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SMark
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Check out this interesting "Binocular" new
      #5682576 - 02/15/13 11:20 PM

Looks more like a couple of spotting scopes mounted in a tripod adaptable aluminum "collimator" of sorts...

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GlennLeDrew
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Re: Check out this interesting "Binocular" new [Re: SMark]
      #5682617 - 02/15/13 11:52 PM

At first glance, it looks like a fairly decently made rig to turn a pair of 20X50 spotters into a binocular. The effort might have been better reserved for a larger aperture...

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planetmalc
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Re: Check out this interesting "Binocular" [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5683128 - 02/16/13 10:13 AM

It might be worth buying for the mount, Glenn, to do just that.

Whenever I see elaborate stuff like this, I can't help wondering if I've got more eye flexibility than the average Joe. Before I got my Miyauchi 22 x 60's, I built a binocular out of two slimline Opticron 60mm spotting scopes with (I think) 18-36x zoom eyepieces and 45 degree inclined viewing. 'Collimation' was achieved with cardboard shims between the two barrels, which were bound together with gaffer tape. The scopes had a greater diameter than my IPD, so I toed the eyepieces inward to suit. The whole was then gaffer-taped to the platform of an old wooden Gandolfi tripod. It worked! (but the Miyauchi on a Slik D20 was much better ).

Edited by planetmalc (02/16/13 10:36 AM)


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Philip Levine
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Re: Check out this interesting "Binocular" new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5683218 - 02/16/13 10:57 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

I almost bought a second Minox MD62mm spotting scope, and try my hand at fabricating an aluminum mount, one that would allow for inter-pupil adjustments.
The side of this scope is almost flat, suggesting a close fit of two scopes together is possible.
There are ready made large binoscopes, but we love to tinker.
Phil


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