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    Honey buzzards North Wales

    There are sites in South Wales, just use Google but I guess that is too far from you.
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    Is it me, my eyes, or what?

    I agree to you both. A cheapo pair of bins used on a grey day will reveal a grey mush of a view whereas a top quality pair will almost seem that the sun is shining. Finding the price point where the improvement in quality is hardly noticable can save a lot of money. E.g., a pair costing £2000...
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    Zeiss SF 10x42 - Are they really that steady?

    I agree. Most casual users of bins have their hands opposite each other on the barrels which is the pivot point for a pair to pitch up or down. Offset the hands along the barrels and that is reduced. There are lots of subtle ways of holding the bins. One way I use for reducing shake or...
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    Help with Nikon ED 82 eyepiece

    The ED82 is a great scope. As has been said, the 30x fixed eyepiece is amazing with it. Some say it is the best eyepiece ever made. I use one and also the zoom to 75x, the latter for ring reading both darvic rings and metal rings and the former for seawatching.
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    Red Dot Sights (Reflex Sights) on Spotting Scopes

    BTW - the notches and sighting tubes are useless if you have a stay-on case. Probably the best thing is practice in locating your target.
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    Red Dot Sights (Reflex Sights) on Spotting Scopes

    No, I don't have a picture because I sold the scope some while ago.
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    Red Dot Sights (Reflex Sights) on Spotting Scopes

    Don't have this problem with a straight through scope. E.g. The Nikon ED82 has 'notches' on the outside of the scope to line up if needed. I don't use them as the scope is lined up by eye. My old Kowa 624 had a sighting tube on the side for the same purpose.
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    Why Aren't the Image Stabilization Binos More Popular?

    Hi Andy, It was a very long time ago and all that I remember that it was a Canon model and it was at the Birdfair. I suppose that things have changed a lot since then, but I found them very disconcerting to look through because I couldn't predict the judder. They were very heavy too.
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    Why Aren't the Image Stabilization Binos More Popular?

    They are worse than hopeless for flying birds. When I tried some, what you had to do was not use the stabilisation for moving birds. That is, releasing the button which activated the stabilisation. If not, what would happen was that the stabilistion tried to 'hold' the image you were looking at...
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    Your Favourite, Not Your Best, Bins?

    7x42 Dialyt. I have 2 pair made around 1990. Beautiful to look through.
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    Godwit.Essex UK

    And a shorter bill and shorter bill matches the shorter name, bar being shorter than black!
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    Spotting scope for spotter airplanes.

    Aching neck? As long as the scope is high enough which means having tripod high enough there is no problem. I use a straight ED82. No aiming aids as I keep a case on it permanently but if you keep both eyes open it is easy to watch the target with one eye outside of scope and watch it in scope...
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    Spotting scope for spotter airplanes.

    Why is an angled scope 'all but mandatory'? Easier to get onto the target with a straight through.
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    Camera sight

    I use the pattern of objects near or around the subject. For example I was at local twitch of Bearded Tit in a reedbed. Someone next to me was trying to photograph it but could not find it in the viewfinder. Amazingly, he let me have a go with his 5ds and I could not see the bird either but...
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    7Dmkii question

    Same here, so I connect the camera directly.
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