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    Small and light scopes ...

    ... are few and far between, even though they can be really useful in many situations especially when travelling or when hiking in difficult terrain. Sure, there are some products, like e.g. the Nikon ED50 or the Opticrons, but they're all flawed in one way or another. The ED50, for instance...
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    AFOV of the 13-30x and the 13-40x at different magnifications

    I'm interested in the AFOV of the Nikon zooms for the Fieldscopes at different magnifications. All the Nikon brochures I've got, dating back to 2003, only list the AFOV at the lowest magnification: AFOV of 38.5 degrees, FOV 52 at 1000m (at 13x, with the ED50). Does someone have these data...
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    Frog ID (Germany)

    I guess I'm just too stupid ... And the literature doesn't really help. What's this frog? Hermann
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    Durability and reliability of Canon IS binoculars

    42za wrote in another thread, summarizing some of the reservations many people have about Canon IS binoculars: Now, I don't think the need to carry some spare batteries should keep people from using binoculars that rely on batteries (after all, carrying a spare set isn't that difficult ...
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    Headphones

    I do some voice recording from time to time, using my smartphone, usually in combination with a MicW IShotgun microphone. The app I'm using is Hartmut Pfitzinger's "Field Recorder", a great app once you begin to understand how it works. Took me a while though, and there's still much I need to...
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    European butterflies? Any recommendations?

    Even though it's sort of OT here: Does anyone know a good app on European butterflies? With English and German names, if possible? Coverage would need to include Central and Northern Europe. Southern Europe would be nice but is not essential. I'm on Android, so I'm only interested in apps that...
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    VERY light ballheads

    I'm looking a very light ballhead for my travelling/hiking setup. What I'm looking for is a ballhead I can use both on a monopod (Gitzo Carbon) and a lightweight tripod (Sirui Carbon, weight ~900 gr.), both for photography (with a lightweight camera+lens, total weight ~1,2 kg) and with a scope...
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    Ultravid 8x42 BL?

    Anyone here to offer some information on the Ultravid 8x42 BL? It's still on the Leica page, but with little real information. I know it didn't get the "+"-upgrade and doesn't have AquaDura coatings. It's also apparently not "HD" (even though that doesn't really mean all that much AFAIK). I'd be...
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    Bird Fair 2015?

    Just a request: As I won't be in the UK for the Bird Fair, can those who do go please post any interesting news? I'd much prefer to see the news all in one thread, not distributed over all the different manufacturers' forums. This applies not just to binoculars (and their accessories), but...
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    Habicht: 8x30 or 10x40?

    I think I want another Habicht, either the 8x30 or the 10x40. I know all about the size and weight differences and so on, so that's an aspect that doesn't concern me at all. I also know about the short eyerelief of both models, and the fairly stiff focusing. No problems there. However, I want...
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    Novagrade: "Standard" or "Compact" Adapter?

    Having seen Moocher's excellent results with the Novagrade adapter, I want to take the plunge as well. So far I've used the Butterfly Smartphone-Adapter DA-SR1 (http://www.orniwelt.de/products/Digiscoping/Adapter/DA-1-Butterfly-Smartphone-Adapter-DA-SR1.html). I'm not entirely happy with that...
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    Question on the SV 8x32

    The only time I had a chance to try out an SV 8x32 for some time in the field was a few years ago. I can't remember when, but it must have been only a few months after their introduction. At the time I noticed quite a few things I liked, for instance the handling, but also the ease of use in...
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    Zeiss HT - 2 years on

    Well, it's about two years since the HT came onto the market in some numbers, and after reading parts of that old monster thread again I began wondering how people who got the 8x42 HT or the 10x42 HT at the time now feel about their bins. Maybe now, after the heated discussions about the SF died...
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    Hohe Tauern and Ötztaler Alpen in July

    I'm in the process of planning a trip to the Alps this summer. We'll be off in July, travelling via Mittenwald to the Hohe Tauern/Großglockner region, then to the Ötztaler Alpen. We'll finish in the Tessin in Switzerland. This is not going to be a "birding-only" trip (my partner would kill me...
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    Question on the 10x30 IS

    I've got a question on the 10x30 IS that arose from the current thread on the 8x25 IS. I decided to open a new thread because I didn't want to derail that thread which I think focuses on some very interesting aspects on the "influence of human factors on our seeing experience", as etudiant put...
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    And now for something completely different: The Habicht 7x42

    Over the years the Swarovski Habicht has received quite a lot of attention on this forum, even though it is in several ways one of the most old-fashioned binoculars on the market nowadays: It is one of the few remaining porros made by one of the major manufacturers now that Nikon has finally...
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    Universal smartphone adapters?

    I'm currently looking at universal smartphone adapters, in particular the Novagrade adapter (http://novagrade.com/store/camera_phone_adapter) and the Tonta adapter (http://www.lens2scope.com/index.php/product/detail/3). Both are available over here, so I wouldn't need to order from the US. At...
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    A quick question on the Nikon 8x32 HG-L

    I found a (new) Nikon 8x32 HG-L at a really nice price, and I'm considering getting it as a bad weather backup pair. I tend to use my SEs most of the time at the moment. However, in really bad weather and at the coast I much prefer a waterproof pair for obvious reasons. I don't really want to...
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    Extender for angled Leicas

    Leica will be offering a 1.8 extender for the angled versions of the 65 and 85 models. It's expected to arrive in on 20 May: http://www.orniwelt.de/products/Spektive/Leica/Leica-Televid-82/Leica-Extender-18x.html The magnification range will be 45-90x with the 25-50x zoom eyepiece. Looks...
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    Holger's book ... :-)

    Just in case people are still looking for Christmas presents ... ;) I got Holger's book last week, and I think it's a must for anyone interested in binoculars. Lots of information on the technical background and practical advice on buying binoculars. After some extensive reading I think this...
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    Android app for bat identification

    There's an interesting app for android phones and tablets called "BatLib". It's published by Elekon, a Swiss maker of bat detectors, and it's free. The app covers more than 30 European bat species and includes soundfiles of many of them to show what these bats sound like on a heterodyne...
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    Bat Detectors?

    Having seen bats on numerous birding trips, I'd like to get a bat detector. The final straw was when I saw two bats hunting around the cliffs on Heligoland last autumn - and nobody had any idea what species they were. I'm not sure which detector to get though, so I'd appreciate some help. I'm...
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    Southern Sweden and Oland

    Due to a very late change of plans we'll be off to Sweden next Sunday, travelling to Helsingborg via Denmark. We intend to stay in southern Sweden, mainly near the coast, including a week or so on Oland. This will be a "real" holiday, my partner is interested in birds but not a birder. I won't...
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    "Universal" adapter for phonescoping

    Orniwelt has two new adapters for phonescoping on their website: http://www.orniwelt.de/products/Lens2scope/DA-1-Butterfly-Smartphone-Adapter-DA-LS7.html http://www.orniwelt.de/products/Lens2scope/DA-1-Butterfly-Smartphone-Adapter-DA-SR1.html They claim these adapters can be used with almost...
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    Video head for long hikes

    I've been using aluminium Gitzos with Manfrotto 128 LP heads for many years. However, after a shoulder injury a couple of years ago I'm increasingly feeling the weigh, especially on long hikes. I therefore got a Gitzo carbon tripod a couple of days ago, a GT2341, to cut down on the weight...
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