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Forum: Kowa Wednesday 15th November 2017, 13:06
Replies: 23
Views: 2,909
Posted By Grando
An interesting compromise would be to get hold of...

An interesting compromise would be to get hold of a second-hand Kowa 823 (or preferably the reinforced body 823M). I have one and it's a wonderful piece of optics, sharing proper fluorite glass with...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 1st November 2017, 14:55
Replies: 7
Views: 1,068
Posted By Grando
I think the more underwhelming news is that you...

I think the more underwhelming news is that you can "you can use our TE-9Z eyepiece & PA8 #digiscoping adapter on many historical #Kowa #spottingscopes it's all part of #KowaSystem" (Kowa tweet...
Forum: Pentax Friday 2nd June 2017, 14:30
Replies: 85
Views: 27,726
Posted By Grando
I recently bought a pair of the 8.5s on offer at...

I recently bought a pair of the 8.5s on offer at 94 on UK Amazon and think they're a great little second pair of bins with unparalleled usefulness for insect-watching.
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 17th May 2017, 08:20
Replies: 32
Views: 5,405
Posted By Grando
I'd also add that the Nikon Monarch HG 10x42 is...

I'd also add that the Nikon Monarch HG 10x42 is worth a look. Yes, it's a 42mm binocular, but in size and weight it's not much bigger or heavier than many 32mm 10x32s.
Forum: Canon Friday 12th May 2017, 18:13
Replies: 8
Views: 3,369
Posted By Grando
Thanks Chosun. The RX10 does look a bit dear for...

Thanks Chosun. The RX10 does look a bit dear for my needs!
Forum: Canon Wednesday 10th May 2017, 10:14
Replies: 8
Views: 3,369
Posted By Grando
Are there any with a particularly good macro...

Are there any with a particularly good macro function that I could use for photographing moths?
Forum: Kowa Tuesday 9th May 2017, 12:40
Replies: 5
Views: 2,062
Posted By Grando
I wouldn't worry about the sticky paintwork. Put...

I wouldn't worry about the sticky paintwork. Put in in the case and forget about it. The optics in these scopes are great and not far behind the 883 in my opinion. I really like the 30x fixed Kowa...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 25th April 2017, 22:36
Replies: 5
Views: 2,232
Posted By Grando
I'd go for the 30x eyepiece on the Kowa 663. It's...

I'd go for the 30x eyepiece on the Kowa 663. It's the eyepiece I use the majority of the time on mine. And as you're in California I'd imagine that heathaze will be an issue, which will render higher...
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 25th April 2017, 13:12
Replies: 74
Views: 15,166
Posted By Grando
I wonder whether Nikon will make 32mm versions of...

I wonder whether Nikon will make 32mm versions of this line? They obviously did with the old HGs, so that would be very interesting.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 23rd April 2017, 14:14
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By Grando
Thanks Lou!

Thanks Lou!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 23rd April 2017, 10:09
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By Grando
2y Caspian Gull

This gull was on the scrape at Minsmere yesterday afternoon and looked quite decent to me and a couple of other birders present for a 2y Caspian Gull. Unfortunately I only managed this rather poor...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 10th April 2017, 10:55
Replies: 16
Views: 1,831
Posted By Grando
My EDG 7x42s focus to 2m (maybe 2.1m to be really...

My EDG 7x42s focus to 2m (maybe 2.1m to be really accurate). They're wonderful binoculars with a great view and super-smooth focus. I haven't compared them to the Zeiss, but I have used them...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 6th April 2017, 14:09
Replies: 153
Views: 33,119
Posted By Grando
Just be careful around those passionates! Things...

Just be careful around those passionates! Things could get steamy (and I don't mean misted-up eyepieces)!
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 1st April 2017, 10:44
Replies: 6
Views: 2,232
Posted By Grando
I think you experience the advantage with a...

I think you experience the advantage with a bigger objective at higher mags. If you tend to use a fixed 30x eyepiece most of the time, for instance, then there won't be that much difference between...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 30th March 2017, 08:32
Replies: 153
Views: 33,119
Posted By Grando
It strikes me that where the Binoviewer will...

It strikes me that where the Binoviewer will really come into its own is seawatching. I'll be interested to see how many hardened seawatchers adopt these as the kit of choice and whether the 85mm...
Forum: Kowa Monday 27th March 2017, 12:10
Replies: 7
Views: 5,822
Posted By Grando
To part answer my own question, I've realised...

To part answer my own question, I've realised that there is another difference between a TE-17WE (30x) and using a TE-14D on an 883: the TE-14D, which is 30x on a 663-type body, will actually be...
Forum: Kowa Monday 27th March 2017, 12:00
Replies: 5
Views: 3,025
Posted By Grando
The 820M-series scopes don't seem to suffer with...

The 820M-series scopes don't seem to suffer with the same sticky-body syndrome. At least mine hasn't so far, touch wood!
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 21:55
Replies: 25
Views: 3,101
Posted By Grando
I've yet to see a 'hipster' birder, although I...

I've yet to see a 'hipster' birder, although I have seen many birders with beards!
Forum: Nikon Friday 17th March 2017, 22:14
Replies: 31
Views: 7,382
Posted By Grando
The HG is also pretty light for a 42mm bin. I've...

The HG is also pretty light for a 42mm bin. I've tried some in store and was very impressed by the HGs - if you can afford them then give them a try!
Forum: Miscellaneous Nature Study Equipment Monday 13th March 2017, 22:43
Replies: 8
Views: 4,229
Posted By Grando
I have a Belomo 10x too and very happy with it.

I have a Belomo 10x too and very happy with it.
Forum: Swarovski Wednesday 8th March 2017, 18:52
Replies: 153
Views: 33,119
Posted By Grando
If this takes off I wonder whether Kowa etc will...

If this takes off I wonder whether Kowa etc will follow suit, or if we'll see lower-end models incorporating the feature?
Forum: Swarovski Friday 3rd March 2017, 20:22
Replies: 153
Views: 33,119
Posted By Grando
It looks amazing, but you clearly need deep...

It looks amazing, but you clearly need deep pockets to enjoy it!
Forum: Kowa Thursday 2nd March 2017, 17:46
Replies: 15
Views: 2,653
Posted By Grando
Hi Chris. The 663 is certainly a lovely scope and...

Hi Chris. The 663 is certainly a lovely scope and I hope you enjoy yours. If you can at some point I'd definitely recommend getting hold of the twist-up 20x or 30x fixed eyepiece too, as I love the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 2nd March 2017, 12:40
Replies: 10
Views: 5,096
Posted By Grando
If you're buying new then I don't think the 773...

If you're buying new then I don't think the 773 is cheap enough in relation to the 883 to justify getting the smaller model. If you're also considering 2nd-hand though then another much-cheaper...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 26th February 2017, 14:14
Replies: 38
Views: 4,097
Posted By Grando
I heard this from a large UK dealership in the UK...

I heard this from a large UK dealership in the UK so think it is the case.
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