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Observing C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies in low power binos

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#1 faackanders2

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:42 PM

4/8/2019 Sunset to 10PM Observing C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies in low power binos from driveway - DRAFT

 

Nikon TC-E2 2x62mm:

*C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies all in same view with greatest margin (widest view) - Very nice view with eye glasses on since not able to focus

*Entire Orion Constellation - Col 72 lambda Head/Col 70 Belt/Sword/M42/Entire Hourglass

*Entire Gemini constellation and M35 glow

*Entire Auriga constellation

*Entire Cannis major constellation

 

Vixen 2.1x42mm:

*C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies all in same view with some margin (second widest view) - Very nice view without eye glasses

*Entire Orion Hourglass/Col 70 Belt/Sword/M42 (had to pan to Col 72 lambda Head)

*Almost Entire Gemini constellation

*Entire Auriga constellation

*Entire Cannis major constellation

 

Blue Planet Optics 2.3x40mm:

*C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies all in same view with some margin (third widest view) - Nice view without eye glasses

*Entire Orion Hourglass/Col 70 Belt/Sword/M42 (had to pan to Col 72 lambda Head)

*Almost Entire Gemini constellation

*Almost Entire Auriga constellation

*Entire Cannis major constellation

 

Nikon TC-E3 ED 3x72mm:

*C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies all in same view with no additional margin (fourth widest view) - Very nice view with Brent's 1.0 diopter lenses without eye glasses on (not able to focus)

*Top Half Orion Hourglass/Col 72 lambda Head/Col 70 Belt (had to pan to Sword/M42)

*Bottom Half Orion Hourglass/Col 70 Belt/Sword/M42 (had to pan to Col 72 lambda Head)

*Pan Entire Gemini constellation

*Pan Entire Auriga constellation

*Entire Cannis major constellation

 

Vixen Ascot 8x 40mmUW 9.4deg TFOV:

*C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies need to pan to see all four objects (fifth widest view)

*C41 Hyades/Moon - looked great!

*C41 Hyades/Mars

*Moon/Mars

*Mars/M45 Pleadies

*Moon/M45 Pleadies - looked great!

*Col 72 lambda Head

*Top Half Orion Hourglass/Col 70 Belt w/ S (had to pan to Sword/M42)

*Col 70 Belt w/ S  and Sword/M42 - great view!!!

*Bottom Half Orion Hourglass/Col 70 Belt/Sword/M42

*M35 glow

 

Space Walker 3D  8x 42mm:

*C41 Hyades/Moon/Mars/M45 Pleadies need to pan to see all four objects (sixth widest view)

*C41 Hyades - looked great in 3D!!!

*Moon

*Mars

*M45 Pleadies - looked good in 3D

*Col 72 lambda Head

*Col 70 Belt w/ S  and Sword/M42 - great view!!!  Best view of M42 at highest power

*M35 glow


Edited by faackanders2, 08 April 2019 - 11:18 PM.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:51 AM

Nice simple yet detailed report, OP. You got to enjoy trying out many binoculars, and enjoyed many celestial objects both near and far while doing so.

Sounds like a very fulfilling night!



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Posted 13 October 2019 - 05:56 AM

How fun this must be to try out all these low power binos :)
I own the clone of the Vixen 2.1x42 and want to go for more power and wonder if the spacewalker 3d 8x42 will be a good fit or if a more classic binoculars with more FOV and ED Glass (Athlon Midas8x42 for example) will be a a more secure and better choice.

Could you tell us more about how those diferrents low power binos that you have compare with each either ? The one that you enjoy the most in the low range, in the 8x range ?

Thanks a lot !

Edited by RomainD, 13 October 2019 - 06:11 AM.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:39 PM

How fun this must be to try out all these low power binos smile.gif
I own the clone of the Vixen 2.1x42 and want to go for more power and wonder if the spacewalker 3d 8x42 will be a good fit or if a more classic binoculars with more FOV and ED Glass (Athlon Midas8x42 for example) will be a a more secure and better choice.

Could you tell us more about how those diferrents low power binos that you have compare with each either ? The one that you enjoy the most in the low range, in the 8x range ?

Thanks a lot !

Vixen and Blue Planet galileans are both similar but Vixen has appearance of greater eye relief; whereas Blue Planet you have to push so close to the eye for the wide view.  I like the hands free headset though.

 

3D binos may be hard to get now.  Russ may still be selling the 3D eyepieces for binoviewers and binoculars.  The binoculars have 4 levels of depth; whereas the eyepieces have 6 levels of depth.  More levels of depth give you higher degree of immersion.  If you want something fun get the 3D, if you want to study details get the non-3D.




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