The Bolton Group
The MarkII binocular are here. Weighing just over 100 pounds and breaking down into 4 easily assembled parts makes them truly a one-person intrument.
STOP PRESS - these have been sold.
Ready for action at Kelling Heath Star Party September 2006. The views there were simply "out of this world" - stars were pin-point and deep-sky objects just jumped out of the eyepiece.
There is no comparison to using two eyes - perhaps that's why we have 2. The original 300-mm binoculars provided the ultimate in viewing experience - the views were simply mind-blowing both on deep-sky and the planets! They required no ladders - you are safely on the ground no matter where they point. No wonder they won best in star party at Kelling Heath 2005. But......... they were a serious instrument that required a two man set-up. The experience gained with the 8.5 inch ultra-lights set thoughts running.....
But they must be rigid and hold collimation - virtues that set the 300-mm apart from commercially available binos. We will not tolerate wobbly telescopes.
The project was begun with a target of having them finished for Kelling Heath September 2006, which was achieved with 2 months to spare - sufficient time to try them out and tune them to perfection. Transport is very easy with an ordinary sized hatchback. They separate into 5 components making them suitable for one man assembly and the total weight is around 105 pounds. There is an upper cage; a lower cage, the mount and 2 mirror cell/mirror units. All assembly is with easy thumb nuts - no fiddling around. These pics hopefully explain the construction.