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    Scope histories

    Joachim, where does one actually find these Russian optics you (and others) have brought up? Just Ebay or are there specialty sites for optics arcana?
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    Monarch 82ED, a Perfect Ten

    Yes, not casting stones. Just wished they had been able to draw up an invoice with the relevant bits :)
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    Monarch 82ED, a Perfect Ten

    Well, I inquired on the Baader website and was brought back to our thread here. (Hello Baader people if you're reading this!): Your Question: Hello! I am interested in using the Baader Mark IV zoom with a Nikon Monarch 82ED spotting scope. Do you know if this eyepiece will work and if so, the...
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    Monarch 82ED, a Perfect Ten

    If I am understanding the discussion, I could purchase the body only and a Baader Hyperion Mark IV Zoom would fit using an a currently available adapter?
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    Worth looking at the Kowa 883 as a replacement to my Nikon ED82?

    Thanks for the clarification. /mark
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    Worth looking at the Kowa 883 as a replacement to my Nikon ED82?

    Thanks Joachim. For the newer Monarch 82ED the published eye relief for the 30-60W eyepiece is 15.2 - 14.2mm. This seems just at the margin for eyeglass wearers like myself but I haven’t seen any comments about it so perhaps I’m misinterpreting. /mark
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    Worth looking at the Kowa 883 as a replacement to my Nikon ED82?

    Alexis, I had settled on the Nikon 82ED until I learned about the marginal eye relief for eyeglass wearers. Are the older Nikon models like the 78Ed better in that regard? Thanks, Mark
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    Scope histories

    Thanks for the explanation and the clarification about the MM3. /mark
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    Scope histories

    Bill, why did you choose the MM3 over the MM4? Same question about the S2 over the 883. I'm trying to decide on a scope so am interested in your experience. Thanks/Mark
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    Monarch 82ED, a Perfect Ten

    The published eye relief for the 30-60W eyepiece is 15.2 - 14.2mm which seems just at the margin for eyeglass wearers like myself. Steve Babbs (or any other spectacled users), can you comment on your experience with this eyepiece?
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    Magnification adapters & general scope advice

    Thanks again and yes, one of the most important things I've learned in this forum is the existence of sample variation across the spectrum. It has really changed my approach to how to purchase a scope. /mark
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    Compact scope to use for garden

    Hi Max, I’m in the market for my first scope so I can’t be of much help but maybe if you provide more information about why you are wanting to not use a tripod others here could offer some advice. My initial reaction was that a tripod would help minimize your pain from hand holding a scope. Is...
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    Magnification adapters & general scope advice

    Thanks, this is definitely food for thought! /mark
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    Magnification adapters & general scope advice

    Ah, because the one on Meopta's website is only advertised as for use with pre-S2 eyepieces. Great to know there's an astro adapter. https://www.meoptasportsoptics.eu/en/prislusenstvi/produkt/adapters-and-tripods-eyepiece-adapter-2179/
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    Magnification adapters & general scope advice

    Thanks for the advice and the link, Joachim. I'm spent time on the Meopta website but assumed that adapter was accommodating pre-S2 Meopta lenses. Cheers, Mark
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    Magnification adapters & general scope advice

    I’m yet another mook trying to make a decision on a spotting scope and so I’ve spent quite some time parsing the very helpful reviews and opinions on this forum. I live on Gotland, a Swedish island in the middle of the Baltic and so my nature observations are a mix of coastal shorebirds...
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    Hello from Gotland, Sweden.

    Hello, I'm an American-Swedish dual citizen living on the Swedish island of Gotland, smack dab in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Relatively new to birding. I've been lurking in this very helpful forum for some time so I'm happy to have emerged from the bushes and finally joined. Cheers, Mark
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