This will be off topics.
I has several times here at CN wrote about my trips whit the bino set-up, LaPalma 3 years in a row in new moon in December and Sahara Sky Hotel, IVT in Austria alps, ITT in Germany, Steerns Mountains in Oregon and Oregon SP, Stellafane and Oz Sky in Australia and Sweden SP etc.
I use the Zeiss very rarely here in Sweden as so bad sky.
First light at LaPalma 2015 was a great experiance. ( first catch was of course M42 )
Learned traced my very first Messiers there and as I had no idea what bino I really bought vs magnifications etc.
I got to learn this bino produce a jet-black background if SQM over 21 and whit a 3 mm pupil and 3 degree in FoV they fit really well on thoose objects as Andromeda, Pleiades and bigger open cluster etc.
And just to scan around is awesome.
I bought also 2 new Swarovski EL’s so 10X at 32 mm and 50 mm, but I sold both of them.
Did not really enjoyed them, but of course great optics.
The 32 mm was to small and I had hard time hold them.
They had not the jet-black background as I love whit the Zeiss.
Jimi Lowrey from Texas used them as many others on my trip, and Jimi was amazed on the optics and we had great sky and a great time in Steerrns 2017 ( days before OSP )
A special moment for me was also first night direct at darkness in Australia at Oz Sky when I just took them to the brightest spot ( Eta Carinea ) WOW !
But this binos does real well on colours at smaller object’s like Jewel cluster.
I just did love chasing clusters in southern sky whit them.
Many experience observers has use them and it’s always ; Wow, what in the h...
But maybe the best view was last December at LaPalma at over 2.000 meters and a SQM readings at 21.92 at the Pleiades.
That was truly amazing sight !
I had some bad seeing there but that night was great.
The Acratech heads is working nice on this set-up and its steady and the Gitzo beefy Series 5 tripod is just great to use.
( but I also use them hand-hold whit the mechanical IS ) as that’s really why I bought them.
Idea last December was actually use them in Atacama desert at 5.000 meter ( by using oxygen )
But I had no time for that trip, so I went instead to LaPalma again.
Idea on Chile is now on the solar eclipse 2019.
I know they are very expensive and many might think they are not worth it.
I bought them at 1.000 Euros and repaired the IS at another 1.000 Euros ( plus the Canarias tax.. Ok..
Anyway, today I has bought a new set as I enjoy them so much, so for me they is worth the price.
Edited by hakann, 14 February 2018 - 06:13 AM.