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  1. J

    glacier national park in mid-may?

    much appreciate advice -- would there be a lot to see in the way of birds in glacier national park early to middle may? my thought is to bicycle from west glacier on the going to the sun road as far as conditions permit, and also on the other roads in the west glacier area also as conditions...
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    Kowa USA service

    in the last six months i've bought two pair of kowa genesis 8.5x44 binoculars and a tsn 883 scope. i bought the binoculars in good part because i'd heard such great things about the scope and then i bought the scope because i love the detail and color i get in the binoculars. the binoculars...
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    eyepiece for zeiss Diascope 85 T* FL LT 3.3"/85mm Spotting Scope?

    hi, have the chance to buy a Diascope 85 T* locally at a good price in good condition. it's the older, pre-2010 version I think, and it's just the scope -- it doesn't have an eyepiece. much appreciate advice on a good eyepiece for that scope, 20-60 wide angle zoom if possible. also much...
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    detents on extending kowa tsn 883 eyepiece?

    hi, I thought the eyepiece on my tsn 883 scope extended with detent stops, but when I try to extend out the eyepiece housing (I don't wear glasses) the eyepiece unscrews. are there detents, and if so, how does get them to work? (there's nothing about detents in the short manual for the...
  5. J

    leveling head for tripod with scope?

    hi, when I ordered my scope/tripod, the sales person suggested I also get a leveling head, so that even if the length of the tripod legs on uneven ground wasn't right, with the leveling head, I could still get the scope level without a lot of finicky leg adjustment. advice much appreciated on...
  6. J

    mounting head quick release plate onto base of scope?

    hi, much appreciate help on first time mounting kowa tsn 883 scope to quick release plate of Swarovski compact cth tripod head. tripod head quick release plate has 3/8" screw, which seems too big to screw into scope base. the kowa literature says scope base will take either 1/4 or 3/8" screw...
  7. J

    will Swarovski cth compact head/quick release plate work with kowa tsn-883 scope?

    hi, I've ordered a Swarovski cth compact head to use with the Kowa TSN-883 scope I ordered. I chose that head because of the Arca-style quick release plate it comes with. having never tried to set up a scope/tripod system before, hoping for advice on whether that head -- specifically, the...
  8. J

    spotting scope and bicycling on rough paths?

    Hi, thinking of getting a spotting scope, which I'd get around in a pannier on a bicycle often traveling really bad paths (forest service roads, old logging roads, canal towpaths). my thought was to cushion the scope in the pannier with some foam, but realizing they're precision instruments...
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    Nyack Harness Review (and Kowa Genesis 8.5x44 impressions)

    When I got my gnu, bigger, Kowa Genesis 8.5x44 binoculars, I decided to also replace the harnesses I’d been using with my (somewhat) lighter 8x32 Nikon premiers for the last 20 years. Replace and upgrade – the made in Montana Nyack harness is the best I’ve ever used. The straps at 1.5 inches...
  10. J

    cape may in late September?

    is late September a good time to see fall migration in cape may? I realize migration takes place over a many month period, so I wonder whether to see birds in numbers earlier, or later, might be better? there's nothing specific I want to see -- I'm just getting started -- but timing of trip...
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    cleaning lenses with distilled water?

    the advice I got with my nikon premiers almost 20 years ago was to gently pour distilled water over the lenses, to get rid of dust and debris, then dry with lens paper, and then gently clean with lens paper and lens cleaner. no idea if that was good or bad advice but that's what I did. the...
  12. J

    what do astigmatism and coma look like in real use?

    hi, I've read the explanations of those terms in the review glossaries, and I think I can understand what the views would be in a controlled testing room for binoculars that rate high for those parameters. but in real use, looking at birds in forests and wetlands, what losses are there in what...
  13. J

    hi from new member in dc

    my backyard is the forests and creeks of rock creek park, and I hear there are a lot of birds there, but it's often mostly hearing not seeing because in this season where there are trees there are leaves and the birds seem to be behind the leaves. so even if I can't see them I do get great...
  14. J

    lens filter to protect binocular objective lens?

    hi, much appreciate advice on a topic that may have already been much discussed here (and if so, apologies), which is, would putting lens filters over the objective lenses, to protect them against the inevitable fingerprint or dust accumulation, affect the image the binoculars deliver without...
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