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    Default Burce Sayre Newtonian Binoculars on Sale

    I check Craigslist frequently for used telescopes (beginning to think I like collecting more than observing). I came across some Bruce Sayre Newtonian binoculars that are on sale from his estate. One is a 22" ( and the other a 14 1/4" ( Here is Bruce Sayre's description of the 22": An amateur binocular maker's Web site

    Unfortunately, I have neither the space nor the money for either of these. But after reading Bruce's explanation of the advantages of binoculars, I have to give a shoutout to Ozman13 for continuing to advocate binoculars as a must have for amateur astronomers. I'm now a convert and will start checking the used ads for a good pair of binoculars.
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    Default Re: Burce Sayre Newtonian Binoculars on Sale

    Yup the coolness factor on those is pretty high. One day.

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    Default Re: Burce Sayre Newtonian Binoculars on Sale

    It will cost more than $15500 to get the thing up and running, but I thought that the price was very fair. Just what I need for my light polluted backyard! A way to geometrically magnify skyglow!
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    Default Re: Burce Sayre Newtonian Binoculars on Sale

    The price is fair based on the mirror area. A 20.15" mirror with bino-viewers is the same as 2 14 1/4 mirrors. Obsession charges about $9K for that so it's in par with the bino-scope. However collimating a bino-scope is far from trivial so I would take the bino-viewer solution with a single mirror any time over the bino-scope.

    At the RTMC I had the chance to look through a JMI bino-scope and I could not get it to collimate properly no matter what I tried with its sophisticated controls. There is no rational reason to use bino-scopes, a bino-viewer of a square-root-of-two larger mirror is a much simpler equivalent.
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