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    Monarch M7+ 8x30

    I had a chance to try these out briefly indoors at my local RSPB reserve and I have to say I was impressed. I'm not easily impressed. I liked the bright wide field with a large "sweet spot". CA was well corrected and I tested for flare against a low sun and found it very well suppressed. I...
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    New Opticron Binocular

    Wow take a look at these
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    Pekka Nikander's Zeiss 32mm brief review

    A brief review has been posted over on the Finnish Lintu Varuste site. -Zeiss' new smaller SF models proved to be excellent binoculars - they have a very wide field of view, 8x 155 m and 10x 130 m, losing only a hint to the new Swarovski NL Pure models image on both models is very sharp and tek...
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    A new "Alpha" for under a grand. Whaaat?

    I don't usually cross post (from Binocular Bargains), but it is Christmas and the spirit of good will to all humans. I noticed today that RSPB Minsmere have the 7x42 UVHD+ binoculars further reduced from £1299 to £999. A bit of a bargain if you have the odd grand to spare.
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    The new crop of 30mm Image Stabilised binoculars

    Along with Viking, Opticron, Vixen (another brand I can't remember), Kite have now entered the fray with a slightly tweaked and on first check more expensive model in 10 and 12x power. These are the Angle Power Control (APC) models. These Kite models promise automatic detection and turning on...
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    New Canon 8x20 and 10x20 IS Binoculars

    Just went on Wex photographic and found Canon's new compacts.
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    Can anyone identify these binoculars?

    Someone might be able to help me identify these Bausch and Lomb Elite binoculars which might of interest to other forum members. Currently on Gumtree for £85 in London which is too far for me. Not sure which model which isn't identified in the listing.
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    Viking Scout 12x30 Image Stabilised Binoculars

    Came across these while perusing the Viking products site. No pricing info yet and specs a bit patchy but f.o.v. looks like a deal breaker for birding, only 4.2 degrees. Not sure why the 10x30 IS monocular Viking offer wasn't developed to a 10x30 IS binocular. Details...
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    New swarovski ATS scope foot design

    While I was volunteering at RSPB Minsmere I noticed that with an ATS 65 Swarovski have changed the design of the foot that mounts to the tripod plate, (or directly to some heads). I meant to take a picture but forgot in the heat. It is now smaller, has 3 "clover leaf", shaped hollows in it and...
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    Rebates

    I notice Canon are offering substantial rebates off their 10x42, 15 and 18x50 models till June. Might or might not mean something regarding new models but I've never seen rebates on any of their binoculars before.
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    ScopeViews reviews the 10x42 Noctivids

    Roger Vine has just reported on the 10x Noctivids. As usual a thorough, thoughtful review with interesting comparisons to other makes. http://scopeviews.co.uk/LeicaNoctivid10x42.htm
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    Kenko stabilised binos in development

    I came across a video on youtube of Kenko's pre-production stabilised binoculars. They're claiming the lightest weight of any equivalent stabilised bino. No specs yet but the 10x30's might be of interest. Possibly they would be cheaper than the Canon equivalent. I personally like the...
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    Brief review SV 8x25 DCF

    My son bought a pair of these from Amazon based on the Kowa name and the fact they tick all the right boxes, eg phase corrected, waterproof etc. I was keen to try them myself and he wanted me to check them out too as he felt something wasn't quite right. Initial impressions were quite positive...
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    Android BirdGuides App not working

    A couple of days ago this stopped updating with new sightings. I've re-installed the app and still no sightings or pictures, nothing. It just says no sightings for local and national. I wonder what's going on. I just have the free version. The RBA App still works but is pretty useless unless...
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    I've succumbed to tripod "overkill"

    After searching around for a while I've finally found a tripod that should meet my current and any future needs. It's a Benro carbon fibre model and with the centre column down it is 1680 cm's high. I use a straight model scope so most of the popular tripod models (within my budget), simply...
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    New product at Swarovski European Launch Tour

    Let the speculation begin, unusually Spring rather than the Autumn Birdfair will see the launch of something new from Swarovski. See Minsmere event : http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-433700 The only rumours I've heard is that...
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    Kowa's next big thing?-a price rise

    Nothing on the Kowa Europe site, but a number of people I know are getting Kowa 883 scopes before a price rise of about £400 kicks in according to what they've been told from Viking Optical. Couldn't resist the title. Maybe the first Brexit effect from the devaluation of the pound on Optics...
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    Jan Meijerink tests 10x42 SF

    I thought he'd retired but JM has a new report on the Dutch site Twente Vogelwerkgroep http://www.tvwg.nl/testrapporten/kijkers/zeiss_victory_sf8x42_sf10x42.shtml Nothing to choose in the resolution images between the SF and the Swaro 10x42 but he notes the Swaro images show a slight...
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    BBC Winterwatch Presenter Binoculars

    I see Chris Packham is sporting a pair of Canon 10x42L IS binoculars in the opening section of this evenings winterwatch. Good, if these get more publicity through celebrity exposure it might drive improvements in the Canon range. Well one can hope at any rate. Meanwhile the urban birder David...
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    1.6x extender coming!

    Yes Kowa have taken on board the wishes of birders for an extender for their scopes to give 40x to 96x. Wow - now if only I had one of their new scopes. Details here http://www.kowaproducts.com/KowaTSN880SeriesSpottingScopes/KowaTSN-EX1616xextender/
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    New Viking 10x30 AIS Monocular

    Was at Minsmere today and noticed a new addition in the cabinet, the Image Stabilised 10x30 monocular here: http://www.vikingopticalcentres.co.uk/binoculars/monoculars/monoculars/viking-10x30-ais-monocular First impressions were positive good optics though a rather strange focus position - an...
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    Canon 10x42IS Mk II by Swarovski!?

    I was speaking to a current user of the Canon 10x42IS binoculars today who has heard that Swarovski have taken these apart with a view to producing their own version now that the patent on them has run out. Could be exciting times ahead if Swarovski are able to shave some weight off and produce...
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    Opinions on H20 8X25 sought

    I've found a good price on this (current model), also available in Bear Grylls version. The specs seem reasonable but since the demise of our local Jessops I have no way of trying it out beforehand so wanted a few opinions before taking the plunge. I've a vague recollection I tried out its...
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    Impressive youtube 10x42is video

    I like the look of these. I don't know if these are better than the 10x30is model but these look really stable. We had a pair of 10x30's in the family for a while but these look even better than I recall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJG4Gnm7zrc&list=LLVpnKLOvA6K8Prrqs6nhuVA
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    Experience new birding

    Anyone else noticed the teaser advert for new bins on the zeiss site? Only 15 days to go to experience new birding. The clock is ticking down! Could it be IS bins?
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