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A large pair of binoculars, which is essentially two newtonian telescopes of the same focal length paired together. The eyepeices are in the middle - about where the white t-shirt is draped over the instrument. The observer looks downwards and is using both eyes to observe with, which is a somewhat more relaxing position to observe in being less strain on the neck.

This photograph was taken at the Stardate Convention. Stardate is New Zealand’s main astronomy convention and has been running for well over a decade. I have been attending the North Island Stardate convention for a number of years. There is also a South Island Stardate convention which takes place near Staverly, on the Canterbury Plains.

Devices like this might be an interesting addition to starship sensor suites if coupled with ultra resolution CCDs and computer controls. Might suit a ball turret type mounting.

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