I'm completely new to telescopes having recently ordered my first scope (a Skywatcher 12" collapsible goto dob) which will be delivered next week.
Ever since I ordered it, have been looking for a good binoviewer that would work with it. Based on reading online reviews and my own limited viewing
experience I'm sure getting a binoviewer is the way to go.
I have read lot of posts/reviews online about different binoviewers, but the more I read the more confusing it gets. So thought will be better to
get input for my specific scope.
Since this will be my only scope (for the foreseeable future) I would be using it for both planetary and DSO viewing. Budget-wise I would like to
keep it under $1K (including eye-pieces), though can go a bit higher if there is a significant improvement in performance (I understand that
"significant" is very subjective). Also most of viewing will be from my backyard, so will have to deal with a bit of light pollution.
So based on that I have narrowed it down to the following 4 choices, in increasing order of cost. With the first 3 choices, I'm thinking of getting
a pair of Hyperion Mark IV 8-24mm zoom eye pieces.
1. Arcturus binoviewer with Two 30mm Plossl Eyepieces and 2 Barlows (1.8x and 3.0x) ~$170
Based on what I have read, optically this is same as the other 2 below, but I'm kind of wary that
with such a low price, the eyepieces and barlows will be low quality. Is that the case?
2. WO binoviewer with 2 20mm Plossl Eyepieces and 1 barlow (1.6x) ~$270
This one I have read the most positive reviews about and am currently leaning most towards it.
3. Baader MaxBright binoviewer with 1.25x or 1.7x glasspath compensator ~$390
Not sure if this provides any benefit over the WO one. Will this work better with the Hyperion zoom EPs given both are from Baader?
Will it provide any larger field of view?
4. Denkmeier binoviewer standard supersystem ~$840
Finally, I have read in multiple places that it is better to get a complete system so considering this one as it seems to be the cheapest one with a decent quality.
Since this has the power switch, zoom EPs don't make sense with it. Will have to do more research on which single pair of EPs will be best for my
But also lot of people seem to be happy with their WO binoviewers and say any benefit over them is only marginal.
Please let me know what all things I should keep in mind when choosing between these binoviewers (or any other in this price range that may be better).
Which ones will be better in terms of brightness, contrast and FoV. Is there any drawback of using the hyperion zoom EPs with binoviewers instead of
multiple fixed focal length EPs of similar quality?
Also had a side question, which I haven't found an answer to. With a binoviewer, where do filters go? A single filter below the nose-piece or 2 filters
under the eye-pieces?
I know lot of this has already been covered in other threads,but it would really help me to get consolidated inputs regarding the best options for my scope.
thanks in advance...