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Forum: Binoculars Friday 30th November 2018, 11:29
Replies: 12
Views: 1,941
Posted By JoeRawles
My two cents on the Hawke vs Opticron in your...

My two cents on the Hawke vs Opticron in your shortlist...

The new Frontier ED X is IMO the best build quality Hawke have produced to date. Each pair are quality control tested and a check list...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 13th October 2018, 15:54
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By JoeRawles
The fact you thought it was a buzzard at first is...

The fact you thought it was a buzzard at first is always a good indicator! They are pretty regular down at RHNR now, I see them often there, although normally they make themselves heard first which...
Forum: Hawke Optics Wednesday 17th January 2018, 16:30
Replies: 10
Views: 3,098
Posted By JoeRawles
The Sapphire's are a great binocular, as said...

The Sapphire's are a great binocular, as said above, incredible value for money. There is a brand new model out mind you... the Frontier ED X. Very similar in size but slightly lighter weight, better...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 16:12
Replies: 7
Views: 1,885
Posted By JoeRawles
Yep, when it clicks in it won't lock completely,...

Yep, when it clicks in it won't lock completely, you do have to push it further to lock it securely. You should be able to notice the difference in how secure it is between 3/4 and all the way. I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 27th December 2017, 15:06
Replies: 30
Views: 2,004
Posted By JoeRawles
Spent the morning at RSPB Dungeness in the ARC...

Spent the morning at RSPB Dungeness in the ARC Hanson hide. I did meet a few other birders in the 3 hours I was there. Well worth it even if the weather wasn't fantastic. Peregrine, marsh harrier,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 22nd December 2017, 11:24
Replies: 10
Views: 1,902
Posted By JoeRawles
Depending on whether you're after a small...

Depending on whether you're after a small 'travel' scope or a full size (80mm), two to consider that you may be able to find at some wildlife trust centres are the Hawke Endurance 12-36x50 or the...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 21st December 2017, 16:07
Replies: 4
Views: 1,508
Posted By JoeRawles
The revised 30mm models were basically given the...

The revised 30mm models were basically given the same treatment the 25mm ones were given a couple of years back - the pockets are great but the old Companions didn't quite have the same appeal. I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 21st December 2017, 16:00
Replies: 8
Views: 977
Posted By JoeRawles
Old Lodge is great, particularly as it's one of...

Old Lodge is great, particularly as it's one of few spots on the forest which isn't frequented by dog walkers and even when it is, they are on leads unlike a lot of other places! A short drive away...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 21st December 2017, 15:55
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By JoeRawles
Had them drumming here for the past week or so,...

Had them drumming here for the past week or so, they normally start here in late December.
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Wednesday 13th December 2017, 16:48
Replies: 30
Views: 3,980
Posted By JoeRawles
Just a thought - are you able to access it from...

Just a thought - are you able to access it from another device? Do you have a tablet/smart phone you can use? If they aren't working either then it will be an issue with your ISP! Technology is...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Wednesday 13th December 2017, 14:03
Replies: 30
Views: 3,980
Posted By JoeRawles
In that case I can only suggest trying clearing...

In that case I can only suggest trying clearing all your browser cookies/cache/history before trying again. If that fails (which I at this point assume will), you will need to either contact paypal...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Wednesday 13th December 2017, 12:42
Replies: 30
Views: 3,980
Posted By JoeRawles
Presuming you're able to access all other sites...

Presuming you're able to access all other sites without issue, I would think it would be a temporary issue. I have no problem getting on paypal on my machine on firefox, perhaps try again now and see...
Forum: Gardening for Birds Tuesday 5th December 2017, 12:13
Replies: 2
Views: 4,674
Posted By JoeRawles
I'm not much of a gardener so not sure whether it...

I'm not much of a gardener so not sure whether it would suit or not, but Amelanchier berries are very popular with the birds, particularly blackcaps and bullfinches, and the flowers are great for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 5th December 2017, 12:08
Replies: 17
Views: 2,133
Posted By JoeRawles
The 200R is a discontinued model but is nearly...

The 200R is a discontinued model but is nearly identical to the 200 which is the current line. The 200R doesn't come with a carry case whereas the 200 does.
Forum: Opticron Wednesday 29th November 2017, 12:29
Replies: 24
Views: 5,324
Posted By JoeRawles
The 10x32 has just received a very favourable...

The 10x32 has just received a very favourable review from BBR: https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/Opticron-Traveller-BGAED-10x32-Binoculars-Review-203.htm
Forum: Opticron Tuesday 28th November 2017, 12:36
Replies: 24
Views: 5,324
Posted By JoeRawles
Great review Lee, you pick up on a lot of things...

Great review Lee, you pick up on a lot of things that I didn't (and probably should have) in my review. None-the-less, I agree that they are optically very good, well worth the money and certainly...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 10th November 2017, 16:37
Replies: 8
Views: 1,973
Posted By JoeRawles
I can throw a few suggestions your way but what...

I can throw a few suggestions your way but what other's say vs what you like can be completely different! We have had customers before come in with a certain binocular in mind, having read reviews...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 8th November 2017, 12:31
Replies: 8
Views: 1,973
Posted By JoeRawles
Have you got anywhere you can go out and compare...

Have you got anywhere you can go out and compare different models? The Disco 8x42 are good but for a small amount more the Explorer ED 8x42 are a lot better, or for less the T4 8x42 match the...
Forum: Swarovski Wednesday 8th November 2017, 12:23
Replies: 470
Views: 91,068
Posted By JoeRawles
CG - they're not in stores yet in the UK, but...

CG - they're not in stores yet in the UK, but rather are out for delivery with expected arrival later this week. I have looked through the 10x30 but not the 8x30 yet, waiting for stock to arrive!...
Forum: Opticron Wednesday 1st November 2017, 09:57
Replies: 18
Views: 21,418
Posted By JoeRawles
The Traveller BGA ED is a big step up compared to...

The Traveller BGA ED is a big step up compared to the Disco. Slightly chunkier handling and a little heavier (tho still small/light for a 32) but optically far superior. The Countryman is still a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 21st October 2017, 11:20
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By JoeRawles
Yep, Dunnock - actually a very common ID query in...

Yep, Dunnock - actually a very common ID query in the shop here!
Forum: Opticron Thursday 12th October 2017, 12:11
Replies: 2
Views: 2,669
Posted By JoeRawles
The Countryman is better made and has a...

The Countryman is better made and has a noticeably smoother focus wheel. It is sharper too. The Explorer has a wider field of view and ED glass, the Countryman isn't as far as I'm concerned isn't...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 20th September 2017, 13:50
Replies: 7
Views: 3,217
Posted By JoeRawles
Basically, a Porro prism doesn't need to be phase...

Basically, a Porro prism doesn't need to be phase corrected like a roof prism does to achieve the same resolution, so where 'bang for your buck' is concerned, you do often get more for your money....
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Thursday 14th September 2017, 12:17
Replies: 25
Views: 8,520
Posted By JoeRawles
I know it's a bit of a late response but if you...

I know it's a bit of a late response but if you haven't found one already, try CJ. They run the birdforum shop but have their own website where you can purchase food/feeders etc. We stock their stuff...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 9th September 2017, 09:37
Replies: 18
Views: 3,859
Posted By JoeRawles
My two suggestions... Opticron Discovery 8x32 or...

My two suggestions... Opticron Discovery 8x32 or Vortex Diamondback 8x32. The Disco has better close focus and greater eye relief, plus is smaller and lighter. The Diamondback has a wider field of...
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