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    Quick release question

    I tend to carry my scope / tripod on my back using a mulepack, but i'm constantly worried that the quick release mechanism on the tripod head will catch on something and disengage. Am i being paranoid? What head do you use? I'm ideally looking for something with a 2-stage quick release...
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    Opticron Imagic 8x25 Vs BGA T PC 8x24

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me. I'm looking for a decent compact roof in the 8x25 range, and have narrowed my choice down to: Imagic BGA Oasis 8x25 (discontinued last year but still in shops), and BGA T PC Oasis 8x24 Looking at the specs, they are both Phase-corrected with Oasis...
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    Tripod for Kowa TSN 601?

    Hi, I'm looking to put together a lightweight package for reasonably long distance walking. I've got a Kowa TSN 601 (750g, Angled) which I'll be using at 30x. I'm 5'8", so height not a major consideration. Can I get away with something really lightweight like a Velbon CF 435 (1kg), or do I...
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    GS 665 or non-ed HR66?

    Hi, I've been looking at the GS665, but have found somewhere I can get a secondhand, non-ed HR66 plus an old version (Rubber eyecup) HDF eyepiece for about the same price. Which shoud I go for? Many thanks, Dunder
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    Kowa vs Opticron 60mm

    Hi, I'm looking to purchase a lightweight 60mm scope for use when walking reasonable distances, but want better resolution than my MM2. I've narrowed my options down to: Opticron IS60 WP + 32x HDF eyepiece = £259 Kowa TSN 601 + 30x WA eyepiece = £550 Kowa TS 611 + 27x eyepiece ~ £200 off...
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    Help finding birds in Hants

    Hi, After re-discovering birding about 18 months ago, I've failed miserably to see some commoner birds. Can anyone point me to reliable sites in South Hampshire / West Sussex for any of the following? Sparrowhawk Stock Dove Tawny Owl Sedge Warbler Reed Warbler Bullfinch Many thanks in...