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Forum: Binoculars Thursday 17th January 2019, 21:25
Replies: 39
Views: 1,682
Posted By ailevin
I think this is very much a matter of personal...

I think this is very much a matter of personal preference or personal equation. My experience is that the difference in magnification is more significant for astronomy than birding. If you can hold...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 1st January 2019, 00:55
Replies: 18
Views: 903
Posted By ailevin
Bill, I think you have come up with a good name...

Bill,

I think you have come up with a good name for a band: The Willy Nilly Screw Tweakers.

A wise man once told me that a binocular worth adjusting should be adjusted by a professional.

Happy New...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 28th December 2018, 03:50
Replies: 41
Views: 1,911
Posted By ailevin
In my car it's a Maven B3 8x30. In my wife's car...

In my car it's a Maven B3 8x30. In my wife's car either Sightron 8x32 or Cabela's Guide 8x32. I am in her car much less than my own, so I swap out the Sightron and Cabela's regularly because I...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 27th December 2018, 01:39
Replies: 222
Views: 24,493
Posted By ailevin
For Those Observing Without Glasses

Santa brought me an interesting addition to the Zeiss 8x25 yesterday. It was a pair of Field Optics compact winged eye shields. I found that these really helped with both eye placement and reducing...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 24th December 2018, 21:43
Replies: 25
Views: 797
Posted By ailevin
Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming...

Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming year.
I appreciate the help that this community provides to binoholics and beginning birders.

Alan
Forum: Zeiss Monday 24th December 2018, 00:00
Replies: 222
Views: 24,493
Posted By ailevin
Love the binocular, hate the case. The same is...

Love the binocular, hate the case. The same is true of the SF 8x42. I've ordered Maven bags and hard cases for both. An Amazon basics compact camera case also works quite well for the folded 8x25. ...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 21st December 2018, 16:43
Replies: 196
Views: 7,840
Posted By ailevin
Justin, I realize your topic title is more...

Justin,

I realize your topic title is more provocative than you intended, but it does seem to "get them in the door." Until a few years ago, I had not purchased a binocular for almost 20 years. ...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 16th December 2018, 02:15
Replies: 36
Views: 1,425
Posted By ailevin
In both astronomy and birding it is fantastic how...

In both astronomy and birding it is fantastic how helpful, welcoming, and patient folks tend to be with enthusiastic newbies. I've benefitted from that, and I do try to make an effort to help people...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 14th December 2018, 17:19
Replies: 12
Views: 817
Posted By ailevin
Chuck, Nice review. My experience with the...

Chuck,

Nice review. My experience with the Sightron is very similar. The word that comes to mind is comfortable, both in terms of ergonomics and optics. I am pleasantly surprised every time I...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 14th December 2018, 17:01
Replies: 222
Views: 24,493
Posted By ailevin
Not really a big deal, but both the Zeiss...

Not really a big deal, but both the Zeiss supplied ring loops and the Optic loops are longer than I would like for use with the RYO. I prefer having the harness attachment closer to the body of the...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 13th December 2018, 06:05
Replies: 66
Views: 2,514
Posted By ailevin
Fun thread. I don't think that having little...

Fun thread.

I don't think that having little experience with binoculars makes one a more objective evaluator. With more experience it may be possible to become more discerning and become more...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 11th December 2018, 06:00
Replies: 222
Views: 24,493
Posted By ailevin
Justin, Like others I am using the Opticron...

Justin,

Like others I am using the Opticron rainguard. I used the Optech 1.5mm mini loops and a RYO harness initially. The RYO seemed like a bit of overkill but I really like having the harness...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 24th November 2018, 03:51
Replies: 1,576
Views: 576,603
Posted By ailevin
Just giving thanks for my Sightron 8x32. I've...

Just giving thanks for my Sightron 8x32. I've owned it for about two years and it was my first really full time birding binocular. I used it it today for an hour or so, and I was impressed. The...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 10th November 2018, 16:18
Replies: 25
Views: 1,922
Posted By ailevin
I'm not sure if there is an official set of...

I'm not sure if there is an official set of categories, but I think of full-size as 40mm-50mm, mid-size as 32mm-35mm, and compact as 20mm-30mm. However there is overlap in size (bulk) and weight at...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 31st October 2018, 01:20
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By ailevin
I have the Maven B3 8x30 and it is a very nice...

I have the Maven B3 8x30 and it is a very nice binocular. From the Mavenbuilt.com website, it appears that the 10x30 has eye relief similar to the 8x30 and that could be a problem if you wear glasses...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 29th October 2018, 22:38
Replies: 112
Views: 5,117
Posted By ailevin
Peter, I salute your enthusiasm for design,...

Peter,

I salute your enthusiasm for design, technology, and binoculars. I have been a binocular aficionado for longer than I care to admit, but long enough to have seen a pretty significant...
Forum: Opticron Friday 26th October 2018, 17:28
Replies: 59
Views: 18,084
Posted By ailevin
Interesting comment. I recently got a compact...

Interesting comment. I recently got a compact superzoom (30x) camera that fits in my pocket, and while it doesn't really compete with a scope, it does accomplish much of what I wanted the MMS 160 to...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 26th October 2018, 17:19
Replies: 11
Views: 608
Posted By ailevin
Wachi, My advice is "be careful." Smaller...

Wachi,

My advice is "be careful." Smaller binoculars are more difficult to hold steady, smaller exit pupils are more difficult to get properly aligned with your eyes, and higher magnification...
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 21st October 2018, 06:27
Replies: 222
Views: 24,493
Posted By ailevin
Jerry: You are so right. My warning was joking...

Jerry: You are so right. My warning was joking along the lines of a gateway drug or my slippery slope with Zeiss. I wasn't comparing the 8x25 with the larger Zeiss binocular, but rather saying that I...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 19th October 2018, 18:11
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By ailevin
Years ago I had a 7x42 Alderblick and I was very...

Years ago I had a 7x42 Alderblick and I was very fond of it for astronomy. I did eventually switch to IS for astronomy because I found that higher magnification and stabilization more than...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 19th October 2018, 17:47
Replies: 19
Views: 1,802
Posted By ailevin
Paying the Price

In a surprise ending to no one, I am keeping both binoculars, at least for the time being. I should have one 8x42, right? After all, Chuck set the example and Andy told me to do it ;).

I started...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 19th October 2018, 16:46
Replies: 222
Views: 24,493
Posted By ailevin
Talking Beware

I thought I should post a warning. My Victory 8x25 has proved to be more costly than I expected. I was so pleased with the 8x25 that I decided to "try out" a Victory SF 8x42, and now I seem unable...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 19th October 2018, 16:36
Replies: 7
Views: 815
Posted By ailevin
Just a couple things to add to the already...

Just a couple things to add to the already excellent replies. Not sure if this is correct in an optical engineering sense, but I think of astigmatism as different magnification in different...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 15th October 2018, 03:29
Replies: 19
Views: 770
Posted By ailevin
For the record: I do not gift, lend, or borrow...

For the record:

I do not gift, lend, or borrow wives; former wives is a more complex topic
I do gift, lend, and borrow books
I do gift and lend binoculars, eyepieces, and telescopes
I gift but...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 14th October 2018, 03:40
Replies: 19
Views: 770
Posted By ailevin
Binocular Lessons

My friends who had been on Safari in Africa returned and we recently had dinner. They thanked me for the loan of a Celestron Nature DX 8x32 and a Canon 10x30 IS, and they both commented on how much...
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