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#1 Trever

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 07:38 PM

Has anyone purchased these yet? I saw an ad in either Astronomy or Sky and Telescope selling these. I was curious about them and was wondering if there were any reviews...

http://www.apogeeinc.com/index.html

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 09:03 AM

Sounds pretty cool to me!!!!! I'd love to try them, and compare to my 25x100's without a filter.

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 02:58 PM

The price is right on and shouldnt be too much of a risk. i think i will purchase a pair. I wonder how large I can go without getting a tripod? 80mm?

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 03:05 PM

50mm

maybe 60mm

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 03:17 PM

That was my feeling. I figured 12X60mm would be my limit without a tripod. I wonder if the technology for image stabilization is worth it and will it ever make its way to Astronomy?

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 03:31 PM

That was my feeling. I figured 12X60mm would be my limit without a tripod. I wonder if the technology for image stabilization is worth it and will it ever make its way to Astronomy?


The Canon 18X50 IS is about ~$1000. Zeiss 20X60 IS ~4,000. I've used my friend's Canon 18X many times and looked thru the Zeiss once. The Canon is useful if you are traveling and did not want to pack a tripod and spotting scope. Close to home I can use my $149 Burgess 20X80 with a tripod. 80mm objectives collects 156% more light than 50mm. Cost is less than $500 with a nice Bogen 3221WN tripod and fluid head.

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 03:31 PM

11x80's I use hand held.... that would be the absolute max possible I would think.

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 07:20 PM

I own the 25 X 100 Apogee(without nebula filters), again, the price is right, and they are a lot of fun to use.

Question about the Apogee's with nebula filters. I wondered if there are two nobs controlling the two filters separately. If so test them in a dark sky site, and only use one of the filters. Net effect, one eye would see the nebula, and very few stars, and the other eye will see many stars, and no nebulosity. The brain should then combine the left and right scenes, and you should see a pretty combo of nebula and stars.

I have been adapting my 25 X 100's using one nebula filter and some O-rings to try this effect, but it is hard to check out the effect with my local light pollution. I will get to dark sky sites this summer, and report back on the one bino-one filter effect.

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