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Forum: Binoculars Today, 16:18
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By Binastro
Very nice leather cases say 'Steal me'. The...

Very nice leather cases say 'Steal me'.

The Zeiss cases would cost more than $5 here.

Canon cases are very thin.
So they should be, as the binoculars are heavy and the cases do their job.

I often...
Forum: Zeiss Yesterday, 15:33
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By Binastro
30.8mm relaxed. 33.7mm rubber...

30.8mm relaxed.
33.7mm rubber stretched.
Calipers.
Standard eyecups.

Ruler.
Completely relaxed.
Left 29.2mm
Right 29.4mm
Forum: Binoculars Friday 14th June 2019, 16:35
Replies: 3
Views: 130
Posted By Binastro
I don't have personal experience of the Hawke, so...

I don't have personal experience of the Hawke, so cannot comment.
I have the Aculon 10x42, which is good, at least the one I have. But I don't wear glasses.

Can you try the Hawke to see if it is...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 14th June 2019, 15:35
Replies: 3
Views: 130
Posted By Binastro
Welcome Tuibird. Do you actually need your...

Welcome Tuibird.
Do you actually need your glasses with a binocular?
If you only need the glasses for short or long sight and don't have much astigmatism, it may be O.K. to use the binocular without...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 12th June 2019, 14:11
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
The initial brief was for viewing at 1 mile. 1.5...

The initial brief was for viewing at 1 mile. 1.5 miles is possible, but needs a larger scope for detail, say watching seals.
The main factor is always the atmosphere. Seeing and transparency.
I have...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 11th June 2019, 19:27
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
Hi Pirots, Telescope adapters for lenses are...

Hi Pirots,
Telescope adapters for lenses are useful, but almost no camera lens is as good as a good telescope. Even a 600mm f/4 is not as good as a 6 inch astro scope.
A 600mm f/4 Canon, Sony, Nikon...
Forum: Others Thursday 6th June 2019, 16:39
Replies: 15
Views: 363
Posted By Binastro
I am very pleased icesheet that you found what...

I am very pleased icesheet that you found what you want locally.
It really is important to use local shops.

I presume that your eyes open up to maybe 6mm or 7mm in a dark place.
I observed generally...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 6th June 2019, 15:18
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By Binastro
The problem with optics that rattle is that over...

The problem with optics that rattle is that over time the lens elements rotate.
This means they get out of the best position that an expert technician put them in in the first place.

Usually, optics...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 6th June 2019, 15:05
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By Binastro
A $4,000 scope for $1,600. Regards, B.

A $4,000 scope for $1,600.

Regards,
B.
Forum: Others Thursday 6th June 2019, 14:44
Replies: 335
Views: 144,256
Posted By Binastro
I like the Fotons. Usually very well made...

I like the Fotons. Usually very well made optics.
Does the leatherette smell? Mine still does after almost 20 years since bought new.

B.
Forum: Others Wednesday 5th June 2019, 14:42
Replies: 15
Views: 363
Posted By Binastro
Hi Ice sheet, I have the Barr and Stroud Savannah...

Hi Ice sheet,
I have the Barr and Stroud Savannah 12x56ED which I like. Someone else here got one but says it is not as good as a more expensive 12x56. I accept that.
It is also made in 10x56 and...
Forum: Others Tuesday 4th June 2019, 18:20
Replies: 15
Views: 363
Posted By Binastro
The Takahashi 22x60 is fairly rare now, but heavy...

The Takahashi 22x60 is fairly rare now, but heavy as a binocular. I think actually two 22x60 scopes together. I don't have one.
Living in a country with mountains you are probably used to heights. I...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 4th June 2019, 16:50
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
Pirots, One has to take care not to get a black...

Pirots,
One has to take care not to get a black eye with some video head handles.
The one mentioned seems O.K. as it slants down.

I sometimes reverse the handle and use it backwards from the front...
Forum: Others Tuesday 4th June 2019, 16:29
Replies: 15
Views: 363
Posted By Binastro
Icesheet, I would certainly get something...

Icesheet,

I would certainly get something waterproof in Bergen.

If you are going up the mountain to the observatory in Hawaii, enjoy the sky.

Maybe get something different that people here advise...
Forum: Others Tuesday 4th June 2019, 16:17
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By Binastro
Richard, I don't either. But is there a family...

Richard,
I don't either.
But is there a family connection?

Initially, it only said Vickers at the start of this thread.

Regards,
B
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 4th June 2019, 16:08
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By Binastro
Chuck, It is the weak pound that causes...

Chuck,
It is the weak pound that causes differences.
Usually goods were way cheaper in the U.S. compared to the U.K.
For many items this is still probably true.

When we devalued in Harold Wilson's...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 2nd June 2019, 17:15
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
Pirots, It is necessary for the temperature...

Pirots,
It is necessary for the temperature inside and outside the caravan to be the same to avoid bad temperature effects when viewing at a mile or even closer. If viewing from inside or near the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 2nd June 2019, 16:32
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
Well done, Pirots. Enjoy the view. B.

Well done, Pirots.
Enjoy the view.

B.
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 2nd June 2019, 11:15
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By Binastro
Hi tranathi and welcome. It is not unusual for...

Hi tranathi and welcome.

It is not unusual for high quality optics to rattle to prevent pinched optics and distortion. This is expected in high quality astro optics.

However, Swarovski 95mm owners...
Forum: Leica Sunday 2nd June 2019, 10:43
Replies: 113
Views: 16,251
Posted By Binastro
Apparently the original Leica camera was not...

Apparently the original Leica camera was not intended as a users camera at all, but to test short pieces of film for Oscar Barnack's planned movie camera.

Then it was offered to Zeiss, with the...
Forum: Nikon Saturday 1st June 2019, 21:37
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Binastro
Is the Victory II 10x40 or 10x42? On Youtube...

Is the Victory II 10x40 or 10x42?

On Youtube Perry Mason Lady in the Lake at 21.57 to 21.25 the Nikon is shown but not as clearly as in the T.V. movie.
There is a hint of a serial number under the...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Saturday 1st June 2019, 18:15
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
Hi Pirots, If you decide on an astro scope, maybe...

Hi Pirots,
If you decide on an astro scope, maybe look at Optical Vision Ltd site.
A 100mm ED scope is about 700, plus extra for a good altazimuth mount.
The 120mm ED might be too large for a...
Forum: Nikon Saturday 1st June 2019, 17:30
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Binastro
Dear John, Thank you for your very detailed...

Dear John,
Thank you for your very detailed response.
The film quality of the Perry Mason episode was not great, and I cannot remember how the NIKON appeared. I didn't notice a serial number bit it...
Forum: Nikon Friday 31st May 2019, 18:25
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Binastro
I just watched Perry Mason, Lady in the Lake,...

I just watched Perry Mason, Lady in the Lake, 1988.
26 minutes into the episode with possible ads, there is a prolonged view of, I think, a Nikon 8x30 WF Porro.
The view is so long and Nikon is...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 30th May 2019, 20:21
Replies: 24
Views: 1,095
Posted By Binastro
Hi Pirots and welcome. Viewing at a mile depends...

Hi Pirots and welcome.

Viewing at a mile depends more on the steadiness of the air than the scope, but one mile is quite within the reach of good spotting scopes or fairly cheap but not waterproof...
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