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  1. J

    Opticron sdl3 eyepiece

    Mono, thanks for the tip!
  2. J

    Opticron sdl3 eyepiece

    Has anyone had a chance to use this new eyepiece? Is it significantly better than the sdl2? What difference does it make to the image through the MM4 60 ED and 77ED?
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    Review: Opticron MM4 77 GA / ED 45 with Opticron SDL v2 18-54x Zoom & HDF T WW 20x

    MGT, Sorry not to come back to your question earlier and appreciate that you have now made your decision. I am glad you are enjoying using your MM4 60 ED. I really enjoy mine. To answer your question, from the brief encounter I had with the MM4 77 ED, it seems very portable even though, as...
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    Review: Opticron MM4 77 GA / ED 45 with Opticron SDL v2 18-54x Zoom & HDF T WW 20x

    MGT, Thank you for your post. I too am interested in comparing the MM4ED and the MM77ED. I put the following post on the thread https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=373139&page=2 but perhaps I should have posted it on this thread as it is more recent. As you can see I am not an expert. I...
  5. J

    MM4 77mm

    I had the opportunity to compare the MM4 60 ED side by side with the MM4 77 ED earlier this week on a birding trip to Norfolk. The MM4 77 has a bigger brighter image and obviously a further reach than the MM4 60. However, to my eyes, the colour in the MM4 60 looked more intense and vivid (is the...
  6. J

    MM4 77mm

    I have an MM4 60 ED and must compare the MM4 77 ED with it when I get a chance (maybe next week). I wonder, though, if anyone has had a chance to compare the MM4 77 ED to the ES 80 ED? Does the MM4 77 ED with its shorter focal length have as crisp an image as the ES 80 ED or does the weight...
  7. J

    Opticron ES 80 GA ED v4

    I noticed when I received my copy of Bird Watching magazine for Autumn 2017 a couple of days ago that, Opticron have released v4 of the ES 80 GA ED fieldscope. At a quick glance the only change I could see was that a dual focus has been added. Has anyone had a chance to look at this new model...
  8. J

    New Opticron MM4 spotting scopes

    Frank, Thanks again for your reply. Look forward to your comparison in due course! Kind regards, Jonathan
  9. J

    New Opticron MM4 spotting scopes

    Frank, Thank you for your reply. I had got the general impression that you actually favoured the HDF eyepiece with the MM3. There was some question earlier in this thread as to whether the MM4 benefitted from the SDL2. Do you have any views on this? I realise that this can be subjective and...
  10. J

    New Opticron MM4 spotting scopes

    Frank, have you - or anyone - had the time to do an in depth look at the MM4's? Are they much different to the MM3's optically?
  11. J

    RSPB HD 82 Vs other equivalent scopes

    I know that this thread started a little while ago but it seemed most relevant for my question. I recently came across the RSPB HD 82 scope at a reserve and the RSPB man was singing its praises, saying that at its current price it was very competitive. He thought in terms of performance that it...
  12. J

    Opticron 60 mm MM3!

    Frank, Thank you very much for your reply and I do appreciate your comments. Understand perfectly about being busy actually felt a bit bad chasing you. It will be interesting to see what/if Opticron bring out next. The MM3 range is nearly starting to overlap their other ranges e.g. the HR range.
  13. J

    Opticron 60 mm MM3!

    Hi Frank, I wonder if you got the chance to compare the MM3 60 ED with the Hawke 85 ED? Also, being a little mischievous, I wonder if Opticron are going to bring out an MM3 70 ED?
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    Opticron 60 mm MM3!

    Frank, thank you for your interesting comments - these were the sort of areas I was trying to tease out. I won't be buying a scope in the next two weeks so I will await your feedback with interest - have to get the finance together so might be quite a bit longer but always useful to get all the...
  15. J

    Opticron 60 mm MM3!

    I am interested that people would be happy with the MM3 60 ed as their full time scope. I am investigating the Hawke Endurance ED 20-60 x 85 and have read very little but good about it. I own Hawke Frontier 8x43 ed bins and am very happy with them. I presume that the Hawke as well as having...
  16. J

    Celestron Regal M2 ED Series - 2013

    I appreciate that this thread is about the Celestron Regal M2 ED series but I wonder if anyone has been able to compare the Celestron M2's to what must be a close competitor, the Hawke Endurance ED series - 68mm and 85, also built in China for a European company, UK this time not US. Both brands...
  17. J

    Opticron's new Travelscope

    Thank you Rob and everyone for their comments which I appreciate. I would not have normally thought of comparing a 68 mm with a 50 mm but a quick review in Bird Watching magazine's January 2014 edition in their "2014 gear guide" suggested that the Hawke 68 ED was "a little bit bigger than many...
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    Opticron's new Travelscope

    Frank, Your comments are very interesting. I saw a review of the Nikon 50 ED that says: [I]It’s so good, in fact, that I’d even suggest it would make an excellent main scope if you’re looking for maximum flexibility in a portable, lightweight package.[/I] The link to the article is here...
  19. J

    Fieldscope ED50 or Vortex Razor 50 opinions?

    Niels, many thanks for directing me to the right place! Much appreciated!
  20. J

    Fieldscope ED50 or Vortex Razor 50 opinions?

    Frank, forgive my slowness but could you give me the address for the MM3 thread you mention in the sub forum - I have searched and am not coming up with it! Sorry to bother you.
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    New Hawke Frontier ED Scopes

    New Hawke Endurance ED Scopes The new Hawke Endurance ED scopes (i.e. x68/85 as opposed to x65/80) are fairly recent but do people have views about how good they are? I had heard comments about the eye relief on the older versions not being enough. Are the new models significant improvements on...
  22. J

    GS52 GA ED or IS60 ED?

    Is60 Ed Hi Frank, have you had a chance to remedy your non-use of the IS60 ED? Read reviews of it and it looks very interesting.
  23. J

    Celestron Regal M2 ED Series - 2013

    Frank, thank you very much for your comments. Have you heard from your retailer yet? Looking forward to your review!
  24. J

    Celestron Regal M2 ED Series - 2013

    Looking forward to reading Frank's review when he manages to get his hands on the new scope but in the meantime interesting that the blurb for the new model does not mention fluorite which was a definite feature of the Regal F. Also interested in the correlation of the Regal F with Hawke...
  25. J

    Celestron Regal M2 ED Series - 2013

    I know that these are new for 2013 and have only just been released in the US (meant to be coming to the UK May/June I believe), but has anyone had a look at them or had a chance to try them out? On the couple of US websites I looked at they had prices which were either the same or not...
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