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Forum: Leica Friday 14th June 2019, 18:42
Replies: 16
Views: 803
Posted By Alexis Powell
Likewise, I appreciate your attention to...

Likewise, I appreciate your attention to mechanical detail.



I don't doubt that cast ends maintain cord strength (since they don't involve the rope cutting against itself), and that they can also...
Forum: Leica Tuesday 11th June 2019, 16:50
Replies: 16
Views: 803
Posted By Alexis Powell
I don't find the knot solution to be at all...

I don't find the knot solution to be at all problematic. Maybe in another universe or given infinite time! :)

True that some types of rope are prone to untying themselves with a bit of jostling,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Friday 7th June 2019, 16:00
Replies: 18
Views: 743
Posted By Alexis Powell
The 500ah head would be an entirely different...

The 500ah head would be an entirely different experience--smooth, perfect balance, spring counterbalance, more efficient. It may be an overkill for a 60 mm scope, so you might consider something even...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 7th June 2019, 15:42
Replies: 10
Views: 505
Posted By Alexis Powell
I like the old strap attachment system...

I like the old strap attachment system better--doesn't get in the way of my hand position and it doesn't allow the strap to get twisted, the way the new one can. I don't generally use rainguards etc,...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 6th June 2019, 20:34
Replies: 45
Views: 1,537
Posted By Alexis Powell
Actually, I don't think we disagree on much of...

Actually, I don't think we disagree on much of anything!



Although I do use my bins (esp. when I don't have a scope with me) at their/my limits of resolution/acuity, I agree that those other...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 6th June 2019, 17:03
Replies: 13
Views: 767
Posted By Alexis Powell
This is a welcome improvement. I have always...

This is a welcome improvement. I have always found it a bit difficult to focus the Nikon 78ED and 82ED Fieldscopes precisely when using them at 75x. I wish variable-ratio focus were used in more bins...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 6th June 2019, 16:47
Replies: 45
Views: 1,537
Posted By Alexis Powell
I think, in fast and furious and physically...

I think, in fast and furious and physically difficult birding conditions (which often obtain when seeking the most or "best" birds), the utility of superb binoculars is far above lesser bins that...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 4th June 2019, 17:27
Replies: 57
Views: 3,189
Posted By Alexis Powell
To anyone interested in this topic, I recommend...

To anyone interested in this topic, I recommend spending a day doing searches and reading from the archives of BirdForum. Much discussion of these topics suffers from misapplication of...
Forum: Swarovski Tuesday 4th June 2019, 17:14
Replies: 441
Views: 76,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
The so-called "optical box" is good marketing. I...

The so-called "optical box" is good marketing. I wonder if it is also present in the Zeiss 7x42 BGATP, or the new Zeiss 8x25 Victory Pocket? I always used to say that I could see through the former...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 22:22
Replies: 441
Views: 76,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Uhh....sounds great. But your reply leaves me...

Uhh....sounds great. But your reply leaves me even more sure that I prefer conventional straps since they don't pop off and they can't get twisted in the first place. Swarovski needs to consider...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Monday 3rd June 2019, 20:26
Replies: 18
Views: 743
Posted By Alexis Powell
You are interested in the 60 mm, but it still...

You are interested in the 60 mm, but it still perhaps relevant that Henry Link reported that the Monarch 82 is one of the best birding scopes he has tested. See post number 3 in this thread:...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 3rd June 2019, 20:06
Replies: 441
Views: 76,318
Posted By Alexis Powell
Hey, your thinking is too constrained. At a...

Hey, your thinking is too constrained. At a certain point, you'll actually be _making_ money from the quick strap changes! Of course, you left out one cost, which must be figured in for a true...
Forum: Kowa Friday 31st May 2019, 04:55
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By Alexis Powell
I can provide more info if you have questions,...

I can provide more info if you have questions, but see my comments here:
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3844172&highlight=novagrade#post3844172

--AP
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 27th May 2019, 00:41
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By Alexis Powell
Yes, I think that users who don't like this head...

Yes, I think that users who don't like this head are disappointed that it lacks true fluid action, as you note. If not expecting fluid, I'm not sure what's not to like. With the single control for...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 21st May 2019, 22:42
Replies: 27
Views: 1,618
Posted By Alexis Powell
Did you notice a difference in detail at the same...

Did you notice a difference in detail at the same magnification, or were you using higher magnification with the big scope? I've never noticed much difference in detail through my 50ED with 27x...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 17th May 2019, 15:43
Replies: 6
Views: 536
Posted By Alexis Powell
For birding when pack-size is not a concern...

For birding when pack-size is not a concern (which is most of the time, for me), I use Swarovski 8.5x42 EL SV (or another 7x42 or 8x42). I like the easy eye placement and mass-in-the-hand (for...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Friday 17th May 2019, 03:12
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By Alexis Powell
Mine measures 331 g without the pan bar. I...

Mine measures 331 g without the pan bar.



I frequently use mine with the Nikon 78ED, which is extremely front heavy. On the Gitzo medium length plate, I am able to position the scope over its...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Thursday 16th May 2019, 18:41
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By Alexis Powell
Gitzo "birdwatching" heads discontinued !

I just noticed that the Gitzo "birdwatching" heads (GH1720QR and GH2720QR) appear to have been discontinued! They are no longer carried by B&H, Adorama, and some other vendors that I checked. I am a...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 14th May 2019, 12:28
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By Alexis Powell
You should be able to add a leveling base or...

You should be able to add a leveling base or center column to the GT3530LS (and most other Gitzo tripods) as an optional accessory.

--AP
Forum: Tripod and Heads Friday 10th May 2019, 20:09
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By Alexis Powell
My favorite heads from Gitzo and Sirui are more...

My favorite heads from Gitzo and Sirui are more expensive, but the Sirui VA-5 might be a good choice in your price range, and as PYRTLE notes, Manfrotto offers a lot of good choices. I think that the...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Tuesday 7th May 2019, 22:05
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By Alexis Powell
Whether you are being paranoid depends on the...

Whether you are being paranoid depends on the head you are using. Lever-release clamps can catch on things and possibly open.

Many heads have a secondary retention method. Some of the video heads...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 7th May 2019, 18:36
Replies: 61
Views: 3,607
Posted By Alexis Powell
You were benefiting from the magnification and...

You were benefiting from the magnification and probably the masking off of the overall naked eye view in being able to see more detail. The light from those objectives was spread over a larger area...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 7th May 2019, 18:23
Replies: 76
Views: 3,943
Posted By Alexis Powell
It's easier to revise designs than to implement...

It's easier to revise designs than to implement those revisions in the manufacturing process. Although small changes in coatings are sometimes made, their effect on performance is trivial compared to...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 6th May 2019, 15:36
Replies: 40
Views: 1,605
Posted By Alexis Powell
Obviously, it would be better to have someone...

Obviously, it would be better to have someone look through them who knows how bins should perform, but the tests need not be technical. Checking that the view is crisp in the center, that no "double...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 4th May 2019, 01:34
Replies: 16
Views: 658
Posted By Alexis Powell
Instead of duct tape, use cloth gaffer tape. It...

Instead of duct tape, use cloth gaffer tape. It sticks really well but it (generally) doesn't tear or leave residue, and the same piece can be re-used several times.

--AP
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