Quote: The benefit of these systems is really more the ability to get a much wider true field than with the inexpensive BVs.
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Quote:Russ says that you cannot use the reduction mode when you attach the OCS, but it will give you 1X relative to the eyepieces you are using....
Quote:I can't say that I saw a big difference between my inexpensive Binoviewers and top end binoviewers, so I would not be surprised that you did not get an "Oh My Gosh" kind of experience.The benefit of these systems is really more the ability to get a much wider true field than with the inexpensive BVs.I suspect that like Crow mentions, seeing is your big factor.Also, you are likely using more power than you think. Without the OCS, a C8 is working at more like 2400mm to 2500mm (depending on your exact configuration and when used straight through).Try backing down power a bit and see if things look a bit sharper.
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Quote:If you want to shorten the light path a prism diagonal would generally be more suitable, for instance the badder T2 prisms (ordinary or Zeiss). Not sure about how one would go about connecting one to the binotron though, adapters might eat more than you gain I guess.
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Quote:Nick, the first time I used a binoviewer a decision was made to never go back to monoviewing. I couldn't believe the improved experience on planets, the Sun and the Moon in my refractors. Within a month or so I began to go back and forth between mono and bino on DSOs and with many of them the light loss was very notable in four and five inch refractors (Tak FS 102 and AP 130). Most significant losses are on GCs. If I had 12" or more in aperture I'd likely binoviewer full time. I love refractors for many reasons and find myself using a Denk II for the solar system and going mono outside of it. The wow factor is real, light loss is as well. Aperture trumps a lot of the light loss. If I ever get an 18" dob the Denk will live in the focuser.
Quote: If I had 12" or more in aperture I'd likely binoviewer full time.
Quote:There is no going back for me from binoviewing to monoviewing, at least for the moon, planets and brighter DSOs. And for many where viewing is better than it is here, the Binotron is a superior unit to the WO one. But I still have to see the difference for myself. ....
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Quote:The Baader T2-1C prism diagonal with (most of) necessary T2 connectors arrived yesterday, and the Binotron to T2 adapter arrived from Russ today. I have used a High Point 2" SCT adapter to attach the whole Binotron-diagonal setup to my 8SE.
Quote:Looks like the powerswitch is what looks like a nosepiece, looks weird in the side on shot, doesn't look like you have a PS on there.
The above looks good. I have the adapter on the way, so thanks.