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    Insect ID solitary wasp? (Cotswolds, UK)

    EDIT: Identified - see post #2. Can anyone identify this little critter please? I'm in the Cotswolds, UK. The insect was just under an inch, or about 2cm long, with long antenna, black body (no other colour), and bright red legs (slightly overexposed). It flew pretty fast on release. The...
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    MM4 60 lens hood / thread diameter

    Does anyone know of a lens hood that will fit the MM4 60mm scope? Alternatively, can anyone tell me exactly what the filter thread diameter is? I don't have any calipers, so I can only guess. I'll email Opticron anyway - and if I find out that way I'll post the information here. I'm asking...
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    New MM4 50 vs part-used Nikon ED50

    Hi, I'm trying to decide on a small spotting scope and need some advice as I'm going around in circles. 50mm vs 60mm, one brand vs another brand and so on. Nothing new I guess. I think 50mm would be best for my use - which would not be dedicated bird watching, but walking, always with my Zeiss...
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    Clifton Cameras

    Not sure if this is the right place, but I'd like to put in a good word about Clifton Cameras, in Dursley, not far from Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. I just bought some Zeiss Conquest binoculars there and will go back and get a Kowa scope next year. Run by a bunch of friendly, patient...
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    Wildlife camera - night vision and wifi

    Can anyone recommend a night vision wildlife camera, preferably with wifi? I know next to nothing about them and the choices seem endless, so I thought I'd start by asking here. Budget is about £150.00 maximum. I'd need one with a wifi range of about 40 metres; if wifi isn't the best idea for...
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    Modern budget scope quality vs Bushnell Spacemaster

    I didn't know which section to place this under, but since I'm looking at various Opticron scopes I hope it's okay here. I bought a Bushnell Spacemaster about 30 years ago, for trips to Skye and Islay. I've not used it much since, and suspect things have moved on! I also want an angled EP, so...
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    Thinking about an Opticron MM4 Travelscope - but which one?

    Hello. I joined about a year ago and asked about gear back then, but with one thing and another I've not had the opportunity to further my birding interests. Now that I'm looking again, I'd be grateful for your thoughts on a lightweight telescope to replace a Bushnell Spacemaster and complement...
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    Which Canon body for a 100-400 mkII?

    Hello folks. Post no.2 from me (just joined from the Cotswolds) and I'm already pestering for advice on what sort of gear to buy for bird photography. I'm an ex-designer/photographer, with no previous experience of bird photography. I currently have a Fuji mirrorless set-up, but it's not...
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    Hello from the Cotswolds

    Hello everyone. My first time on a bird enthusiasts forum. I know a wee bit about birds, having been on birdwatching trips to Skye and Islay with a very knowledgable friend several years ago - and having built up a collection of bird books from there - but I'm looking forward to learning lots...
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