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About BinocularSky

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  1. I think you're correct, Michaei. Like many "names", I think Opticron are a "brand" rather than a "manufacturer"; they commission manufacturers to produce stuff to their specification and put the Opticron brand on it. @pete_gamby will be able to confirm if this is the case or if I'm speculating too broadly on insufficient information.
  2. I'm probably not the best person to ask - I simply did not get on with the Naturesport at all - I really wanted to, but eventually sold it. Personal thing, I guess, because I know a lot of people really like it. They do have the twist-up eye-cups, which I prefer, but the Opticron is waterproof - to my mind, that is a significant advantage for observing in dewy conditions.
  3. Sad news; a significant loss to our community.
  4. One clear advantage of not having the IPD dependent on some species of central hinge!
  5. My memory (and recent looking at images of the binocualr on t'interweb) is that the objective tubes are very widely spaced and that wouldn't be a an issue. Certainly worth checking, though The "straight through" configuration was something that influenced my decision at the time. I agree that your ED80 setup is a very attractive proposition, especially for those who want high magnification. Are the collimation knobs, in Paul's top image, the LHS horizontal one and what looks like a portion of the RHS vertical one in the ally channel? If so, I like the function-determined simplicity!
  6. I wonder if they could be made to work with a Tak Astronomer 22x60 (which, I think, uses FS60CB objective tubes. (That is one bino I now regret not getting when I had the chance; used ones are now much more expensive than new ones were!)
  7. Near Milton Keynes on Friday evening? I shall be giving a talk on 'Binocular Astronomy' at MKAS:
  8. The June edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * A couple of comets * The return of Uranus to the morning sky * Mini-review of an unusual binocular (Also useful for users of small telescopes) To grab your (free!) copy, or to subscribe (also free) and receive it monthly, please go to and click on the 'Newsletter' tab.
  9. Binoculars like yours aren't designed for use with filters - ready-made ones tend to be pricey. Hence make your own solar filters (objective end only!), but you can put a standard 1.25" filter between your eye and the eyepiece lens (squeeze the eyecup a bit to hold it in place) - it's a bit "kludgy", and you'll rarely feel the need to do it. About the only one I ever use is a UHC (helps a bit with planetary nebulas), but very infrequently.
  10. Make your own solar filters from Baader astro-solar film. Use masking tape to fix them to the binos so they don't fall off. You don't really need lunar as your eyes will adjust but, if you do decide to filter it, try #29 Dark Red (also useful for Venus in daylight). I use on eon my scope; much better than a ND.
  11. Yup, we have the 8x42. Lovely binocular, and good VFM even at the non - discounted price.
  12. Plastic bags are your new best friend.
  13. You don't say which Helios 25x70. If it's the Q4, the tripod is just adequate, but (as you may have discovered) will be a pain for anything above about 45* elevation. If it's the Q7.4, the tripod will be inadequate. IMO, the best mount for a large binocular is a parallelogram. Suggestions, including links to DIY sites, on my "Mouinting" page:
  14. I had it on Sunday morning (various10x50 binos) and Monday morning (16x70 - easy, and 6.5x32 - needed AV),
  15. Has been left off altogether. People who need to observe with spectacles will be relieved!