Sky & Telescope
Letter to the Editor
Big Praise for Big Binos
Sky & Telescope's review of JMI's 6-inch Reverse Binoculars
(September 2005, page 96) complimented the views but complained about the
mechanical adjustments. My wife, Daphne, and I have been using the
10-inch model for some time. In our experience, collimating the
individual telescopes and aligning them for comfortable two-eyed viewing is
simple. Once you've done it a couple of times, it takes only seconds
to prepare the instrument for a night under the stars.
And the views! When fitted with matching Tele Vue
Panoptic eyepieces, which have generous 68º apparent fields, the binoculars
deliver pinpoint stars across magnificently wide fields. When we look
at the Andromeda galaxy, we feel as if we are seeing it through the window
of an intergalactic spacecraft. The normally elusive Merope Nebula in
the Pleiades is plainly obvious, as are many faint galaxies in the bowl of
he Big dipper.
Daphne and I have observed these and many other deep-sky
objects many times over the years using conventional telescopes, including
very big ones. Neither of us ever wants to go back to monocular
observing. Looking with both eyes through twin scopes with fast
optical systems enables the brain to absorb so much more information —
it's utterly breathtaking.
I'm not sure why more amateurs haven't embraced JMI's giant
binoculars. If you get a chance to look through a set at a star party,
especially the 10- or 16-inch versions, step right up. They'll open
your eyes — both of them! — to a whole new universe.