I don't have the time, dark skies or observing site to warrant using more than a dslr for astro imaging and its substantial cost. The alternative was getting the chip on Canon 750d modified and by a reputable organisation, and it was the best decision in my imaging progress. No problems and the conversion done to very high standards. Despite heavily light polluted skies I can now pick up a Hα signal. The best results require a fair bit of processing, but use a CLS filter or Hα clip filter and it gets a lot easier. Images with 750d, Skywatcher Esprit 80ed f5/400, AVX mount, exposures typically 3-5 minutes iso 1600, greyscale with Hα filter from colour. The downside is the expense, including sending a camera insured to Germany. The conversion was done in about a week.
Please excuse, there is no answer to this question. What do you mean by "total light transmission"? The incoming light is split into two channels - evidently the light in both channels appears to be notably dimmer when you close one eye at a time and try to judge the brightness in each channel separately. What does not come into play during such kind of "fake-evaluation" is "the power of the human brain".
It happens "in the brain" that both light trains become reunified. And what actually happens there is that the image all of a sudden does NOT look dimmer but that fine detail and most subtle color differences within planetary surfaces become recognizable much easier and that observation happens effortlessly without fatigue - even when observing over a long time. Regardless of light throughput - the real virtue of a binocular viewer does lie in the optical quality of the glass and utmost care in optical surface polish, in perfect angle orthogonality of each prism, an immaculate beam splitter quality, highest degree of optical adjustment of all optical elements at any interpupillary distance - and only lastly: utmost coating quality. These are the most necessary criteria (in this order) for supporting an undeteriorated viewing experience with both eyes - even at highest magnification work. So - whatever anyone else is claiming - the Mark V has the best light throughput and the highest quality prism surfaces and adjustment - and and and - of any commercial astro-binocular viewer in the market.
Answer by: Baader Web Team (Admin) on Jan 11, 2018 8:27:00 AM
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