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Recent content by karmantra

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    Swaro UTA work with NL Pure?

    ***If anyone is interested, Cody Nelson of gohunt.com indicates the nl Pures fit well on the UTA.***
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    Swaro UTA work with NL Pure?

    Has anyone checked to see if the Swarovski UTA (universal tripod adapter) will work with the new NL Pure? It seems that the narrow waist of the Pure might be too ‘loose’ with the band that secures the bino. Considering that the UTA was built for the SLC and ELs, curious to know if it will work...
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    Looking forward to your report to cure my insomnia! Thanks in advance
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    Importing via Jan in the NL Four plus years ago, when the Swaro 8/10x56 SLCs could not be ordered in North America, I went through Jan at the House of Outdoors and bought an 8x56 and a 10x56 and had them shipped to me. Euro/dollar exchange rate was favorable to me, no VAT, no import duties...
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    Historical Review of Swift 804 Audubon Binoculars

    Ed: Thanks for the advice on the eyecups, they do have a nice view!
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    Historical Review of Swift 804 Audubon Binoculars

    Ed: I screwed up! It does say 804 NOT 804r, and it does say fully multi coated. I was going from memory and didn’t have the binos in front of me. Having a hard time loading pictures, but the serial number is correct. I’ll try to get the pictures to you, one way or another! It is ***Type...
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    Historical Review of Swift 804 Audubon Binoculars

    Build date for a 804r HR 5? Just picked up an excellent Swift 804r HR5 with the fully multi optics (FMC). It had the black nylon bino bag, not the leatherette brown hard case, so I knew it was a newer build. The serial number showed #201xxx—does that make it a year 2000 build? I thought they...
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    SONA is awaiting nervously on Henry’s verdict!
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    Will NL case accommodate forehead rest? Jan or Gils may know the answer to this: Does the NL bino case that comes with the NL large enough to accommodate the NL binos with the headrest attached? I am looking at the 12x42 and would find it more convenient to just leave it attached to the bino.
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    Interviews with Retailers: Jan van Daalen of House of Outdoor

    Have to agree with Henry—I made two purchases through Jan on products I couldn’t get in the States and what a wonderful person to deal with! Best experience I ever had on purchasing optics! Great write up Jan!
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    SLC 8x56 and 10x56 in the U.S.

    8x56 and 10x56 Congrats Gordon! Glad you got first crack at the newly imported Swarovskis! You always stocked the habicht porros and draw tube scopes that no one else would carry so it makes sense for Swarovski to supply them to you first. Question I have to Swarovski: what happened to the...
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    New product at Swarovski European Launch Tour

    Brunton made their Epoch Zoom about ten years ago, an 8-15x35 binoculars that employed a true zoom between 8x and 15x. It was heavy at 35 oz., bulky, and cost a ton ($2600 retail). It had a very narrow FOV of 273' at 8x and narrowed even more as you went to 15x. I have one that I picked up...
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    very early kowa ts-1 spotting scope?

    I recently found a kowa ts-1 spotting scope with the included small tripod mount at a thrift store for a great price. Scope cleaned up well, no scratches on the glass, focus works well, no dings on the body, came with a 25x eyepiece and metal eyepiece and objective covers. I did a little...
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    REI Bins

    I've not used the REI bins, but I have been to a number of their 'garage sales' where they sell returned items from customer that usually have some kind of defect. Items are drastically marked down, but buyer beware--no returns! I mention this only because I have seen a number of damaged REI...
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    Swarovski DF 8x30W O GA STP

    Henry: Have not had a chance to use it lately with family visits and now remodeling coming up. Will let you know when I get some more time with it, hopefully by the end of the month!