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    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    A Merlin. Watched this shape streak past and as I followed it, it just didn't look like a Cooper's hawk. Out of the blue, I said, "You know, I've never seen a Merlin". Looked it up when we got home and there wasn't a doubt. Looked at recent sightings and there were two in that same location...
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    Greetings from Seattle

    I'm afraid that Captain's has closed. Covid was just too much for them. Sadly, I have no idea what has happened to Bill. More importantly I don't know where we'll get optics or nautical instruments repaired. Sorry to carry the sad news. Thanks for letting me know about the Snowy Owls. They have...
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    Monarch 82ED, a Perfect Ten

    After reading Henry's very thorough review we decided to seriously consider the Monarch scopes. We saw that Glazers here in Seattle carried the Monarch 60ED and decided to go see how we liked it. We were duly impressed and after a bit of testing and trying on tripods we decided to go ahead and...
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    Greetings from Seattle

    Hi all, We've been lifelong casual birders, but are stepping things up a level now. A month ago we picked up an Opticron MM3 60ED spotting scope at auction when Captain's Nautical Supply went under. Sad to lose Captains, but even sadder that I didn't bid on two scopes as the prices were really...