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But this may depend a little bit on the f/ratio of the telescope - slower telescopes will work better very faster ones, both because of the width of the beam of light and the potential of colour aberrations. You may find this article interesting, which compares mirrors and prisms: https://www.baader-planetarium.com/de/downloads/dl/file/id/160/product/1237/testreview_mirror_vs_dielectric_vs_prism_diagonal_comparison_w_paolini.pdf
The focuser comes with a long 2" eyepiece holder that I want to remove to reduce the focal distance to the point of attachment to the focuser. That leaves the focuser's exterior threads exposed. The exposed threaded tube's dimensions are: ID = 2" OD = 2-1/8" exposed length is 3/8". I can't find a spec on the threads. but I count 10 threads in that 3/8".
My goal is to gain inward focus, increase contrast and clarity, and convert to the clicklock eyepiece holder. My largest eyepiece is a 32mm Optiluxe. As light conditions limit to planetary, I doubt I would get a longer f.l. eyepiece.
Baader 2" / T-2 Nose Piece and Camera adapter (T-2 part #16) # 2408150
Orion should use the same focusers as Celestron and Sky-Watcher did on their ED80, so the Baader 2" Four-in-One Adapter M68 (Zeiss) / 2.7" (A.P.) / M60 (Vixen) / M56 (Synta) #2458190 should fit on your telescope, too.
- Baader ClickLock Eyepiece Clamp 1¼" with built in diopter-adjustment (T-2 part #08) # 2458100
- Baader Focusing Eyepiece Holder 1¼" / T-2 (T-2 part #08A) # 2458125
- Baader Variable Locking / Sliding T-2 Focuser (T-2 part #24) # 2458010
- Baader 2" to 1¼" ClickLock Reducer (T-2 part #15B) # 2956214 (it has got a T-2-thread on the telescope side and fits on the prism, too)
- Baader 1¼" / T-2 Eyepiece Holder # 2458120
or, for 2":
- Baader 2" ClickLock T-2 (M42i x 0.75) clamp #2956242
If you want to screw the eyepiece onto the prism, you need Baader Expansion Ring 2"a/T-2i with 1mm optical path length (T-2 part #28)
T-2 Part #: 28 # 2958242 plus some spacer tube, so that the nosepiece doesn't hit the prism. Something about 30mm should be sufficient - you can also combine a T-2-extension with a quick changer. You can find these extensions at https://www.baader-planetarium.com/en/accessories/adapters-imaging-accessories/astro-t2-system.html
Any beam of light that will hit that uncoated surface under exactly 45° of incoming angle will undergo a "total reflection" (as soon as there would be a regular antireflection coating applied onto that reflective face, the performance would suffer greately). For ages Carl Zeiss had preferred the total reflection of prisms versus the reflective surfaces of mirrors, because until recently mirrors did tend to age (produce haze) very quickly.
For the BBHS T-2 prisms we needed perfect reflection also for very short focus telescopes and we wanted to produce a prism that could be used for a wide range of purposes - also for other reflective angles than exactly 45°. In this sense the BBHS-coating applied onto the T-2 prisms offers "another league" of functionality - and the hard silver coating will keep this optical surface to stay clean for ages, whereas the open glass surface of the 32 mm prism will be prone to collect some dust or even dew over time.
Still the 32mm prism is mounted within a precision metal housing, suitable to carry the weight of the Maxbright and heavier binocular viewers asf. It offers the very shortest light path for attaching - say - a Maxbright Bino onto any telescope due to its T-threads. In this way we regard it as a very good solution for any low-cost binocular viewer, since the optical polish of the prism faces is made very precise, with the extended optical distance in mind that adds itself into the light path when putting the added mechanical length of a binoviewer between the 90° prism and the eyepiece focal plane. Regular 90° prisms often feature a plastic housing and are only made to supply sufficient optical quality for an eyepiece to be mounted directly atop such a prism face.
Conclusion: each of these two prisms (32mm as well as BBHS T-2) are top performers within their respective price range. And if you plan to ever use a Mark V Binoviewer, the T-2 BBHS prism will be the first and most useful investment for an undeteriorated viewing experience.
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|Net weight (kg)||0.13|
|Optical Design||Star Diagonal Prism|
|Inner Connection (lens sided)||Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)|
|Outer Connection (eyepiece/-camera-sided)||Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)|
|Reflection surface||Total reflection|
|Glas path||32 mm|
|AR-Coating||High transmission multi-coated (HT-MC)|
|Image Orientation||Erect image, Mirror inverted|
|Optical length (mm)||35|
|Clamping System||no clamp|
|Inner Diameter / Clear Aperture (mm)||32|