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    Spotting scope advice please

    Alexis, thanks for those suggestions.
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    Spotting scope advice please

    Thank you and interesting to note. I have heard of the kidneybean effect just didn't realize this may be a manifestation of it. Yes, probably should have mentioned that the middle image was taken at 16x, the other two at 48x. If the phone could be mounted the same distance as the eye when...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    Indeed I believe that astronomers using the same technique to weigh down a tripod. Yesterday, the settling time upstairs was a good 3-4 seconds. On the solid downstairs floor today it is perhaps about 2 seconds, but pressing the shutter button on the phone does not seem to disturb the image as...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    I had to check to make sure and the SOC (tempted to call it a sock!) does have the flaps for the focus drive and the tripod mount along with the front lens and eyepiece. I don't see a Hawke logo on it, but it does appear to be designed for the this scope as the fit is spot on. That is a fair...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    I will give that a try in due course when I have thought about how I can set it up. I tried with ispopropyl alcohol and am pleased to say that the gunge came off easily enough without causing any problem with the adjacent rubber. I admit I wasn't too keen on using acetone and would probably...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    That sounds like a good idea. I will see whether I can find some somewhere. It looks like very fine particles so I feel that it is unlikely to be paint flecks, but I imagine it is possible as what else would be in there given that its a sealed waterproof unit? This cannot be seen at all when...
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    What bird is this?

    Thank you. There were actually three of them, one jumped into the water before I managed to take this photo. The RSPB reference says they hang their wings out to dry and this is exactly what one of them was doing. That reference also talks about them being in conflict with fishers and this...
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    What bird is this?

    I am hoping this is in the correct section. This was spotted in the midlands, Uk, on Thornton Resevoir. The photo was taken in a makeshift way using a mobile phone and using a pair of Minox binoculars as a telephoto adapter! A conveniently placed stump served as the binocular mount and the phone...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    Despite messages advising me of a delay, the scope arrived today! It came in a nice metal clad carry case. While wiping it I promptly sliced my thumb on the edge of the HAWKE badge. :eek!: Fortunately the damage was minor! The scope itself has a built-in pop-up hood and a screw on eyepiece...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    Well I've done it! Having spent a few hours considering, I have purchased the Hawke ED65 suggested by dwatsonbirder. Hawke do seem to have consistently very good reviews, the zoom 16-48 seems to cover a nice range, it has a reasonably sized 65mm objective, a 45deg eyepiece and a fine focus...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    No problem, but thank you for having a look.
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    Spotting scope advice please

    Thanks for the clarification.
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    Spotting scope advice please

    I wasn't sure whether to post the photo while the listing is still running, so I have attached a section of it which I am hoping is sufficient to make a determination. It runs for up to half the circumference. Having Googled balsam failure and seen a couple of examples it does seem very likely...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    That looks certianly to be an improvement over crackle painted the TS9. Thank you for pointing it out. Apologies for that, but the information in the listings was rather limited. I have contacted some sellers for more information. The Nikon Fieldscope does look to be an older rubber clad...
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    Spotting scope advice please

    I am interested in aquiring a spotting scope but am unfamiliar with the brands. A mate of mine recommended a used Kowa quite some time ago. He also said that I should look for a 45deg eyepiece as its easier on the neck and shoulder to look through for any length of time. I have a couple of...
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    Aldi Spotting Scope

    I had two examples, the first one having gone back for a refund which the store refused but gave me a replacement instead. The second example was no better and was taken back to a different store and this one refunded without quibble. I found that the FOV at the 20 end is too narrow (like...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    kwikstaart, thanks for that explanation of the Kowa numbers and especially that bit of info about the fluorite, ED, and HD APO type lenses. So does 3 and 4 mean real fluorite? Do 1 and 2 have the ED variety then, or are they ordinary achromats? I appreciate that "betterviewdesired" review was...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    I think a good point was going down to somewhere that sells them and having a good look at them before opening wallet. I think I might get down to Focus Optics, which is not too far fom here, one day.
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    Interesting article. That reference to the Questar made me wonder whether a Mak such as the C90 or the C5 would workable and produce comparable results for digiscoping? They are quite moderately priced. http://betterviewdesired.com/Meade-ETX.php...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    Thanks for that link. At 480mm, the 80mm Regal is a bit shorter than the 600mm that is apparently optimal and only 80mm more than my Camera zoom lens. The 100mm at f5.4 has a focal length of 540mm as opposed to f6.0 for the 80mm one, which is a little closer to the mark on the focal length and a...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    Will check them out. Yes, had a look at Vixen and William Optics as well. Bit more costly, but I guess you get what you pay for. Can't find that Setup thread by the way. Suspected as much. Thanks for the confirmation. Yes, that's why I'm asking lots of questions and why I appreciate the...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    Wasn't initially sure myself, but I think the answer is both. Its beggining to look like the ED80 is the way to go as it can be easily adapted to either an observing or digiscoping setup and as a bonus for casual astro use. Its also reasonably affordable and does not require me to sell my Canon...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    All noted for future purchase consideration. Never thought about thanks. Thanks for mentioning it! Final decision will depend on finances though. Might mean saving for quite a bit longer though. Two different but interesting views. Would it be possible to attach a 45deg prism to a straight...
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    Thanks for that. I'm familiar with macro tubes although I only used them in photography a couple of times. Something to perhaps consider once I have a scope and have had a chance to experimented with it.
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    New to digiscoping - scope advice

    PS, does straight through versus 45 deg matter for digiscoping or is this just personnal choice?
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