Tatsuro Matsumoto; Inventor of the EMS, Erecting Mirror System. EMS offers non reversed upright image with no additional undesirable abberations.
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MATSUMOTO中軸式架台 / Center Mount ￥92,000（税込￥99,360） 垂直回転軸ユニット（兼鏡筒ホルダー（アリミゾ））を左右の鏡筒の間に配置し、BINO 本体の重心（鏡筒中心ではありません）と垂直回転軸が一致することで、架台メカを極限までコンパクトにしながら必要な剛性を達成しています。鏡筒が単体で保管、運搬が可能で、現場で１本ずつ搭載でき、架台その物も非常にコンパクトに収納できるので遠征にも便利です。 目幅調整はEMSで行うため、BINO台座が不要、左右のアリミゾは完全に平行になっているので、ユーザーサイドでの鏡筒の光軸調整も不要です。 垂直軸クランプが面押しタイプに進化。垂直軸を中空にすることで、さらなる軽量化と生産性が向上。そのシルキーな操作タッチとフルストロークのバランスに皆様、感嘆の声を上げられます。
延長ピラー240㎜/ pillar 240mm ￥12000（税込￥12,960）
ハンドルユニット（兼カウンターウェイト）/ Handle and counter weight unit ￥18,500（税込￥19,980）
EMS is the Erecting Mirror System invented by me, Tatsuro Matsumoto, Japan. EMS offers a non-reversed upright image with only two reflections.
There have been a lot of erecting prisms as the attachment of the astronomical telescopes, but EMS is the only one that offers the right image with only two reflections and no edge line in the light path. Another outstanding advantage is that it is used in the right-angled viewing position and its unique lateral shift of the light path that can be symmetrically set up for binocular use.
It is my pleasure to share my thrilled experience of EMS with Astro-friends.
Direct image of Astronomical Telescope
Reversed image by diagonal prism
Non-reversed upright image by EMS
The Sectional Sample of the Component of EMS
ADAPTERS (click to enlarge) The tapered flange(2″ diameter) on top of the EMS enables the adapters to be replaced by each other in a second with a set screw. 31.7AD is included in the EMS-UM/US, and 50.8AD with 2mm-profile 31.7AD in the EMS-UL.
More than 33years have passed since the article about my homemade binoculars appeared in the November 1982 issue of the Sky & Telescope magazine. Adding the period of my study for the optical system before the article, I have been studying the optical system for more than 36years. I succeeded in developing the EMS which offers non-reversed upright image at the right-angle viewing about 26 years ago, and have come to accept the order from amateurs. The EMS has never betrayed users’ expectations, and every one of them admires the performance that never degrades the image quality.
Evolution from aluminum to Silver
from left, EMS-UMA, UMA, and UL
EMS-ULTIMA, equipped with enhanced silver coated mirrors, is now on sale. Now that EMS has achieved not only the diffraction-limited resolution but also the practically total reflection of the incoming light, there will be no reason even for the most conservative users to dispense with EMS in their visual observation. I believe it declares the advent of the new age of visual Telescopes.
The coating maker guarantees the durability of the new silver coating by passing the tests of high humidity and high temperature, over 90 degrees centigrade with 90 percent humidity, soaking in salt water, etc.
Shown below are the prices for the EMS series of the single use, as a diagonal mirror with the non-reversed upright image at right angle viewing. The binocular set is not a mere set of right and left handed EMS, but a special set that includes X-Y collimation device. For the prices of the binocular set, browse the following lists of “EMS for Binoculars”.
(Those who can make the efficient collimation devices by themselves can choose the left and right handed single-use EMS as the material of a bioscope, as the cheapest choice; but I do not recommend it, because the following specialized binocular set will offer a far better result.)
EMS-UMA 50,000 yen
Sale Price 45,000 yen
Eyepiece: 31.7mm Light path: 122mm Joint to scope: 50.8mm The image circle (modest number with much margin): 30mm lateral shift of the light axis: 26.9mm Weight(with adapter): 395g
EMS-UMB 51,500 yen
Sale Price 46,500 yen
Eyepiece: 31.7mm and 50.8mm Light path: 136mm Joint to scope: 50.8mm 48mm dust filter The image circle (modest number with much margin): 30mm lateral shift of the light axis: 26.9mm Weight(with adapter): 470g
EMS-UL 65,000 yen
Sale Price 60,000 yen
Eyepiece: 50.8mm and 31.7mm Light path: 148mm Joint to scope: 50.8mm 48mm dust filter The image circle (modest number with much margin):38mm lateral shift of the light axis: 35.4mm Weight(with 50.8 sleeve): 500g 42mm or larger field stop of ocular will give no visible trouble. I am using 32mm by 80degrees ocular without any visible vignetting.
EMS for Binoculars
The EMS-SET for binocular use is equipped with the innovative X-Y image shifter on the right unit, that promises you the easiest collimation to merge the two images into one even at the highest magnifications. So, “Binocular Set” is far from mere “a Right and Left handed pair” of the EMS for single use.
In planning to build your own Binoscope, your first task is to decide the “D” of your binoscope. And then, you will have to choose the way of the IPD adjustment among the three choices below.
1: Fix the IPD to your own. (easiest and cheapest plan for the novice) 2: Introduce a sliding mechanism base for IPD adjustment. (DIY or commercial…) 3: Helicoid extension tubes in the EMS. (It will save your effort quite a lot.)
When you decide on the above factors, I will advise you of the best choice of the EMS-SET for your plan.
You can calculate the required back-focus of the OTA to accept the light path of the EMS by the “D”. How to calculate the approximate light path of the EMS is shown in the linked file.
You will have to choose the OTA of enough back-focus or cut short your OTA to extend the back-focus for your need. (Back-focus is the tail of the light cone out of the OTA.)
EMS is the ultimate solution to form a binoscope in combination with the refractive telescopes.
Non-reversed upright image;
Symmetrical lateral shift of the light axis;
Normal stereoscopic vision;
Right angled viewing position;
With the least possible number, two reflections by the high quality silver mirrors 3-dimensionally placed in the back-focus of a telescope.
IPD Helicoid Option
There are two methods for adjusting the IPD
1: To slide one of the OTAs. 2: To set Helicoid extension tubes in each of the EMS Units.
Method-1 offers the IPD change with no focus shift, which is a merit. But it requires precision mechanics for the sliding mount, which means not only the weight gain but also the complicated mechanism.
Method-2 has the focus shift while adjusting the IPD, but actually, it is a minor issue, because the change of the user means the diopter readjustment regardless of the IPD change. The great merit of the Method-2 is the elimination of the additional mechanism such as the sliding mount, and the OTAs can be rigidly fixed with each other.
Generally speaking, the IPD-Helicoid is more suited to the larger Binoscope, and the sliding mount (Bino Platform) is more suited to the smaller Binoscope.
IPD can be adjusted with the OTAs perfectly fixed, by using the IPD Helicoid.