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Recent content by Ratal

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    Review: Opticron Verano 8x32

    Going to be having a pair of these in the new year. The Zeiss Victory 8x25 is a marvel, but I love the 8x32 format. As for Opticron Aurora, these will be a pair of bins I have for decades to come. Mine are absolute cherry, and everytime people have a look through them in the field, they are...
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    Review: Opticron Verano 8x32

    So you rate the sharpness as good as the new 8x42 Aurora? Thats freaking incredible - I wouldn't swap my Aurora for anything and have tested it against some of the biggest hitters in the field - But if the 8x32 Verano lose nothing to it then I may get a set! To be fair - 800 quid verus 400 thats...
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    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    A massive fall of Thrushes across the Nairn sea front just the now. A mix of Redwing, Fieldfare and others.
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    Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 - Globe or no Globe?

    Low light is one area that just absolutely blew me away. I had them with me as the sun was down behind the mountains and the forest was gloomy. Still performed to a level that defied belief. I love them. For a compact, light, sturdy travel binocular / For my hands / eyes / face - perfection...
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    Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 - Globe or no Globe?

    Zeiss 8x25 have become my defacto daytime wanderings binocular. Small, unobtrusive, light beyond belief and stellar optics. What's not to like about them?!? Get a solid 9.5 out of 10 from me.
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    Raptor ID Central France

    That's a brute of a bird
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    Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 - Globe or no Globe?

    Zeiss 8x25 user here - and globe effect makes me sick to my stomach instantly if I find it in a binocular. Happy to write that for all the times in all the environments, I have never once found any. It is a stellar set of bins.
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    Oh crap, the diopter knob is gone

    You can check the serial - the one you marked down from your unit to the one returned to you - would be a lot quicker!
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    The way to MY binocular

    Opticron Aurora - easily equal to the Conquest in sharpness, better to my eyes in colour and contrast, and a delightfully wide field of view. A dreamy binocular to use in the field as the form and fit is impeccable - and for me? It is where my search for an 8x42 ended.
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    Dot inside spotting scope

    Kidney beaning. Glad you got it sorted. And enjoy your first ever scope!
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    Dot inside spotting scope

    Best idea. If in doubt, get it checked out.
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    Dot inside spotting scope

    Take out the eyepiece, hold it to a bright light and look through. It sounds like you have something creating this - so go have a look see if there is something insise the eyepiece. Then examine the scope the same way.
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    The one(s) that got away

    My fondest love. Mine were stolen during a nights star gazing at an organised event. Was absolutely devastated and it is the reason I gave (organised) astronomy a wide berth ever since. It is also why I never take honesty of fellow hobbyists for granted.
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    Opticron Aurora problem/fault?

    If you want a cracking set of Opticron binoculars - the Traveller 8x32 is a smashing set of bins. https://www.parkcameras.com/shop/opticron-traveller-bga-ed-8x32-binocular_9778045r
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    Oh crap, the diopter knob is gone

    I think I'd be teaching the universe new swear words. Hope you get a speedy remedy, as that is absolutely NOT what you want or need. At all.