Nice refractor/Binoviewer package. Here you get a scope that allows low power views using the Binomate Binoviewer. NO Barlow Needed ! Just pop in your eyepieces and you reach focus without even a need for a transfer lens system. This is a lightweight setup, tripod not included. here is what is included:
100mm F/6 refractor
Finder with quick release dovetail bracket
1/4-20 tripod block - use any photographic tripod or even a Telepod head.
1 1/4" right angle diagonal
You supply your eyepieces and 2" to 1 1/4 " adapter.
Price for this package is $ 199.00
Binomate Binoviewer, focusing diopter each side, weighs less than 18 Ozs. - asking $ 299.00 shipped in CONUS.
COMPRENSIVE REVIEW by Tom Dove:
Binomate binoviewer / 100mm f/6 achromat package
By Tom Dove - 8/26/2004
Two eyes are better than one; perhaps not twice as good, but enough better to make a binoviewer worthwhile. I'd discovered this last year at the Delmarva Stargazers No-Frills event when I looked through an AP binoviewer on one homebuilder's beautifully constructed Newtonian. It was an "Aha!" event, and I determined then to keep an open mind to opening both eyes.
My eyes are imperfect, with myopia and some astigmatism requiring corrective glasses, and a pretty good collection of floaters. I've had scopes only for a couple of years, but have discovered in that time that I can manage without the glasses if a particular eyepiece requires it, but will wear the specs whenever it's feasible. Binoviewing promised some relief from my own optical flaws, especially the floaters.
Still, it's hard to justify spending $600 or more just to find out if something is a good idea or not, especially when my scope collection doesn't even include anything that expensive. I have an Orion StarMax 127 Maksutov on an Astroview (EQ3) mount, an Orion StarBlast rich-field scope and a homebuilt 6" f/8 Dob, for which I ground the mirror but with mechanical parts from the Stargazer Steve kit. Only the StarMax seemed suitable for a binoviewer without some modification, and it's a long-focus scope unsuited for wide views.
Recent ads on Astromart by The Binoscope Company offered an irresistible combination: The Binomate binocular viewer ($299) plus a 100mm f/6 achromatic refractor, modified to accept the Binomate directly, for a total of $499. I'd wanted an achromat like that over a year ago and ordered a Burgess 1026 then, only to be disappointed by its non-delivery, so I exchanged a number of email queries and answers with Binoscope owner Joe Castoro and then sent him a check. Joe was very helpful and patient with my questions.