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  1. Ratal

    Help me choose something in between my Zeiss pocket 8x25 and my SF 8x42.

    And you will have to prize the Aurora 8x42 outnof my cold dead hands before I ever give them up. This is one bin I'll never, ever trade or sell.
  2. Ratal

    Opticron Aurora Review

    I own the 8x42 and they are, for me, absolute keepers. I have the 10x42 on my 'to buy' for later in the year. That is how much the Opticron Aurora impresses me.
  3. Ratal

    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Great to see that you have found a pair of binoculars that you are happy with. Enjoy the birding!
  4. Ratal

    Help me choose something in between my Zeiss pocket 8x25 and my SF 8x42.

    8x30 Cl companion - the new version. As light, easy to carry and sharp as you are ever going to need.
  5. Ratal

    6 January 2022 - New Leica announcement

    Indeed. CA on snow is a moment my brain refuses to play any longer. Shame, as the Noctabid view is beautiful. I just cannot deal with CA. Nikon HG is a nice bino for sure. Just feels cheap and the eye cups are a disaster.
  6. Ratal

    6 January 2022 - New Leica announcement

    The Noctavid I tried suffered so badly from CA I thought it was a joke pair of cheap bins inside a Lecia armour. I tried both 8x and 10x, and wouldn't have paid 500 UK sterling for them. Across the moorland the scenery ran with yellow and purples. On the snow it was nausea inducing. I cannot...
  7. Ratal

    Been trying out MM4 60 and SDL v2

    MM4 50 ED SDL V2 user here. Small, light, sharp. And light. Superbly light.
  8. Ratal

    Loon in flight

    Cormorant
  9. Ratal

    Compact binoculairs and glasses

    Zeiss Victory FL 8x25 Best I've ever tested in a compact. With glasses actually aids the viewer, not hinders them.
  10. Ratal

    What are your favorite birding binoculars at three different price points?

    Yes. I had the Zeiss on test, and it was not as refined, nor as comfortable for my face. Also, the Aurora copes better with sunset and sunrise conditions giving a sweeter view with better colour saturation and contrast. All in all, I rate the Opticron Aurora as the best sub 1000 all rounder...
  11. Ratal

    I am thinking the new 32 mm alphas from Swarovski and Zeiss are the best birding binoculars you can buy right now.

    I couldn't agree more. I did consider the Zeiss SF 10x32, but the Swaro NL 10x32 just had that magic to the image. Plus, and I admit this, I love the burned Orange. Totally unusual and really striking in the hand. Oh, and on that note - Glare in the 8/10x42 drove me absolutely nuts. Didn't...
  12. Ratal

    What can compromise the collimation of a binocular?

    Never lay them, upside down on the hinge. My pet peev with binoculars to be fair. Lay them down properly if you have to. Dropping is also a major factor. Always use strap / harness when possible.
  13. Ratal

    Is this a kestrel? Kent, United Kingdom

    Absolute cast iron a Kestrel. Nice bird to add to your list for sure!
  14. Ratal

    Is this a buzzard?

    Yes. Buzzard for sure. Great spot.
  15. Ratal

    I am thinking the new 32 mm alphas from Swarovski and Zeiss are the best birding binoculars you can buy right now.

    Phone and fingers. Should be Taking them straight off. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Duly corrected.
  16. Ratal

    What are your favorite birding binoculars at three different price points?

    500? Zeis 8x25. Immaculate travel go everywhere bino. 1000? Opticron Aurora 8x42. A true life time keepr for me right here. 2000? Swaro 10x32 NL. I did NOT like the bigger siblings in any way shape or form. Everything niggled me, and I went sour on them real quick. However, after having a...
  17. Ratal

    I am thinking the new 32 mm alphas from Swarovski and Zeiss are the best birding binoculars you can buy right now.

    I am going to have to agree with you on the 10x32 NL Pure. I just handed back a pair after a weeks loan. And now I have to save for my own set. 132 meters field of view on a 10x and lightweight? Yeah, a no brainer from me. Worth every penny for sure. Just one thing. I'll be taking* Edit for...
  18. Ratal

    Which bino?

    FL. The 2011 version is a beast.
  19. Ratal

    12 power recommendation wanted

    Stabilized Kite 12x Thank me later. They are a revelation.
  20. Ratal

    First time scope user!

    The Hawke 85ed has plenty good eye relief. I know as I had one for a good few years and it was a brilliant scope to get back into the hobby with. Add a cable tie sight and it was golden. The twist up cup should be settled for you, personally, what and where you find comfortable. With use, itll...
  21. Ratal

    First time scope user!

    Cable Tie sight. Seriously. Search for it here on birdforum. Once you use one? You will never, ever be able to go back to a bare scope ever again. Totally transforms the entire scope experience for the better.
  22. Ratal

    6 January 2022 - New Leica announcement

    32mm Laser Range Finder IMHO
  23. Ratal

    Very few chaffinches this year?

    An absolute desert of Chaffinches, Green Finch, Gold Finch. Robin are also scarce on the ground too. Mentioned it a couple of weeks back as it is really getting alarmingly noticeable around Moray Firth way.
  24. Ratal

    ES 100 GA ED v4 Fieldscope

    Opticron MM4 77mm with SDLV 3 would fit your budget and then some. Plus it will deliver optically. I'd certainly be on that if I needed a new large aperture scope.
  25. Ratal

    Which of your binoculars are the most "delicious" ones?

    My Opticron Aurora. Delicious is absolutely how I describe the view through these beauties. The 8x42 format sparkles - a real deep and delightful treat for the eyes!
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