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Recent content by Singlereed

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    Is the 8x32 Victory SF really worth almost 2.5x the cost of the 8x32 Conquest HD?

    I’ve been a long time user of the Conquests. In the summer, I tried them against the 8x32 Victory and the EL and NL Pure at RSPB Titchwell. I spent quite a while comparing them and went away unconvinced that it was worth upgrading. They all had their subtle plus points and I think you should try...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A goldcrest and a nuthatch. In my garden, whilst (I was) eating my breakfast. Surrey/Kent border.
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    Where are the Goldcrests?

    Funnily enough, I saw a goldcrest in our garden yesterday, not seen one in our garden before although I have seen them on local walks occasionally. Surrey/Kent border UK.
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    New here, happened upon the conquest HD 8x32.

    Ah that must be it.
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    New here, happened upon the conquest HD 8x32.

    My extended eyecups lasted about 3 months before each one split and fell off. I didn’t abuse them in any way. Nice of them to send them free of charge but I fear on the basis of my experience, they were not up to the job.
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    Thinking about an Opticron MM4 Travelscope - but which one?

    I had the MM4 60 with SDL 3 eyepiece and it’s a great setup. In the end I changed to the MM4 77 simply because if I’m carting a scope, tripod and my camera gear around, I appreciate a bit more magnification and brightness in my scope for not much more weight. But the 60 is a great scope and very...
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    Opticron Aurora Review

    I reviewed the 10x42 Aurora on here a few months back and am still very happy with them. Build quality is excellent. I find the eye relief very good (which I did not in Zeiss Conquest for example). The only minor gripes are that the eyecups twist back in too easily and I don’t much like the rain...
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    Gitzo heads.

    I recently got myself a GFH2W and I’m really pleased with it, using it with a full sized scope. Only think I’d say is first I bought an ex-demo one which I sent back as part of the body was coming loose and I could not access the necessary screws to re tighten it. Just a bit of anxiety this...
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    First time scope purchase what size would suit??

    I’ve owned both. Neither is big and heavy, the main issue is you need a solid tripod for either. I switched to the 77 from the 60 and the overall rig is not much bigger or heavier than with the 60. I use the SDL v3 eyepiece and it’s a great setup. I have carried it around for half a day on a...
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    Kowa 883 vs 553

    You’ll need a decent tripod whatever scope you use. I thought I’d have a light and stealthy set up with a MM4/60 but found a suitable tripod was the more bulky thing and also switched to the 77 model scope. I put it all on a Scopac backpack and to be honest I can walk miles with it. If you can...
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    What tripod for Opticron MM4 60 Travelscope

    I have the Benro Wild 4 carbon which is a solid platform for the scope. The head is adequate but I have recently upgraded to the Gitzo GHF2W head which cost nearly as much as the tripod. It’s a total revelation - no ‘stiction’ and just so smooth and easy. Given that I don’t need the extra height...
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    leveling head for tripod with scope?

    I bought the Benro levelling base for my Benro tripod - it goes between the base and the pan/tilt head. It does add a bit of weight and size but I find it a quick way to get the head level for a nice even pan action. Some of the Benro tripods include it as standard. I bought it via eBay from a...
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    8x32 Conquests plus 10x42??

    Maybe check out my review of the Opticron Aurora 10x42 which I bought to complement my Conquest HD 8x32. I didn’t want the weight and bulk of the Conquests in 10x42 and the Opticrons are a bit cheaper too. Might be of interest, I’m very happy with them.
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    Opticron Aurora BGA VHD 10x42 quick review

    Here's the context. I've been using Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 for birdwatching for the last year or so with no real complaints. I wanted some 10x binoculars as I frequently visit large water sites and wanted a bit more magnification for days when I wouldn't take a scope to look at those birds which...
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    Hawke service - good experience in UK

    Just thought I’d give a shout out to Hawke in the UK. My Frontier EDX 8x32 had gone out of alignment - it was impossible to get the dioptre adjustment correct even though there is almost no difference between my eyes. I got a quick reply to my email enquiry and had them sent off, fixed and...
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