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Recent content by HeadWest

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    Manfrotto 128rc head

    The 1288RC plate fits the 883 very nicely. It's mostly been a great head for this optic. More recently the tension in the pan has become a bit wonky, and finally last week the whole thing broke when it became stuck to my tripod and I tried using a wrench to remove it. Yesterday I replaced it...
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    Manfrotto 128rc head

    Interesting. I have both the 128RC and the Gitzo GHF2W head for my Kowa 883. I find the 128RC is much better suited to a heavy scope like this. THe GHF2W feels much more appropriate for a lighter scope to me, and I do not use it for the Kowa.
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    Birdwatching in Straits of Gibraltar & La Janda

    Back in 2019 my wife and I spent some time traveling and birding in southern Spain. Much of the time was in Cádiz Province, with some birding around Tarifa and La Janda. I finally got around to putting all my notes into a trip report. If interested it's here...
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    ID help - NY, USA

    Louisiana Waterthrush
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    SW Florida - young gulls

    Agree all herring gulls.
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    7/8x42 ultravid hd+ vs swarovski el42?

    Love the guy pushing the truck. I feel his pain!
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    SDL v3 Eyepiece Now Shipping

    Curious how this compares to an ATX 65 from a FOV perspective. Ideally we could compare at equivalent magnifications. Is that possible to do?
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    Best eyepiece for the MM4 50ED - the SDL or HDF?

    Hi Jaochim, Thanks for this post. Is there any way to calculate the aFOV or m at 1000m for the middle part of the zoom range for these scopes? I.e., calculate the FOV for the MM4/SDL v3 at 25x, or the FOV for the TSN 883 at 45X? This would allow a more apples to apples comparison of different...
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    Odd Lesser Black-backed type gull today (12 Jan.), eastern Pennsylvania, USA

    My thought would be a somewhat odd herring gull, with weird paling in the coverts. Probably a female given the Iceland-like bill size and proportions. I think the lighter mantle feathers molting in point away from LBBG, as does a window in the primaries. An Iceland would show some amount of pale...
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    Seattle, Washington Hawk

    It’s a red-tailed hawk.
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    Guesses anyone?

    I agree with this.
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    Maybe a Yellow-throated Vireo?

    It’s a yellow-rumped warbler.
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