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    Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

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    I bought a 5-concert series for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, upper balcony seating. I was wondering what kinda stats (magnification & aperture) I should be looking for in a pair of pocket binoculars. I don't want something that's going to zoom up to the percussionist's nostrils. Just something that will bring me in closer, and keep a fairly wide angle still.

    Any suggestions?
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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    Quote Originally Posted by MDesigner
    I bought a 5-concert series for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, upper balcony seating. I was wondering what kinda stats (magnification & aperture) I should be looking for in a pair of pocket binoculars. I don't want something that's going to zoom up to the percussionist's nostrils. Just something that will bring me in closer, and keep a fairly wide angle still.

    Any suggestions?
    http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/category.php?group=37

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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    You suggest Nikon.. OK, great.

    I was kinda hoping for specifics... because I don't really know how far the upper balcony usually is from the stage. I don't want to be zoomed in TOO closely.
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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    Quote Originally Posted by MDesigner
    You suggest Nikon.. OK, great.

    I was kinda hoping for specifics... because I don't really know how far the upper balcony usually is from the stage. I don't want to be zoomed in TOO closely.
    http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/prod...3&product=7348

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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ernstinen
    Paul is impersonating Harpo Marx today.

    Hey Paul, what happened at the top of the stairs?

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    Well, what's there to say about binoculars? Nikon gear is really good. Don't start going on about price though You know that stuff doesn't interest me.

    The top of the stairs?????

    Oh Christ YES! I'd forgotten - I'll go over there and continue.

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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    Those seem a bit big though.. I think compactness is important when buying binocs for theatre/orchestra..

    http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/prod...3&product=7362

    Those ROCK. But they're like $400 I can't justify that. I'd rather spend that money buying some samples..
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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    Quote Originally Posted by MDesigner
    Those seem a bit big though.. I think compactness is important when buying binocs for theatre/orchestra..
    They're 4.5 ozs. $400? OK, but they'll last you for life - longer than a $3000 computer.

    This is in the Nikon Theatre/Sports binocular section don't forget and I chose the US site knowing you're a Yank.

    Give me a break.

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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    In dark conditions as in a concert you want a larger objective than 15. Opera glasses tend to be 3 x 25, but I think are too weak. You don't need high end optics, 'cos you're not going to enlarge it afterwards like you do with photos, so save your money.

    7 x 25 is ideal. I use these:

    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/comfort1...7x25higpe.html

    Size wise they fit, like, on your hand. In the soft case they fit in a jacket pocket.

    And $40 makes them almost single use disposable (-ish)

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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    PaulR: $400 isn't necessarily a lot of money for me I just judge prices based on how useful something is to me. For binoculars I'll probably never use again after the concert series is over, $400 is not really worth it to me. But if I attended theatre and live music performances all the time, then it would be worth it. Thanks for the suggestion though, I do appreciate it

    Beckers: Thanks! Those look pretty decent.. enough to get the job done.
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    Re: Good binoculars for seeing a live orchestra?

    http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/prod...3&product=7483

    These ones are 8x25 and are waterproof - in case you get excited and someone chucks a bucket of water over you - and also very interestingly - fogproof - in case they'res a lot of smoking going on - or indeed, a fog rolls into the theatre.

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