Posted By Tom Masterson
I, F I N A L L Y got to see with BOTH eyes last night and I thought my head would explode! I hovered over the moon for a while and was amazed at the details visible. I thought at first I was having some problems merging because many of the craters seemed double. After a few seconds I realized many of the craters ARE double, or atleast have a similar mate close by!
Then there was Saturn - I almost wet myself - I was stunned by the colors now visible on the globe. Saturn in mono-eye has always been cream colored with grey markings, but the brownish yellows, browns, bluish greys mixed with cream were now easy to see in the planet's ball. Encke's division was now much more obvious and made a fine line extending farther around the rings than I've ever seen before. The difference in brightness between the A and B rings were easily visible as they are in mono, but the COLOR difference was a new experience. The other amazing thing about this observation, is this was all seen in average seeing! The slow boiling of the image didn't bother me so much. I was much more relaxed and able to catch those (less) fleeting glimpses of detail.
After about an hour, the curtains closed as the clouds came back. I however, was kicking back wanting a ciggarette, exhausted yet satisfied - "was it good for you too dear?"
I was VERY pleased with the performance if my unit. Image brighness was great with no color difference between left and right eyepieces. There was only a small amount of vignetting in the 32s and NO stray glare noticed regardless of where the object was in or out of the field. Sharpness was OUTSTANDING! I can't wait to get a 1.3x corrector and a shorter pair of eyepieces. More, MORE, M O R E!!!
I spent a few minutes viewing with my small refractor - Brandon 94, and the image brightness there was excellent too. Phew!!! great throughput Zeiss!!!
One of the best parts of this experience is I was able to put this package together from Astromart sales for a VERY reasonable cost. Made doubling my pleasure, doubling my fun possible without too much guilt!
Now, if only I could get a clear weekend day, to view the Sun in h-alpha with 2 eyes....
FYI - my set-up:
A Meade 140 barlow element screwed into the nose of my binoviewer, used a couple of plossls - 32mm to start, moving back and forth to 25mm plossls as seeing permitted. My obervations were mostly though my "antique" AstroPhysics 6" f/8 refractor. Assuming 3x for the barlow in the nose, powers were 115Xish and 150Xish. My binoviewer is a Zeiss conversion unit, with diopter eyepiece holders.