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    Afraid of jumping the gun. Kite 16x42 vs Canon 18x50

    Hi Dennis. Yes I did have a look at them with the cannons. As I said further down in the post that the optics were useable and useful - nothing special but as an overall package I thought the kites were much better for the reasons you've quoted above. Was your model one of the early made in...
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    Afraid of jumping the gun. Kite 16x42 vs Canon 18x50

    Well, both have the usual compromises of i.s and the usual benefits, the Kites are now made in Japan as well, the canons will be better for astronomy. If I had to choose between them as a birders bino I'd go for the Kites and read how you'd got on with them with interest. The cannons are a...
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    Choosing SLC over NL... (Swaro please read)

    No bother ✌️
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    Choosing SLC over NL... (Swaro please read)

    And there was me thinking I'd put equal weight on uses!
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    Choosing SLC over NL... (Swaro please read)

    Hold up. There not designed for quite the same user, there not competing with each other so better or worse really depends on what you use them for or prefer. Original slc 42 hd was at the time lighter and smaller than the EL, just as good centre field but with more field curvature that the EL...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Hi Bill. I think quite a few binocular users would just like a quick method to check if a binocular is out of collimation and are happy to leave the actual collimating to the experts like yourself, keep the trade going! I know to a degree you can check if there ok by the 2 methods I used, both...
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    Does the Swarovski SLC 8x42 HD have the rolling ball effect while panning?

    Yes slc 8x56 hd 2013 onwards. Strange how different people see different things.
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    Does the Swarovski SLC 8x42 HD have the rolling ball effect while panning?

    Depends what you want. The slc 8x56hd gave the best view for me of all the binocualars I looked through at birdfair including all the top ones from all the top makes but I don't mind the weight, like high transmission and am happy with a slightly narrower field of view than the likes of the nl...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Hi Bill. I'm still trying to understand it! I'll give it my best shot. I get my ctc 30/75 scope, put it on a table or something else that won't move. Put a small light source 10ft in front of the ocular lens of the scope. Put my bins on a tripod behind the objective lens of the scope, quite...
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    Checking collimation at home

    I know it's science and not nonsense but star testing always looks like reading tea leaves to me - I have no idea of it's nuances. What was interesting way that the distance (in terms of angular degrees) separating the centre of the blurry diopter light circle from the sharp point of light...
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    Who here uses a monopod for viewing?

    I use one instead of a tripod, very useful but only really stable when seated.
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    Checking collimation at home

    Thanks to all for all your help with this, hopefully it will be a useful resource. I'm looking forward to giving all the methods my best shot! Nature offered some assistance tonight as it often does to help in my case too. We don't get a huge amount of darkness before bed time round here but...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Another response - 1. You MUST evaluate each of the two scopes separately for defects. A simple star test usually suffices. If one is problematic then it affects binocular vision...the normal use of a "binocular". 2. If both scopes are acceptable then I'd check the movement of the focusing...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Cheers Brink. When I get a minute or 20 I'll try all the methods and see what they produce. Thank you!
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    Checking collimation at home

    One response - outside of the usual trick- put it on tripod or ledge or stable platform that allows you to view easily at a suitable target, a utility pole with crossbar or perhaps a squarish building with a line at the top that's flat - perhaps a shingled roof. Aim the bino's at the target...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Hi Ted. None such thing, I'm just trying to see if my bins are straight!!!
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    Checking collimation at home

    Hi Bill. That's a shame for the current discussion but it's your knowledge and entirely up to you whether to share it or monetize it. I can understand both perspectives. Interestingly this is the thread i've had most PM's from offering advice which is all most welcome, I might check in with...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Thanks Bill. Swimming lessons it is! What would your method be of overlaying 2 dots of light with the usual stuff people tend to have around there homes, what distance would you use between them and how would you set up the binoculars and at what distance with regard to the lights? P.s the...
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    Position of focus wheel

    I do this too, index finger on forehead on smaller bins gives greater stability than holding at the objectives. For me personally I still find holding at the objectives gives greater stability with longer bins though.
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    Checking collimation at home

    Hi Bill I was hoping an expert may weigh in at some point and your pretty much the world expert in collimation if I'm not correct. Flattery will get me nowhere but given I have no optical measuring equipment at home some practical advice might. I know I can't test collimation properly at...
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    Is this CA that I'm seeing?

    Definitely not CA That appears at the edges of things when there is a high contrast between 2 areas, you may have seen it on the edges of the vulture against the cloud - usually it fringes visibly from between the edge of the darker areas into the lighter areas and is usually most visible away...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Thanks Foss. I did try that method but I don't think the collimation is "off" enough for it to be obvious, also as there 8x32's it's a struggle to line up the exit pupils at distance.
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    i need new binoculars

    You really just need to try some, it's like buying a car without driving it or shoes without wearing them. You need to see if they fit, work for your hand and face shape and if the view is one you like, this applies in all different price brackets, you can get an amazing set of bins for your...
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    Premium (Alpha) vs Image stabilized

    That's the thing with these, i can hop on my bike, like I'm doing in Sunday morning, take a couple of lumps of metal, rubber and glass with me and yes, they use a bit of the world up to make them but that's pretty much it, they should see me out. In spite of recent innovations they still...
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    Checking collimation at home

    Hi All. So I picked up a pair of opticron srga's a few weeks back for sentimental reasons- they were just about to be discontinued and I used them extensively when I first got back into birding properly in my 20's after a few years of birding hiatus when my favourite past time changed for a...
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