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Forum: Cameras And Photography Thursday 9th August 2018, 05:34
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By ailevin
I have been birding only a few years using...

I have been birding only a few years using binoculars and spotting scope, but recently I decided to buy a compact point & shoot zoom camera. While I was reading reviews, I noticed a refurbished...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 7th August 2018, 23:38
Replies: 291
Views: 15,490
Posted By ailevin
I attempted birding in Las Vegas, NV last week...

I attempted birding in Las Vegas, NV last week using my Zeiss Victory 8x25 and attempting to use a brand new Panasonic compact zoom camera. The camera is fully automatic, but it has literally...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 6th August 2018, 20:11
Replies: 93
Views: 9,047
Posted By ailevin
Bill, I received the Opticron rain guard, and...

Bill,

I received the Opticron rain guard, and it's a clever design that works well. Now if we could only get some rain here. The marshes are very dry. OTH shorebird migration is picking...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 26th July 2018, 19:58
Replies: 113
Views: 5,830
Posted By ailevin
Blasphemy! You doubt Zambuto's deity?|8.|

Blasphemy! You doubt Zambuto's deity?|8.|
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 26th July 2018, 19:51
Replies: 93
Views: 9,047
Posted By ailevin
Bill, Which Opticron rain guard? Thanks, Alan

Bill,

Which Opticron rain guard?

Thanks,
Alan
Forum: Zeiss Saturday 14th July 2018, 19:50
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By ailevin
There are comparisons in this...

There are comparisons in this (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=359737) thread. I'm not certain it was side-by-side, but there were folks who had owned both.

From what I've read more...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 13th July 2018, 02:07
Replies: 291
Views: 15,490
Posted By ailevin
Chuck, Did you go with local birders or arrange...

Chuck,

Did you go with local birders or arrange your own itinerary? Just curious as I'll be in Las Vegas in a couple weeks.

Thanks,
Alan
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 4th July 2018, 06:00
Replies: 63
Views: 4,436
Posted By ailevin
Sensible.

Sensible.
Forum: Binoculars Monday 2nd July 2018, 02:33
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By ailevin
Chris6 and aCuria: You raise a number of...

Chris6 and aCuria:
You raise a number of interesting points. If the optics were perfect then masking the entrance pupil (outer edge of objective or mirror) would be equivalent to your eye having a...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 1st July 2018, 03:35
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By ailevin
Of Binoculars Large and Small

I know I have too many binoculars. I don't mean this in any pejorative sense, as in it's better to have fewer higher quality instruments, or it's wrong to spend so much on optics, or don't tell the...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 30th June 2018, 19:12
Replies: 63
Views: 4,436
Posted By ailevin
This will be useful both for your impressions and...

This will be useful both for your impressions and as an example—comparing several binoculars side by side is very important in determining your specific needs and preferences.

Thanks for comparing...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 28th June 2018, 19:08
Replies: 291
Views: 15,490
Posted By ailevin
Palos Verdes is actually a large peninsula that...

Palos Verdes is actually a large peninsula that has a variety of interesting birding spots. There are a number of birding groups locally, some have weekly outings and others go out monthly. We rotate...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 28th June 2018, 18:29
Replies: 17
Views: 1,208
Posted By ailevin
That is a fine binocular, and I expect you will...

That is a fine binocular, and I expect you will enjoy it. I have had very good experience dealing with Opticron. I also think that 8x is a good choice for that binocular.

Alan
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 28th June 2018, 18:19
Replies: 63
Views: 4,436
Posted By ailevin
I mentioned the Swarovski 8x30 because it is of a...

I mentioned the Swarovski 8x30 because it is of a similar generation by a respected manufacturer going after a similar market, and it has been well reviewed here recently. I agree that there are...
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 28th June 2018, 17:42
Replies: 32
Views: 1,913
Posted By ailevin
I like to think about a telescope (or binocular)...

I like to think about a telescope (or binocular) in very cartoonish terms as a light funnel. The wide end of the funnel is the objective (sometimes called the entrance pupil of the telescope) and...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 27th June 2018, 03:43
Replies: 63
Views: 4,436
Posted By ailevin
Sorry to butt in, but I bought my Zeiss Victory...

Sorry to butt in, but I bought my Zeiss Victory 8x25 from SportOptics when they were running a 13% off coupon. That brought the price down from $750 to $652. I ordered from them by phone because I...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 26th June 2018, 03:36
Replies: 63
Views: 4,436
Posted By ailevin
If you are going to compare a Swarovski binocular...

If you are going to compare a Swarovski binocular to the Zeiss Victory 8x25, then it should probably be the new 8x30 CL Companion. Both are next generation and the newer optical designs seem to be...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 25th June 2018, 19:06
Replies: 63
Views: 4,436
Posted By ailevin
I wanted to chime in since I own or have used...

I wanted to chime in since I own or have used many of the binoculars that have been mentioned. While it is certainly true that you can get more if you pay more, it is important to select the right...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 21st June 2018, 20:19
Replies: 15
Views: 961
Posted By ailevin
Great Astro binocular but as I recall very...

Great Astro binocular but as I recall very limited eye relief.
Forum: Zeiss Friday 15th June 2018, 22:08
Replies: 93
Views: 9,047
Posted By ailevin
I said I was going to stick with the 8x25 for a...

I said I was going to stick with the 8x25 for a week or so and it has now been two weeks using only this little binocular when out walking or birding. It is time for a wrap up evaluation.

This is...
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 10th June 2018, 01:28
Replies: 42
Views: 2,388
Posted By ailevin
etudiant: I regularly use the RYO with a 33 oz...

etudiant:

I regularly use the RYO with a 33 oz binocular (Maven 9x45) and find it quite comfortable.

I have occasionally used it with a 40 oz binocular (Canon 15x45), but that was at night under...
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 10th June 2018, 01:05
Replies: 6
Views: 725
Posted By ailevin
+1

+1
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 7th June 2018, 23:30
Replies: 42
Views: 2,388
Posted By ailevin
+1 on zip ties. I have also used 1.75mm Dyneema...

+1 on zip ties. I have also used 1.75mm Dyneema cord (Lash-It is the product name).

Alan
Forum: Zeiss Thursday 7th June 2018, 23:23
Replies: 93
Views: 9,047
Posted By ailevin
Zeiss Victory 8x25 at Night

Last night I finally had a chance to play with my Zeiss Victory 8x25 under clear skies at a dark sky site. I was comparing it to a Cabela's Pro Guide 8x32. Just running the numbers, a 32mm aperture...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 4th June 2018, 06:10
Replies: 93
Views: 9,047
Posted By ailevin
Unfair Comparison

This morning at home viewing out to sea under fairly bright morning light... Weighing in at 10 oz the 8x25 Zeiss Victory, and weighing in at 33 oz, the local heavyweight champion, Maven 9x45.

It...
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