nd set of number (12x60 in this case), and not go crazy on the 1st set. The first set is light gathering power, the second set is magnification. More magnification makes the image darker.
I have bought several pairs of binoculars but not a Barska, I do Have a Barska spotting scope though and I would say it’s a good value for the price.
Here are some reviews of Barska Binoculars:
12x60 means that the magnification is 12 and the opening is 60mm. 12 is the highest magnification that you would likely want unless you are using a tripod.
I think you have “first” and “second” swapped in the second and third sentence. The first number is magnification, which is good to a point, but larger make the image darker. Also, more magnification means it will be harder to keep the image still – slight movements of the binoculars will translate into larger movements of the field-of-view with higher magnification. The second number is light gathering, and larger is better, but will generally require heavier binoculars. Beyond a certain point with either number you’ll want to use a tripod. For these reasons you may find that 12x60 is a little extreme for stargazing. In particular 12x is a little big without a tripod, and the 60 is smaller than I would want if I were to get a tripod system. See, for example, this article: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-equipment/binoculars-for-astronomy/
fwiw, Back in 2008, I bought some Barska 10x50 bins on Woot for the princely sum of $15 ($20 w/shipping), thinking they’d do in a pinch when I didn’t have my Nikons handy or want to risk breaking them or when the pesky neighbor kids wanted to look at stuff. Turns out the cheapies are just as good as the Nikons. How appalling, considering the price difference! I still use them all the time. Fellow birders smirk at my “lesser brand” bins until they look through them. Go figure.
If you have unsteady hands, I’d recommend a tripod or monopod for 12x60s. They can be heavy at this size, making a shoulder harness a worthy investment if you skip the tripod.
With a separate tripod adapter, of course.
The threaded holes are already on the binoculars but the tripod adapter (small metal bracket which fastens to bino at one end and to tripod at the other) does not come with the binoculars…you would need to purchase that separately. However, the power of these binoculars is not too high (12X or 12 times larger than perceived with the unaided human eye) so you can easily get along without a tripod.
You can rest assured that your inexpensive Barska is not nearly as good as your expensive Nikons. Take a look (for example) at the type of glass used to make your Nikon prisms and match that with your Barskas.
For binoculars, my preference for birding, boating, and all-around activities is the Sightron Sii Blue Sky 8x32 binos. They are waterproof, weight a measly 17oz and offer the best optics this side of $500 (oh, these are $180, which seems pricey unless you are someone who uses binos a lot).
Don’t know much about these Barskas, but seeing as how they are porro-prism, they shouldn’t be too bad. Roof-prism binoculars are more popular nowadays, but they are more expensive to manufacture for the same quality you get with porros. So porros give you more bang-for-your-buck, and a nice 3-D view.
As for Celestron, they can be very nice for their price, or they can be crappy - their quality-control is horrible. You may have to return several crappy versions before you get a cherry one, or you might get lucky the first time. I suspect many of the “budget” brands are similar, meaning they cut costs in their QA/QC dept., so you never know quite what you get.
Now, a word about magnification and objective size: if you divide the mag power into the objective number, you get a number called the “exit pupil”. For these binos, it is 5. The larger the number, the more light it gathers, so you want it to be large for night-time viewing (thus the classic 7x50 bino size). However, as most people age, the ability of their eyes to dilate generally decreases. Many people have trouble dilating past 4mm once they’re in their 40’s, so a 7x50 would give them little advantage over a much smaller/lighter 8x32. As with most everything, there are exceptions - some people can dilate well into old age. Also, your eyes need to become fully night-adapted to take full advantage. This process can take 30 minutes to several hours, and can be ruined if someone flips on a light switch or a flashlight.
As a final thought, large objectives offer little to no advantages during daylight viewing.
If you’re implying that Barska is not a reputable company, you are dead wrong. They make some world class optical equipment.
Just thought I’d pop in to say: If you ain’t v’owl you aint nuttin’ Just sayin’ Thank you.
maybe according to you, but according to them, they are made by other ‘unmamed’ manufacturers, so basically OEMs.