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    Default New binoculars arrived today



    If you've read any of my previous posts, you know that I am (sadly) without a scope at the moment. However, I managed to order a pair of Celestron 20x80's, which arrived (to my delight) just 2 days after I ordered them. I opened the triple-boxed, quadruple-padded casing it came in (I think it could probably survived SEVERAL direct hits from a rocket launcher), I was greeted by...

    The largest binoculars I have ever seen. Seriously, this thing is huge. Numbers like "13 inches long" or "10 inches wide" or "80mm lens" don't make any impact until you see them in action. They were a little light, in my opinion, for their size, but I can't complain at all about the optical quality. At first, when I focused them, I thought, "Geez, maybe I should return them". Then I realized I could keep focusing them more and more, the image got sharper and sharper, and suddenly I was looking at my peach tree like it was 3 inches away. I'm glad I didn't get more than 20x magnification, because then even my camera tripod would become too wobbly.

    Of course, it's cloudy out, so tonight I probably won't be able to go observing. If I do manage to, however, the giant lenses on these things should provide me with an expletive-and-joy-filled night of stargazing. It has 4x the light-gathering power, 2.5 times the magnification, and at my rough estimate, "one hundred bazillion" times better optics than my (now retired) 8x40's. One question, though. I have my camera tripod weighed down with as much as I feel comfortable putting on the poor thing, but the images are still pretty wobbly. Can someone give me some design suggestions for homemade vibration-suppressors like the celestron ones I saw online? Obviously, I can't make rubber or plastic, but a couple designs using household items should help. Thanks in advance!
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    Enjoy those binoculars! Now you need one of these:

    http://www.bigbinoculars.com/tmount.htm

    I use one very similar to the one above-- except I bought mine used from ED Z the Binocular guru who built it himself ---over on cloudynights.com.
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    that mount costs, at a rough estimate, 2.5x as much as I paid for the binoculars themselves...I think I'd rather put it toward a 'scope. Those do look nice, though.
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    Google around a bit you can make a parallelgram mount from wood also, you may find some stuff online. I have used them a few times and can say they are very handy, especially when you have people of different heights viewing!

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    Yes, I picked that one on purpose just to get your attention. Of course you need a nice Bogan tripod and that's another $200! Ha!

    BUT--- check around on Astromart.com, these show up from time to time for say about $125 ---

    Heck it's only money!

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    u mean like these?

    Homemade vibration dampeners

    congrats on the new glass
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    Congats on the new glass!!!
    Enjoy the Black cause they can't take it back............
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    Congratulations on your new binoculars. Enjoy the night skies and clear skies to you. To start with you might even consider getting a sturdy tripod if budget is a consideration.
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    Quick update; warm night and attacking swarm of angry bees, but I did manage to get out for 20 minutes. What I saw completely blew my mind- double the aperture means about "a hundred billion" times better seeing. In 20 minutes, I felt like I had just worked my way through the entire messier catalog. I saw more star clusters (open and globular) than I can count, a dozen blurry objects that I can only assume were nebulae, and what looked suspiciously like mars. I honestly don't know what newbies like me with 6- or 8-inch dobsonians are complaining about- I mean, seriously! I'm under horrendously light-polluted skies, my neighbors have security lights that would put betelgeuese to shame, and I have binoculars mounted on a camera tripod. And I still somehow manage to see more than the disappointed buffers with their light buckets. If 80mm binoculars can blow me away, I hope nobody ever lets me look through the 12" dobsonian I have my eye on. I might puncture a lung or something.
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    All right! That's the way to do it.

    When you know what you're looking at, I think you appreciate it more. It's always nice to know a paragraph of facts about whatever it is you're looking at.
    Me, I've been studying up on Caldwell object #4, the Iris Nebula, NGC7023. You can probably see it in your big binos. If the clouds ever go away I am going to photograph that strange flower, but meanwhile I'm thinking about it...
    I remember my first globular cluster, M5, in my ETX. I asked the scope to go there, and I looked...and it took my breath away. It was only a dim fuzzy blob, almost like a fingerprint on the lens or something...but as I looked I could start seeing stars...all those stars....and it was breathtaking, knowing that I was seeing a mass of ancient stars, likely older than the Milky Way, that had wandered into our vicinity from intergalactic space...and probably contained a mid-sized black hole at its center...
    Just a dim blob...but I saw it with my own eyeballs, not a picture on some computer or in a magazine.

    Those complainers don't know or appreciate what they are seeing....if they did, they might not complain about dim views or having to look for a few seconds before they see anything.

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