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AP / Baader Binoviewer

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 10:26 AM

I have poked around this forum and noticed the AP Binoviewer is amost never mentioned. Why?

#2 rboe

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 10:56 AM

Pookee;

Seems to be a lack of adoption (too few buying it). It could also be the AP/Baader buyer has no need for this forum and simply ignores it (or has no knowledge of it).

The units that get the most press are the ones that most folks have bought or are considering to buy. Which means the more expensive units will have fewer takers simply because fewer folks can afford them. Lack of posts on them in no way reflects on their quality.

But perhaps your note will prompt an owner to stand up and speak their praises of their unit. I for one, like to hear about all the binoviewers out there. Not just the Denkeiemers and Sieberts.

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:44 PM

Probably because there are not many around. They have a rather limited avalibility. I got one last year and I don't think the next batch is shipping yet. Like most BV users I don't have anything to compare it with.

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Posted 16 May 2003 - 08:53 AM

Binoviewers in general seem to be enjoying a surge in popularity judging from comments made on them as I researched the purchase of my first two scopes. Jim Gutmans' article on Cloudy Nights certainly raise my awareness a notch or two.

Since Baader was one of the early players one would expect to see more out there. Maybe the owners are the strong quiet times.

Now that we have Enyo speaking up I hope we can squeeze a bit more information out of him!

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#5 Paul G

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 02:40 PM

Don't know. It is a very well-built unit, clear aperture of 1.1" at the prism entrance, optically excellent. With the Barcon and the various compensators it is very flexible. I added the Rich Lapides adjustable eyepiece holders with compression rings, expensive at $500 but beautifully designed and made. I sold the setup last September in anticipation of the newer version with built-in adjustable eyepiece holders, dielectric coatings, etc. Unfortunately, none have shipped yet. Marty at Company 7 was kind enough to loan me his personal Zeiss binoviewer to use on Mars until the new AP units arrive.

I used it with a variety of fast apo refractors (f/4.9 to f/7) and an f/14.6 Mak-Cass.

Here is a pic of my binoviewer (without the Lapides eyepiece holders) set up in my living room:

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