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Canon Stabilizer 12X36 Binocs
on July 5, 2012
Most people who buy these binoculars seems to use them for birding or nature watching. I specifically bought them to use as astronomical binoculars while my wife will do the bird watching with them. I chose the 12X36 over the more powerful 15x50 or the larger exit pupil of the 10x42 for a number of reasons. Certainly first off, the difference between $660 and $1200 to $1400 played a major role in my choice. For serious deep sky viewing you need larger apertures of 70mm to 100mm both of which I own. Second, the wider field of view and brighter image of the 12x36 makes the view of objects such as the Milky Way or North American nebula truly spectacular. Third even with image stabilized binoculars there reaches a point where the weight becomes a factor in hand held units such as the Canon ones.
All this taken into account lead me to the 12x36 pair which I already cherish as one of my most valuble observing tools for astronomy. Just to reference, I have used the 15x50 a number of times both for terestial and astronomical targets and they certainly are very nice but I still prefer the lighter 12x36 which are only 3 power less in there ability to magnify.