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My search has ended quite successfully! For those still looking for a good trigger style ball grip for their bins I have found the ultimate replacement. Mike's photo (on ebay) have increased all of their prices and no longer were willing to ship to North America. I found this instead http://www.ebay.ca/i...1#ht_5908wt_926 Shipped from Seoul Korea and got to my front door in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in exactly 12 days. $50CAD and "free shipping". I was extremely surprised. They packed it very nicely and provided a tracking number 15 minutes after I paid for the item. Here are some images for those interested: In the third picture you can see a handy little safety lock so you can't accidentely dismount your bins/camera. I also found this gem of a monopod for $20 locally. Best buy sells them brand new for $30 - I've seen a few on here. I mounted up my 15x70 skymaster bins and the new trigger grip and it was rock solid even extended to the total max height of 81 inches (includes the standard 4" plastic Skymaster chimney mount, the trigger grip and all lengths of the monopod extended). Definitely great purchases all around. So for those looking for inexpensive alternatives you can't go wrong with a setup similar to mine. A note on fit and finish: fit is perfect. All the threads are of quality metals and there is a tension adjuster for the trigger action. I find the softest setting makes tracking across the night sky smooth as silk, even with my heavy-ish 15x70's. Finish, apart from some minor paint bubbling seen here everything is tip top. Should get many years of use.
Earlier this evening, I took out my bins to view the Moon. I turned the bins on their side so I could view the Moon at 15x with my left eye, while viewing with my unaided right eye. That was pretty cool to see the two images side by side.
Hey guys. Looking for advise from any one who has a horizon 8115 heavy duty tripod. It's fantastic for my 15 x 70 Helios apollo, I'm seriously looking to get the 28 x 110s but as they are very expensive I don't really want to be spending more cash on another tripod. Would they be ok to hold the bigger bins. Cheers and TIA
The May edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter is ready for download. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have: * Bright nova in Perseus * Vesta brightening * A couple of Mira variables near maximum When you next get a clear night sky, grab your binocs (or small telescope) and use this guide to enjoy, and share with others, what the night sky freely offers us this month. To get your (free!) copy, or to subscribe (also free) and receive it monthly, please go to http://binocularsky.com and click on the 'Newsletter' tab.
Currently I have 25x70 SkyMaster bins but I think they are too high magnification to be gliding the night sky with (I got them for £35 so I didn't mind much). So I'm on the lookout for a set of Skymaster 15x70 or 12x60 bins Thanks, Tom
My autostar handset attached to my Meade LXD75 10" decided to give up the ghost so I bought a new audiostar handset from telescope house (after they checked out the old one). Of course this means cloudy skies for months while I am waiting to try out my new handset. Last night 16th July there were small breaks in the clouds but not enough to use the scope so I decided to use my 15x70 bins. I wanted to catch R draconis at its max which was due 12th July and has a period of 8 months. Dark cloud obscured this area of the sky and then the neighbours security light came on in the same direction. After 10 minutes the light went out but the cloud stayed there so I thought I would look where there was clear sky. I started with the garnet star in Cepheus which had an obvious orange red colour. Then moved to Cassipeia and picked up the easy double v1,v2. I then switched over to Hercules and found the obvious round smudges of M13 and M92. I moved down to Rasalgethi and maded a mental note to observe this and image it with the scope when conditions were better. I then moved up to Beta Lyra and estimated its magnitude at 3.5. The period for this star is 13 days so will take a look again over the next few days if clouds permit. Its now midnight and in the morning I am going to send my limited obs to aavso but hopefully next time will also have R Draconis. Although I failed with R Draconis I really enjoyed using the bins on a nice mild summer night.