Sky & Telescope
HOT NEW PRODUCTS 2003
No one can argue with
the premise behind binocular astronomy — using two eyes is the most natural
way to observe the sky. But binocular astronomy has traditionally been
limited to small-aperture, fixed-magnification instruments.
Enter the RB-66 Reverse Binoculars ($3,995)
from JMI. At a fraction of the cost of other binoculars in its aperture
class, the RB-66 is a pair of 6-inch f/5 Newtonian telescopes custom
manufactured for binocular observing. And it's comfortable to use, since
you look down into the eyepieces while viewing objects over your
shoulders. User-friendly pushbuttons located near cushioned hand grips
control motors that adjust the binoculars' inter-ocular spacing, focus and
alignment of the optical tubes. The RB-66 comes standard with tripod,
20-mm wide-field eyepieces and digital setting circles. There's also an
optional pocket PC running TheSky
software to help aim the binoculars.
JMI Telescopes, Jim's Mobile, Inc., 8550 W 14th Ave,
Lakewood, CO 80215; 303-233-5353; www.jmitelescopes.com.