Posts Made By: David Simons

June 27, 2004 09:02 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Binoculars vs Telescopes

Posted By David Simons

Hi Craig,

For me, binoculars seem to give a slightly dimmer image, than a similar aperture "monoscope". I suppose it might be due to all the extra surfaces of the prisms, or coatings etc. I did a side by side test of a ST120 and my Vixen 20x125 bino's at about the same power, and the the lowly ST120 actually gave just a slightly brighter image, with a hint of more stars. But the easthetic view in the bino's was a whole different story. The stars seem to come alive, star colors were more obvious, and nebula seem to stand out in front of the dimmer background stars. It was so dramatic, the ST120 was not used the rest of the night. The large open winter clusters really emphasized this effect. Orions nebula was ... well I could go on. : )

David Simons

July 3, 2004 04:18 PM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

July DSO List

Posted By David Simons

Hi Dave,

Any suggestions on aperture or power for most of these objects?


David Simons

July 4, 2004 01:36 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Herschel Question

Posted By David Simons


Big question is do you have or can reasonably get to dark skies?

David Simons

September 24, 2004 12:38 AM Forum: Equipment Talk


Posted By David Simons

Hi Jim,

Cory Suddarth does optical cleaning / alignment of binoculars. He may also do eyepieces. This link will give you all his info: (go down towards the bottom)

Tell him David Simons sent ya .. : )