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About Pingster

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  1. I have stayed exclusive to Binoviewing since a member here recommended it to me Im sire about 7years have passed now. I only use the 31nag every so often just for a quick view just to remind myself how much better binos are. Im keeping the 31ethos... so one day i can bino with 2in pairs
  2. Hey there. I know Baader is working on a new maxbright with no official release date. But is the Mrk5 soon to be replaced as well. As im seein a few for sale and dont want to buy if its about to be replaced. Thanks!
  3. Hi Tom is the binoviwer still for sale? If so whats your approx location so i can see if i can even get to you. Thanks!
  4. Jetstream, supercharging does have benefits, the main one is to have wide FOV eyepieces ie 24mm Panoptics that dont vignette. This aspect Denises work achieved their goal. Even the WO, benfited greatly with a much more pleasing clean "viewport". Richochet, I have two of Denises Black binos. They are basically white Zeiss Binos Painted black. One is very old as looking down the prisms i can see brown rust. The Willems Optics Bino comes with an amazing x2 dinky barlow. Ive compared it with my x2 TV Powermate... and tho the PM is only slightly better, thw WO makes it look like an over engineered product. I believe i own very high end accessories so its not them to blame, as i am able to reach focus without having to use any barlows if i desire. This is achieved by using a Baader T2 Prism Diagonal which as a super short light path. Highburymark, im please you agree with the Mrk V been very obliviously better than the WO. Thats why i am unhappy with my Black Binos from Denis for Astro us. They are not obviously sharper than the WO. To be clear, they are excellent for H-Alpha with a Quark as they dont suffer from polarisation. My WO suffers from polarisation, more so than my Mrk V if memory serves me correctly. I too am eagerly waiting for the new maxbrights. Tho knowing the Mrk V has superior sharpness.... once you go Mrk V you cant go back... The black binos are collimatable, ill have to ask denis for instructions for them as they are not out of collomination by quite a bit. Werid considering ive never knocked them, the Mrk V and WO have never lost collomination by themselves like this. Just to clarify, I made the bad decision of swapping my Mrk V with Denises Black Binos based on his advice. Personally i dont think he uses his binos for Astro, because if he did he would never choose them over a Mrk V. Also because he would have noticed the false star issue which makes them completely unsuitable for Astro use. I have two of his Black Binos so its not a one off issue. Ideally he should have just supercharged my Mrk V as i originally wanted. And offered me a Black bino (for daytime use and H-Alpha) as a separate sale. I wish to emphasise even tho his judgement is wrong about his binos being superior to Mrk V, hes very passionate about what he does and i truly believe he advises his customers with best interest. The downsides about supercharging. Even tho Denis insists there are no downsides there are. 1. Reflections of bright targets when not inside the eyepiece viewport. This is really obvious if the lenses, OVC's, correctors, barlows are not perfectly clean. 2. And most damning. Where Denis machines the casing to superchage... the hole is cut so big, the prisms no longer cover the "hole". So dust and air can enter the bino! The biggest and most disturbing problem is the inside prisms misting up during the night! None of my binos before suffered from this issue. I fear over time the inside of the binos will become dirty and require serving. The misting issue has ruined several night observing sessions. They have never misted during daytime use. Over time i can see the prisms deep inside the bino becoming water stained from misting. 3. Denis uses a really think black grease. This stuff is near impossible to get off. Its inside the eyepiece holders and took me a lot of work to clean up as initially every time i swapped out eyepieces the barrel would be ever so slightly covered with black grease. So far its not transferred to the prisms. Do i recommend his black binos? Definitely, but ONLY for H-Alpha use and daytime scoping. Ill write to Baader to see if they have plans to fix the polarisation in future Mrk V's. That would make it my dream bino.
  5. Hi everyone. Ive been off astronomy for 2 years due to moving home. 2 years ago i sent off my beloved Mrk V baader binos so Denis for a supercharge. I told him how i love them but i noticed with H-alpha the views in each barrel differ. He said its cos the Mrk V suffer from polarization (hes indeed correct). He offered that i could part exchange my mrk v for one of his supercharged "black" binos and they had next to zero polaraization (again he is correct). For the sun + quark they work great. However i am dismayed with their night time performance. Fistly they have a yellow tint to the view, where as the mrk v were very neutral. Secondly they suffer from what i can only describe a drawing "a secondary faux star, below and to the right of the target star being viewed". This only happens with brightest stars like Vega. Thirdly tho he said they were slightly less bright than the mrk v, i did not occure to me what a huge disavantage it would mean, as at the time i was doing mainly solar and day time "scoping". The difference in brightness is even obvious dayyime use, the WO even with polarization have this pop to the view which Denises binos lack. And lastly most devastating... is that optically they are nowhere as clear and not pin sharp like the mrk v. Before the swap i would compare my mrk V verse my excellent Williams optics bino. The WO are superb, but the difference in sharpnesd and clarity especially at higher mags was obvious and immediate. The mrk v simply toasts the WO by what visually looks like 25percent. However comparing Denises Black bino to the WO i struggle to work out which is better, and quite often i think the WO is sharper. Denis is not a crook or dishonest imho. Hes a very passionate uy. But imho hes completely wrong about the optical quality of his black binos FOR ASTRO use. So i would like to ask, ive been away astronomy for 2 years. Is there a chinese full aperture bino avaliable? Has the baader mrk v had a "tweak" to fix the polarization? Im considering buying a new mrk v as i miss it dearly. I know what you are thinking... only an idiot would part with a mrk v, im an idiot.
  6. Ill be scared to whip out my frac in a field full of gaint dobs that can do go deeper ????
  7. Im currently using a Baader UV/IR Cut-Filter before a Quark, 127mm ES APO. Everything seems fine. However i have noticed that the a lot of heat still passes thru the filter. I know the Quark can handle the heat, its the UV im mainly hoping to reduce as thats bad for our eyes. I did some reading and i read that a supplier discovered the Baader UV/IR Cut-Filter was actually poor at reducing the heat, and that they discovered the Baader H-alpha 35nm CCD Filter does a much better job. Looking at the photos of the filter it looks extremely red! I assume this would greatly change the look of the sun? Has anyone has experience using the 33nm filter in Quark for visual? I am thinking 2in 35nm filter before the Quark, and one 1.25in Baader UV-IR Blocker on the barrel of the eyepiece would provide max protection outside of having a full external ERF?
  8. Yeah ive seen the video of the stargate setup... it really appeals to me as ill keep the mirror box and rocker pernamentally setup for extra fast setup. I wished they had made it all from aluminium.
  9. Thanks for the replies, Stu, ive never seen them with my quark ever. 2 years ago i went to the star party in Norfolk and some folks kindly let me view thru their double stack solar scopes. The cracks looked amazing, yet ive never replicated it on my quark yet. Its good to know its possible and that its a surface feature thats does not always happen. Owmuchonomy, i think i saw that actually. It was the only dark feature on the sun, a tiny dark crack. At the time i thoight nothibg of it as it was so small compared to what i have seen in double stacks. So that very positive news. I look forward to trying again tomorrow and bag my first big surface prom! Thanks for all the replies ?
  10. Ive got the chromo version. I hope to see the cracks soon. As ive used the quark about 20 tomes in total and never ever seen them. Ive seen awesome proms on the edges everytime
  11. Ive had a quark for over 2 years now. Took it out today. Proms looked fantastic. But i relized... the quark or at least mine does not provide the surface "dark cracks" ive seen on dedicated solar scopes. I know these are infact proms on the disc surface appearing as "cracks". The only surface detail is like this photos but x3 less contrasty. Is it even possible to see the black cracks like in this photo? Im refering to visual thru the eyepiece.
  12. M31, i often hear reports that it looks under whelming becuase you cant fit it in the eyepiece. And that one needs to get an lower powered eyepiece with a ultrawide fov. I feel advice like this can lead new astronomers to waste a lot of money. Imo, if you want to get the whole of M31 in, look at it with a pair of binoculars. Cheap and simple. And what you see, its not going to get much better even if you spenf thousands. With M31, spending your money on eyepieces wont improve the view of it or increase the detail. Becuase in even the best quality scopes, it mostly looks like a faint grey oval with a slightly brighter core. The only other way to get the dust lanes and a slight "textured" detail on the bands is to got to somewhere truely dark like wales and use a 16in dob or bigger. Again even like that most people won't be amazed by it (as it still will not look anything like photos). Yet us long time astronomers will scream "wow" becuase we have spent years seeing it as nothing more than a blob. ?
  13. Hi Peter, so do you mean in the UK the theres no more resolution gain by going from 16 to 20in and that the gain wpuld.be purely light gather power, ie brighter DSOs? The ES are on gen 2, and ive read about the various improvements including all Alu constrcution. The new ES 20in could well be a gen 3 as such.
  14. Does anyone here have hands on eyepiece experience of both of these scopes? Right now i have a 16in skywatcher flextube. I love it. The mirror is amazing and bests every APOs i own. I actually cant imagine how a "premium" mirror can best it. Wanting to move up to 20in. I have two options the ES upcoming 20in or the current SW 20in. The cost of each brand differer a fair bit, and i assume the difference is in the cost of the mirror. Or am i wrong and both brands use the same mirror manufacture to the same specs? I would hate to go to ES becuase of the lighter weight and cheaper price but hate the mirror? My gut ibstint is to go for the 20in goto skywatcher, but its weight is a killer, and so is the eyepiece height becuase of the extra goto. Ive got super good eyes and and told i see stuff that normal people are never fusy about ?
  15. Wonder if anyone can help, I have x2 baader Click Locks on both of my refractors. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/baader-clicklock-m68-clamp.html Ive only used them a few times, yet the one has semi failed and the other completely failed. 1. The first unit locks the item, yet turns past its "Lock Point" with a crunching sound. 2. The second locks the item, but free spends without resistant 360 constantly. Firstly i cant even remove them from the refractors as theres no way of gripping them to unscrew. Has anyone had this issue before and how can i fix them? Thanks!
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