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Forum: Binoculars Monday 29th October 2018, 01:46
Replies: 109
Views: 3,883
Posted By etudiant
Henry Link posted a Canon 10x42 cutaway some time...

Henry Link posted a Canon 10x42 cutaway some time back, it showed that the envelope shape and size was dictated by the glass involved. That increased my respect for the Canon designers, they allowed...
Forum: Hawaii Saturday 27th October 2018, 17:03
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By etudiant
Hawaii in November will have the migratory shore...

Hawaii in November will have the migratory shore birds plus the local residents.

Note that Hawaii is an extinction hot spot, it is all imports at the lower levels, the native birds are gone below...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 24th October 2018, 04:49
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By etudiant
Sure would be nice if that were more universal...

Sure would be nice if that were more universal practice, rather than simply trusting to the seals. Seems a step backward.
Forum: China (including Hong Kong & Macau) Monday 22nd October 2018, 04:18
Replies: 701
Views: 86,504
Posted By etudiant
Seems an ominous indication that the abusive...

Seems an ominous indication that the abusive development of the coastal regions in Asia is having the expected consequences. Apparently there will not be any serious political priority given to...
Forum: Canon Monday 22nd October 2018, 03:37
Replies: 48
Views: 7,084
Posted By etudiant
Both the SX60 as well as the SX70 have the same...

Both the SX60 as well as the SX70 have the same 65x lens, 21mm to 1350mm equivalent in 35mm format.
The lens' wider angle capability is a real feature, afaik, none of the other big zooms go wider...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 22nd October 2018, 01:02
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By etudiant
Getting at the history of WW2 binoculars is...

Getting at the history of WW2 binoculars is fraught, partly because there were so many poorly documented war time shortcuts, partly because there are so many post war fakes.

Zeiss did build coated...
Forum: Nikon Friday 19th October 2018, 23:12
Replies: 118
Views: 7,165
Posted By etudiant
Thank you, that is helpful input. I'm considering...

Thank you, that is helpful input.
I'm considering using the P1000 as a scope substitute, because birding travel freighted with camera, scope and tripod, plus binoculars gets to be clumsy.
Forum: Binoculars Friday 19th October 2018, 15:04
Replies: 23
Views: 1,341
Posted By etudiant
The 10x42 Canon is actually pretty solid, at...

The 10x42 Canon is actually pretty solid, at least in my experience. Mine has been knocked around pretty well and always came up smiling.
Main issue is to feed it decent batteries. The lithium...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 19th October 2018, 14:17
Replies: 7
Views: 502
Posted By etudiant
Wonderful pictures! Glad that you got the bird....

Wonderful pictures!
Glad that you got the bird. Must have been nerve racking to have gone all that way and have the Ross stay away for days.
Forum: Nikon Friday 19th October 2018, 03:14
Replies: 118
Views: 7,165
Posted By etudiant
Are any P1000 owners using it as a spotting...

Are any P1000 owners using it as a spotting scope?

The hope is that because the scope has good reach and an acceptable display,
it might serve as a more comfortable instrument for scanning the...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 14th October 2018, 17:32
Replies: 109
Views: 3,883
Posted By etudiant
Please share the details with us.

Please share the details with us.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 13th October 2018, 19:12
Replies: 109
Views: 3,883
Posted By etudiant
Only anecdotal evidence, but my Canon 10x42s...

Only anecdotal evidence, but my Canon 10x42s served reliably for a decade, in very damp weather, offshore and in various climes. I can't fault them for robustness.
Of course, when the IS died, it was...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Saturday 13th October 2018, 17:48
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
Perhaps I misunderstand the language, but does...

Perhaps I misunderstand the language, but does this not state explicitly that John Young developed his bird finding skills as an egg collector?
These days we're less accommodating to the 'egg...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Saturday 13th October 2018, 03:58
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
Think the late Cardinal Richelieu had it right: ...

Think the late Cardinal Richelieu had it right: 'Give me six lines written by a man...I will find something in it to hang him'.
It seems clear that John Young is distrusted at best by much of the...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th October 2018, 21:25
Replies: 109
Views: 3,883
Posted By etudiant
The idea has great visceral appeal, as...

The idea has great visceral appeal, as illustrated by the many people who much prefer mechanical watches to their digital successors.
But there is no hope that a mechanical stabilization can be...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 12th October 2018, 18:44
Replies: 109
Views: 3,883
Posted By etudiant
Strongly disagree. Batteries are no bother, they...

Strongly disagree.
Batteries are no bother, they last for weeks and if they fail, the glass just reverts to being unstabilized, so no biggie.
What I cannot believe is that anyone still has the...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 11th October 2018, 03:44
Replies: 109
Views: 3,883
Posted By etudiant
A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to...

A really good zoom binocular is what I'd like to see.
It should allow one to scan an area at low power and then zoom in on the birds.

That may require a more radical design to sidestep the problem...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 11th October 2018, 00:31
Replies: 20
Views: 692
Posted By etudiant
A good zoom is more difficult to make than a...

A good zoom is more difficult to make than a single power, so the 20x50 may offer a sharper image than the zoom.
Against that is the convenience of the zoom, it allow the user to scan at low power...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 10th October 2018, 18:45
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
I'm beginning to develop an increased...

I'm beginning to develop an increased appreciation for Audubon's classic identification techniques, specifically shotgun and egg collecting. It eliminates a lot of controversy.
Forum: USA State By State Patches Monday 8th October 2018, 02:46
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By etudiant
The NY Central Park Zoo has a large walk in...

The NY Central Park Zoo has a large walk in aviary, where the birds are free to interact with each other or with the guests. However, afaik there are no bird snacks provided, so less probability of a...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 8th October 2018, 02:38
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
I don't know the back story on John Young's...

I don't know the back story on John Young's dealings with the Australian ornithological community, but I do see that he has negative credibility with it.

Considering that he has rediscovered a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 7th October 2018, 15:10
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By etudiant
Probably a Hermit Thrush, not enough eye ring for...

Probably a Hermit Thrush, not enough eye ring for a Swainsons and too much speckling for a Veery.
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 5th October 2018, 05:25
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
I'd think that Mr Young's rediscovery of the...

I'd think that Mr Young's rediscovery of the Night Parrot would buttress his earlier claims, even if they were generally rejected at the time.
He clearly has a unique capacity for ferreting out rare...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 22:45
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
Have to object to this summary, there is nothing...

Have to object to this summary, there is nothing that I have seen that suggests Mr Young's head was turned by avarice or that he was cheating.

I do remember well the various pontifications...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 02:37
Replies: 1,166
Views: 81,582
Posted By etudiant
. John Young is obviously a challenging person to...

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John Young is obviously a challenging person to deal with, no surprise given his many years of exploring the outback in search of this very rare bird against all expert opinion. Now he has...
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