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#51 Klitwo

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 11:58 PM

If you like those really cool looking Italian super-fast sports cars like most of us....then you will no doubt like the complete line of astro-products that are offered by Avalon Instruments...and especially my favorite...their very cool 107mm apo Binoscope.  See the following link about their excellent line of commercial computerized mounts and accessories from the website of Avalon Instruments...Italy:

 

http://www.avalon-in...ducts/binoscope

 

Klitwo

 

 

P.S. You're also going to love the Avalon-Instruments "Merlino" Personal Remote Observatory...see the link below:

 

http://www.avalon-in...ote-observatory


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 04:23 PM

Not a huge bino fan, but I want that chair!



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 05:07 PM

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Not a huge bino fan, but I want that chair!

 

Yea...A lot of people have told me they really like the GOTO Bino chair....It has NexStar 4SE electronics, hand controller and software 40K object database...

 

Quite enjoyable to let the chair take you in comfort to the area of the sky where the object is.  I keep a thermos of coffee hanging next to me while I observe the sky all night sitting in comfort...For more details and info about the GOTO Bino Chair's design and construction...see the July/Aug. 2012 Vol. 6 issue 4 of "Astronomy Technology Today" (see link below). 

 

https://astronomytec...e.asp&id=July12

 

 

Attached are just some of the main parts that includes dual NexStar 4SE servomotors on both the Azimuth gear drive and an Altitude cable drive that help make it into GOTO Bino Chair....

 

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 01:57 PM

And here are a three more photos of the main parts that help make it into a true 'one-of-a-kind' GOTO Bino chair....

The old stripped-down IKEA reclining chair I found in the trash mounted on the wooden turn-table.   The NexStar 4SE Azimuth drive gear with two NexStar 4SE servomotors including the electronics package located under the seat on top of the round wooden turntable.  And finally the big main 'lazy susan' bearing that makes the GOTO Bino chair rotate very smoothly in the Azimuth axis.

 

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 11:42 PM

Check these websites out for some old and very interesting looking binoculars.....

 

http://www.hatchwell...e/?cat=3&mcat=1

 

 

http://fp.optics.ari...gue/B32/B32.htm

 

 

http://fp.optics.ari...gue/b35/b35.htm

 

 

http://militaryaucti...r-field-glasses

 

 

http://www.gogogretc...s-Antique.htmlo

 

 

And for those who are looking for some big astronomical binoculars at very reasonable non-retail prices at....check this "Made in China" big binocular website out:

 

http://www.binocular...tronomical.html

 

 

I enjoy seeing the variety of different types of binocular telescopes and binoscopes that clever ATM's have come up with these days.  see website below):

 

http://bbastrodesign...sp15/osp15.html

 

 

Klitwo


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 01:11 AM

If you like looking at rare old vintage big binoculars from Japan....you're going to enjoy these....See attached link:

 

http://akiroom.com/r...ukai201206.html

 

 

And the following link could be interesting for those who are looking for a deal on a Chinese telescope or big binocs for their future observing needs...

 

http://www.hioptic.com/telescopes/

 

 

The following link is for those who want a Russian telescope or big pair of Russian binoculars or a Russian "whatever" under their Christmas tree this year.....

 

http://rusoptics.com...iewcatalog&id=5

 

 

Klitwo


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 02:39 PM

The world's biggest binoculars made in the 1940's.....8 ft. long..?  Check out this story...See the link below:

 

http://www.dailymail...tion-2-000.html

 

 

 

I believe this is the largest of today's commercial refractor Binoscopes I've found "so far".   (I'm sure we'll see a 16 or 18 incher being offered sometime in the near future).  This one is a dual 12 inch f/7 APO (It's a www.apm-telescopes.de  One of their big custom bino jobs...Saw the same big bino with reference to apm-telescopes.de (Germany) on another website too).  We're talking about some big $$$ here....See links below.

 

http://i.picasion.co...a9acf2f9b45.gif

 

 

http://i.picasion.co...15405f7303a.gif

 

 

Currently the largest homemade binocular telescope is also from Germany too...an amazing 28 incher built by Mr. Joerg Peters including the big f/4.8 primary mirrors too.....see attached links below.

 

 

http://www.stathis-f...o_optics_en.htm

 

 

http://www.stathis-f...echanics_en.htm

 

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 03:06 PM

The world's biggest binoculars made in the 1940's.....8 ft. long..? Check out this story...See the link below:

http://www.dailymail...tion-2-000.html


Klitwo


Those are awesome! Great read. Thanks for the link.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 11:47 PM

If you're having a hard time finding that big Lazy Susan swivel bearing for your big dobsonian mount project....check this website out.  They carry big Lazy Susan swivel bearings up to 29-1/2 inch Dia. ....

 

http://www.leevalley...3,44013&p=44014 :

 

 

And for a big assortment of vibration and leveling pads...check out:

 

 

http://antivibrationmountingpad.net/

 

 

Klitwo


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 02:51 AM

On the homemade big binocular scale of excellence from "1 to 10"....these big homemade 203mm (8 inch f/6) binoculars made in Macau are about as close to "10" as you can get.....See website link below:

 

http://www.hkastrofo...ic.php?p=272860

 

 

And for those who want to build their own big refractor telescope or big refractor binoscope someday just like the guy above did....here is where you can buy your 203mm (8 inch f/6) or larger achromatic objective lens from: see website links below:

 

http://www.lightneas...m-f-6.htmlyer?

 

 

http://www.lightneas...1d6a0/list.html

 

 

How about achromatic objectives all the way up to a (304.8mm) 12 inch f/15 or a higher focal ratio...They even have 20 inchers too....check out this website:

 

 

http://www.dgoptical.com/objective.htm

 

 

Klitwo


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Posted 22 April 2016 - 03:01 AM

Luciano's work is really outstanding and very inspiring.

 

Here is another interesting instrument, the 150mm hybrid bino.

It was built using a well known commercial 15cm binocular by taking off the original prisms and replacing them with EMS:

 

http://ems-bino.com/?s=hybrid

 

I had the intention to do the same so I got one of these 15cm binos for testing and compared it to my 125mm Borg ED bino.

The low power performance was very similar but at higher power the Borg pulled away.

Also because of the insane weight of the 15cm bino I gave up this idea.

 

Best wishes.


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Posted 01 May 2016 - 01:10 PM

Luciano's work is really outstanding and very inspiring.

 

Here is another interesting instrument, the 150mm hybrid bino.

It was built using a well known commercial 15cm binocular by taking off the original prisms and replacing them with EMS:

 

http://ems-bino.com/?s=hybrid

 

I had the intention to do the same so I got one of these 15cm binos for testing and compared it to my 125mm Borg ED bino.

The low power performance was very similar but at higher power the Borg pulled away.

Also because of the insane weight of the 15cm bino I gave up this idea.

 

Best wishes.

That's one cool looking refractor bino...

 

Klitwo



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Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:42 AM

Here is the splendid Binoscope website of Arie Otte of the Netherlands......Check out his excellent binocular telescopes and Dobsonian telescopes....you'll be impressed.

 

http://arieotte-bino.../Binoscopes.htm

 

Klitwo


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:52 AM

Here is another extremely nice one 160mm CFF APO built by Thomas:

 

http://www.cloudynig...lars/?p=7192496

 

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 10:01 AM

Here is the splendid Binoscope website of Arie Otte of the Netherlands......Check out his excellent binocular telescopes and Dobsonian telescopes....you'll be impressed.

 

http://arieotte-bino.../Binoscopes.htm

 

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I'm in the process of finishing up my 12" f5 truss dob. It's my second design, and I feel that I now might have the skills to tackle a possible truss bino. That site by Arie Otte is incredibly inspiring. I'm thinking 10" f7. That should really make collimation changes negligible. Plus it would allow mediocre wide field eyepieces to perform excellently. I can already envision a pair of 40mm William Optics SWANs...


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Posted 10 May 2016 - 01:43 PM

 

Here is the splendid Binoscope website of Arie Otte of the Netherlands......Check out his excellent binocular telescopes and Dobsonian telescopes....you'll be impressed.

 

http://arieotte-bino.../Binoscopes.htm

 

Klitwo

 

I'm in the process of finishing up my 12" f5 truss dob. It's my second design, and I feel that I now might have the skills to tackle a possible truss bino. That site by Arie Otte is incredibly inspiring. I'm thinking 10" f7. That should really make collimation changes negligible. Plus it would allow mediocre wide field eyepieces to perform excellently. I can already envision a pair of 40mm William Optics SWANs...

 

Hi Chopin....

 

An excellent choice for a binocular truss bino.  When completed, your 10 inch f/7 truss bino should be a very splendid performer....

 

You also might enjoy looking at the Stellafane website. It contains some very interesting looking homemade binocular telescopes...."Scroll down" to their section on "Binocular Telescopes & Bino Mounts" to see....Check out the link below.

 

 

https://stellafane.org/misc/links.html

 

 

Klitwo


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Posted 10 May 2016 - 04:38 PM

If you have a pair of really big binoc's and you want to really enjoy observing with them in a comfortable position...then this website may interest you...See the two links below for details.

 

 

http://www.petersone.../binocmount.htm

 

 

http://www.petersone.../supermount.htm

 

 

 

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 10:11 AM

Hey klitwo,

 

I've seen that avatar before, if I'm not mistaken in one of Ingalls 'bibles'..correct...?



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 04:20 PM

Hey klitwo,

 

I've seen that avatar before, if I'm not mistaken in one of Ingalls 'bibles'..correct...?

Hi Chriske...

 

It probably was published in some early scientific periodical or magazine maybe. 

 

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 02:30 AM

Jim's Mobile specializes in binocular telescopes of all sizes....If you're looking to buy a real good one....check out his website for that special binocular telescope you've been wanting.  see link below.

 

http://www.jimsmobile.com/buy_rb.htm

 

 

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 12:10 PM

Hey klitwo,

 

I've seen that avatar before, if I'm not mistaken in one of Ingalls 'bibles'..correct...?

 

Correct, but I can't remember which volume.



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Posted 12 May 2016 - 12:18 PM

If you're looking for an exotic pair of rare vintage binoculars, big binoculars or even a strange looking binoscope of sorts...then you need to check out this website....you won't be disappointed:

 

http://www.opticalre...com/notices.htm

 

Klitwo

 

They had me fooled completely until I got to the line that used the terms 'Ross 13 x 60 Enbeeco' and 'excellent' in the same sentence   --   and then I knew they weren't for real! :lol:


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 12:44 PM

If you're into binocular astronomy....then sitting in comfort and looking down with your binoculars while you're looking up at the night sky at the same time should be of interest to you....Here's how you can do it....see link below.

 

 

http://craigcolvin.c...ularMirror.html

 

 

Klitwo


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Posted 12 May 2016 - 11:12 PM

If you're really want to be comfortable while doing your binocular astronomy...then you might like these motorized binocular chairs....Check out the two You-Tube video links below.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=OgF8ahlyWv4

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=eWzbIhQ47-E

 

 

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 01:59 AM

Hey....

These chairs remind me of a set of those I made myself in the '80.

Wrote a article about it in S&T.  They were not motorized.

I added a frame, holding standard or somewhat larger bino's, that could slide upwards. Another person could take place in the office-chair slide the frame down again and had the same view, after refocusing of course. The old office-chairs could rotate powered by leg-muscles.

Had lots of fun with these chairs.


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