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Forum: Self Isolating Chat Room Yesterday, 18:57
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By etudiant
To make the experience easier for the new...

To make the experience easier for the new entrant, it might help to expand the Start screen, so that people are told up front to turn on their camera and their mike before there is a 'Hey dummy'...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Yesterday, 18:32
Replies: 287
Views: 6,894
Posted By etudiant
Think that is pretty spot on for birders, most...

Think that is pretty spot on for birders, most are quite possessive of their personal space.
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Yesterday, 13:20
Replies: 287
Views: 6,894
Posted By etudiant
It is not unreasonable to be cautious about...

It is not unreasonable to be cautious about 'contact tracing', given the really egregious misuse potential.
Sadly the record of governments using emergencies to arrogate powers that then become...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Monday 6th April 2020, 01:34
Replies: 287
Views: 6,894
Posted By etudiant
Studies in Germany suggest that the transmission...

Studies in Germany suggest that the transmission is overwhelmingly by air, with no evidence of infection from surfaces such as doorknobs or packages.
A cadre of immune workers will be very much...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Monday 6th April 2020, 01:29
Replies: 287
Views: 6,894
Posted By etudiant
They are, but only in spots. Some hospitals near...

They are, but only in spots. Some hospitals near or beyond capacity, yet lots of runners and bikers today in Manhattan Central Park.
Masks are now worn by a majority, grocery delivery is still...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Sunday 5th April 2020, 21:28
Replies: 287
Views: 6,894
Posted By etudiant
A wicked problem. The virus replicates in the...

A wicked problem.
The virus replicates in the upper respiratory tract, so one is very infectious early on, even before one has significant symptoms.
The antibody tests are the most reliable, but only...
Forum: Leica Sunday 5th April 2020, 14:47
Replies: 22
Views: 839
Posted By etudiant
If memory serves, one of the pros on this forum,...

If memory serves, one of the pros on this forum, maybe Bill Cook or perhaps Henry, demonstrated the un-importance of these kind of small glitches by having the user look through the glass after the...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Friday 3rd April 2020, 23:47
Replies: 329
Views: 7,309
Posted By etudiant
That is surely true. It is probable that the...

That is surely true.
It is probable that the consequences of the lock down here in the US, with a weak social safety net and a large portion of the people living from paycheck to paycheck, will be...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Friday 3rd April 2020, 20:33
Replies: 329
Views: 7,309
Posted By etudiant
With the country in lock down and the economy in...

With the country in lock down and the economy in rapid decay, this revision is probably not going to hit the headlines.
It does however give intellectual support to Sweden's less restrictive...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Friday 3rd April 2020, 12:22
Replies: 46
Views: 2,193
Posted By etudiant
Be sure to check the details of the QC plate...

Be sure to check the details of the QC plate used.
Video generally uses a bigger 50 mm across the base plate, while the Arca style plate mostly used for scopes is about 38 mm.
I wound up with a kluge...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 1st April 2020, 02:13
Replies: 197
Views: 10,883
Posted By etudiant
New Collimation technique

A very experienced Spanish optics expert, Rafael Chamón Cobos, has developed an ingenious method for collimating binoculars.

It is described...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Tuesday 31st March 2020, 17:01
Replies: 329
Views: 7,309
Posted By etudiant
Great video, seems an easy way to get some extra...

Great video, seems an easy way to get some extra protection.
Some sites have suggested using the bag material from a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner, which should give better filtering, but I don't know...
Forum: Swift Monday 30th March 2020, 23:30
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By etudiant
Well done! Too many think that binoculars are...

Well done!
Too many think that binoculars are untouchable, perhaps because so many just muck things up when they unscrew things.
This is a welcome report that actually tangible improvement is within...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 30th March 2020, 23:21
Replies: 46
Views: 2,193
Posted By etudiant
Looks to be a splendid tripod for the hard core...

Looks to be a splendid tripod for the hard core user, sold dirt cheap.
Not at all suitable for a Manhattan apartment, but if I were sea watching from Cape May, I'd hit that bid.
Forum: Cameras And Photography Monday 30th March 2020, 00:47
Replies: 9
Views: 286
Posted By etudiant
Just to expand on what Niels wrote. The...

Just to expand on what Niels wrote.

The Panasonic's 1" sensor is 13.2x8.8 mm, 116 square mm versus 28 square mm for the Nikon's 1/2.3" sensor....
Forum: Kowa Sunday 29th March 2020, 23:23
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By etudiant
You make it clear that spotting scopes remain...

You make it clear that spotting scopes remain very useful even if optically deficient.
That said, it would be wonderful if your 30 second star test procedure was adapted by the alpha manufacturers....
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Sunday 29th March 2020, 22:34
Replies: 329
Views: 7,309
Posted By etudiant
The results to date from this outbreak are...

The results to date from this outbreak are certainly confusing.
The CDC maintains weekly US mortality statistics.
Through the week ending March 7, the most recent period available, the 2020 death...
Forum: Kowa Sunday 29th March 2020, 13:03
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By etudiant
Insufficient quality control simply reflects an...

Insufficient quality control simply reflects an inadequate manufacturing process.
When the US auto makers began to build Rolls Royce Merlin engines during WW2, they were frustrated by the loose...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 28th March 2020, 21:12
Replies: 38
Views: 2,406
Posted By etudiant
UK Blackbirds are really thrushes, relatives of...

UK Blackbirds are really thrushes, relatives of the American Robin.
The blackbirds pestering you are icterids, part of the big group including grackles, cowbirds and orioles as well as the various...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 28th March 2020, 21:05
Replies: 804
Views: 33,700
Posted By etudiant
Saw that movie years back, not bad, but the idea...

Saw that movie years back, not bad, but the idea that the military would enforce quarantine orders while in battle dress seemed absurd even for Hollywood.
Soldiers are people too, so social cohesion...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Friday 27th March 2020, 23:12
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By etudiant
Squirrels are the bane of feeders, as they vacuum...

Squirrels are the bane of feeders, as they vacuum the contents and can easily gnaw holes in them to get the last few seeds. Whether the feeder is hung or on a pole, a squirrel guard is a must in my...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 27th March 2020, 21:11
Replies: 38
Views: 2,406
Posted By etudiant
The most comfortable strap I've yet found is the...

The most comfortable strap I've yet found is the Boomr:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C3BI8XO?tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

more elastic than the straight neoprene alternatives and...
Forum: Sony Friday 27th March 2020, 19:22
Replies: 6
Views: 249
Posted By etudiant
Sancho, for us retirees, NYC is not that...

Sancho, for us retirees, NYC is not that troubling as yet.
We know that us Manhattanites are living on a land based Diamond Princess x 1000 analogue, but so far so good.
The power is on, the water...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 27th March 2020, 18:54
Replies: 35
Views: 1,066
Posted By etudiant
The first image looks suspiciously like a cooking...

The first image looks suspiciously like a cooking setup.
Were the Little Blue Penguins dinner? What did they taste like?
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Friday 27th March 2020, 11:49
Replies: 287
Views: 6,894
Posted By etudiant
Political leaders are surely much more at risk,...

Political leaders are surely much more at risk, the job requires lots of close personal discussions as well as extensive public appearances.
The French call these handshaking tours a 'bain de foule',...
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