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  1. That part of Crete is indeed very dark. And if you can observe from a few hundred meters above sea level in that area you get the best of both worlds; great seeing as well as transparency. About 30 miles south is the island of Gavdos btw, which is arguably the darkest place in the EU. It's true, in some places here one can content himself with just a pair of binos or even a few hours of naked eye observing. Some of the Milky Way's dark clouds can be seen as if hovering in the foreground over de brighter sky background and Milky Way stars.
  2. With my dob, I also just pull out the binoviewer and OCS/GPC out and in goes the eyepiece, with or without adapter depending on 1.25" or 2" barrel. I don't have a refractor or SCT but if I had, I'd have the choice to change fast between mono and bino IF I had two diagonals as in your case and if I were using an OCA/GPC. IF I had only ONE diagonal, then preferably a T2 diagonal, and IF I used a BV at native focal length without OCS/GPC, then I'd have the Quickchanger permanently mounted on the diagonal and use a ChangeRing/Clicklock combo to switch to mono. In both cases it's of co
  3. Baader-Zeiss Micro M42 Bayonet dovetail-ring connection to mount on the original rotating ring connection with three M3 panhead screws of 5mm length (first screenshot). No binoviewer dissasembly required. The main advantage is faster switching between mono and binoview-mode, in particular for refractors and SCT's, IF used with Baader Quickchanger, T2-diagonal, and Clicklock eyepiece holder(s) and Baader ChangeRing (also dovetail-ring) for mono configuration. Baader has now introduced the M48 Quickchanger, ChangeRing and accessories; https://www.baader-p...ter-system.html
  4. They are indeed very good. I've been using mine for a few months now, with microscopic eyepieces, and before, with a temporary homemade telescope-side photographc T-ring-adapter. A binoviewer too heavy is where it all started for me.
  5. A while ago I decided not to buy a modified Zeiss mirror-binoviewer. As this model has been modified by amateurs for years I thought I'd give it a go myself. I ordered one from a Zeiss dealer, but they can also be ordered here for about 360; model 415500-1401-000: https://www.micro-shop.zeiss.com/en/uk/shop/search/binocular tube?page=3 Once received, I removed the 3 screws attaching it to the microscope deflector and started to measure it up for designing the modification parts. Initially I was only going to adapt the binoviewer on the telescope side only. Af
  6. Superb mount in very good condition. Only ~£6400 (€7000) See new prices here; http://www.mathis-instruments.com/Ordering/Prices.html Shipping from Crete, Greece not included.
  7. OTA TAL 250K F2130mm in perfect working condition. Price includes; * Original Tal 2" 0.6 Reducer which takes the focal length down to 1278mm. * 50mm finder * 2" Crayford focuser * 3" mounting plate Price 1600 Euro excluding shipping. (location> Crete, Greece) For reference see also Thanks.
  8. In very good condition cosmetically, in perfect condition optically, no box but lenscaps present. £350 + ~£15 shipping Pictures on request.
  9. Thanks. I really wanted a massive fork mount. Next week I will be working on it again, to add motors and close up some parts. The skies here are indeed amazing. Yet, there are so many clear nights here I had forgotten how many nights are lit up by the Moon... however I'm rediscovering the Moon too so I'm not really complaining.
  10. Thanks baggywrinkle ! Yes.. I come from Belgium so I know.. coming here was the first time for me to look at some jewels in the Archer and the Scorpion. Regarding the 'scope. Yes, I'm still getting used to the size really. I'm thinking about a permanent shed. I planned on keeping it in the house but from the balcony I cannot see the whole sky either so..
  11. Hi all, I've spent a big part of my childhood under the skies. It began with finding a pair of 20x50 binoculars from my dad, at the age of 10. When I pointed them up at that group of stars I had noticed now and then, I knew right away this was only the beginning of some big adventure. Not long after, the group of stars got a name.. I learned they were called the Pleiades, and they belonged to the constellation named Taurus the Bull.. my sign. After having used a 2.4" refractor for a while I bought an 8" Meade MTS SN8 f4 Schmidt-Newton. That was a real game changer. I enjoyed sweeping the Milky
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