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Recent content by wllmspd

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    Beginner to birdwatching seeks advice on first spotting scope - Helios Fieldmaster any good?

    The fieldmaster might take the APM made bayonet eyepiece adapter (also fits Swarovski and thus open the door to using 1.25” ep (which all astro types know give much wider nice sharp fields of view than most supplied zooms). Not many scopes can be 1.25” adapted and info is quite sparse. With some...
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    Canon ISIII 12x36 First impressions: amateurs vs professionals

    The benefit for me is to get the detail for something handheld. Now you mention the CA I am going to have a look for it against other optics I have since acquired, see how they compare. Peter
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    What would you recommend?

    I would replace the spotter zoom with a few fixed focal length wider angle astro eyepieces for better views. The Baader morpheus are a well regarded model, though there are plenty of alternatives. Do check to see if people have confirmed that those models do indeed reach focus with the Regal...
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    Spotting scope for birdwatching/night sky

    I use an old William optics 66mm Apo with their erecting prism and wide field eyepieces, my lighter weight spotter. I think other companies now sell equivalent versions. Astro refractors are not made of the lightweight materials spotting scopes are, so can be heavy for tor their size (>4kg for...
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    Glass types in NL Pure-series

    You are only going to get very gross info from the X-ray, though X-ray “density” can give info on high atomic number recipe glass. You can bet they’ll be using the highest quality grades of whatever they are using, the design will use whatever dispersion material is needed. I wouldn’t try...
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    Svbony 406P/46P 80mm spotters anyone?

    I’ve bought a few cheap generic astro parts from Svbony before and just noted they also sell some 80mm ED spotters. Both come with a 20-60x zoom and seems to get reasonable reviews. The interesting part is the 406P advertises it can also take 1.25” astro eyepieces (don’t know about the 46P)...
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    Zeiss gavia, vortex razor or Kowa 773

    Can people post fields of view in degrees and also note the width of the apparent field of view and this tells you how “straw like” the view is when you look into it. I prefer expansive apparent fields as it makes finding things easier and is more immersive. I don’t have Swaro envy (apart from...
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    How much time do you spend looking *for* binoculars?

    “Featherlight”… the old joke! I have several pairs with that on… >kg built like a tank type things. They don’t (often) make them like that any more. Peter
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    country of origin info?

    Manufacturers do this at their peril, do it well and your brand stays strong, do it poorly and you will suffer. I go by repeated good reviews rather than the language the people making the things speak. Companies in any country are equally capable of making precision and rubbish on equal...
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    I cannot See China bins!

    I’d look at the various reviews of different options on the forums, these will highlight models that are repeatedly good and ones that are not. China is perfectly capable of making very good stuff… quite often the price determines the quality you end up with. My APM binoculars are extremely...
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    It’s May!—has anybody bought/tried out a NL Pure 32 yet?

    Interesting that the field of view of the 32 is a bit smaller than then 42…. Wonder how they compare and which feels better. Peter
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    Leica Monovid 8 X 20 vs. Swarovski NL Pure 8 X 32 For Bird Watching?

    Id steer clear of the larger and heavier higher power binoculars. For daytime birding you don’t need huge objectives and higher powers are harder to hold steady, the headrest may help somewhat. The 32mm NL Pure loses some of the field width….that’s no good! I see the field edges are “barely...
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    Can a binocular have too big of a FOV?

    13mm Naglers do show some distortion if you pan too fast. It’s hard to make use oft he edges beyond 75degrees or so, eye placement is key, sometimes the edge you see isn’t the real edge and moving your eyes about can reveal more, though not with both eyes as your pupils need to align to the...
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    New spotting scope with binoviewer

    Wonder what the maximum field stop eyepieces it can use.... low power 24mm. Certainly a lower cost option than a BTX. I use an APM70mm, very nice 2eyed views, just a bit heavy. peter
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    Can a binocular have too big of a FOV?

    About 75degree AFOV seems about a good place to aim for. Sometimes you think you can see the field stops, but it is actually because your eye is not in the right place. Certainly there is room for the Alpha boys to widen things a bit more. Peter