Oberwerk 11×70 (non image-stabilized) astronomy binoculars.

Oberwerk 11x70 binoculars An economical way to gather a lot more light than 10×30 binoculars

First, the plusses: At $181 shipped from BigBinoculars.com, the Oberwerk 11×50 binoculars are really nice binos at a great price. I learned about them from Todd Gross’ web site. Todd is a long-time TV meteorologist in Boston, MA, and an avid stargazer. His review of the Oberwerks helped me decide. They really do grab a lot more light, and at 11x, they are less susceptible to shaky hands than the higher-magnification 15x model.

The only down side is that they are a bit heavy, and therefore prone to image jiggle from tired arms (at least, my arms). To solve this, I ordered the tripod mount (included in the $181 price), and put the Oberwerks on a cheap Sears tripod I’d had since high school. This has helped a lot, and not only to plant the tripod on the ground and line up a star or planet for someone else to see. It also gives me more stability when I hold the binos in one hand, with a finger on the focus knob, and then hold a partially extended tripod leg in the other hand. I can even do this in a lawn chair, to look toward the zenith.

Unfortunately, Comet Encke was too low in the dusky western haze by the time I had my new binoculars, free time, and good weather. Well, I’ll have other opportunities. Although I’d buy them again, the Oberwerks are my least-used instrument so far. They are great for wide-angle, low-power views of larger clusters (Pleiades look especially amazing through them), but in general I only use them when the 10×30 Canons are too dim and my telescope’s field of view is too narrow. I really miss the image stabilization feature of the Canons, and it feels like I see more with them.

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13 Comments on “Oberwerk 11×70 (non image-stabilized) astronomy binoculars.”


  1. […] Comet Schwassman-Wachman (73P) My first look was a bit of a disappointment, since my binoculars just didn’t collect enough light. So, tonight I got out my Celestron 8i and my 2″ […]


  2. […] Observation Log 12/1/03 First light with my new Oberwerks 11×70 binoculars! […]


  3. […] Log 12/27/03 12/27/03- Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars- Andromeda Galaxy M31 easily spotted. Orion Nebula, nebulosity clearly visible. First split double: […]


  4. […] It’s up there, but if I didn’t already know where to look with my Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars… forget […]


  5. […] nice. Basically I just wandered the zenith to the southern sky, looking for interesting things. The Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars are too weak for most galaxies, […]


  6. […] brought my Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars and a tripod with me to the folks’ house, hoping I’d get a chance to find Uranus again […]


  7. […] I said in my last entry, I really wanted to take the Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars out and see if I could spot the remaining dim stars in the Cascade. Well, I couldn’t wait. I […]


  8. […] stars, and still I haven’t seen the slightest faint fuzzy where M1 should be. I was using the Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars on a tripod, and I must say it’s the best time I’ve ever had with the OB. With the […]


  9. […] Kemble’s Cascade, which I couldn’t do last time out. I kept looking around with the Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars on a tripod, and happened onto the two Perseus double clusters (NGC 869 and 884). I also came […]


  10. […] about 30° compared to last time. I saw down to a bit better than 9th magnitude with the big Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars, even with the just-past-full Moon. Having looked carefully that the cluster in Starry Night, and […]


  11. […] and lines turned off. Oh, and a bit of damn good luck at just the right time. I used my laptop, my Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars on a cheap tripod, and my Canon 10×30 Image Stabilizing binoculars for quick […]


  12. […] but only with binoculars. But, with such a narrow Field Of View (see the red FOV circle for my Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars), it’s important to know when to look where. That’s where the geeky part comes […]


  13. […] Image Stabilizing binoculars, could only see a faint fuzzy, so I went back inside for the Oberwerk 11×70 binoculars & tripod. The view was pretty much the same, with many more stars visible in the background, […]


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