#18636 Sep 5, 2003
Whoops -- I am late to this discussion, so please forgive if this is
redundant. What is the best choice of amici prism for use with a
Traveler. Intended use is mostly (90% plus) for terrestrial viewing. I
noted the new Williams 2-inch amici, but they are unsure whether it
works with the Traveler...
#18638 Sep 6, 2003
the william optics work on the traveller, but clear aperture is no more than
on the Baader T2 amici and the Baader have for shure the better optics
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> Whoops -- I am late to this discussion, so please forgive if this is
> redundant. What is the best choice of amici prism for use with a
> Traveler. Intended use is mostly (90% plus) for terrestrial viewing. I
> noted the new Williams 2-inch amici, but they are unsure whether it
> works with the Traveler...
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#18641 Sep 6, 2003
> What is the best choice of amici prism for use with a
> Traveler. Intended use is mostly (90% plus) terrestrial.
> I noted the new Williams 2-inch amici, but they are unsure whether
> it works with the Traveler...
Hi Paul -
Here's my eight cents on one of my favorite subjects...
The Williams prism is by far the best choice for your intended
purpose. I've been using one with a Traveler for the past year and I
was using a similar unit for years before that.
For me, the issue is the 45. viewing angle, not obtaining an image
that's correct left-to-right. I've never understood birders who
think a mirror-reversed view is inadequate. (I won't go so far as
Sue French, who, according to Alan, doesn't even care if the ducks
are swimming upside down. I mean, there IS a certain aesthetic
involved. (Fun suggestion for Mr. French - flip the TVs in the house
over and see if she's fine with that, too.))
The ergonomic benefits of a 45. view are the true selling point for
me. Easier on the neck; easier to share; lower, better balanced
scope. The optical trade-offs are minimal if you stick to the
magnification range typically employed by traditional spotting
scopes. If I go above 50x I always switch to the 90. mirror diagonal
as high-power targets are likely to be stationary anyway.
It's true that the clear aperture of the Williams prism is about 31
mm but any vignetting that results from use of eyepieces with wider
field stops such as a 35 panoptic is hardly objectionable - more to
the point, how useful is 17x for terrestrial use? I seldom use
anything longer than a 22 nagler during the daytime. It gives me 28x
with a 3. field and has a field stop diameter of... 31 millimeters.
The Baader 90. prism might very well be a bit better optically but I
still doubt it could be free of annoying aberrations at planetary
magnifications and I would find it about as useful tits on a bull.
What i COULD use would be a good 2" PORRO prism that would provide a
quality straight-thru view up into middle-high terrestrial
magnifications. Anyone know of such a beast?
By the way - get yourself a Wimberley mount.