The Pentar company has kindly provided me with the Meade 8×42 Rainforest Pro for review and testing. Meade is positioning this optical device as a universal binoculars for tourists, hunters, travelers. I myself am a fan of binoculars and have a small collection of 5 binoculars with an aperture of 26 to 100 mm. For me, binoculars are not just a land-eye, but also a tool for observing the night sky, especially if you cannot take a telescope with you. In addition, binoculars are an excellent companion for a telescope – first we study the area of ​​interest with the binoculars, and then we point the telescope there and observe various objects. I consider binoculars with 8x magnification to be the most versatile, since the observations are not yet hampered by shaking hands and they can see quite a lot of objects in the sky – star clusters, as well as the brightest nebulae and galaxies.

Meade 8x42 Rainforest Pro

Meade 8×42 Rainforest Pro

I have the following requirements for binoculars:
1) good image quality across the field (at least 2/3 point stars)
2) minimum field curvature (stars in focus from center to edge)
3) large eye relief for observation with glasses (at least 15 mm)
4) full coating of all surfaces (affects light transmission and glare)
5) small chromatism (does not interfere with astronomical observations, but catches the eye during daytime)

Well, let’s proceed to the review.

Packaging.
Meade 8×42 Rainforest Pro binoculars comes in a carton box. The delivery set includes a carrying bag, a belt and a cleaning cloth. High quality, full multi-coated optical surfaces, Bak-4 prisms, water resistance, nitrogen filling and durable rubber-coated housing are claimed. Made binoculars in China.
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The Moon, June 11, 2019.

I took a little moon yesterday. The atmosphere was not important, I had to use a 680 filter.

The Moon, June 11, 2019, 22:57 (UTC +3).

The Moon, June 11, 2019, 22:57 (UTC +3).

Region of Tycho crater, June 11, 2019, 23:02 (UTC +3).

Region of Tycho crater, June 11, 2019, 23:02 (UTC +3).

Equipment:
-telescope Celestron NexStar 8 SE
-IR-filter 680 nm
-camera QHY5III178m (50 fps).
Stacking 100 frames from 3000 in Autostakkert.
Location: Russia, Anapa, backyard.

A couple of days ago, I went to work in Abrau-Durso, took with him a mini-astrograph. The main task was to shoot the nebulae in Scorpio, but I could not resist and decided to shoot my favorite nebulae in Sagittarius – M 8 and M 20. Local light pollution interfered noticeably, but closer to one in the morning some of the lanterns were turned off. The sky was noticeably better than Supsekh, but the filter Optolong L-Pro is still useful and now it will be in the camera all the time. With the white balance did not arise.
M 8

M 8 “Lagoon” and M 20 “Trifid” nebulae, June 9, 2019.

Equipment:
-Samyang 135\2.0 ED Canon EF lens
-filter Optolong L-Pro
-Canon 550Da
-mount Sky-Watcher Adventurer
23 frames per 60 s, ISO 1600.
Processing: calibration and stacking withDeepSkyStacker, post-processing with Fitswork, noise reduction with PixInsight LE.
At scale 100% — at link.
Location: Russia, Abrau-Durso.

Interestingly, almost a year ago I shot the same area, but without a filter and with a lower ISO (400).