Last updated: 4 January 2006
Subject: ETX - Binoviewer comments Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 17:09:17 From: Jon & Sharon Risch (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks for the nice ETX site! I am a beginning amateur with a 125 ETX. Soon after getting the scope I was deep into trying to get the most from it and into getting eyepieces etc. The concept of a binoviewer made good sense to me and after a lot of thought, I took the plunge and got one. It comes with its own set of extra (problems?) like double eyepieces and extra weight to deal with. I got a Denkmier after reading as many reviews as I could find on the subject and considering the pros and cons of each model. I am satisfied with it but am still not so sure the two hundred dollar ones aren't just as good. Anyone know for sure? (Maybe I don't want to know at this point!) I haven't used the single eyepiece method since getting the viewer so I guess I must think it is a good investment. The drive on the ETX is marginal so it is essential to balance the setup as well as possible so no extra stress is put on the system. I "invented" a system that does this and adjusts to the different weight of the three sets of eyepieces I have. The ETX has two threaded holes on the bottom of the tube mount that I use to attach my system to the scope. It is a quick way to attach the weight system and does not put any stress on the optical tube that might affect culmination. I am in the process of redesigning the system to make it less prone to any wobble from the weights. I also mounted a Burgess multi rectical sight system alongside the finder scope. With the binoviewer installed, the viewer had to be swiveled out of the way in order to properly use the finder. It is much easier now with the Burgess system installed. I seldom use the finder scope anymore. I highly recommend using a binoviewer! Two eyes are better than one. Be prepared however to do some engineering to make things work well together. Jon Risch.
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