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    Is the 8x32 Victory SF really worth almost 2.5x the cost of the 8x32 Conquest HD?

    I’ve been a long time user of the Conquests. In the summer, I tried them against the 8x32 Victory and the EL and NL Pure at RSPB Titchwell. I spent quite a while comparing them and went away unconvinced that it was worth upgrading. They all had their subtle plus points and I think you should try...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A goldcrest and a nuthatch. In my garden, whilst (I was) eating my breakfast. Surrey/Kent border.
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    Where are the Goldcrests?

    Funnily enough, I saw a goldcrest in our garden yesterday, not seen one in our garden before although I have seen them on local walks occasionally. Surrey/Kent border UK.
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    New here, happened upon the conquest HD 8x32.

    Ah that must be it.
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    New here, happened upon the conquest HD 8x32.

    My extended eyecups lasted about 3 months before each one split and fell off. I didn’t abuse them in any way. Nice of them to send them free of charge but I fear on the basis of my experience, they were not up to the job.
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    Thinking about an Opticron MM4 Travelscope - but which one?

    I had the MM4 60 with SDL 3 eyepiece and it’s a great setup. In the end I changed to the MM4 77 simply because if I’m carting a scope, tripod and my camera gear around, I appreciate a bit more magnification and brightness in my scope for not much more weight. But the 60 is a great scope and very...
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    Opticron Aurora Review

    I reviewed the 10x42 Aurora on here a few months back and am still very happy with them. Build quality is excellent. I find the eye relief very good (which I did not in Zeiss Conquest for example). The only minor gripes are that the eyecups twist back in too easily and I don’t much like the rain...
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    Gitzo heads.

    I recently got myself a GFH2W and I’m really pleased with it, using it with a full sized scope. Only think I’d say is first I bought an ex-demo one which I sent back as part of the body was coming loose and I could not access the necessary screws to re tighten it. Just a bit of anxiety this...
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    First time scope purchase what size would suit??

    I’ve owned both. Neither is big and heavy, the main issue is you need a solid tripod for either. I switched to the 77 from the 60 and the overall rig is not much bigger or heavier than with the 60. I use the SDL v3 eyepiece and it’s a great setup. I have carried it around for half a day on a...
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    Kowa 883 vs 553

    You’ll need a decent tripod whatever scope you use. I thought I’d have a light and stealthy set up with a MM4/60 but found a suitable tripod was the more bulky thing and also switched to the 77 model scope. I put it all on a Scopac backpack and to be honest I can walk miles with it. If you can...
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    What tripod for Opticron MM4 60 Travelscope

    I have the Benro Wild 4 carbon which is a solid platform for the scope. The head is adequate but I have recently upgraded to the Gitzo GHF2W head which cost nearly as much as the tripod. It’s a total revelation - no ‘stiction’ and just so smooth and easy. Given that I don’t need the extra height...
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    leveling head for tripod with scope?

    I bought the Benro levelling base for my Benro tripod - it goes between the base and the pan/tilt head. It does add a bit of weight and size but I find it a quick way to get the head level for a nice even pan action. Some of the Benro tripods include it as standard. I bought it via eBay from a...
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    8x32 Conquests plus 10x42??

    Maybe check out my review of the Opticron Aurora 10x42 which I bought to complement my Conquest HD 8x32. I didn’t want the weight and bulk of the Conquests in 10x42 and the Opticrons are a bit cheaper too. Might be of interest, I’m very happy with them.
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    Opticron Aurora BGA VHD 10x42 quick review

    Here's the context. I've been using Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32 for birdwatching for the last year or so with no real complaints. I wanted some 10x binoculars as I frequently visit large water sites and wanted a bit more magnification for days when I wouldn't take a scope to look at those birds which...
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    Hawke service - good experience in UK

    Just thought I’d give a shout out to Hawke in the UK. My Frontier EDX 8x32 had gone out of alignment - it was impossible to get the dioptre adjustment correct even though there is almost no difference between my eyes. I got a quick reply to my email enquiry and had them sent off, fixed and...
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    100 400 or 200 plus 2.0 teleconverter

    Don’t underestimate the difficulty of framing and tracking a distant bird at long focal length. The 100-400 has the advantage of being able to find a bird on a lower magnification and then zoom in. I use the 400mm end a lot and wouldn’t want to go out with much less. I’ve been very happy with...
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    Interview with OMDS COO Aki Murata

    Nothing specific but our photo club recently had a talk from an Olympus rep who mentioned that there was much technology used in phone cameras that could be brought across such as AI. Makes sense I suppose, I can do all sorts of clever things easily on my iphone that can be difficult to or even...
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    Binoculars £650 or less UK

    Thats about how much (£650) I recently paid for a pair of new Zeiss Conquest 8x32 here in UK although there was some kind of an offer on. I'm very pleased with them, worth a look.
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    Opticron 77m vs Swarovski ATS 65mm

    I tested both the MM4 60 and 77 with the SDLv3 and for whatever reason I found I got a better view in the 60mm version. That’s what I bought. I use it with a Benro Wild tripod and head and it’s a good combo, although the tripod is a bit bulky & heavy for a stealthy small backpack. I’m n the...
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    SDL v3 Eyepiece Now Shipping

    This is the Phoneskope adaptor I got for the SDLv3 C-3-C07-A) PSK C-3 Adapter for Opticron SDL v3, HR3, Zeiss Gavia & Celestron Regal M2 Item Number C-3-C07-A
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    Conquest HD 8x42 - Zeiss will be providing new eyecups

    I recently bought some new Conquest 8x32 in the UK. I emailed Zeiss UK about the longer eyecups, they put me in touch with their UK service agent who sent me a pair free of charge by return. They were very stiff to start with, I put the tiniest trace of WD40 on them and after a few uses, I have...
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    Tripods?

    I have the Benro Wild 4, the taller carbon one that’s about £299. The aluminium one is half the price with the same head so may be better value. Pros: nice and solid, plenty of height, Arca Swiss plate that will accept generic plates from Amazon etc, works well as a photographic tripod. Cons...
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    Considering a spotting scope for digiscoping - will vignetting be a problem?

    I generally find I need to zoom a little on my iphone to fill the picture, ie to avoid vignetting. It does depend on where you set the eye relief (to what extent the eyecup is screwed in or out) and also on the amount of zoom on the eyepiece. It’s well worth trying and you should be able to get...
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    G80 to G9 worthwhile upgrade?

    Hi Niels, a few people made some comparisons in the comments above. I can't say I have remotely tested either camera to the limit, I haven't used many of their features. The G9 is a bigger, heavier camera but I don't find it uncomfortably so, especially with the 100-400mm Panaleica lens I'm...
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    G80 to G9 worthwhile upgrade?

    Well I did get the G9, I found a nice nearly new second hand one with a battery grip included (I'll see if I find myself using it but it's cost me nothing). So far, I'm really enjoying using it, it really feels like it means business and I have certainly managed to up my game a bit with the...
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