Re: Harts Big eyes
338 is correct.
The "light weight" brackets are sometimes seen for $150.00 and the heavy duty jobs for around $200.00 to $225.00.
Randy Yahn has a real nice bracket for $225.00 to $250.00 and is thought by many to be the best. You have to watch on some of the cheaper or more expensive brackets how tight the objective bracket fits to the rods that adjust for the seperation of a persons eyes.
I usually grab hold of the front two objective ring holders of a bracket and try to move them apart and back and forth. If there is ANY movement or looseness, they won't hold collimation when this adjustment is made. I never use those brackets that have ANY looseness at all.
The 40 or more sets I put together and sold with one set of 22X WA eyepieces went for $695.00. I think Harts price was/is at least $100.00 more then that. I would have to charge more now because of the unavailability of the Spacemasters we always used.
When you put turrets and three sets of eyepieces on the set-up the price jumps to $1150.00 but, you have an outstanding and much more usable set of glasses. The eyepiece selection on the turrets were/are 15x, 22x and 40x for closer identfication of animals and horns.
With bigeyes, you can get into them for around $700.00 to $5000.00 depending on what your wallet will stand.
"For the money", the Spacemasters are hard to beat. They can be beat, but the price will also be MUCH higher.
Over the years I've had and still do have, a large collection of big eye glasses of different models and can compare them quite well.
I may have a set of Spacemaster's to sell in the near future.
If anybody is interested, let me know.