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Build your own giant space binoculars

3D print your own components

Open both eyes wide to the universe

Crowdfunding March 2020

Build your own giant space binoculars

3D print your own components

Open both eyes wide to the universe

Crowdfunding March 2020

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The Swift comes to you as a flat pack
with all the supplies you need
and detailed, beautifully-illustrated instructions.

You can then

3D print your own components

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or use our printing service to order them with your kit.

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Binocular vision changes everything.

With two eyepieces, you see breathtaking views of the universe in a whole new way. Suddenly exploring the sky feels like a grand adventure. The Swift makes binocular vision fast and easy through its intuitive design features.

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FAR MORE COMFORTABLE

View with both eyes wide open and without strain. Observe longer, see more detail, explore freely.

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MORE TO SEE

In darkness, your amazing brain combines the light detected by each eye into one brighter, higher-contrast image.

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IMPROVED VISION

Vision flaws like astigmatism can be neutralized when your brain combines all the sharpest details from two imperfect eyes.

Binocular vision changes everything.

With two eyepieces, you see breathtaking views of the universe in a whole new way. Suddenly exploring the sky feels like a grand adventure. The Swift makes 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.

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MORE TO SEE

In darkness, your amazing brain combines the light detected by each eye into one brighter, higher-contrast image.

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IMPROVED VISION

Vision flaws like astigmatism can be neutralized when your brain combines all the sharpest details from two imperfect eyes.

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How Big are Giant Space Binoculars?

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The Brightest Wide Views

The Swift combines ultra-wide 28x (2.4°) views with the light-gathering ability of an 8-11” 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.

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Electronic telescope:
Andromeda Galaxy core

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Typical 8” telescope:
Slightly wider view

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Analog Sky Swift rich field view:
Andromeda, M32, and M110 galaxies

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Every night the universe reaches out to us

across billions of miles,

across billions of years.

What will you do with your chance to touch infinity?

Will you seek out the deepest, darkest night you can find,

climb as high as you can,

and take to the sky,

welcoming the gentle rain of ancient photons

at the end of their unfathomable journey

to rest at long last inside your eyes?

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There is a difference between seeing a picture of something and really seeing that thing.

There is a difference between clicking around a database of objects and knowing the treasure map we share with our oldest ancestors.

There is a difference between letting motors find your target and making the journey across the sky yourself.

An astronomical instrument can help you connect deeply with our universe,

or it can keep the universe forever at arm's length. What you're using and how you use it matter.

Binoculars make it easy to explore the night sky. You can stare wide-eyed for as long as you like without fatigue. Pick a spot to start and then wander across views that are wider, brighter, and sharper than other telescopes.

You'll find secret, beautiful things. You'll zoom in. Time will stand still, as though you've found a garden's most perfect spot to sit. You'll never forget that spot in the sky.

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When you really see a galaxy,
a stellar nursery,
or a cluster of 300,000 stars,
you come to know them not as things but as places.

Certain places will call out to you, night after night. Each deep space object looks different, but more importantly each feels different.

Some feel inscrutably alien.

Some feel like home.

Have you found your home in the stars?

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Breakthrough
Features

Instant eyepiece and filter changes

Twist the eyepieces off and change both in under 10 seconds. Strong neodymium magnets secure any standard 1.25” eyepieces to the focuser.

Filter cartridges protect standard 1.25” filters from drops and fingerprints and connect with magnets. Switch eyepieces without transferring the filters.

An instrument that disappears gives you the freedom to explore.

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Easy eye spacing (IPD) adjustment

Everyone’s eyes are spaced differently. Eyepieces on the Swift can be pulled apart or pushed together. Focus does not change. Any eye spacing (IPD) between 44 and 77mm can be accommodated.

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Collapses to airline carry-on size

For those tight on space at home or on the road, the Swift collapses in under 60 seconds without tools or loose parts.

With another quick thumbscrew adjustment, all optics can be stowed inside the mirror box and the whole instrument fits within most airlines’ carry-on guidelines at 20”x9”x14”. Get the most aperture offered by any commercial travel telescope, and see it through both eyes.

Breakthrough
Features

Instant eyepiece and filter changes

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Twist the eyepieces off and change both in under 10 seconds. Strong neodymium magnets secure any standard 1.25” eyepieces to the focuser.

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Filter cartridges protect standard 1.25” filters from drops and fingerprints and connect with magnets. Switch eyepieces without transferring the filters.

An instrument that disappears gives you the freedom to explore.

Easy eye spacing (IPD) adjustment

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Everyone’s eyes are spaced differently. Eyepieces on the Swift can be pulled apart or pushed together. Focus does not change. Any eye spacing (IPD) between 44 and 77mm can be accommodated.

Collapses to airline carry-on size

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For those tight on space at home or on the road, the Swift collapses in under 60 seconds without tools or loose parts.

With another quick thumbscrew adjustment, all optics can be stowed inside the mirror box and the whole instrument fits within most airlines’ carry-on guidelines at 20”x9”x14”. Get the most aperture offered by any commercial travel telescope, and see it through both eyes.

SPECIFICATIONS

6” (153mm) f/4.5 GSO primary mirrors
1.25” single-speed focusers
15 lbs (7 kg) OTA
Collapsible struts
33% secondary obstruction
Full-length shroud
Standard dovetail mount connection
Mount included

 

Upgrades:

24mm/68 deg eyepieces
Antares Optics secondary/tertiary mirrors
Tripod

3D PRINTING

Longest part 175 x 175 x 25mm
Largest part 90x52x150mm
FDM PET-G or tougher suggested
SLA tough resin suggested

More printing info and suggestions TBA

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The Swift is crowdfunding March 2020
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