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Forum: Binoculars Friday 14th September 2018, 15:20
Replies: 1,568
Views: 550,516
Posted By Ratal
When my luggage got itself lost somewhere in...

When my luggage got itself lost somewhere in Norway, all I had with me were my Sightron bins. The others hadn't seen them yet and they all had that look of commiseration when I said they were a non...
Forum: Opticron Thursday 13th September 2018, 22:26
Replies: 46
Views: 21,922
Posted By Ratal
We have the mm4 and SDL zoom as a back up scope /...

We have the mm4 and SDL zoom as a back up scope / low mag sea watch kit. It just took an absolute beating over the last winter. Snows horizontal and minus 30, wind driven volcanic sand, rain you had...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 12th September 2018, 08:26
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ratal
Yes. Extensively across the last six months....

Yes. Extensively across the last six months.

Side by side you can see the s2 is an amazing scope. It really shows the quality put into it, however, the Kowa then shows just why it's the very best,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 11th September 2018, 19:42
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ratal
Plus you can then get the phenomenal extender...

Plus you can then get the phenomenal extender that gets you into 90X very usable magnification.

Amazing for sea watches.
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 11th September 2018, 19:41
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ratal
The Kowa. Buy it and never look back.

The Kowa.

Buy it and never look back.
Forum: Migration Friday 31st August 2018, 10:25
Replies: 32
Views: 1,756
Posted By Ratal
Saw a flock of Fieldfare and Redwings passing...

Saw a flock of Fieldfare and Redwings passing overhead as I was on the road to Stavanger airport.

I have a feeling this winter will be a bumper haul for British birders. Waxwing invasion would be...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 3rd June 2018, 12:59
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By Ratal
Sanderling in summer plumage by the looks of it

Sanderling in summer plumage by the looks of it
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th May 2018, 16:12
Replies: 5
Views: 179
Posted By Ratal
Rufus Long Legged Buzzard IMHO.

Rufus Long Legged Buzzard IMHO.
Forum: Binoculars Friday 11th May 2018, 13:04
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By Ratal
The Hawke bins are far superior to the Celestron...

The Hawke bins are far superior to the Celestron mentioned. However, save up a little bit more money and buy a set of these.

https://www.optics-trade.eu/uk/sightron-sii-blue-sky-8x32.html

Sure they...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 25th March 2018, 16:02
Replies: 15
Views: 768
Posted By Ratal
I have a set, well, two actually, and I'm using...

I have a set, well, two actually, and I'm using them all the time. Fantastic optics, very light, very durable and great quality.
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 25th March 2018, 16:01
Replies: 15
Views: 768
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8*32 . Once he has those, he...

Sightron Blue Sky 8*32 . Once he has those, he won't need another pair until he is ready to spend 600 to 800 on a pair.

Sightron are 200 and worth every penny spent.

My nine year old niece has a...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 17th March 2018, 21:52
Replies: 51
Views: 4,549
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8*32 Up over arctic Norway,...

Sightron Blue Sky 8*32

Up over arctic Norway, across to Iceland. Down to Florida for a stint, then into Texas. Finished with a week in Alaska, then home. Wouldn't be bothered if these were the only...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 17th February 2018, 16:37
Replies: 1,568
Views: 550,516
Posted By Ratal
And face the lynching for suppressing 9 Mega...

And face the lynching for suppressing 9 Mega rarities? I'd rather take my chances with the bears and rattle snakes. They are kinder than irate birders.

Sightrons helping me steer clear of folks so...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 16th February 2018, 10:28
Replies: 1,568
Views: 550,516
Posted By Ratal
From hot and humid Florida, up to cold wild...

From hot and humid Florida, up to cold wild Alaska. Across to the arctic plateaus of Scandinavia, down to the forests of Estonia and Poland.

3 years I've had mine now, and I wouldn't swap nor sell...
Forum: Iceland Thursday 18th January 2018, 18:45
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By Ratal
Hahahaha you beat me to it. As for the birding...

Hahahaha you beat me to it.

As for the birding ? I got Harlequin and Gyr falcon in binoculars off the cliffs. No scope needed.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th January 2018, 23:35
Replies: 22
Views: 2,017
Posted By Ratal
Little Loch Shin. Lairg. They paddle around not...

Little Loch Shin. Lairg. They paddle around not 30 feet from shore utterly unfazed by humans.
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Wednesday 27th September 2017, 07:17
Replies: 19
Views: 5,150
Posted By Ratal
Google 'Snugpak SJ9' Olive green, and nothing...

Google 'Snugpak SJ9'

Olive green, and nothing the UK could throw at you could even make you slightly chilly. I wear mine on the Cairngorms in deep mid winter with just a base layer on underneath....
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 3rd September 2017, 17:20
Replies: 6
Views: 1,770
Posted By Ratal
Sightron Blue Sky 8x32 Competes easily with...

Sightron Blue Sky 8x32

Competes easily with binoculars at double the price and then some. A steal at 200.
Forum: Scotland Friday 1st September 2017, 16:17
Replies: 5
Views: 2,703
Posted By Ratal
You are going to have a long day out, but, if you...

You are going to have a long day out, but, if you are up for a good walk? I have a route that takes you through amazing habitat for Crossbill, Crested Tits, Capercaillie and Black Grouse, and ends...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 29th August 2017, 18:32
Replies: 15
Views: 4,398
Posted By Ratal
Opticron HR66ED GA ED is also a superb scope for...

Opticron HR66ED GA ED is also a superb scope for a substantial amount less. If I had to choose, I'd say the ATS 65 just edges it out. Just.
Forum: Kowa Tuesday 29th August 2017, 18:30
Replies: 23
Views: 7,244
Posted By Ratal
To be frank: I tried 4 of the 77mm whilst out and...

To be frank: I tried 4 of the 77mm whilst out and about, and the CA was worse than I'd ever expected. I put one down to being a lemon, 2, started to wonder. ..

Then I sat for a day behind the 88mm....
Forum: Opticron Friday 25th August 2017, 19:40
Replies: 9
Views: 3,184
Posted By Ratal
Oh man that absolutely sucks.... Blown over?...

Oh man that absolutely sucks....

Blown over? Must of been a hoolie!!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 25th August 2017, 19:39
Replies: 18
Views: 1,334
Posted By Ratal
Kestrel

Kestrel
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 20th August 2017, 22:56
Replies: 10
Views: 4,498
Posted By Ratal
Here.... and yes, I owned one and yes, I regret...

Here.... and yes, I owned one and yes, I regret that I don't have it any longer, even after owning a Hawke 85ed and Nikon ed 50. The Helios is a cracking scope....
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 20th August 2017, 22:52
Replies: 10
Views: 4,498
Posted By Ratal
Google "THERON SAKER" 200 or there about. For...

Google "THERON SAKER"

200 or there about. For the money? A steal.
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