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    Victory FL vs SF

    I appreciate the advice. I understand it’s a personal thing but I’m not in a situation to try many out, especially FLs given they are out of production. I often feel like a troglodyte when trying out alphas and I just don’t see the £500-£1000 difference between my conquests and the bins I’m...
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    Victory FL vs SF

    For those more experienced than me how much difference is there between these two? I’m looking at 8x42 after using 8x32 Conquests forever and I know FL are out of production but I’m seeing a few available. I know its all subjective but is the extra cost for more contemporary SF worth it over the FL?
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    Help me spend!£800 budget

    Yes I could. Thanks for that. Would be good to have the budget for SF but it’s a push
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    Help me spend!£800 budget

    I’ve got about £800 to spend and hoping to pick up a used pair of 10x42 Zeiss Victory FL or an equivalent Swaro to compliment my 8x32 Conquests (which I love) What do you recon the chances are and any tips on where to look? I’m UK based
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    Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 - oh my!

    I do a lot of evening birding and wildlife watching (after kids in bed), my otter veiling struggles with the 32s.Generally I’m coastal or marsh. The 8s are great for helping, Odonata etc.
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    Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 - oh my!

    How much benefit Would you say there is to adding a pair of Conquest HD 10x42 to compliment the 8x32 Conquests I already own?
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    8x32 Conquests plus 10x42??

    So I’m currently housebound so can’t get out to try. Ive been toying with the idea of adding a set of 10x42 HD Conquests to compliment my 8x32 HD Conquests. Is it worth it? Will I get much more performance from a pair of 10’s? The 8’s are great but id like something a bit better suited to...
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    Binocular advice (help me spend or maybe save money)

    They are a few years old with some grinding in the diopter, presumably dirt and a small scratch on one lens. I’m not the first owner so it’s worthwhile.
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    Binocular advice (help me spend or maybe save money)

    My primary concern atm is being without my bins for a few weeks. My back ups are Bushnell excursions 12x42, they don’t compare
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    Binocular advice (help me spend or maybe save money)

    unfortunately my bank balance doesn’t consider the conquests lower tier!
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    Binocular advice (help me spend or maybe save money)

    Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like I may simply be suffering from high end envy needlessly. I’ll probably get my conquests serviced and then wait for the world to settle down and have a try of a few others but it may be that I can better spend my money!
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    Help to identify call UK

    I'll try again. It may have been an issue with uploading an mpeg 4 from an ios device. Ive tried on my Windows machine this time.
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    Binocular advice (help me spend or maybe save money)

    Good question. I guess in part it is the assumption that a binocular twice the cost is twice as good. Obviously atm trying others out is a no go but where I live there’s never much opportunity to try out top end, certainly not Swarovski or Leica etc. I suppose it’s the 8x mag and possibly the...
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    Binocular advice (help me spend or maybe save money)

    Forgive me if this is somewhat rambling, I’ll try to be concise but other than my own I’m limited in experience with bins. I’m not a hardcore birder but am an all round naturalist who birds a lot. For years I used 12x42 Bushnell Excursions (in hindsight they are rubbish) then moved onto Zeiss...
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    Help to identify call UK

    wondering if anyone could help identify the call at the beginning? I assumed tawny owl but I’ve had it dispute. Thanks. should say it’s in Yorkshire, England
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    Zeiss Conquest HD. Is this genuine?

    Really? Seems an odd thing to happen with use but good to know it’s legit
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    Zeiss Conquest HD. Is this genuine?

    I’ve just picked up a used pair of Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32. Reasonable price and they seem fine but I have a question as I’ve not seen this logo before. Does it look legit or have a picked up a fake?
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    Scope Comparison help needed

    Going to show my ignorance here. Alpha glass? I’ve been keeping an eye on used but not seen much and not sure if I’m looking in the right place to be honest. I have come across a used Opticron HR80 GA ED at £700 no idea If this is good value but for the level of birding I do seems excessive.
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    Scope Comparison help needed

    So I’m about to upgrade from my bins to a first scope. I can only really afford mid range, especially as I want to get a decent tripod and iPhone digiscoping adapter. The three I’m looking at in order of preference are 1. Celestron Regal M2 80 2. Hawke Endurance ED20 85 3. Vanguard Endeavour...
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