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Forum: Zeiss Wednesday 4th April 2018, 22:26
Replies: 55
Views: 5,268
Posted By Steve O4B
I'm still using an FL 10x42. In comparing them...

I'm still using an FL 10x42. In comparing them with the SF, the SF is a bit brighter and sharper due to the Schott HT glass, has a wider FOV and a shorter close focus. Ergonomics in the SF are also...
Forum: Nikon Saturday 13th January 2018, 01:54
Replies: 33
Views: 13,273
Posted By Steve O4B
Hi Tyler, You will find an upgrade in optical...

Hi Tyler,

You will find an upgrade in optical quality with the Nikon Monarch scope. In relative terms, I thought the original Vortex Razor 85mm scopes beat the old Fieldscope 82ED by a noticeable...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 8th November 2017, 15:44
Replies: 23
Views: 5,730
Posted By Steve O4B
Yves, The resolution charts we have were given...

Yves,

The resolution charts we have were given to us by Swarovski. I don't remember the link, but you should be able to find it in the discussion on the Kowa TSN-553/554 scopes.
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 8th November 2017, 00:56
Replies: 14
Views: 5,564
Posted By Steve O4B
The TE-9Z is a big improvement over the old...

The TE-9Z is a big improvement over the old 20-60x zoom with the TSN-1, -2, -3, or -4. With it you can get a good image even at 60x.
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 8th November 2017, 00:49
Replies: 23
Views: 5,730
Posted By Steve O4B
Yves, Did you test resolution with a resolution...

Yves,

Did you test resolution with a resolution chart? Did you do a test for chromatic aberration? These are where you should see differences during bright daylight.
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 10th October 2017, 17:35
Replies: 151
Views: 32,743
Posted By Steve O4B
Thanks for catching that, Michael. I've already...

Thanks for catching that, Michael. I've already made the corrections. I don't know where the kid who wrote that would have seen that incorrect information. I'll have a chat with him next time he...
Forum: Zeiss Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 21:56
Replies: 151
Views: 32,743
Posted By Steve O4B
The Zeiss Victory Harpia 85mm...

The Zeiss Victory Harpia 85mm (http://www.optics4birding.com/zeiss-victory-harpia-85-spotting-scopes.html) and 95mm (http://www.optics4birding.com/zeiss-victory-harpia-95-spotting-scopes.html)...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 29th September 2017, 19:45
Replies: 151
Views: 32,743
Posted By Steve O4B
We received consumer pricing on the Harpias this...

We received consumer pricing on the Harpias this morning. 85mm body is $3299.99, 95mm body is $3749.99, eyepiece is $700. We're in the process of uploading specs and images. The products will be...
Forum: Kowa Saturday 23rd September 2017, 01:52
Replies: 14
Views: 5,564
Posted By Steve O4B
Kimmo, I wouldn't say "Never". The TE-9Z works...

Kimmo,

I wouldn't say "Never". The TE-9Z works on the TSN-1, -2, -3, and -4 much better than the original zoom. When they came out in 2005, I would go birding with a friend who had a TSN-4 with the...
Forum: Kowa Saturday 23rd September 2017, 01:38
Replies: 23
Views: 5,730
Posted By Steve O4B
Other than the spelling, there is no difference...

Other than the spelling, there is no difference between Extra-low Dispersion and eXtra-low Dispersion. The choice was made by the chairman of Kowa while he was visiting the US and saw a Viagra...
Forum: Swarovski Saturday 23rd September 2017, 01:24
Replies: 155
Views: 58,271
Posted By Steve O4B
Thanks Gijs and Dipped. That link worked and I've...

Thanks Gijs and Dipped. That link worked and I've read the review. It was very extensive and informative.

There are errors in your Kowa specifications:


The TE-10Z (20-60x) Zoom hasnít been...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 22nd September 2017, 01:59
Replies: 55
Views: 5,268
Posted By Steve O4B
The thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is the...

The thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is the difference in close focus. The SF beats the HT by about a foot. Studying butterflies and/or dragonflies, the SF has the edge. Otherwise, Lee has the...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 21st September 2017, 17:26
Replies: 155
Views: 58,271
Posted By Steve O4B
Gijs, Would you please post the link again. I...

Gijs,

Would you please post the link again. I can't find it on the site and the previously posted link doesn't work.
Forum: Kowa Thursday 21st September 2017, 01:21
Replies: 23
Views: 35,488
Posted By Steve O4B
I agree with Lee that the Kowa Genesis 8x33 are...

I agree with Lee that the Kowa Genesis 8x33 are one of the best mid-priced mid-size binos available. There are some top birders here in SoCal that absolutely love theirs.

The Kowa BD32-XDs are...
Forum: Mobile/iPhone Digiscoping Thursday 21st September 2017, 01:10
Replies: 6
Views: 2,934
Posted By Steve O4B
The Kowa Adapters fit perfectly on the eyepieces...

The Kowa Adapters fit perfectly on the eyepieces for the ATM / ATS / STM / STS scopes, but doesn't fit the ATX / STX scopes. The big problem is that Kowa doesn't have an adapter for the Samsung S8...
Forum: Kowa Wednesday 20th September 2017, 01:46
Replies: 23
Views: 35,488
Posted By Steve O4B
Smile We have them in stock at Optics4Birding...

We have them in stock at Optics4Birding (http://www.optics4birding.com/kowa-bd32-8x32-prominar-xd-binoculars.html). You just have to look in the right place.
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 20th September 2017, 01:42
Replies: 9
Views: 2,444
Posted By Steve O4B
Steve, Vortex is the strong part of that...

Steve,

Vortex is the strong part of that relationship. They are now outselling Bushnell. They will service all EO warranties as well as their own.

For buying optics, as Eagle Optics runs out of...
Forum: Mobile/iPhone Digiscoping Wednesday 20th September 2017, 01:31
Replies: 6
Views: 2,934
Posted By Steve O4B
I don't see why curved screens should have...

I don't see why curved screens should have problems with adapters that clamp onto the sides of a phone. Look at the Novagrade Digiscoping Phone Adapter...
Forum: Leica Saturday 2nd September 2017, 23:53
Replies: 38
Views: 9,890
Posted By Steve O4B
For those who have eyecup issues (blackouts when...

For those who have eyecup issues (blackouts when eyecups are fully extended), Leica is aware of the problem. At least with the Noctivids, you can contact them and get longer eyecups. These eyecups...
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 2nd September 2017, 18:30
Replies: 7
Views: 2,261
Posted By Steve O4B
The SV's sweet spot is only larger by percentage...

The SV's sweet spot is only larger by percentage of the view. The HT's is larger by FOV.

Light transmission for the SV is about 89 - 90%. They are not as bright as my Victory FL, which has 91%. The...
Forum: Kowa Friday 25th August 2017, 23:16
Replies: 106
Views: 33,450
Posted By Steve O4B
We received a demo TSN-554 this afternoon. I only...

We received a demo TSN-554 this afternoon. I only had a few minutes to do some testing. On this sample, I get a sharp image at 45x, even read license plates easily at 250 yards, through heat...
Forum: Kowa Friday 25th August 2017, 17:49
Replies: 106
Views: 33,450
Posted By Steve O4B
I figured that using the 0/2 as a basis would...

I figured that using the 0/2 as a basis would work as a replacement for 0/1.

The Christmas tree ornament takes me back to BA-3 at Brooks Institute of Photography. We did a lot of different...
Forum: Kowa Friday 25th August 2017, 02:01
Replies: 106
Views: 33,450
Posted By Steve O4B
Group 0/1 on this chart has lines a bit farther...

Group 0/1 on this chart has lines a bit farther apart than 1 mm. 0/2 is exact. Unfortunately, the defective scope is already packed and ready for pickup by UPS. I should have the new one, this time a...
Forum: Kowa Thursday 24th August 2017, 15:39
Replies: 106
Views: 33,450
Posted By Steve O4B
Thanks, Henry, On the chart that we have, in...

Thanks, Henry,

On the chart that we have, in Group 0, the top line is marked "2", not "1", and the black bars line up exactly with the millimeter lines on a ruler. The paper is glossy and there is...
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 22nd August 2017, 18:20
Replies: 33
Views: 13,273
Posted By Steve O4B
The diameter of the eyepiece at the scope end is...

The diameter of the eyepiece at the scope end is 1.77".
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