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  1. Picture the amateur astronomer. He's (yes, in this case, it's a male) sometimes still faffing about, hasn't quite got the finder thing completely sorted - he's managing, and having fun, but... well... He's got an RDF, he's got a Rigel, he's got a nice 9x50 illuminated RACI. He wishes the RACI were a bit, well, more 'mucho', as bino use has gotten him star-hopping in correct-image mode, and he feels that is probably the route he should take. He's got an Ercole mount, he's got a TS INED70, he's got a TV Panoptic 41mm to use besides his other scope(s). Soooo....add a nice Baader 2" Amici Prism Diagonal, and what do you get? An effective upgrade from the 9x50 RACI? The RACI provides 50mm aperture with 9x magnification and 5° TFOV. The combination of TS INED70, Baader 2" Amici Prism Diagonal, and 41mm Panoptic provides 70mm aperture with over 10x magnification and over 6.2° TFOV. Stick the new combination on the Ercole, opposite the main observing scope...the RACI is replaced? Is the amateur astronomer overlooking anything in these considerations, or is it a plan? There is, of course, the question of whether any but the most (prohibitively?) expensive amici prisms will deliver performance suitable for astronomy; but keeping in mind this is meant to 'merely' be a replacement for a Synta 9x50 RACI, could an offering from Baader be expected to deliver a worthwhile improvement (in combination with the other named components)? In any case, the Baader model BA2956152 is incoming, and the amateur astronomer will be more than happy to share his future experiences. To be continued.
  2. OK, I am hoping that for myself and anyone else, the collected SGL can help clarify the signifigant differences which all the tags above cover, & any I leave out. There are many diagonals on the market. Some costing a large amount, some for not much at all. Most look very similar to each other, moreso than eyeypieces even.
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