The Binocular Photon Machine

Astronomers spend a lot of time and money getting telescopes with bigger apertures to try to collect more photons. The BIPH (Binocular Photon Machine) is a device which makes better use of the photons that your telescope gathers, multiplying the signal up to 50,000, effectively tripling your aperture. It turns small scopes into giant ones and giant ones into...

Horsehead Nebula by John Paladini using 10 inch Coulter scope.Horsehead Nebula by John Paladini using 10 inch Coulter scope.

What is it?

Generation 3 Military Technology light amplification device designed for use with telescopes.

Amplification: 50,000x

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    powered by a Gen 3 Ga Thin Filmed hand selected and quality-tested tube.
  2. System that allows observers to use two eyes in any telescope rendering real time views with additional light amplification of as much as 50,000 compared to conventional eyepieces.
  3. Public outreach system that offers instant views to the general public without the need for making focus or inter-pupillary adjustments.
  4. Gen 3 binocular that becomes a hand held, dual eye ultra-widefield viewing device when adding a camera lens and shows billowing detail in objects like the Pelican and North American Nebulae, bifurcation in M27, etc.
  5. BIPH allows small scopes or camera lenses used visually to show structure that eludes detection even in largest scopes not using BIPH.

Every unit comes in a high quality Pelican® Case (model 1450).

Pelican Case
  • Unbreakable
  • Watertight
  • Airtight
  • Dust-proof
  • Chemical resistant
  • Corrosion proof

Made of Ultra High Impact structural copolymer that makes it extremely strong and durable. 1/4" (6.4 mm) neoprene o-ring and ABS latches seal perfectly and includes an automatic purge valve for quick equalization after changes in atmospheric pressure.

This case is NATO codified and tested to MIL C-4150J (Military Standard), IP-67 (Ingress Protection) and ATA (Air Transportation Association).

Personalized Laser-Engraved Case Badge

Free when you register your system.

Personalized Laser-Engraved Case Badge

The personalized badge on the PelicanĀ® case is Laser-Engraved aluminum. Badge dimensions: 6.125" x 0.875" x 0.025" thick.

Personalize the "Property Of" area of the badge with up to 3 lines of text.

  • Your Name
  • Organization
  • University
  • Location
  • Anything you want

Astronomy Magazine product review (June issue).

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A Tour of the Invisible Universe

A review submitted by Jack Swaton, a BIPH user, to the Cloudy Nights Review Contest. December 29, 2009

Astronomy Technology Today

The Binocular Photon Machine - Military High Tech for Astronomy
By Mark Vanderaar

New Binocular Photon Machine owner Mark Vanderaar gives his thoughts on the unique device in the November / December edition of ASTRONOMY TECHNOLOGY TODAY
Download PDF of the article here.

First production run photos

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Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews

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  1. Front Lens
  2. Photocathode
  3. Microchannel plate
  4. High Voltage Power Supply
  5. Phosphorus Screen
  6. Eyepiece

Read more about how night vision devices work, as well as the differences between first, second and third generation image intensifier tubes.

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