Signature Series Binocular Reviews
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Ordering on-line was an easy process. [...] The order was followed with an order and a shipped confirmation emails. [...] The shipping box was delivered in very good conditionand clearly marked fragile. [...] The binocular was wrapped in bubble wrap in the nylon carry case. Inside the carry case was the binocular wrapped in a plastic bag and an accessory pocket with a lens pen, lens cloth, binocular strap, and carry case strap. [...] All of the equipment was in perfect condition and accompanied with easy to read documentation. The binocular purchase is my first astronomy tool. I want to find Messier objects and to have on-hand at sky watches. The stars are pin point at the edge and just as clear as the center of the viewing area. I am totally satisfied with the richness of the objects, weight/balance, comfort holding at any angle, integrated caps, and Garrett purchase experience. Thank you for your customer service and I have recommended your products to others in the NH Astronomical Society.
- Bill Steele
Here is my review of my new binoculars: The Garrett Optical Signature HD-WP 10x50 binoculars are optically superb, precise and very sturdy. I picked them up at our Army Post Office (I am in Stuttgart, Germany), after ordering them eight days before. They were very well packed in bubble wrap and Styrofoam and the box was clearly labeled “fragile” and “delicate instruments”. These came with a lens pen (a lens cleaning device) and deluxe neck strap. My initial impression was that they were big, solid and very well built – they weigh 3.5 lbs. This is consistent with some of the literature that I read that the heavy duty binocular frame helps the binoculars maintain precise collimation. I took them out tonight and, as advertised, the collimation is spot on. “Seeing” this evening was a bit dodgy with clouds and light haze, but I was able to some gazing at the moon – it was very sharp, clear with excellent detail and contrast on the terrain relief. A bit later, the clouds cleared enough to see Jupiter and I was able to pick out three moons. The view was crisp and clear with no ghosting. Stars are crisp points of light across a good 95% of the field of view, it only starts to blur at the very edge. The optics are really excellent – I own 7x50's, 15x70's and 10x25's [from other manufacturers] and these Garretts are significantly superior to all of them. These binoculars have individually focusing eyepieces which is fine for astronomical use, but is a drawback for terrestrial use. Having said that, I did some bird and plane watching today with them, and the images were very clear, with no noticeable color distortion, and very crisp. My arms did get tired after a few minutes, so I braced against my balcony rail and was able to observe for quite a while. They are equipped to handle a binocular mount for a tripod. In summary, these binoculars are of excellent quality for a relatively low price – they are worth every penny they cost, and more. I am thrilled with them, would purchase them again, and I highly recommend them.
- Joel NadelClick here to read the review on Astromart!
Signature 15x70 HD-WP and 10.5x70 HD-WP
The ample eye relief of the Garrett Optical 10.5 X 70 Signatures affords full field DSO views for this very myopic eyeglass wearer. At the time of purchase, it was apparent to me that the robust build quality of these binoculars and G.O.'s quality control procedures were already a known in the binocular community. The purchase decision was therefore quite easy. In addition to eye relief, the large and bright exit pupils have allowed others to easily enjoy the views. When mounted upon a tripod, even the most casual bystanders instantly become observers when their eyes approach the oculars. From my 9-year old Daughter to my 76-year old Dad, and those of many ages in between, the results have always been positive, with nary a frown, squint, or grimace.
- Neal P. Robichaux (10.5x70)
Got the 10.5's Friday. We had really clear conditions that night [...]. Scanned the Milky Way from 10:30 until 1:00 A.M. Wow! These are amazing. With my glasses on I get round stars out to almost the edge, and I easily see the entire field. The little bit of arcing that occurs at the edge do not detract from the view. These are more contrasty than I expected with the large exit pupil. Thank you very much for your advice and patience through this purchase process. I will highly recommend Garrett Optical to anyone considering buying binoculars.
- Rich Lakanen (10.5x70)
Yesterday I have the 15x70 Garrett Signature and the 20x80 Gemini in my hands, here in Buenos Aires. And they are really very, very nice and precise instruments, especially the 15x70's. I'm very happy with them, and last night I enjoyed stunnign views of the southern Milky Way (Eta Carina Nebula, and a lot of big clusters near it), the Jewell Box in the Southern Cross, and classics: Pleiades, Orion Nebula, M44, M41, M35.... The 2 binos arrived in excellent condition, very well protected in the big box with a lot of "peanuts" that Marco, my little son (2), scattered all over my house... my wife almost killed us! [...] I want to thank you a lot. I´m very happy with the binos and your expert and very professional attention. And surely you will hear [from] me in the future, and I have some friends searching for binoculars.
- Mariano Ribas (15x70)
Greetings! Just so that you know, I received the 15x70 SS binoculars in perfect condition here in India. I wanted to thank you for the excellent customer service throughout this purchase. I appreciate your helping me choose the right binoculars and promptly answering my queries, and I truly felt I was dealing in-person with you, face-to-face! I would certainly recommend Garrett Optical to any of my fellow recreational star-gazers. Thanks again.
- Sudheer Sankaran (15x70)
The optics on the GO 15x70 look very nice, the coatings appear superb with very little reflection. Exit pupils are very round and the individual focus eyepieces are firm to turn but they operate very smoothly. Eye relief is good for me. Bottom Line: I like them. Alot.
- Bill Goddard (15x70)
Your Signature 15x70’s are simply amazing. The views are like looking through a high quality telescope, and I find myself looking at objects for longer periods without eyestrain. From my suburban backyard, moon features are razor sharp. Jupiter & moons are well defined, and M13 looks much better than through any other binos I have owned. I can’t wait to try them at a dark sky location!
- John Barry (15x70)
Signature 22x85 HD-WP and 15x85 HD-WP
So how does this bino make me feel when I look through it? Like singing! The images are bright and easy to hold. The center is usably as sharp as any FOV should be. The sharpness across the field is quite good as well. Best of all is the insane color and contrast. When I plant my eyes into the eyepieces, I get the sensation of flying in space, and who wouldn’t love that.
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The "pin-pointedness" of stars is still a captivating experience. If I look for it, I can see the beginings of astigmatism in the last 25% of the FOV, but even then it is well controlled. The inner 75% is tight. Frankly, I seldom concern myself with the edges, so I always come away with the impression of "premium" views.
- Jason Scherff (15x85)
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Last night's wander through Cygnus was a great gift from above. My local western sky is unsuable, and my window for viewing Cygnus is rapidly closing now. Even though it was at the zenith and my neck is now killing me, I am glad I got to take these GO Signature bins on a quick tour of the area. [...] The Milky Way starfields were like a scattering of COLORED jewels across black velvet. I fell in love with binocular stargazing all over again.
- Mike Gilmer, Yahoo Giant Astro Binoculars Forum Moderator (22x85)
I'm very critical when it comes to binocular performance. What good is a wide FOV, if half of it is distorted? These Garretts initially appear to meet all my criteria for a very good to excellent pair of astronomical binoculars. Star fields are very sharp on axis and remain so across almost all of the FOV. I could detect only a hint of on-axis CA. Lateral merging is very good. (I dislike a figure eight FOV.) The 3 degree FOV is my minimum tolerance for "widefield" viewing and 22x is a good magnification for the moon and for all but the largest DSO's. At 10 lbs. they are easy to handle and can be accomodated by a variety of lighter mounting arrangements. I can use my deep sky filters with them. Their 12mm eye relief is adequate, albeit a bit short. They have nice armoring and come with a solid case. [...] As you can tell, I really like the Signature 22x85 HD-WP binoculars from Garrett. I know there is no such thing as Nirvana when it comes to optics [...]each binocular model will have its advantages and its drawbacks, and personal preferences will also be a factor. But IMHO, among the choices of excellent binoculars that we have today, these binos are one of the best buys available.
- Ed Kessler (22x85)
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I chose the 20x110s because I wanted one thing – comfort. The 22mm eye-relief is great and the large exit pupils (5.5) make eye placement more forgiving. With an FOV of 2.7 degrees it frames objects like M31 quite nicely. For the first time I was able to see the North American Nebula without any guessing and I saw the neighboring Pelican Nebula as well. My views of NGC 884 & 869 were the best I’ve ever seen. Edge performance is excellent. Across the valley from where I live is a mountain range with some old burnt trees on top. Actually they look like telephone poles. I put a pair of these trees in the center FOV and panned the binoculars so the trees were on the very outside edge of the FOV and they stayed separated. Normally when I do this test with binoculars the two trees become one at the outside edge. Not very scientific but it works for me.
- Rick Miseroy (20x110)
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Received the bino's Saturday on as scheduled... Set them up on a Surveyors tripod with a Bogen 400 geared head (weight capacity - 22 lbs.)... And since I never do things as others do, I successfully got rid of the bad weather we'd been having here in NE Florida for the past 2 weeks ... No new equipment stormy weather syndrome here! Was extremely pleased with their performance ... Absolutely gorgeous views of Comet Holmes, Andromeda and the Pleiades. Made my 16x70's set up next to them seem puny and pale. I previously had [another brand] 25x100IF, and never really got excited by them... These, I fell in love with. The first thing I really noticed was - good covers for the eyepieces and objectives! They actually will stay on yet are easy to get off! Funny more makers can't get this small - yet important - detail correct. The only problem that I had with that setup was when attempting to observe overhead... And I think the only answer for that is going to be a parallelogram mount, either to build one, or obtain a Universal Astronomics Millennum mount. [...]. Again, simply wanted to take the time to let you know how happy I am with them... I think too often, people are quick to write when they have a complaint, I like to forward comments when I'm happy with something as well... In this case - VERY happy! My second pair of Garrett Signatures.
- Wes James (20x110)
Just got the 20x110's out for a while last night. Quite impressive! I was just able to split Mizar with them and what I at first glance I thought was Jupiter (fine tuning focus) turned out to be Kaus Australis looking as bright as Jupiter would have in smaller binoculars! I've yet to test out their full potential in a really dark site with good seeing, but so far I'm impressed. The Millenium Mount handles them well and really makes them a pleasure to use. Nice instrument - thought you should know.
- Al Gennari (20x110)
I just recently bought a pair of your Signature 20x110 binoculars, and I just wanted to let you guys know how pleased I am with them. I was finally use them […] here in California over the last weekend and watching the conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus was just outstanding […] The moons of Jupiter just stand out like diamonds in the sky, and the detail on the Moon was just amazing. I'm very, very happy with them - you guys do good work. Thanks a lot!
- Cruz Lopez (Voicemail)
The Garrett Optical model 28 x110 binoculars are exceptional and unique. They can scrutinize terrestrial targets at great distance and reveal sharp details. Star clusters are striking. They are well-built and handsome in design and for the money, the optics deliver more than one would think. If you have a sturdy mount, I strongly recommend trying these out. I have owned at least one set of big binoculars for years and the extra aperture and high magnification of these delivers what you pay your money for, enjoyment. If I don't like the product a "for sale" sign goes right up and I've owned one of almost all top name brands. I've had this pair since now for a couple of months I am very pleased and it is reassuring to know that Zach Garrett stands by his products and customer satisfaction.
- Robert Barker (28x110)
I was out with my Garrett Optical 28x110 HD-WP Signature Series binoculars comparing them to [another brand] 25x100's. They have the best fit and finish of all the big porro binoculars I have seen and have the best looking coatings, IMHO. I mounted them on my 475/501 combo and 12" Helix Hercules fork mount on a Bogen 3040 tripod, with the fork mount being more stable since the 16 lb weight is above the 13.3 lb 501 head rating. So far I have seen my best binocular views ever of everything I looked at like M42, Saturn the moon etc. It's not a huge jump in performance over 25x100's but it's noticeable in all departments like image size, contrast, false color etc. They were shipped in a large box with extra foam padding on both ends and bubble wrap wrapped around the case and also inside the case. All that carefull packing was worth it since they arrived with accurate collimation. Anyone looking for the most light gathering power from a porro binocular this is the one to get and it has the best all around
- Joe Ogiba (28x110)
I’ve done binocular astronomy for years, but since there are so few objects that can be viewed satisfactorily with a binocular my viewing has been limited to observing comets or to relatively brief deep sky observing sessions. This is the first binocular I’ve experienced with telescope capabilities. And I’m having a ball!
- Pete Peterson (Peterson Engineering)
Click to read Pete's 28x110 observing reports: Report #1, Report #2, Report #3. Pete's Supermount parallelogram kit is an affordable D.I.Y. mounting solution for our big 110's.