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Recent content by Troubador

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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A reasonable suggestion John considering the information suggesting fish species are moving north too, but Sandwich Terns have for decades been breeding much further north than Islay on the Orkney Isles and they are still there now despite a significant reduction in UK populations as a whole...
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    GPO Silence

    Jerry, Upland already explained that in his opinion GPO's sustained retail prices demonstrates that they are not having to discount to get sales. This sounds reasonable and don't forget GPO is run in the USA by Mike Jenson, formerly boss of Zeiss sports optics USA and was established in Europe...
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    Reading the length and weight specs of SF32 it is easy to think 'a bit large & a bit heavy' but I am using both 8x32 and 10x32 intensively on Islay right now and when my fingers wrap around the barrels and my first finger falls automatically on the focus wheel they are so comfortable in the hand...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    We are on the Scottish Isle of Islay and yesterday were astonished to see 3 Sandwich Terns fishing in our bay and catching what looked like sandeels. We used to see them regularly on the England east coast but have never before seen them in west Scotland. Last time we saw this species was about...
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    Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 vs Nikon ProStaff 7S 8x42

    The Zeiss is 75% more costly but includes ED glass made by Schott. Good luck with your choice. Lee
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    I wear spectacles too and have found o-rings a good solution. Do you mind me being a bit pedantic for a moment? Eye relief is an optical measurement taken from the top lens of the eyepiece. Eyecups do not take part in this process. Take the eyecups off the bino and the ER is still the same. So...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    gwlee, you might find it useful to take a look at this information about Eye Relief from Zeiss: 6. Eye relief Lee
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    Who do I believe - Leica Trinovid HD versus Zeiss Conquest HD

    Well it looks like you are going to have to move house to somewhere colder and with no House Sparrows. Or just develop and interest in Dragonflies and Butterflies. Binos can be great for watching fish too, Lee
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    Who do I believe - Leica Trinovid HD versus Zeiss Conquest HD

    Well, birding from 3ft away can indeed be done. Have a look for a bird-feeder, the kind that holds say sunflower hearts and is the kind that comes with suckers so you can fix it to the outside of a window. This can be very effective. We did this some years ago and by sketching the face patterns...
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    Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 - oh my!

    OK Joe then you have a very good case for Conquest HD 10x42. Over here in the west of Scotland we are fortunate that the local otters are active during the day in the sea and are more governed by the tides than the sun. Good luck with your decision. Lee
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    Binoculars for Trekking in Himalayas

    I agree and would add that both Conquest HD and Opticron Traveller ED are both fast-focusing which can be important if you are interested in butterflies and dragonflies as well as birds as it allows a quick view of a nearby dragonfly combined with the ability to rapidly focus on a distant bird...
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    Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 - oh my!

    It depends on the habitats you visit and at what time of day. If you rarely visit during twilight I would not bother with a 42 and would only consider a 10x32 which is a format I have found easy to use despite me wearing spectacles. As for the habitats, are there any where longer distance...
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    Who do I believe - Leica Trinovid HD versus Zeiss Conquest HD

    Dead right James, my Conquest has had more than a few knocks and bumps while clambering on rocks in Scotland and the south of France although I haven't tried out the 4m drop yet. Conquest HD 8x32 is one of my all-time favourite binos. Lee
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    Who do I believe - Leica Trinovid HD versus Zeiss Conquest HD

    My goodness querty, there is much more to observing nature than only birds! I use my Trinovids (and the close-focusing Zeiss 6x18 monocular) for looking at too many things to list here so here is just a brief flavour: dragonflies, butterflies, inter-tidal marine life in rock-pools, flowers...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    If only B2 hadn't been coming in 'a year from now' for the last 5 years (at least)........... Lee