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#51 Goodchild

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:30 AM

IIRC, Mike Harvey uses this setup with his 120s.

I believe you're right and I haven't heard any complaints from him.  Did you purchase yours from Big Binoculars?



#52 Mr. Bill

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 12:30 PM

B&H....free expedited shipping.


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#53 Boki

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 03:39 PM

My setup. 🔭

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#54 GamesForOne

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 04:11 PM

My zenith viewing setup with a Zeiss 15x60 BGAT

Looks like a greasy chin problem if that center column is greased.  lol.gif  Or a cold chin in the winter!

 

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:04 AM

Just finished modding a Meade LX200GPS mount for the APM 120mm 90s .
The Dolly is a work in progress so still looks a bit rough , works though.

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#56 denis0007dl

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:53 AM

Just finished modding a Meade LX200GPS mount for the APM 120mm 90s .
The Dolly is a work in progress so still looks a bit rough , works though.

Excellent job!


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#57 Colin exraaf

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:54 AM

A recent purchase .....

 

APM 100mm Semi APO

 

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#58 Drew57

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 11:50 AM

Just got it a couple days ago...

 

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#59 BarrySimon615

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:31 PM

Have not posted here in a good while. Most of my attention has been given to the Refractors Forum and also the North American Eclipse Forum. Now that the eclipse is behind us maybe I will start doing more with binoculars again.

The flagship of my Binoocular Fleet is my Miyauchi 20x100's. I also have the 26x and 37x eyepieces with them. Often carried by a Manfrotto tripod with 516 pan head because that is versatile, I can also carry it with my Light Speed Wagon mount which had digital setting cirlces. Pictures of both are below.

Many binoculars have come and gone, but I still have and use quite a few including the following besides the Miyauchi:

Fujinon FMT-SX 16x70's
Pentax PCF V 16x60's (Only one left that I had in the PCF series - I had the 12 and 10x50's and the 8x42's)
Celestron Nova 10x50's
Orion Savannah 10x50's (my favorite 10x50 pair)
Fujinon Series 2000 10x50's
Fujinon FMT-SX 7x50's
Carton Adlerblick 7x50's (the glass just disappears and they are crisp to the edge)
Carton Adlerblick 8x42's (good versatile pair for terrestrial use)
Bushnell Legend 10x42's (roof)
Vixen 2.1x42's (Gallilean) - just got these, excited about their potential use, need the right night to evaluate
Garrett 8x42's (roof)
Oberwerk Mariner 8x40's
Fujinon Series 2000 7x35's (my favorite for sporting events)
Celestron Nature 8x30's
Nikon 7x20 compact (these go with me to the symphony)

Photos of the 100 mm Miyauch on the Bogen/Manfrotto mount with 516 head and on the Light Speed Wagon mount. The Pentax 16x60's, a very sharp handsome binocular but the field is only standard angle, shown with me mounted on a monopod with handles. This used to be my old avatar photo.

Barry Simon

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#60 jay.i

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:49 PM

Just got it a couple days ago...

 

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Hey Drew... you should bring those to the next MAS star party... I seem the be the only person who care about binos! But now you have given me hope!



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 02:57 PM

Great to hear from you again here, Barry.

 

I'm sure you're still missing you're old friend Remy, as am I from a distance.

 

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:33 PM

Great to hear from you again here, Barry.
 
I'm sure you're still missing you're old friend Remy, as am I from a distance.
 
Kenny


Yes, it has been about 6 months now. At the upcoming Deep South Star Gaze, something I started 35 years ago, I will be doing a retrospective on some of our attendees that have now passed. Remy, of course, will be featured.

Here is a link to a short video that I filmed about 6 years ago. It shows Remy waiting and waving at a passing Amtrak passenger train, "The City of New Orleans", near Ponchatoula, LA.

https://www.youtube....h?v=NHP8RRyVqOc

Sorry for being off-topic. Remy liked binoculars too, if that will help.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:43 PM

Great short video, Barry.

 

Thanks ever so much for posting that.

 

Kenny



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:59 PM

Here are my Celestron 25x100's and the custom P-mount I built for them.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

Helps having that milling machine......bigshock.gif


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:31 PM

 

Just got it a couple days ago...

 

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Hey Drew... you should bring those to the next MAS star party... I seem the be the only person who care about binos! But now you have given me hope!

 

I'll plan on the public star party October 14th at Eagle Lake. Would love to try your TV Panoptics with it.



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

Helps having that milling machine......bigshock.gif

Or working at a place that has one and doesn't mind you using it. A bin full of scrap aluminum plate helps too...lol



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 06:45 PM

Here are my Celestron 25x100's and the custom P-mount I built for them.

Great looking Mount Sean ..... waytogo.gif


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 01:04 PM

Helps having that milling machine......bigshock.gif

But only if you know how to use it! shrug.gif


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:34 PM

Brace of BTs......

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:19 PM

Looks like your table is pretty full Bill... let me know if you need someone to hang onto one of those pairs for you... grin.gif wait, have I used that joke already?


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#72 Mr. Bill

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 03:38 PM

I took the group photo as the semi APOs are going to a new home....hate to see good equipment gathering dust.



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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:32 PM

Post a photo or two (or three!) of your binocular or binoscope setups! I'd love to see the different combinations of mounts and customizations people have made over time.

 

I checked to see if there were any threads worth bumping, but I couldn't find anything good. I figured I'd try to get this kickstarted with a couple shots of my failed bino shootout tonight. I was driven away by a literal horde of mosquitoes. But, at least I got a couple of decent shots to take home along with my 20 or so welts.

 

My homemade GOTO Binochair is not anything really new.  It's been around for a few years. It's made from a trashed IKEA semi-reclining chair I found sitting next to a trash dumpster.  It has a 40K object database that moves the Altitude (cable drive) axis and Azimuth axis (gear drive) with a dual NexStar 4SE servomotor drive on each axis powered by NexStar 4SE electronics, hardware, software and a NexStar 4SE hand controller....complete with some barbell plates on each side and a couple of small 5 pound weights hanging on the back to help counter-balance my body weight as the chair moves about in the Altitude axis. I even used a pair of trashed white ironing board legs for the padded foot rest stand which is an old black padded chair seat I found in the trash. To be honest...I don't think I have over $300 worth of parts and materials invested in it in total...if that. It's not a electro-mechanical work of art...and I didn't build it for beauty...but at the end of the day when it get's dark...when I hit the "on" button...it becomes a nice comfortable computerized ride about the heavens. Just plug in the celestial object you want to observe...and just like a NexStar 4SE...in less than 30 seconds, it will take you there with it centered in your big binoculars FOV......

 

P.S. Mounted in the 3rd. pic below is a pair of 16x80mm Parks binos and on occasion...I have even mounted my C-8 on it too.  I usually hang a thermos of hot coffee on the side of the arm rest for those long observing nights behind the hand controller. 

 

Klitwo

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#74 Mr. Bill

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:25 PM

Rich V setting up for (hopefully) evening's viewing in my backyard.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 02:45 PM

Wonderful location you live at, Bill, looks like a really nice place !

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