I first used telescopes, then i fell in love with binoculars for the ease of use and information that gets to the brain with two eyes.
So I've since been curious about binoviewers knowing the effect would be similar to Binoculars.
I just got my Orion Binoviewers - and used them a bit tonight - but I'm realizing a couple things - first for any 'guests' and friends binoviewing will be a struggle since it takes practice to get IPD adjustment, as will as focus just right.
So really the Binoviewer is JUST for me - no sharing - which is ok - but then again - would i be better off with a premium eyepiece if was to get something JUST for Solo viewing?
Even for myself it feels there is a bit more tinkering with binoviewers than with binoculars - the main focus adjustment and then individual focus takes more time because of vibration and dampening time at high mags compared to binoculars.
I know how good two eyes CAN be - but I'm debating returning these a getting a Baader Morpheus instead. Or possibly a Baader zoom.
I kind of want better FOV and the comfort of good eye-relief ( with no kidney beans of course). Also a quality zoom is a simplified setup which appeals to me. I had a BHZ in the past but sold it because i liked fixed better - but now the pendulum is swinging back again... since the simplicity is SOOO convenient.
Also shopping for eye-relief and FOV makes viewing easy for me and anyone who uses glasses. I'm starting to appreciate 'comfort' is even more desired that other typical eyepiece qualities.
Ideally a binoviwer WITH two Morpheus' each of a couple sizes would be ideal, but that setup is beyond me right now.
So if i stick with a binoviewer i will be just using Xcel-LX eyepieces and Svbony zooms (on order also).
Any thoughts on pros and cons?
My target objects at the moment are planetary. I got excited about getting the best out of Mars and pulled the trigger on the Binoviwer. But as above - now im wondering if i would do just as well with a BHZ instead.
If you had to Choose: would you get a Premium-ish eyepiece / zoom, or go with a binoviewer with mid-range ( but still decent ) eyepieces?
Thanks in advance for any opinions and perspectives - I realize it's all subjective - but hey! That's what's a forum is for! Sharing perspectives!
Edited by Nate1701, 26 September 2020 - 10:48 PM.