6" F4.6(w/Paracorr) Reflector , 8" F11 Dall Relay Scope ,
6" F5 RFT Refractor w/Istar Obj , G11 Mount Gemini1 Level 4
Pentax PF-80ED,Meade 102ED APO,Orion EON 72,120ST Apex 127,C6 XLT,C6R,C9.25,XT10 ,Celestron Regal 100 F-ED, CT152 Zeiss 7x42 FL,Canon 10x42L IS WP,15x50 IS 12x36 IS II , Pentax 8x32 ED Garrett Optical 28x110 HD-WP Signature Series Oberwerk BT-80 45, Apogee RA-88-SA Denk II Power x Switch binoviewer w/13mm Ethos, 20mm Pentax XW's, 20mm Widescan III's. 21mm Ethos,17mm Ethos, 22mm Nagler, 40mm Pentax XW, 14mm Pentax XL, 5.2mm Pentax XL, 8-24mm Pentax XL Zoom, 31mm Axiom LX
Quote:In my copy it received 3.5 stars overall (2.5 for optics and 3 for mechanics - not sure how they got 3.5 overall out of that).
Quote:If I remember correctly, Apogee usually has at least a 1/2 page ad in S&T but not this month. Do you think they saw an advance copy of the atricle and pulled their ads?
Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
Milton Wilcox R.I.P
Quote:The article says that star testing was performed. Is this something that is usually done at 32x? I thought that most people push the magnification as high as possible on a particular telescope before inspecting the diffraction patterns. I would have thought this would mean well above 100x on a three inch scope. Any thoughts on this.
Quote: It's still the least expensive big bino with angled oculars and interchangeable ep's available. If there were no other competing models it would still be a reasonable choice. Restricting the competition to binos with angled oculars and interchangeable eyepieces there is only one contender, The Oberwerk 45° 80mm binocular. If you can afford a Miyauchi or Kowa, go for it. The 100mm Obies are much heavier and significantly more expensive. The 45° 80mm's are close in price, effectively the same aperture, and use standard ep's. While I'm still happy with the RA88's if I had to do it again I would go with the Obies. Incidently, I came to this same conclusion as soon as the 45° 80mm Obies were announced, long before the S&T article.
AL MasterObserverC #24
Quote:Just how many perfect binoculars are out there, and available to purchase at any price. After reading this thread and Bill Cook's binoculars, there must not be many:Fujinon 16x70sKowa Highlandersothers?edj
The night sky is the canvas....
My optics are the brush....
The Milky Way is the masterpiece
reductio ad absurdum of epistomology is solipsism....