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  1. I've had the pleasure of owning two of the three pictured above, & it's the one in the middle I'd have again in a heartbeat. It was my first Nagler and I have very fond memories of it. Yes the Delos is the latest and greatest (and they are great!),but I still find the older Nagler design remarkable. I mean, it's barely bigger or heavier than a mid range plossl, yet packs a superbly corrected 82° afov. Good luck with the shoot out!
  2. Another fine report John, thanks very much! I was contemplating the 7mm but think I'll now pass. Any chance you'll get to check out the new Baader Morpheus in the near future?
  3. The tripod would probably suffice, the head, no chance! I've owned that binocular and its needs a fairly decent tripod head to support it properly. Although a parallelogram mount would be the ideal solution, I found the Manfrotto 502ah a good match for it.
  4. I must admit wasn't aware of this & in hindsight maybe aluminium bolts would have been the better option? It wouldn't be a big job to replace them out I suppose.I loosely based the design on the UA Unimount, also aluminium with what looks like stainless fixings. I've had a close look at both mounts earlier this morning & there are no signs any corrosion on either as yet. The homemade mount lives outside (uncovered) all year round, so I'll be keeping a tight eye on it especially.
  5. Many thanks for the review of the new Pentax Steve, it sounds a real winner and now excellent value for money. It'll be interesting to hear how you get on splitting the Trapezium with the 20x60. I can "just about" manage it @ 20x but it takes very good conditions.
  6. Dino DinoThe Helios Apollo 20x110 is excellent and in all honesty I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it. It's sharp and bright and the fov is very well corrected. It's an absolute brute though, much larger & heavier than the standard Chinese 25x100 fare and needs a significant mount to get the best from it. I only ever use it with the P-mount mounted on a steel pier (pic below), as I found all other solutions wanting in some area. HTH
  7. I'd personally look no further than the 30mm Explore Scientific 82° mentioned above, it's a brilliant eyepiece that would take more than double your budget to (arguably) better.
  8. I hand hold mine most of the time (usually in a recliner),occasionally mounted on a monopod/trigger grip combo & the odd time on a parallelogram mount. The weight actually seems to add to the stability somehow? The optics are indeed sublime & you soon forget about the weight once you put it to your eyes!
  9. Nice collection Charic, and congrats on the new addition! Great service from Strathspey also, definitely one of the good guys. 10x50's are a great dual purpose size. Mine gets a lot of use night the day, and likewise find very little refocusing necessary (daytime) with the excellent depth of field. The IF does become like 2nd nature with practice, & you are correct, everything in the night sky is focused at infinity so basically set and forget. Enjoy!
  10. Good stuff Charic, I hope you are happy with it. Please post your thoughts on it when you've had a chance to use it.
  11. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-planetarium/baader-hyperion-finetuning-ring.html
  12. Dom The adapter is metal apart from the acrylic ring inside that closes on the eyepiece when the top ring is tightened. That particular eyepiece has a 22mm barrel length and there is 3mm of clearance , maybe a few more depending on how much the filter is recessed in its housing. If you don't have enough with your BST's, you could attach a Hyperion fine tuning ring, also threaded for filters. The pic below shows the 28mm attached (the 14mm would more than suffice in your case).
  13. It does indeed have filter threads Dom & you shouldn't have any issues with clearance . The pic below shows the clearance with a run of the mill 25mm plossl.....
  14. Just to throw you a curve ball, I'd sell both and replace with a 28mm one of these, a nice step up optically and fov.... http://www.firstlightoptics.com/explore-scientific-eyepieces/explore-scientific-68-degree-maxvision-eyepieces.html
  15. Congrats on the new addition! I hope it's ok on the monopod/ball head for you. I once for fun tried out an 85mm binocular on a monopod/trigger grip ball head, found it ok for terrestrial observing, but useless for astronomy (far too heavy for the head). The Celestron I think is lighter though, so fingers crossed you'll be ok.
  16. I'm not intirely sure if the Paragon Plus would support the 15x85. From memory I think it has a 6-8lb capacity. I think Steve Tonkin has one, hopefully he might chime in soon with some info. Ps, check out his website @ http://www.binocularsky.com/ Edit. Another to consider is the UA T-mount, shorter than the Unimount so probably not as easy to use seated, but should be more rigid...... http://www.bigbinoculars.com/tmount.htm
  17. When I had the 22x85 I used it to good effect on my Unimount light, imported from here .......http://www.bigbinoculars.com/unimount.htm The only other suitable commercially available (that I'm aware of) is the Orion Monster.......http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orion-Monster-Parallelogram-Binocular-Tripod/dp/B00QK0VJ8Q Another option is to build your own. I had to do this for the 20x110 as a suitable commercially available unit would have cost approx £600!
  18. Having experimented with various mounting options for my 20x110, I'd recommend a decent Parallelogram mount above all others for this binocular. Although a decent tripod and some sort of pan/tilt head would suffice ( to a point), a P-mount combined with reclining lawn/deck chair will allow access to the entire sky in unrivalled comfort. That said, a lot depends on how much you want to spend?
  19. Charic The BA8 series are very good indeed & bettering them does require considerable outlay. As for the various brands, I'd be very surprised if there were any differences other than in name. I'd probaby run with the cheapest available at the time. In my experience though, the 10x50 (I've owned the William Optics ED) is definitely not in the same league as the 10x50 Fujinon FMT-SX. The 10x50 Fuji is stunning in every way, a marked step up in performance (and price!) Good luck on your London trip, I hope you find what you ar looking for.
  20. Those Vixens look absolutely superb Steve. Ive considered on more than one occasion selling up some gear and plumping for something like that. To date I've resisted, but must admit your setup has reignited my interest! I've only two instruments at the minute, the 10x50 Fuji, and the 20x110 Helios Apollo. I had to offload some kit recently (including my 15x70 Helios Apollo) when two large kitchen appliances gave up the ghost within weeks of each other! This one I will be replacing at the earliest opportunity.
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