Burgess Optical 15x70

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Brand and Model:Burgess Optical 15x70
Price ($USD):$99.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof un-checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:70 mm
Magnification:15 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:4.4 degrees
Eye Relief:16 mm
Near Focus:30 ft
Weight (lbs):46oz
Dimensions (w/h/d):
Description:The barrel is covered with a smooth, flat black vinyl that makes holding easy. A standard tripod socket is built into the center hinge assembly. Eye guards extend around the eyepieces to shield the observer from any external light. At 46 oz. they can be hand held for short periods of time.

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Burgess Optical 15x70
The Burgess 15X70's I just bought and viewed are outstanding. The optics are excellent, sharpe to about 80% witch for a pair of large binoculars for under 100 dollars is for me outstanding. They are almost light enough, 46oz, to hand hold for a few minutes, but do come with a center tripod socket to make life easier. Mounted on a tripod they need to be seen to be believed. For a person on a budget these large binoculars fit the bill. Burgess opticial sells their 20X80's for under $150.00 and more larger binoculars are coming. I highly recommend these and Burgess Optics to anyone who is just starting out in Astronomy and are holding off on purchasing a telescope. These binoculars don't break the bank and will give you years of super viewing.
I recommend a mount and tripod with these binoculars. The cost of these will be less then you expect and when all is said and done your total expense will be less then you think.
Most serious astronomers will tell you, go binoculars first before you buy a telescope. Learn the night sky. These 15X70's more then fit this bill.
Robert Ellis - viperbob@earthlink.net

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
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Burgess Optical 15x70
Nice binos for the money. Optics fall in the quality considering the amt of money you'll pay. I'm gonna keep these for a while.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:6 Value:8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Burgess Optical 15x70
On Sunday, April 18th, I was able to put the Burgess 15x70 binocular that I was fortunate enough to win at the 2004 NEAF to good use. I must say that I was very pleased with the results.

The Burgess 15x70 features a BAK4 Porro prism and fully multi-coated lenses. The field of view is stated as being 4.4 degrees and the eye relief 16 mm. The binocular weighs in at 46 ounces. It worked quite well both mechanically and optically.

My new instrument was mounted on a Bogen tripod and Vista binocular guider. At 46 ounces the Burgess 15x70 can be hand-held but I recommend a guider. The evaluation was conducted at a dark site that can approach a VLM of 6.5 magnitude on a very good night but unfortunately this was not one of them.

I was able to achieve a very tight focus. Stars began to blur at between 2/3's and 3/4's of the field radius and were quite elongated at the field edge, where there was a bit of lateral color. Certainly not bad performance for such inexpensive glasses.

I observed Venus, where some chromatic aberration was present, and Jupiter, where all 4 Galilean moons were seen very easily, as well as numerous deep-sky objects. The Hyades and the Alpha Persei Asssociation were quite striking as were the Sword of Orion, Collinder 70, the Double Cluster, Stock 2, M44, and Collinder 399. Galaxies such as M81, M82, M101, M51, M65, and M66 were easily visible. In fact, M81 and M82 were portrayed amazingly well. I managed to work through 1/4 of the Astronomical League's deep-sky binocular list as high clouds came and went. Seeing the Binocular Double Cluster (NGC 6633 and IC 4756) through the 15x70's was quite a treat.

My Japanese made Celestron 20x80 binocular has seen compartively little use since I purchased an Orion ShortTube 80 achromat in 1998. Although the larger and much heavier Celestron giant binocular clearly outperforms the Burgess offering, I believe I'll be parting with the 20x80 and doing much more binocular observing in the coming nights with my newest optical toy.

Dave Mitsky

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Burgess Optical 15x70
I tested them a the the store (durham's sports). they had wide field of view, but they had a case of double vision. I assumed it was a defective item, so one should test drive before you buy...

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:6 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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