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cupton

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  1. Added some Pentax 20x60's to the Astronomy set. So now my primary astro binos are my Vortex Diamondback 10x50's for most nights and the more specialized Pentax 20x60's for when I have a specific target in mind. Been cloudy for weeks here, so not much time behind them yet.
  2. Hearing great thinks about the Oberwerk 2000 Monopod and Trigger Grip Head as I peruse though forums and reviews. I fired off an email to Kevin at Oberwerk asking a couple of questions and he got right back to me and said he loves using monopods and thinks the 20x60's would work great with them. I think I will give it a try since I can also use the monopod with my 10x50's as well. For now, I am looking to go light and portable for instantaneous viewing since the window of opportunity where I live in the fall and winters is short. Good news is if I decide I want to get a tripod down the road I
  3. Good to know! You have about 4" on me.
  4. Thank you for the clarification. Much appreciated! So basically both options I am looking at are roughly 72-inches not including the Bino adapter. Now I just need to decide if I would prefer the trigger grip or a pan head to mount 20x60's on. I've never used binoculars on a mount before. I guess one of the good things about Amazon is the ease of returning an item.
  5. Ive seen recommendations for both a monopod and tripods and I have no idea which would be better. Im in a similar boat. I just recently purchased some Nikon SP 20x60 WP binos at a super good price I just couldn't pass up. Ive been wanting those for a while. I have no way to mount them at the moment other than on my scope tripods. Been looking at some dedicated Bino options. The Trigger-Grip Head looks interesting. I've read Steves Binocular Sky page which was super helpful in laying out all the different options, so then I was also looking at pan heads and found what looked like a decent tripo
  6. I know what you mean. I've seen the same videos. Some are entertaining and then some after a while leave me scratching my head wondering why I just wasted multiple minutes watching someone unbox a pair of binoculars. Did I really learn anything? I never understood those unboxing videos. Thats just me though. I've personally never really found them particularly useful. Your mileage may vary.
  7. Glad you got them and the initial impressions are good. like I said, I really enjoy mine. I have multiple Vortex products and I am a very satisfied customer. Enjoy!!! Now you just need to wait out the cloud cover. Or you can do what I do in the meantime and zoom in on the dog, the plants on the shelf, the children sitting in the chair next to you just so you can creep them out.
  8. Well there you go. I posted too late. Glad you ordered a pair. I think you'll be happy with what you ordered.
  9. I have the Diamondback HD 10x50's and an older pair of Diamondback 10x42's and I absolutely love them both. That being said, I wouldnt hesitate to pick up the Crossfires if thats all that my budget allowed. I've only looked through a pair of Crossfires once while at the store but they were a nice pair. I cant remember which model they were, but if I was looking for some new binos and the Crossfires were the bino's in question, I wouldn't hesitate to buy them.
  10. I have an ED80 and 127 Mak and the past few weeks when I’ve had a chance to view Mars through both scopes it was definitely on the lighter side of pink if not an off white color. Might have something to do with how close she is to us right now. A couple weeks back it was so bright, any detail was hard to pick up for me. Used both a 2” dielectric and a Tak prism. Even in the Mak using the Tak diagonal at 192x I could barley pick up any pink/red color. Good detail though and one nice contrast.
  11. Apologies! I missed the post where you said it was set up at 4 o'clock and that it had plenty of time to cool down. Still only into my 1st cup of coffee here in the USA. I should of waited till cup number 2 before reading and posting. Hope you get it all worked out. The 5 inch mak really is a nice little scope that packs a lot of punch for its size.
  12. I have the Orion version of your SW 127 and my scope does require some cool down time, otherwise the views are not crisp and I see a lot of heat waves in the eyepiece. Sorry, not sure if "heat waves" is the technical name for them or not. Depending on the temp difference between the house and outside it could be anywhere from 30 min to 1.5 hours that I leave it outside. Once acclimated though, the views are nice and crisp. Awesome scope on the moon and planets! Its funny how much of a difference it makes just by getting the temp right inside the scope. Personally, I would try again with a
  13. Vortex Diamondback HD 10x50 Vortex Diamondback 10x42 (not pictured) Nikon Action 10x50 My Nikons are prior to the Action Extremes, so I guess they would be now considered the current Aculon's. They were at the time and I guess are still called Action according to the label on the binocular. They're Extremes, but not waterproof which doesn't really make them very extreme.
  14. My beloved 19 year old Orion Starmax 127. I'll eventually get a set of rings so I can also use on my Vixen Porta II mount. I can attach to the Porta II using the dovetail but it's on the bottom of the OTA so that puts my finder in the 7 o'clock position with is pretty awkward.
  15. I hear ya! Ive been thinking about the same thing. I have an Orion 127 Mak and the lowest I usually go on that is 15mm with an occasional 10mm when the nights are good using either my Vixen Zoom or a WO Swan 20mm (barlowed) to get 10mm. I have 10mm and 6.5mm plossls but the eye relief is a little too tight for me. I now have an ED80 and when using it a couple weeks back it liked going down to 8mm with the zoom and even down to 4mm with the barlow in. Felt like I could even push it further. It got me wondering if I should start thinking about a 3.5mm EP for those nights when I want to push the
  16. And if I wanted to resell it (no chance) as "brand-new" I probably could. Purchased in late November and have only had it out under the stars once. Stuff just keeps happening and I cant get outside. Stupid weather.
  17. You all have some real beaut's I'm seeing in this thread. Definitely drool worthy! My one and only refractor, my humble ED80 could probably be used as a finder scope for some of you.
  18. My last two EP's and two diagonals have been second hand and they have been excellent purchases in like new condition. I wouldn't hesitate to keep purchasing second hand for items that I see at a great price and in good condition. That being said, I am going to lay low for a while. Begging for forgiveness still lands me in the dog house. Being in the dog house in the middle of winter in western Pennsylvania is not a good idea.
  19. Apparently I cant add a signature yet until I reach 5 posts so we will count this one towards that quota. Currently own a couple of modest scopes (equipment below) which work just fine for me. I'm quite content with the smaller scopes I have and am able to get them in and out the door with ease. Someday I wouldn't mind something with more aperture if my observing skills, location, habits and finances allowed it. Oh and the wife! Scopes: Orion Starmax 127 on AstroView EQ-3, Vixen ED80SF on Vixen Porta II Tall Eyepieces: ES68 28mm, Orion Sirius Plossl's, 32mm, 25mm, 10mm, No-Name Ploss
  20. Thanks all! Appreciate the warm welcome!
  21. Just wanted to say "Hello" from the USA. I've browsed for a while on these forums but never participated till now. You all are very knowledgeable and have some fun conversations. I have similar experiences with the gang over at CloudyNights (am I allowed to mention them here? ), so I am looking forward to learning more from you all here at Stargazers Lounge.
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