Review of Orion Binoviewer
Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:00 AM
Another plus to BVs is that observing the moon is no longer blinding. Now it is not only enjoyable, but I can see so much more detail. Also, for those of us that observe in urban or suburban settings the street and neighbor's lights can be a problem. I find that with the BV the problem is mostly history. Placing both eyes to the eyecups works wonders most of the time.
I only use Plossl eyepieces and don't really see any need for anything with a wider field of view. It's amazing how big the FOV seems when using both eyes. In mono mode planets seem to fly through the FOV fast at high mags. With Plossls at the same mags in the BV it sometimes seems like the planet just hangs in the center of the eyepiece as if the scope was tracking. It really has to be experienced to be believed.
I don't use the aluminum storage case that came with my BV. I found it to be a real PITA having to adjust my IPD and diopter adjustment every time because it shifted when putting the BV in the case. Instead, I bought a small tool box from Home Depot for $5 where I keep my BV, Plossls, barlows and filters.
Binoviewing, like everything else in this hobby, doesn't have to be so expensive. I'm sure your review answers a lot of questions and will help many who are thinking about getting into binovieweing.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:21 AM
Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:01 PM
Great post! I agree with many of your observations, especially the benefit of two eyes on lunar & planetary objects (great on solar H-Alpha and white-light scopes too); the benefit of even modest quality and filed-of-view eyepieces; and the effectiveness of these and similar pedigree binoviewers. I have a pair of similar Stellarvue (slightly modified) binoviewers that do a great job. Thanks for writing the article.
Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:32 PM
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:40 PM
These were the best investment I've made. They completely eliminate eye strain. To keep the cost and weight down on mine I bought pairs of Orion Explorer II eyepieces. They work great!
Thanks for the review!
Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:29 PM
if they dont offer them any longer the Celestrons or Arcturus (which I have) should be about the same i'm happy with mine and a buddy is happy with his Celestrons..
try the trick of useing different color filters in each eyepiece to really make the 3D effect POP, I use a lighter and yellow/green combo, or 80A and 38-A
thanks for the review