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  1. BryanP

    Canon IS binoculars for pelagic birding?

    ‘I agree a 6 plus IS bin would be nice. Can you imagine? A Wide ish relaxed FOV ”and” IS! what‘s not to like. More’s the pity it’ll never happen. I once ran out of batteries for the Canon 8x25’s and had to use the bins sans IS for navigating in boisterous seas, it was awful (and nauseating) to...
  2. BryanP

    Canon IS binoculars for pelagic birding?

    Thanks for that Fazalmajid, Maybe I missed them but checking this morning the Nikon USA website doesn’t show any IS bins in their product list. if I’m not mistaken it sounds like the Fujinon 12x28 TS1228 might be better optically than the Opticrons and could be a decent compromise for a...
  3. BryanP

    Canon IS binoculars for pelagic birding?

    Thanks for that info Binastro, very helpful! I'm sure the clock still works 😉 I take it it then that having an optical window on the Canon 8x30's has no bearing on the IP rating of those binoculars. Fazalmajid, Have you had a chance to try the Opticron Imagic Image stabilized bins. I’m...
  4. BryanP

    Canon IS binoculars for pelagic birding?

    Binastro, My dumb question of the day is, what’s an optical window? is it like a UV filter on a camera lens? I was surprised how well the Canon’s stood up to the salt water and rain over the years. Granted they were only ever in the elements long enough to find that nav buoy or Petrel. They...
  5. BryanP

    Canon IS binoculars for pelagic birding?

    I had a pair of Canon 8x25’s which were the primary bins on our boat for about ten years. We live aboard and for the conditions we often found ourselves (open ocean, variable conditions) the Canon’s were a revelation and made pelagic birding a pleasure. They were great for navigation as well...
  6. BryanP

    Miserable Birders???

    Yup! with ya on that one. Sure beats the alternative! 😉👍 Cheers, Bryan
  7. BryanP

    Miserable Birders???

    Cheers!😉
  8. BryanP

    Miserable Birders???

    Folks here have pointed out that most of their encounters with other birders has been positive. I’ll echo this as I‘ve found the same particularly with their indulgences of my own foibles which I’ve been told are many and varied. 😉 I’ll add to or elaborate on a few of the other types I’ve...
  9. BryanP

    Miserable Birders???

    We don’t have many here in Costa Rica. Some of the reserves and parks back home in BC have them but they’ve always been cheerful and fun places, maybe its a Canuck thing. Cheers, Bryan
  10. BryanP

    Miserable Birders???

    Bearding the lion in his den eh? Love it! I hope the quality of your impishness deflated the bubble of self importance in that hide, for a little while at least. Cheers, Bryan
  11. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Yup, standard 1.25, thanks.
  12. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    No worries, hadn’t put in an order for them yet so no harm done 😉😂 Bryan
  13. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Thanks GeorgeL, That’s looking pretty nifty and a sweet price too. You’ll have to bear with my lack of knowledge here but I’m guessing these SvBony eyepieces will work without adaptors or modifications with the little Hummer scope? When next I’m back in Vancouver I’m planning on visiting the...
  14. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Hi Gypa, I can’t find anything anywhere that suggests we can buy the scope without eyepiece unfortunately. Here is the Cloudy nights thread that started all this for me with my ears pricking up with post #18...
  15. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Hi Wllmspd, Thanks, I’m going to communicate with Baader to ensure compatibility before I place any orders. Cheers, Bryan
  16. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Thanks GeorgeL, it seems a whole world of eyepieces are opening up before me which I‘m looking forward to exploring. I also like the low entry fee for a lot of them, relatively speaking Of course 😉 Cheers, Bryan
  17. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Thanks Wllmspd, That makes sense. As I recall the Baader website shows a photo of the Hyperion Mk IV zoom on a Hummingbird amoungst others so that might be all the evidence I need to splash out for one. I can justify the expense if I can use the Baader on any future mythical scopes I may...
  18. BryanP

    Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm saves the day!

    Hi all, Thought the folks here in the spotting scope forum might be interested in this. I recently purchased the Celestron X-Cel’LX 7mm eyepiece to replace the stock zoom eyepiece on my neglected 50mm Celestron Hummingbird scope. I chose it based on a positive post in a Cloudy Nights thread and...
  19. BryanP

    Do you have a great "viewing station" at home where you can relax with your bins and watch the wildlife?

    Thanks ZDHart We have an acquaintance back home who owns a tea shop. When we go back we usually buy a couple pounds of Bergamot Earl Grey Tea from her which then travels with us…just in case. This time we’ve been here so long we ran out and since none of our friends are travelling can’t have it...
  20. BryanP

    Do you have a great "viewing station" at home where you can relax with your bins and watch the wildlife?

    Hi all, Can I play? Great thread and fantastic panoramic “viewing station” you have there ZDHart. i spent a summer in the sea of Cortez and fell in love with the desert wildlife so really appreciate the variety of visitors to your slice of paradise. We’re riding out the pandemic in southern...
  21. BryanP

    Rick young harness

    No worries! My SF”s came supplied with a set so Zeiss must think its a good idea. Cheers, Bryan
  22. BryanP

    Rick young harness

    This ^^ plus any local hardware store should have em. They have different names in different markets. Back home in my region of Canada we call them zapstraps but I've seen the name cableties, hoseties as well as zipties. From my experience using them for outdoor applications I've found black to...
  23. BryanP

    What's a birding moment that spooked you?

    Heres one. This was around 12 years ago. We were asked to help with the ocean delivery of a 52 foot (15.8 meter) racing sailboat from Seattle to San Francisco. Its a 560ish mile trip nonstop and since it was a bit windy that July it only took 72 hours door to door. Mid trip found us 100 miles...
  24. BryanP

    Traveller BGA ED Refresh?

    Hi Pete, Thanks very much, Handily clears the way for getting a pair of the current 8X32’s. Interesting about supply and component chains. From what I can gather computer and camera manufacturers seem to be in a similar situation. I wonder if its because demand is way up and suppliers got...
  25. BryanP

    Traveller BGA ED Refresh?

    Hi all, Since Opticron has updated a few models recently I was wondering if perhaps the 8/10X32 Traveller BGA ED is next. I can’t find any information on its last refresh so am not sure if its even due for an update. I’m planning on picking up the current 8x32 Traveller as a backup bin but if...
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