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Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 7th May 2019, 21:07
Replies: 15
Views: 542
Posted By tenex
I've been using the 15x56 recently and loving it,...

I've been using the 15x56 recently and loving it, even without a tripod, so if the ER works for you without eyeglasses that could be a good solution. Up to you to answer that.

Other Swarovski...
Forum: Opticron Friday 3rd May 2019, 21:38
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By tenex
Well, it seems once again that any sort of...

Well, it seems once again that any sort of complaint is a bad idea on this forum. I stand reassured that other samples of this model have been found by some to perform decently, which leaves me with...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 3rd May 2019, 21:10
Replies: 14
Views: 828
Posted By tenex
Andreas, I'm glad you're enjoying your 12x50, for...

Andreas, I'm glad you're enjoying your 12x50, for many of the same reasons I would, besides quality of course: higher magnification for greater distances, relatively large AFOV (partly due to that). ...
Forum: Opticron Tuesday 30th April 2019, 03:59
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By tenex
How? I think we know what the word "effortful"...

How? I think we know what the word "effortful" means. If a doubtful analogy would help, a bit like trying to focus on something that's too close. I didn't spend more time comparing each tube...
Forum: Opticron Sunday 28th April 2019, 22:57
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By tenex
Terrible Opticron 8x50...

I was at our (new!) local birding store recently trying on a Rick Young harness. Since I didn't have my large bino along (SLC 56) and 50mm is the largest they carry, I asked for one to try it out...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 27th April 2019, 04:40
Replies: 126
Views: 4,424
Posted By tenex
Back at the meadow in late evening: had...

Back at the meadow in late evening: had previously seen a kestrel again in a treetop by the lake, looking around intently, its tail feathers twitching and fanning out. Now the pair is perched...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 24th April 2019, 16:12
Replies: 61
Views: 3,305
Posted By tenex
It's entirely an individual thing. Approaching...

It's entirely an individual thing. Approaching 60, my father lugged around a 7x50 Zeiss rather than the smaller roof prisms he had also tried, and I've used myself for decades. Now I too find...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 24th April 2019, 15:38
Replies: 126
Views: 4,424
Posted By tenex
It often worked more the other way around in a...

It often worked more the other way around in a place like the USA -- rather than flourishes of the exotic, a massive effort to introduce familiar species to a new place. Even birds: someone decided...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 17:45
Replies: 126
Views: 4,424
Posted By tenex
Evening walk beside a meadow toward the lake......

Evening walk beside a meadow toward the lake... atop a spruce on the far side an American Kestrel, with head tucked down somewhat and body feathers fluffed up roughly, perhaps drying from the...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 17:11
Replies: 96
Views: 18,090
Posted By tenex
No worries. By that standard the vast majority...

No worries. By that standard the vast majority of this forum's content could be safely deleted. :)
Forum: Leica Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 16:55
Replies: 38
Views: 1,477
Posted By tenex
You may notice in the passage you just quoted...

You may notice in the passage you just quoted that I said more to do, not all. Obviously there is some sort of practical limit to magnification at some point. But an amazing amount of what we call...
Forum: Leica Sunday 21st April 2019, 15:37
Replies: 38
Views: 1,477
Posted By tenex
There are alternatives, but I'll go out on a limb...

There are alternatives, but I'll go out on a limb and recommend the obvious choice. The UVHD+ 10x32 is my go-to binocular (when I'm not lugging a SLC 56, the other extreme I've been drawn to lately)...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 15th April 2019, 19:30
Replies: 14
Views: 894
Posted By tenex
I hadn't followed this story and don't know what...

I hadn't followed this story and don't know what the future holds, but "Cabelas" stores still seem to exist, and their website still shows (some?) Euro HD models in the latest ugly armor for sale. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 12th April 2019, 16:50
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By tenex
By the way, after some experimentation I see why...

By the way, after some experimentation I see why I keep getting nowhere with WhatBird. It's incredibly rigid. A House Finch is just over 5", so if I guess 'very small, 3-5"' instead of 'small,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 12th April 2019, 05:01
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By tenex
No one should waste further thought on this. I...

No one should waste further thought on this. I did finally get a good look at the bird(s!) I'm seeing here just now with binos, and they're simply House Finches, whose streaks I couldn't make out in...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 9th April 2019, 22:29
Replies: 33
Views: 1,954
Posted By tenex
As Lee said, BN/BR focus to around 6-7 ft vs...

As Lee said, BN/BR focus to around 6-7 ft vs 10-11 for BA. BA/BN look identical, BR has the new slimmer styling and weighs 19 oz vs 22 (I think), also slightly brighter coatings etc. We have both...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th April 2019, 22:12
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By tenex
Thanks, a good and likely suggestion. I just...

Thanks, a good and likely suggestion. I just haven't had the impression of a light or streaked belly, or the distinct red cap I see in a lot of Cassin's photos. I'll keep hoping for a better...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th April 2019, 01:48
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By tenex
Small songbird, Colorado USA

This must be a quite common bird and I've seen it before in previous years, probably also in springtime, but have failed twice now to identify it. (I'm also curious why that is, even with a search...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 1st April 2019, 19:49
Replies: 61
Views: 3,136
Posted By tenex
I'm not going to keep harping on this, but for...

I'm not going to keep harping on this, but for the last time, I really didn't mean to get into subjective assessments of value here, and didn't think I had. Many forum threads have gone down that...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 1st April 2019, 19:33
Replies: 26
Views: 1,029
Posted By tenex
I use 10x32 regularly myself and you might indeed...

I use 10x32 regularly myself and you might indeed prefer it just as I do. But it sounds like the bigger issue for you might be field of view, which can affect your perception of magnification and...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 25th March 2019, 22:02
Replies: 61
Views: 3,136
Posted By tenex
Yes, especially when so many people even enjoy...

Yes, especially when so many people even enjoy taking offense on behalf of anonymous others, at the slightest excuse. I think this has become one of the major drivers of today's culture wars. (For...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 21st March 2019, 17:29
Replies: 126
Views: 4,424
Posted By tenex
No bino needed for this one: a lovely pair of...

No bino needed for this one: a lovely pair of Spotted Towhees thinking about settling into the juniper bushes by my driveway, the female scouting for nesting materials while the male was absorbed...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 21st March 2019, 17:09
Replies: 61
Views: 3,136
Posted By tenex
Are alpha binos just getting too expensive? (perspective)

For anyone tempted to think that alpha binos are just getting ridiculously expensive today, here's a useful tool: US$ Inflation Calculator (https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm)

For...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 20th March 2019, 15:03
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By tenex
Birders cast aspersions on 10x32 all the time,...

Birders cast aspersions on 10x32 all the time, but it's been my daily binocular for nearly 20 years (Leica BN, HD+) and I still love it. Definitely try a high quality 10x32. They can even have a...
Forum: Leica Wednesday 20th March 2019, 14:42
Replies: 51
Views: 4,421
Posted By tenex
That is exactly my feeling also. I find actual...

That is exactly my feeling also. I find actual distortion at field edges distracting (think Zeiss) but am usually not looking for perfect sharpness there, though it's nice for astronomy. It's the...
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