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  1. Gray C

    Opticron Imagic Image stabilised binocular 12x30

    This is the first I have heard of these? How do they compare with the Canon IS binoculars?
  2. Gray C

    What Canon binoculars does Chris Packham use?

    This primarily for UK based members. I was watching Winter Watch onTV last night and noticed Chris was using Canon binoculars, but they didn't look like IS binoculars. Can anyone enlighten me
  3. Gray C

    Carl Zeiss Jena servicing

    I have a nice pair of Carl Zeiss Jena 8x30s made in the GDR circa 1957. I was wondering if Zeiss would service these binoculars even though they carry the Carl Zeiss name, but are not true Zeiss, as per the current company? If so, would they likely update the optics if necessary?
  4. Gray C

    Is it really worth buying an NL 8x42?

    I have an 8x42 SLC, which I find to be fantastic Is the expense really worth buying the NL? Is it really that much better that I spend another 2k plus? Thoughts please? I was really contemplating buying them but do I really need to? Are they that much better than what I already have? I'm...
  5. Gray C

    Do you consider the SLC to be an Alpha binocular?

    I have the 8 x 42 SLC and I love it. I have looked through an EL 8.5 x 42 and found very little difference in the clarity, sharpness, brightness etc. Yes, there's a bit more clarity at the outer edges but the SLC does have a very large sweet spot, so this makes very little difference to my...
  6. Gray C

    New FB Hawke users group

    Not sure if this allowed or not but a new group had been formed on FB for Hawke binocular users Please feel free to drop in and discuss any matters Hawke related. There are only a handful of members at present but we hope the membership will grow in time. Great Oaks from little acorns grow...
  7. Gray C

    Field of view question for the NL?

    Everybody keeps saying that one of the primary advantages of the NL is the increased field of view. I have been totally blind in my left eye for over 40 years. Viewing through one barrel, will I still see the increased FOV or not? Maybe someone can enlighten me on this by doing a test for me?
  8. Gray C

    Swift Grand Prix Mk1 8x40

    Years ago I was given a pair of these. I don't use them very often but they are a perfectly adequate pair of binoculars Does anyone else have similar and what are your thoughts?
  9. Gray C

    Leica customer service - 8x20 Ultravids

    A 15 year update lol. Binoculars purchased in 2005 after advice from you guys on here, Elkcub in particular I still have my 8x20 Ultravids and they are still getting lots of use even though I have a pair of 8x42 Swaros. They've been excellent companions over the years The only issue I've...
  10. Gray C

    Swarovski dG monocular 8x25

    Hi Has anyone tried this fairly new device? It has a built in camera and automatically connects to the Merlin Bird app on a mobile phone to identify a bird. This, I believe, could be particularly useful for identifying unfamiliar birds whilst on holiday abroad. Has anyone tried this device...
  11. Gray C

    Swarovski dG 8x25 monocular

    Hi Has anyone tried this fairly new device? It has a built in camera and automatically connects to the Merlin Bird app on a mobile phone to identify a bird. This, I believe, could be particularly useful for identifying unfamiliar birds whilst on holiday abroad. Has anyone tried this device...
  12. Gray C

    SLC. Is this normal?

    Whenever I don't use glasses (not often) I've noticed a slight yellow/green ring around the very outer edge of the field of view. Is this normal, or is it my eyes, or is there a possible fault with the binoculars? Thanks for any advice
  13. Gray C

    Swarovski SLC v EL v Zeiss Victory SF 10x42

    Hi I have a pair of Swarovski SLC 8x42 and I am thinking about getting a pair of 10 x magnification binoculars. Of the bins mentioned above what are the pros and cons of each binocular? I usually wear glasses, so eye relief is a consideration I have a pair of Leica Ultravid 8x20 but have been...
  14. Gray C

    Swarovski EL v SLC v Zeiss Victory SF 10x42

    Hi I have a pair of Swarovski SLC 8x42 and I am thinking about getting a pair of 10 x magnification binoculars. Of the bins mentioned above what are the pros and cons of each binocular? I usually wear glasses, so eye relief is a consideration I have a pair of Leica Ultravid 8x20 but have...
  15. Gray C

    Which model do you think I should get?

    I have got the chance of buying some pre HD Ultravids, but not sure which model to go for, 8x32 or 8x42? I will use them for birding and general viewing on holidays etc What are the pros and cons of each. The price difference between both is an extra £90.00. Which do you reckon I should go...
  16. Gray C

    Leica 8x32's or 8x42's. What is the real difference?

    Very briefly, I am considering adding a big brother to my 8x20 BL Ultravids. I am considering either the Ultravid 8x32's or the 8x42's. Is there are real difference between the two or is the difference so marginal that most people would not know the difference. At the end of the day both models...
  17. Gray C

    Ultravid 8x32 or 8x42 What is the real difference?

    Very briefly, I am considering adding a big brother to my 8x20 BL Ultravids. I am considering either the Ultravid 8x32's or the 8x42's. Is there are real difference between the two or is the difference so marginal that most people would not know the difference. At the end of the day both...
  18. Gray C

    The very best.

    This question has probably been asked many times before, but nevertheless here it is again. I am prepared to pay up to £950 for a pair of binoculars and I would like to know which are the best bins available within this price range. I know that this question is difficult to answer because...
  19. Gray C

    Woodpecker

    Hi We are new to birding and need help identifying some species. Yesterday evening at the Moore Nature Reserve feeding station in Cheshire we saw what I am sure was a woodpecker, but what kind? It had a black cap (no red on head) and it's breast and body was a distinctive beige colour with...
  20. Gray C

    Cheshire

    Two great places to visit are Moore nature reserve near Warrington and Marbury Country Park near Northwich
  21. Gray C

    Leica 8x20 Ultravids...and then a further question?

    Hi I have looked at several binoculars and monoculars to purchase. I have now decided that I would like a compact pair of binoculars to be used for birding, walking and general usage. We still have two pairs of (good quality in my opinion) standard size bins for birdwatching, but I wanted a...
  22. Gray C

    Opticron DBA Oasis or BGA Classic Oasis?

    I was looking to buy an Opticron monocular, but after handling one I found it difficult to hold it steady in comparison to binoculars (8x42) I am now considering buying either Opticron DBA Oasis 8x42 or Opticron BGA Classic Oasis 8x42. I have seen the BGA's for sale at £369 and the DBA's for...
  23. Gray C

    Expert advice needed - Monocular/Binocular

    Hi ;) New to this forum and to birdwatching, so any help would be appreciated. I have two pairs of old, but excellent condition binoculars, which I am giving to my wife and daughter. The first pair are Carl Zeiss Zena 8x30 and were made in DDR in 1960's. The other pair are Swift Grand Prix Mk1...
  24. Gray C

    Carl Zeiss Jena 8x30

    Hi New to this forum and to birdwatching, so any help would be appreciated. I have two pairs of old, but excellent condition binoculars, which I am giving to my wife and daughter. The first pair are Carl Zeiss Zena Porro 8x30 and were made in DDR in 1960's. The other pair are Swift Porro Grand...
  25. Gray C

    Swift Grand Prix 1 8x40

    Hi New to this forum and to birdwatching, so any help would be appreciated. I have two pairs of old, but excellent condition binoculars, which I am giving to my wife and daughter. The first pair are Carl Zeiss Zena 8x30 and were made in DDR in 1960's. The other pair are Swift Porro Grand Prix...
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