I found these Simmons 10x50 Binoculars on a closeout and decided to take a chance after giving them a once over in the store. I took them with me to a family reunion out in the middle of nowhere and experienced my first really dark skies since starting this hobby. I fell in love with the sky all over again just using these binos. I never even finished setting up my telescopes the first night. I stayed up until 3 a.m. just scanning the Milky Way with my new binoculars. Compared to my original 7x25's they were astounding. Aperture rules.
Well I like them so much I decided to buy a few more pairs and see if anyone else could use a good quality pair of 10x50's at a good price. I can ship them anywhere in the lower 48 states for $50. If no ones interested, then I guess I have Christmas covered for my friends. If there is a lot of interest I will go get more until they are all gone. Not really trying to make money so much as trying to pass on a great deal I found.
I posted a picture at http://www.bikinidesktop.com/binos.JPG
The picture is of my pair, and as you can see they are getting a lot of use. The ones I am selling are brand new in the box from the store and haven't been used. The coatings on the lenses is kind of a purplish blue, but I have no idea what type it is. They are not water-proof, etc., but give really bright views with good eye-relief and a large exit pupil. They weigh 27 ounces and come with a lens cloth, cloth neck strap, four lens caps and a cheesy vinyl carrying case. The insets of the plane and telephone pole were shot with my Canon d30 and a 50mm lens held up to the eyepiece. They were taken with both the camera and the binos hand held, so they were a little shaky. If any one is interested and the clouds let me, I will try a tripod shot this evening to show what the field looks like with stars.
Send me an e-mail if you are interested. I have three pairs and the store had about ten left last time I was there.