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Forum: Binoculars Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:32
Replies: 40
Views: 1,281
Posted By etudiant
Please share the details with us.

Please share the details with us.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 13th October 2018, 18:12
Replies: 40
Views: 1,281
Posted By etudiant
Only anecdotal evidence, but my Canon 10x42s...

Only anecdotal evidence, but my Canon 10x42s served reliably for a decade, in very damp weather, offshore and in various climes. I can't fault them for robustness.
Of course, when the IS died, it was...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Saturday 13th October 2018, 16:48
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
Perhaps I misunderstand the language, but does...

Perhaps I misunderstand the language, but does this not state explicitly that John Young developed his bird finding skills as an egg collector?
These days we're less accommodating to the 'egg...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Saturday 13th October 2018, 02:58
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
Think the late Cardinal Richelieu had it right: ...

Think the late Cardinal Richelieu had it right: 'Give me six lines written by a man...I will find something in it to hang him'.
It seems clear that John Young is distrusted at best by much of the...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th October 2018, 20:25
Replies: 40
Views: 1,281
Posted By etudiant
The idea has great visceral appeal, as...

The idea has great visceral appeal, as illustrated by the many people who much prefer mechanical watches to their digital successors.
But there is no hope that a mechanical stabilization can be...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th October 2018, 17:44
Replies: 40
Views: 1,281
Posted By etudiant
Strongly disagree. Batteries are no bother, they...

Strongly disagree.
Batteries are no bother, they last for weeks and if they fail, the glass just reverts to being unstabilized, so no biggie.
What I cannot believe is that anyone still has the...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 11th October 2018, 02:44
Replies: 40
Views: 1,281
Posted By etudiant
A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to...

A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to see.
It should allow one to scan an area at low power and then zoom in on the birds.

That may require a more radical design to sidestep the problem...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 10th October 2018, 23:31
Replies: 18
Views: 473
Posted By etudiant
A good zoom is more difficult to make than a...

A good zoom is more difficult to make than a single power, so the 20x50 may offer a sharper image than the zoom.
Against that is the convenience of the zoom, it allow the user to scan at low power...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 10th October 2018, 17:45
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
I'm beginning to develop an increased...

I'm beginning to develop an increased appreciation for Audubon's classic identification techniques, specifically shotgun and egg collecting. It eliminates a lot of controversy.
Forum: USA State By State Patches Monday 8th October 2018, 01:46
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By etudiant
The NY Central Park Zoo has a large walk in...

The NY Central Park Zoo has a large walk in aviary, where the birds are free to interact with each other or with the guests. However, afaik there are no bird snacks provided, so less probability of a...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 8th October 2018, 01:38
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
I don't know the back story on John Young's...

I don't know the back story on John Young's dealings with the Australian ornithological community, but I do see that he has negative credibility with it.

Considering that he has rediscovered a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 7th October 2018, 14:10
Replies: 4
Views: 131
Posted By etudiant
Probably a Hermit Thrush, not enough eye ring for...

Probably a Hermit Thrush, not enough eye ring for a Swainsons and too much speckling for a Veery.
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 5th October 2018, 04:25
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
I'd think that Mr Young's rediscovery of the...

I'd think that Mr Young's rediscovery of the Night Parrot would buttress his earlier claims, even if they were generally rejected at the time.
He clearly has a unique capacity for ferreting out rare...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 21:45
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
Have to object to this summary, there is nothing...

Have to object to this summary, there is nothing that I have seen that suggests Mr Young's head was turned by avarice or that he was cheating.

I do remember well the various pontifications...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 01:37
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,139
Posted By etudiant
. John Young is obviously a challenging person to...

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John Young is obviously a challenging person to deal with, no surprise given his many years of exploring the outback in search of this very rare bird against all expert opinion. Now he has...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 19:53
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By etudiant
Would guess Sparrow Hawk, as cats usually...

Would guess Sparrow Hawk, as cats usually dismantle the carcase more.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 1st October 2018, 12:00
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By etudiant
Thank you, had not caught that.

Thank you, had not caught that.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 1st October 2018, 02:15
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By etudiant
Could it not be a Tennessee? The bit of chest I...

Could it not be a Tennessee?
The bit of chest I can see seems quite plain, no streaking.
Forum: Canon Saturday 29th September 2018, 00:09
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By etudiant
The Canon case has enough depth to hold my 10x42s...

The Canon case has enough depth to hold my 10x42s with their 52mm metal lens hoods fitted.
The hoods add about 31mm to the glass, but there is enough slack to allow the case to zip closed.
There is...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Friday 28th September 2018, 04:31
Replies: 6
Views: 345
Posted By etudiant
The Sony RX100 line is excellent, very solid...

The Sony RX100 line is excellent, very solid performers with class leading technology in terms of focus and video.
I'd suggest the RX100 VI if you're going to be in the mountains, because it offers...
Forum: Others Friday 28th September 2018, 00:19
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By etudiant
Iirc, transmission through the old Zeiss Jena DF...

Iirc, transmission through the old Zeiss Jena DF 7x40 was around 60%, about a third less than a modern glass.
The reticle by itself reportedly cut light by about 10%.
Laser protection has to be...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 27th September 2018, 02:52
Replies: 65
Views: 4,222
Posted By etudiant
The hope is that a P1000/monopod combo might...

The hope is that a P1000/monopod combo might serve travelers more productively than the venerable scope/tripod choice.
The idea would be a material savings in weight and bulk. This assumes the camera...
Forum: Canon Sunday 23rd September 2018, 23:15
Replies: 679
Views: 225,371
Posted By etudiant
The SX70 compares more to the Nikon B700 than to...

The SX70 compares more to the Nikon B700 than to the Nikon zoom kings
It seems a more polished offering, at a premium price.
There is surely a decent market for an upscale long zoom among travelers,...
Forum: Canon Sunday 23rd September 2018, 04:39
Replies: 679
Views: 225,371
Posted By etudiant
Specs say same optics as the SX60, but better...

Specs say same optics as the SX60, but better viewfinder, sensor and processor, so probably better photo performance.
Forum: Panasonic Sunday 23rd September 2018, 04:32
Replies: 28
Views: 1,011
Posted By etudiant
The downside to these new offerings is that they...

The downside to these new offerings is that they remain bulky. They don't change the equation sufficiently to attract a new range of buyers. Yet we now have at least 4 entrants into a stagnant...
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