Elliott Orion XT8 Classic / 9x50 RACI Telrad / Jasper "Always" GLP TeleVue Nagler: 26mm T5 Meade UWA 4000: 14, 8.8, 6.7, 4.7mm Orion "Vista" 10x50
Walter "I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." -Sir Isaac Newton
Quote: As a side note, I find it a little disappointing that binoculars do not have greater coverage in the more popular astronomy magazines. I admit that binoculars might not be quite as popular, but still, I think it's reasonable to have some degree of acknowledgement.
Quote:May I suggest that perhaps you could include in it , if by then agreed by mutual consensus , a diagram of how vignetting affects binocular specifications and performance :-)
Quote:It would be nice to have a book specifically about binocular astronomy , with individual chapters , however small , dedicated to many common sizes of binoculars , started from 7 x 35s , through 8 x 42s and 10 x 50s , right up to 25 x 100s , indicating what can and cannot be seen in varying conditions of NELM , and how to find these targets by starhopping.
Quote:Although I've never seriously put my mind to trying to think of anything better , and probably couldn't even if I did ,I have a personal dislike for the accepted system of identifying stars , using Greek symbols and obscure names.
Quote:I would much prefer each star to be identified by a combination of simply memorable names ( in some cases ) and a grid system
Quote:I would just LOVE there to be a publication about binoculars as comprehensive , colourful and educational to behold as , for example , books which can be purchased specialising in Guitars or Automobiles -- i.e a COMPLETE ENCYLOPAEDIA , with at least a full page dedicated to each and every model currently available.
Quote:Im sure ALL Cloudynights members will able to buy it HALF PRICE !
Quote: S&T does have Gary Seronik's "Northern Binocular Highlight" each month. It is a bit short though. It would be nice if it were expanded to a full one or two page article.
Quote:On that subject (since people are mentioning SA2000), I have the Herald-Bobroff AstroAtlas, available through Lymax only it seems. It puts the Sky Atlas 2000 to shame. Big, humongous, run-home-crying-for-mom shame. In fact, I don't know how people can use that. I browset it many times before I got the H-B and never wanted to buy it. It goes down to 8.5 only, and I can beat that with binoculars easily. It is poorly cross-referenced. I dare anybody to look at chart D-26 of the H-B atlas and not reach for the wallet (Pleiades detail, 11"x16" page size, down to magnitude 13).- Cesar
Quote:b) DSO, what to expect, the good ones. A binocular guide to the Messier and Caldwell objects, plus whatever else is interesting. Finding charts with realistic binocular views should be included.......- Cesar
Chris 7X50 Vixen, 10X70 Nikon "Astroluxe",22X100 Antares 80mm William Optics Megrez II ED Santel MK6 Borg 125SD f6 (Pentax/Oasis version) Tak-Lapides, Micro-Star Pentax XW's 40,20,14,10,7,3.5, 5mm XO,3.8XP, Speers 5-8, 30mm Widescan III