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Recent content by aucarius

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    The Kowa Genesis 33 the best kept secret in premium midsize binoculars.

    Thanks to your and eitanaltman's comments, I purchased a pair of 8x33 Genesis from an auction site and am very pleased with them. Although obviously not quite as bright and sharp as my Zeiss 42s (why would they be), they are not far off and their compact size and weight mean I can tuck them into...
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    Kowa 883 Eyecup

    The lower eyecup setting is unaffected because it's the same piece of plastic that extends it and goes right back down.
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    The Kowa Genesis 33 the best kept secret in premium midsize binoculars.

    Great, thank you, John. I wasn't aware of these reviews before, very helpful. I'll have to keep an eye on the price of the Kowas, which are still available new versus only second hand Victorys.
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    The Kowa Genesis 33 the best kept secret in premium midsize binoculars.

    So the Kowa Genesis is better than the Victory T FL 32s at the edges? I've been keen on the Victory's for a while now; I'm looking for a compact bin alongside my x10s. I hadn't seriously considered Kowa even though I own a TSN-883 which is great.
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    Kowa 883 Eyecup

    Modding I think there is a way: I recently had to clean my TE-11WZ eyepiece after a windy day on Titchwell beach which caused some sand to get into it, so that when it was twisted up it made a crunching noise. On unscrewing the rubber part and pulling off the rubber, I found that a few small...
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    iPhone 5S & Kowa 883

    I used the Kowa adapter with an iPhone 4S with decent results. The main benefit I found was the ease and speed of use. It's much lighter to carry around and the workmanship from Kowa on the adapter is excellent, and of course it fits very well on the 'scope. I've since changed my phone to a...
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    Carbon tripod recommendation, please.

    I've got the Feisol 3342 and Manfrotto 700RC2 combination, used with a Kowa TSN-883, and am very happy with it. It was pretty much the lightest most affordable combo I could find, yet is stable enough for digiscoping. As Torview said, the head is not the easiest but after some practice you get...
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    Thrush species, Olmsted Park, Boston MA (May 12)

    Great - thank-you - Swainson's is a lifer for me!
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    Thrush species, Olmsted Park, Boston MA (May 12)

    Hello all, I could do with some more expert help on tricky thrushes. I assumed the attached was Hermit thrush but on closer examination I wondered if it could be Swainson's (or something else)? Any help and tips appreciated. Thanks, Marcus
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    Montagu's or Hen Harrier [Switzerland]

    Is it possible to expand on the ID tips for distinguishing ringtail Monty's from ringtail Hen harrier please? What is it about the auxillaries that are diagnostic? I understand that Monty's (or Pallid) has 4 primaries showing as opposed to Hen's 5, but what else should I be looking for? Any...
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    Golden Pheasant sites

    My Wolverton Experience I've been to Wolferton Triangle a few of times recently (often on my way to Titchwell), early morning i.e., before 8am, & connected a couple of times just by driving slowly along the road. Turn off the A149 at the Wolverton sign then turn right at the crossroads (which...
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    Norfolk birding

    Thornham Harbour, looking across to Holme, is where I usually go to see barn owls, mainly at dusk though. There also lots of dog walkers along the sea wall there as well.
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    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    Got back from Thailand on Monday & my last lifer there was Paddyfield Pipit.
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    New Bedford, end of March

    Thanks crazyfingers, They do look like excellent destinations. Unfortunately I didn't see your post until after I got back! I went back out to Sachuest again & the harlequins were indeed still there & plenty of them, which was great. I also saw black, white-winged & surf scoters, plus northern...
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    New Bedford, end of March

    Hi, I'm spending next week in South Dartmouth near New Bedford, MA next week & wondered where's the best place to visit at this time of year? I was hoping for some seabird watching as I'll have a new scope to try out, but assume it's not quite the right time of year? Are the harlequin ducks...