Explore the real universe through both eyes.
Analog Sky is crowdfunding in March 2020
Binocular vision changes everything.
With two eyepieces, you see breathtaking views of the universe in a whole new way. The Drifter is the first binocular telescope to make binocular vision fast and easy through its intuitive design features.
FAR MORE COMFORTABLE
View with both eyes wide open and without strain. Observe longer, see more detail, explore freely.
MORE TO SEE
In darkness, your amazing brain combines the light detected by each eye into one brighter, higher-contrast image.
Vision flaws like astigmatism can be neutralized when your brain combines all the sharpest details from two imperfect eyes.
The Brightest Wide Views
The Drifter binocular combines ultra-wide 30x views with the light-gathering ability of a 12-16” telescope. The Great Orion Nebula framed within the entire sword. The Lagoon Nebula and the Trifid Nebula together in one field. The Double Cluster and the Pleiades with room to spare. All with 100% original photons. Binoculars make these views possible—no other commercial telescope can provide these views through one eye, let alone two.
"Supremely suited to scanning the sky in search of beautiful sights."
- Jerry Oltion, Sky and Telescope Magazine
Magnetic Eyepiece Attachment
Magnetic eyepiece attachment makes eyepiece changes quick and easy. Eliminate thumbscrews, 2" to 1.25" adapters, and forget about undercuts. Repeatable collimation minimizes the need to adjust tertiary merging.
Filter Cartridges make swapping 2" filters quick, easy, and secure. Change eyepieces without swapping filters. Indicator glow makes it easy to find the cartridge bay in the dark. Use your existing standard 2" filters.
2" Dual-Speed Focuser
2" eyepieces provide bigger, wider views. Dual-speed focuser knobs glow to help people find them at star parties.
Eye Spacing Adjustment (IPD)
Adjust to fit your eyes simply by pulling the eyepieces apart or pushing them together. Range from 58mm to 75mm covers virtually all adults and most kids.
Portability and instant setup come together in the collapsible strut system. The UTA lowers into the mirror box for storage and transportation without assembly or disassembly of trusses or loose hardware.
OPTIONAL Embedded Dew Heaters
Embedded dew heaters for secondary mirrors, tertiary mirrors, and eyepieces keep mirrors pristine all night long. (Boundary layer fans provide heating and cooling for primary mirrors.)
"This is the future of telescope making."
- Mel Bartels
Dual 8" f/5 primary mirrors (GSO)
Enhanced aluminum secondary (2.6") and tertiary (1.8") mirrors (Antares)
2" dual-speed focusers
Under 50 pounds for OTA and pier
Machined aluminum or stainless steel components
Engineering-grade 3d-printed components
Custom adjustable-height lightweight pier
Four Kendrick Astro dew heaters (optional)
Two Noctua primary fans
Z-bolt laser spotter
Tracer LiFePO4 battery pack
What are original photons, anyhow?
Original photons are the ones that were emitted from a quasar two billion years ago, traveled 12,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles, bounced off a couple mirrors, and just now touched your eyes. Or the ones that left the Sun three hours ago, reflected off Saturn’s rings, and found you at the other end of your telescope. Original photons have made an unfathomable journey through space and time and they have deep truths and untold secrets to share with you. Have you wondered how much of your existence should be mediated through digital sensors and screens?
Home-brewed in Oregon, the world’s most innovative telescope making scene.
Nine months of clouds and three months of pristine dark skies answer the classic Ralph Waldo Emerson question: What to do if the stars should appear one night in a thousand years? Build telescopes.
Alpha prototype debut
at Oregon Star Party 2018
Beta prototype debut
at Oregon Star Party 2019
The Drifter is crowdfunding in March 2020! Sign up for early bird rewards and pricing!
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