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Forum: Zeiss Sunday 9th December 2018, 22:32
Replies: 155
Views: 17,924
Posted By Bill Atwood
I bought the Ape Case AC150 for my 8x25 Pockets....

I bought the Ape Case AC150 for my 8x25 Pockets. Its a padded case that provides ample room, but is rather simple. Wish it had and extra pocket or two.
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 9th December 2018, 04:23
Replies: 155
Views: 17,924
Posted By Bill Atwood
While I generally prefer 8x32, these Victory 8x25...

While I generally prefer 8x32, these Victory 8x25 Pockets work very well. They may actually be the only bin that is better suited for those who use eyeglasses vs those who don't.

I prefer a snug...
Forum: Opticron Saturday 8th December 2018, 22:11
Replies: 55
Views: 23,518
Posted By Bill Atwood
I use an Induro CLT103 tripod with Manfrotto...

I use an Induro CLT103 tripod with Manfrotto 700RC2 head. Plenty of support for my MM4 60. A used version of this tripod/head combo was listed for a long time in the Birdforum classifieds awhile...
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 25th September 2018, 04:26
Replies: 32
Views: 1,710
Posted By Bill Atwood
I have an old pair of 8x32 HGs as one of too many...

I have an old pair of 8x32 HGs as one of too many backup bins.

One negative - the focus wheel stiffness corresponds to temp. Becomes quite stiff somewhere around 30F.
Forum: Opticron Thursday 20th September 2018, 05:22
Replies: 55
Views: 23,518
Posted By Bill Atwood
The scope body itself is waterproof.

The scope body itself is waterproof.
Forum: Nikon Sunday 16th September 2018, 03:42
Replies: 23
Views: 1,245
Posted By Bill Atwood
IIRC the Mountaineers seemed a little larger and...

IIRC the Mountaineers seemed a little larger and heavier. For some reason the Diplomat's run was pretty short. Come to think of it Diplomat was a strange name for a bin.

I'd be willing to let go of...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 16th September 2018, 03:26
Replies: 23
Views: 1,245
Posted By Bill Atwood
Here is a brief comparison of the Diplomats &...

Here is a brief comparison of the Diplomats & Customs from Stephen Ingraham's Better View Desired newsletter:

https://www.cloudynights.com/BVD/Nikon-Diplomat-8X23.php

It's somewhat light compared...
Forum: Swarovski Saturday 8th September 2018, 05:46
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By Bill Atwood
And the 85 doesn't save you much weight either,...

And the 85 doesn't save you much weight either, around 7 oz. I believe.
Forum: Nikon Saturday 8th September 2018, 04:51
Replies: 23
Views: 1,245
Posted By Bill Atwood
I happen to have a couple Diplomats sitting...

I happen to have a couple Diplomats sitting around. Would be interesting to see how they do against Nikon's newer offerings.
Forum: Swarovski Friday 7th September 2018, 04:11
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By Bill Atwood
The ATX95 seems to shine (compared to smaller...

The ATX95 seems to shine (compared to smaller objectives) when used at higher powers, and/or poor light conditions with fairly stable air. Under dirty air conditions my friends ATS65 can offer a...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 16th August 2018, 00:36
Replies: 14
Views: 1,655
Posted By Bill Atwood
Renowned bird photographer Art Morris switched...

Renowned bird photographer Art Morris switched from Gitzo to Induro quite awhile ago. I have the Induro CLT103 and like it alot for a 60mm Opticron, but don't think I'd use it for the beast that is...
Forum: Swarovski Sunday 12th August 2018, 17:07
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By Bill Atwood
I have the Kite Skua on my ATX 95. Don't...

I have the Kite Skua on my ATX 95. Don't remember where I purchased it, but very likely it was EO. I really miss that store.

The Skua has some issues I covered in this...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 8th August 2018, 05:20
Replies: 41
Views: 2,356
Posted By Bill Atwood
I need to wear glasses due to severe myopia and...

I need to wear glasses due to severe myopia and dry eyes (forced to ditch contacts). Never did any sort of serious examination of the effect of coatings since I had no options and it would be a...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 4th August 2018, 05:16
Replies: 10
Views: 1,327
Posted By Bill Atwood
I've not done any tour with the companies...

I've not done any tour with the companies mentioned, but all are highly reputable and should get you a good list of birds for any tour.

The scuttlebutt I've heard on Birdquest jibes with Andy's...
Forum: Mexico Thursday 11th January 2018, 03:28
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By Bill Atwood
Couple places to...

Couple places to start:

https://www.facebook.com/fiamsanblas/

http://www.banderasnews.com/1701/to-2017-san-blas-migratory-bird-festival.htm
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 11th January 2018, 03:08
Replies: 3
Views: 1,167
Posted By Bill Atwood
Agree 1000% with Tringa regarding the DH101.

Agree 1000% with Tringa regarding the DH101.
Forum: Opticron Saturday 30th September 2017, 02:52
Replies: 8
Views: 4,891
Posted By Bill Atwood
I really like that style of cap and you had my...

I really like that style of cap and you had my hopes up. Nightforce is another brand I've discovered, but it also ends at just over 2.5" OD. Looks like they are all designed for rifle scopes which...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 29th September 2017, 05:05
Replies: 35
Views: 4,946
Posted By Bill Atwood
+1 on polarized single vision! They really show...

+1 on polarized single vision! They really show the beauty of some landscapes too.
Forum: Opticron Thursday 28th September 2017, 04:31
Replies: 8
Views: 4,891
Posted By Bill Atwood
Thanks Alexis, but it appears that Size 7 is the...

Thanks Alexis, but it appears that Size 7 is the largest available, but its too small for the 60mm that has an OD of 2.88". Vortex and Butler Creek make similar covers, but also fall short for 60mm...
Forum: Opticron Sunday 24th September 2017, 16:14
Replies: 8
Views: 4,891
Posted By Bill Atwood
I have both scopes in 60mm and both zooms. After...

I have both scopes in 60mm and both zooms. After a fair amount of backyard and lakeside viewing I really don't notice a difference in the image itself (MM3/HDF vs MM4/SDL). I believe Frank is right...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Sunday 24th September 2017, 15:02
Replies: 1
Views: 1,440
Posted By Bill Atwood
You might find a used Opticron MM3 or newer MM4...

You might find a used Opticron MM3 or newer MM4 with HDF 15-45x zoom in that price range. Some retailers have the MM4/HDF packaged at $859.
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 21st September 2017, 03:42
Replies: 9
Views: 4,135
Posted By Bill Atwood
+1!!!

+1!!!
Forum: Leica Thursday 14th September 2017, 02:14
Replies: 1
Views: 1,647
Posted By Bill Atwood
Yes, within a day or 2 almost all of the more...

Yes, within a day or 2 almost all of the more popular models of the alpha brands were gone. Wouldn't be surprised if they lowered the inventory beforehand.
Forum: Leica Thursday 14th September 2017, 02:11
Replies: 75
Views: 16,809
Posted By Bill Atwood
Interesting to read about the focus sync issue. ...

Interesting to read about the focus sync issue. I had it with Swaro 8.5x42 ELs.

The defect/failure rate of new alpha bins rather disappointing. In fact I think my experience has been that it is...
Forum: Opticron Monday 11th September 2017, 05:42
Replies: 0
Views: 1,787
Posted By Bill Atwood
FYI - SDL v2 (and others) on sale (USA)

Most of the good stuff is gone, but last time I checked Eagle Optics still had some Opticron eyepieces at a 20% discount. SDL V2 at $320. HDF Demo zoom $200.
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