My New Levenhuk 7x50 Binoculars Piggybacking

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My New Levenhuk 7x50 Binoculars Piggybacking

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Post by Refractordude » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:07 pm

Tried the Bushnell H20 7x50 binoculars and was very disappointed. Ordered the Levenhuk Sherman 7x50 from Amazon, which arrived the next day. Just tried them out on some distant leaves. They are very sharp with no noticeable violet color, which really surprised me. With the Bushnells the violet color was very obvious.The eye relief is perfect. I decided to mount my new binoculars onto my Zhumell 20x80 binoculars. I will try them out tonight on Orion. Thus far I am very satisfied. Right click the images.
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Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by Refractordude » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:15 pm

I am using a Camvate Super Clamp ordered from Amazon. Right click the image.
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Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by pakarinen » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:12 pm

Refractordude wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:15 pm
I am using a Camvate Super Clamp ordered from Amazon. Right click the image.
I have one of those in my parts bin. Now I know what I can use it for! Course, I have to buy a pair of 20x80s first...
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Post by Bigzmey » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:18 pm

Interesting setup. Let us know how it will go tonight.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
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Post by Refractordude » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:00 pm

Bigzmey wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:18 pm
Interesting setup. Let us know how it will go tonight.
Wanted to take a peek before leaving, but clouds just rolled in.
Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by helicon » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:57 pm

That's pretty cool. I should mount my Bushnell 10x50's on my Obie 25x100's.
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Post by Refractordude » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:10 am

helicon wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:57 pm
That's pretty cool. I should mount my Bushnell 10x50's on my Obie 25x100's.
I am using the Barska binocular tripod adapter. My chin just barley touches the 20x80. This is something to keep in mind. For some people a longer tripod adapter may be needed.

https://www.amazon.com/BARSKA-AF10546-B ... B000BYH8EQ
Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by Refractordude » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:22 am

Just tried them on Orion. The star Sirius was not pinpoint, but tight enough for my satisfaction, In fact, the brighter stars are tighter than the 15x70 LW Obies that I sold. The glass is very clear with no noticeable edge distortion. From my bortle 9 skies, I could see some of Orion's nebulosity.
Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by Voyageur » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:48 pm

Glad you found some 7 x 50s that you are satisfied with. Annoying to have to send the others back, but it all seemed to work out okay.

I haven't seen a setup like yours before. What do you find to be most useful about piggybacking the binoculars? Are you using the 7 x 50s kind of like a finder, to locate objects more easily due to their wider FOV, or do you just like switching quickly between the two different views? I often use my 8 x 32s along with my scopes, but handheld, and I would not have thought to piggyback them on either scope, so am curious to hear what you like about it. Thanks for posting photos!
Scopes: Vixen VMC200L, D=200mm, F=1950, f/9.75; Televue 2" Everbright diagonal. Coronado PST; AstroTech EDT 80mm, F=480, f/6.
Mounts: Vixen SXW/Starbook (original); Stellarvue M2C alt-az.
Eyepieces: Televue: 55mm Plossl, 22mm Panoptic, 17.3mm Delos, 13mm Nagler, c. 1980, 11mm Plossl, 7mm Nagler, 5mm Radian; Meade 15mm Super Plossl; VERNONSCOPE 2.4X BARLOW
Binoculars: Leica 8x32 Trinovids, circa 1997; Orion Megaview 20x80, Orion Paragon Plus mount.
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Post by Refractordude » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:50 pm

Voyageur wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:48 pm
Glad you found some 7 x 50s that you are satisfied with. Annoying to have to send the others back, but it all seemed to work out okay.

I haven't seen a setup like yours before. What do you find to be most useful about piggybacking the binoculars? Are you using the 7 x 50s kind of like a finder, to locate objects more easily due to their wider FOV, or do you just like switching quickly between the two different views? I often use my 8 x 32s along with my scopes, but handheld, and I would not have thought to piggyback them on either scope, so am curious to hear what you like about it. Thanks for posting photos!
I can enjoy binocular viewing an object at different magnification, and field of view without having to move to another mount. I also save $80 by not having to buy another mount.:lol:
Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by Voyageur » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:23 am

Welp, a pretty slick solution. Enjoy!
Scopes: Vixen VMC200L, D=200mm, F=1950, f/9.75; Televue 2" Everbright diagonal. Coronado PST; AstroTech EDT 80mm, F=480, f/6.
Mounts: Vixen SXW/Starbook (original); Stellarvue M2C alt-az.
Eyepieces: Televue: 55mm Plossl, 22mm Panoptic, 17.3mm Delos, 13mm Nagler, c. 1980, 11mm Plossl, 7mm Nagler, 5mm Radian; Meade 15mm Super Plossl; VERNONSCOPE 2.4X BARLOW
Binoculars: Leica 8x32 Trinovids, circa 1997; Orion Megaview 20x80, Orion Paragon Plus mount.
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