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The Ardent
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Who ordered Binotron 27?
      #5928042 - 06/18/13 06:24 PM

Mine is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Ordered at Neaf. If you are still waiting it wont be long now. Apparently the assembly is hands-on, labor intensive, and time-consuming. Sounds like a labor of love.

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beatlejuice
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? *DELETED* new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5928053 - 06/18/13 06:41 PM

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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5928322 - 06/18/13 09:47 PM

Ordered mine on Sunday. I'm assuming I'll be waiting for a while.

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Never2Busy4You
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5928423 - 06/18/13 11:24 PM

If you speak to Russ you'll know the Binotron 27 is a labor of love as well as an extremely precise hands on build process.
I can't be happier with mine, every part mates together perfectly, & adjustments like individual eyepiece focus can be made on the fly with just slight finger pressure, & being able to collimate them myself is awsome & easy.
Let us know what you think, & enjoy them!
Jeffrey G.


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Mirzam
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: Never2Busy4You]
      #5928732 - 06/19/13 07:12 AM

On the website it says that all current orders should be filled by the end of June and that the Binotrons should be in-stock items by July.

JimC


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BCNGreyCat
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5929640 - 06/19/13 04:32 PM

Mine is shipped today!

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johnnyha
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: BCNGreyCat]
      #5929664 - 06/19/13 04:48 PM

Congrats! I've had mine a few weeks now and could not be happier, mechanically and optically these are first class premium binoviewers - equal to the MkVs optically imho and superior mechanically. For you SCT owners out there who might be worried about aperture loss (or anyone with in-focus issues), Russ has now made a T2 adapter for the B27s that will allow them to be attached directly to a T2 diagonal to shorten the overall light path.

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DixonAgee
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5930249 - 06/19/13 10:46 PM

I ordered mine January 18. Russ called yesterday to say they were about to ship. They should be here in a week.

- Bruce


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axle01
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: DixonAgee]
      #5930703 - 06/20/13 07:27 AM

Happy to hear from Russ to say mine has been posted but I am in Australia so I'm not expecting it for a week or so.

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axle01
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: axle01]
      #5930705 - 06/20/13 07:32 AM

What eyepieces are being used by everyone, I have a 920mm f7 focal length triplet refractor and wondering what eyepieces I should start with.

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rockethead26
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: axle01]
      #5930754 - 06/20/13 08:03 AM

Quote:

What eyepieces are being used by everyone, I have a 920mm f7 focal length triplet refractor and wondering what eyepieces I should start with.




I have pairs of Sterling Plossls in 25mm, 17mm and 12mm of which the 25s see the most use with the Denk Power Switch. With the power range of the switch, the 17s are the least useful. I also have a pair of Panoptic 24s which are, by far, the most comfortable and provide the best views.

I use my Denks with a 600mm f/7.5 EON 120 which is very close to your scope.


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johnnyha
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5931462 - 06/20/13 02:56 PM

The Pan 24s are definitely nice, the widest field you can get in a 1.25" binoviewer - and with the PowerSwitch you can get high magnifications with them as well. I really like the 24mm flattop Brandons as well.

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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5933762 - 06/21/13 09:48 PM

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The Pan 24s are definitely nice, the widest field you can get in a 1.25" binoviewer - and with the PowerSwitch you can get high magnifications with them as well. I really like the 24mm flattop Brandons as well.




+1


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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: faackanders2]
      #5934248 - 06/22/13 09:04 AM

Never used a binoviewer and I have been considering the 27's for my new telescope (14" LX850) If meade ever builds it. Would the 27's be a good fit for this scope? Also would the OCS-A45 Clear Aperture 45mm Option be of benefit?

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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5934250 - 06/22/13 09:07 AM

BTW, on the Denk site there is a photo of an army of 27's ready to ship with a statement that after these ship they expect to reach an "in-stock" status.

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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5934898 - 06/22/13 04:15 PM

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Never used a binoviewer and I have been considering the 27's for my new telescope (14" LX850) If meade ever builds it. Would the 27's be a good fit for this scope? Also would the OCS-A45 Clear Aperture 45mm Option be of benefit?



They should work well. I don't think you need an OCS for an SCT, the primary use for the OCS-45 is for ultra-fast dobs. You will probably want to keep the optical train as short as possible, and you have several options for that. Russ told me he has made an adapter to attach the B27s to a T2 diagonal, what you probably want for that option is a Baader 1.25" T2 prism diagonal with a direct connection to the back end of the scope. Another option, I believe he also makes an adapter to attach the binos directly to his 2" diagonal as well. You can also of course just use it by placing it directly in a regular 2" diagonal and it will work fine but there might be a slight reduction in aperture (probably not a big deal). Maybe someone with a similar scope can chime in, the B27s are very similar to the Denk IIs as far as the attachments.


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Qwickdraw
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5935030 - 06/22/13 05:22 PM

Thanks Johnny, I saw the diagonal but I thought it come with the BINOTRON-27 Super System for SCTs because they are more expensive than the BINOTRON-27 Super System

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The Ardent
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5935118 - 06/22/13 06:26 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

First light with the B27 was a public viewing event last night. Using a 6" f/9 refractor shortened for binoviewing, the B27, and 30 and 12.5mm eyepieces. The moon and Saturn were amazing! Many of the public were fascinated by the BV's. Everything worked well. No merging issues. Very sharp Saturn and 3 moons. I didn't use the Powerswitch, it changed the focus a lot and I didn't read the instructions.

Later when the crowds left I tried 7.5mm ep's (180x) Saturn was a slightly vertically unmerged. I was able to collimate the B27 in a few minutes. Its easy to do, intuitive even.

I really like the eyepiece locking ring and individual focus. Now I have to figure out the Powerswitch.


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johnnyha
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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #5935187 - 06/22/13 07:18 PM

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Thanks Johnny, I saw the diagonal but I thought it come with the BINOTRON-27 Super System for SCTs because they are more expensive than the BINOTRON-27 Super System



Aha yes you are correct, sorry I did not see it, this is new. This is a different diagonal than the Baader I mentioned but that system should work well and does include a nice Denkmeier diagonal that connects directly to the B27s! Very cool, very nice. You should be pretty well set with this outfit.


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Re: Who ordered Binotron 27? new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5935246 - 06/22/13 08:04 PM

Quote:

I really like the 24mm flattop Brandons as well.




Just paid for a pair of these from Cloudy Classifieds hopefully should arrive approx the same time as the 27.


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