The Best Binocular for the Budget Astronomer
What a bargain! Oberwerk high-quality light-weight 60mm binoculars, at a 50mm price! That extra 10mm doesn’t sound like very much, but 60mm objectives gather 44% more light than 50mm models (surface area = pi*r2). With that much extra light-gathering power, these are ideal for a low-cost entry into binocular astronomy.
Not only do you get big 60mm objectives, you get the same highest-quality BAK4 prisms that are found in much more expensive models. These are available in your choice of either 9x or 12x magnification. All air-to-glass surfaces are fully broadband multi-coated to decrease light loss due to scattering and reflections, a feature normally found only on binoculars with much higher price tags. All Oberwerk binoculars have rugged rubber-armored aluminum bodies, all-glass lenses, right ocular diopter adjustment, brass 1/4-20 tripod adapter threading, case, caps, and neck strap.
An All-Purpose Binocular
The 9×60 LW and 12×60 LW are also excellent for daytime viewing. With all the light the 60mm objectives gather, colors are bright and vibrant, helping to see in low-light conditions. For handheld use, we recommend the 9×60. For the higher magnification 12×60, you may want to consider a monopod or tripod accessory for a steady view. Any comparable binocular will cost you at least twice as much!