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  1. Dude_with_the_tube

    Show us your bino pairs

    my current bino pair set up consists of 2x24mm ExSc 24mm 68deg and rest are pairs of ExSc 82 degrees 14mm 11mm and 8.8mm.
  2. Dude_with_the_tube

    Show us your Orthos

    double set of Meade Research grades in the picture,cant be asked to upload to PC a double set of Baader Genuine orthos 5-18mm.Had a few Circle T`s before but they are loooong gone.
  3. Dude_with_the_tube

    Show us your binoviewers

    nice set up Shane.If you can get focus with x2.6gpc in your 16" then it will work in your other dobs too.Other option is to move your primary closer and get a larger secondary and go "native". and nice binos Tubby Bear,wish the earthwins had the same prisms as baader mark V then they would be a killer set up with the power slider. My set up below. simple 7" F9 ED "Darth Vader" with Zeiss custom built binoviewer.30mm prisms with 30mm openings on both ends.
  4. Dude_with_the_tube

    ES 82 vs Nagler

  5. Dude_with_the_tube

    ES 82 vs Nagler

    ExSc 82 deg range gives you 15mm ER on 11mm and 14mm eye pieces and 14mm eye relief on 8,8 ;6.7. ( tested my self) I use pairs of Ex Sc 82 deg 8,8mm ;11mm and 14mm in my binoviewers and found them to be perfectly fine.They are far more compact then TV Delos and 82 degrees are superb in binoviewers no merging issues in any focal length and NO FIELD CURVATURE in 14mm ExSC 82 degree!(used F9 refractor) I had the opportunity to test a number of bino pairs recently: APM flat fields,APM HDC 100 deg, ExSc 82 degree and had a loaned pair of TV Naglers,Delos and singles of Ethos.Was comparing them against my old trusty Meade RG orthos and wide fields. APM flats where great but i didnt like 18mm as they where a bit too big for my IPD.Performance wise they are superb.APM HDC was too much power for bino but in mono mode gave nothing up to Ethos. Delos where too bulky despite excelent ER and views but i struggled with IPD and as such i sometimes couldnt merge image properly,Naglers where outstanding but they cost rendered them as no go.Lastly ExSc pairs where matching Naglers in binoviewers in every aspect,with actually slightly better eye relief,but also current price being 97 quid a piece made them very attractive.After several test sessions i liked ExSc so much that as a result i sold my meade RG collection and placed an order for pairs of ExSC 82 degree 8,8;11 and 14 and a pair of ExSc 24mm 68 degree.And i am quite picky on eye pieces for they performance.Final bill for the lot of ExSc of 4 pairs was arround 700 quid(bought NEW),where if i would off gone for TV Nagler it would off been £1500 as a minimum. Note: I binoview 100% of my observation time,unless i am testing an eye piece and i have to do it in mono mode. I would highly recommend ExSc 82 degree for bino viewers or as single eye pieces.
  6. Dude_with_the_tube

    Baader Lense Coating Issues??

    Coating blemishes will not affect night viewing but will affect day light viewing in likes of birding/solar. I had many Baader eye pieces and never experienced issue mentioned above. Just return it to seller.
  7. Looks much better then a case full of green stuff Owned both ExSc you have now and they are superb,you will not see much difference between them and Ethos.As for other alternatives,i would strongly suggest to have a look at the APM`s new HDC 100 degree eye pieces.I tested the whole group of them and boy they are good.Markus did a sterling job on those.Shame they are a tad too high mags for my binos,but in cyclops mode i truly enjoyed them. I will have to post up my new case contains,just waiting on one ore eye piece to arrive and i will do so.
  8. looks interesting,baader zoom in Morpheus clothing.Shame nothing has changed optical wise as i would love to see a bit wider FOV on the lower mag side.Will look forward to hear from FLO about the specs once they become known.
  9. Dude_with_the_tube

    AOKswiss Refractors

    C11+C6 might say it was close to carry capacity limit of the mount as C6 is about 5kg and C11 is well 15kg for just OTA,add other bits and bobs and you might as well be 25kg and over, that would explain why mount was struggling.
  10. Dude_with_the_tube

    AOKswiss Refractors

    Sorry John for hijacking the thread. Az-EQ6GT in AZ mode can carry up to 25kg.Obviously the length of OTA is a different matter,however,As you know,i did rebuilt the Meade as such i did shave off a few kgs from original weight,but i did made it longer as i doubled the dew shield`s length in comparison to the original so now the whole OTA is close to 2mtr long,but also 2kg lighter.My new total weight is about 14-15kg what is well in capability of AzEQ6 in AZ mode.In EQ mode mount can carry a bit less than that but as i am visual only,i am not using EQ mode.Vibration dampening times are 2sec max if i do touch focuser,but if i only use slow mount slewing speeds when observing,there is no vibrations at all. I am quite sure this mount is capable to cope with the AOK 6" F15 too,as soon as a long losmandy plate is used and instrument is well balanced. Just out of interest,in what mode mount was used when you had a play with it with C11 on it?
  11. Dude_with_the_tube

    AOKswiss Refractors

    yep a standard issue Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT,with no modifications.The only thing i did add was an extension to get it to ride higher.
  12. Dude_with_the_tube

    AOKswiss Refractors

    oh you bunch of wusses,thats too big,thats too heavy 6" F15 ED mmm very nice,shame i already have a 2mtr tube to haul.Skywatcher Az-EQ6GT handles it with no issues at all.
  13. Dude_with_the_tube

    Hello from NE Scotland

    Fit Like from the same city.
  14. Dude_with_the_tube

    Pentax XW "newbie"

    Field curvature will become obvious in dobs,but in refractors you will not see it.On top of that,some are sensible to field curvature if they do see one,some are not.Try it and see yourself,but dont write off one eye piece ONLY because a bunch of folks said that there is a FC in that particular eye piece.Sometimes,reading forum reviews of eye pieces are not really beneficial as folks tend to exaggerate something what isnt really necessary Once weather permits,i will be testing a series of eye pieces,including one eye piece what has been reported as having FC in various astro forums ,despite rest of the focal length being exceptional.Looking forward to this one as these might end up my new bino pairs if i like them.
  15. Dude_with_the_tube

    Show us your binoviewers

    ok you asked for it Shane here is my humble set up.Meade 178 "Darth Vader" 7" ED F9 with Zeiss custom binoviewers,i use Baader BHSS T2 diagonal.On telescope side it has the 2" nose piece screwed straight to diagonal,on bino side its the T2 quick connector.Shortest light pass possible.I reach focus in native with out the need of barlows or GPC,however,i do have a x1.7 GPC if needed to increase the mags.Again i can reach focus with GPC installed too as i have sufficient back focus available. What eye pieces i use? Well, NONE at the moment lol.I recently sold my 2 sets of Meade RG`s and i am replacing them with something more interesting.Awaiting for a large-ish box to arrive any day now.End result should be from 18 pairs i should be down to 4 pairs only.
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