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Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Today, 14:47
Replies: 7
Views: 182
Posted By Alexis Powell
To answer your own question, consider how far...

To answer your own question, consider how far away _you_ can identify a particular bird at a given magnification, then extrapolate. A scope view of a bird at 30x will be 3 times larger than the view...
Forum: Zeiss Yesterday, 18:57
Replies: 291
Views: 37,855
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've no in-hand experience, but the usual...

I've no in-hand experience, but the usual trade-offs apply. The 10x has a narrower field of view, shallower depth of field, and perhaps especially relevant, a smaller exit pupil. Zeiss claims the...
Forum: Zeiss Yesterday, 16:04
Replies: 291
Views: 37,855
Posted By Alexis Powell
After a year of birding w/this bin in a huge...

After a year of birding w/this bin in a huge variety of circumstances both near and far from home, I consider it one of the great birding binoculars of all time. When size and weight are not so...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 11th July 2019, 23:04
Replies: 49
Views: 2,687
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't disagree with the above responses, but to...

I don't disagree with the above responses, but to add a cautionary note, it depends on what you mean by "really does compete with the very best at about half the price." If your concern is optical...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Saturday 6th July 2019, 20:29
Replies: 19
Sticky: A Tripod Primer
Views: 1,838
Posted By Alexis Powell
On collet locks: I found some designs of the past...

On collet locks: I found some designs of the past to be quite annoying, especially those that had to be tightened/loosened in sequence, and those that required many turns to be secure or to allow...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 5th July 2019, 21:59
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Alexis Powell
My understanding of Swarovski's warranty in USA...

My understanding of Swarovski's warranty in USA is same as that of jgraider. The famously good service in USA has always been based more on good will policy than written commitment.

--AP
Forum: Binoculars Friday 5th July 2019, 21:53
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By Alexis Powell
I've tried many, and my favorite double-hinge...

I've tried many, and my favorite double-hinge pocket roof is the Leica 8x20 Ultravid BL. Its hinges have positive stops (unlike those of the Leica 8x20 Trinovid), so it isn't as fiddly as...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 22nd June 2019, 23:37
Replies: 31
Views: 1,266
Posted By Alexis Powell
I'm not familiar w/this problem. Please...

I'm not familiar w/this problem. Please explain.

--AP
Forum: Nikon Thursday 20th June 2019, 18:19
Replies: 10
Views: 4,459
Posted By Alexis Powell
I find that stay-on cases get in the way of using...

I find that stay-on cases get in the way of using my scopes, so I prefer to instead wrap the scope in McNett camo-form instead. The cap for the 82ED doesn't stay on very well (unlike the tighter-fit...
Forum: Leica Friday 14th June 2019, 18:42
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By Alexis Powell
Likewise, I appreciate your attention to...

Likewise, I appreciate your attention to mechanical detail.



I don't doubt that cast ends maintain cord strength (since they don't involve the rope cutting against itself), and that they can also...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 11th June 2019, 16:50
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't find the knot solution to be at all...

I don't find the knot solution to be at all problematic. Maybe in another universe or given infinite time! :)

True that some types of rope are prone to untying themselves with a bit of jostling,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 7th June 2019, 16:00
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By Alexis Powell
The 500ah head would be an entirely different...

The 500ah head would be an entirely different experience--smooth, perfect balance, spring counterbalance, more efficient. It may be an overkill for a 60 mm scope, so you might consider something even...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 7th June 2019, 15:42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By Alexis Powell
I like the old strap attachment system...

I like the old strap attachment system better--doesn't get in the way of my hand position and it doesn't allow the strap to get twisted, the way the new one can. I don't generally use rainguards etc,...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 6th June 2019, 20:34
Replies: 45
Views: 1,853
Posted By Alexis Powell
Actually, I don't think we disagree on much of...

Actually, I don't think we disagree on much of anything!



Although I do use my bins (esp. when I don't have a scope with me) at their/my limits of resolution/acuity, I agree that those other...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 6th June 2019, 17:03
Replies: 49
Views: 2,687
Posted By Alexis Powell
This is a welcome improvement. I have always...

This is a welcome improvement. I have always found it a bit difficult to focus the Nikon 78ED and 82ED Fieldscopes precisely when using them at 75x. I wish variable-ratio focus were used in more bins...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 6th June 2019, 16:47
Replies: 45
Views: 1,853
Posted By Alexis Powell
I think, in fast and furious and physically...

I think, in fast and furious and physically difficult birding conditions (which often obtain when seeking the most or "best" birds), the utility of superb binoculars is far above lesser bins that...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 4th June 2019, 17:27
Replies: 57
Views: 3,419
Posted By Alexis Powell
To anyone interested in this topic, I recommend...

To anyone interested in this topic, I recommend spending a day doing searches and reading from the archives of BirdForum. Much discussion of these topics suffers from misapplication of...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 4th June 2019, 17:14
Replies: 460
Views: 79,440
Posted By Alexis Powell
The so-called "optical box" is good marketing. I...

The so-called "optical box" is good marketing. I wonder if it is also present in the Zeiss 7x42 BGATP, or the new Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket? I always used to say that I could see through the former...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 22:22
Replies: 460
Views: 79,440
Posted By Alexis Powell
Uhh....sounds great. But your reply leaves me...

Uhh....sounds great. But your reply leaves me even more sure that I prefer conventional straps since they don't pop off and they can't get twisted in the first place. Swarovski needs to consider...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 3rd June 2019, 20:26
Replies: 18
Views: 929
Posted By Alexis Powell
You are interested in the 60 mm, but it still...

You are interested in the 60 mm, but it still perhaps relevant that Henry Link reported that the Monarch 82 is one of the best birding scopes he has tested. See post number 3 in this thread:...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 20:06
Replies: 460
Views: 79,440
Posted By Alexis Powell
Hey, your thinking is too constrained. At a...

Hey, your thinking is too constrained. At a certain point, you'll actually be _making_ money from the quick strap changes! Of course, you left out one cost, which must be figured in for a true...
Forum: Kowa Friday 31st May 2019, 04:55
Replies: 9
Views: 671
Posted By Alexis Powell
I can provide more info if you have questions,...

I can provide more info if you have questions, but see my comments here:
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3844172&highlight=novagrade#post3844172

--AP
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 27th May 2019, 00:41
Replies: 12
Views: 926
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, I think that users who don't like this head...

Yes, I think that users who don't like this head are disappointed that it lacks true fluid action, as you note. If not expecting fluid, I'm not sure what's not to like. With the single control for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 21st May 2019, 22:42
Replies: 27
Views: 1,860
Posted By Alexis Powell
Did you notice a difference in detail at the same...

Did you notice a difference in detail at the same magnification, or were you using higher magnification with the big scope? I've never noticed much difference in detail through my 50ED with 27x...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 17th May 2019, 15:43
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By Alexis Powell
For birding when pack-size is not a concern...

For birding when pack-size is not a concern (which is most of the time, for me), I use Swarovski 8.5x42 EL SV (or another 7x42 or 8x42). I like the easy eye placement and mass-in-the-hand (for...
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