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  1. lmans66

    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    The guide I like is the McMullan guide by Jocotco Publishing but the one I was trying to remember that I also like are just the plates by McMullan. You can see the two field guides side by side although the smaller one is just the plates of a particular area, such as NW Ecuador. Both of these...
  2. lmans66

    Red shouldered hawk or red-tailed hawk in Galloway New Jersey

    I have seen quite a few red-shouldered hawks around south Jersey as of late....
  3. lmans66

    7/8x42 ultravid hd+ vs swarovski el42?

    I have been looking at the Noctivid and El and I prefer the warm colors of the Noctivid ...So it really is personal and what your eyes see. Not one is better as you say. In your example Patudo, you state 'what my eyes would expect to see at distance.". Given that I am assuming that what you...
  4. lmans66

    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    When I would take people down to Ecuador...I would stop off at El Mundo in Quito and buy up whatever copies they had!.... I think I have two copies now and will not get rid of them as one is in bad 'field shape!".... A great guide and always sold out so never could figure out why it was always...
  5. lmans66

    7/8x42 ultravid hd+ vs swarovski el42?

    I haven't compared side by side enough to really evaluate.... But have you looked into the Noctivid? Used prices on those too....
  6. lmans66

    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    Ditto on this....'Miles McMullan's Fieldguide".... I know I have several copies....not sure if this is still in print as it was 'coming and going' for awhile but a real nice concise one, and one you could take into the field.
  7. lmans66

    Leica 8 x 32 Ultravid HD plus

    Great bin..... you can't go wrong with this binocular. Try it out and see how it fits. Someone mentioned the 8x32 Meostar...get the B1.1 but also try out as not everyone seems to fit this bin with their eyes....
  8. lmans66

    Zeiss SF 8X32 after 8 weeks of use...

    I notice too that Allbinos has never looked at the Noctivid too, only concentrating on the Ultravid and Trinovid...
  9. lmans66

    Field guides in the future

    I can just see birding in the future....we will have our 'phones' of course as what else is needed in many cases? We will have cameras (much like Swaro's digital binoculars) installed on our phones as an accessory. We will have our wireless Apple Earbuds in our heads and have our birding app...
  10. lmans66

    SF, Noctivid, EL and now NL

    Hard to believe that ergonomics doesn't come into play with a decision about your bins....Now, I can see that if a person is in-experienced or novice,...just testing the water ... But from a person into Alpha's...well... That seems a bit bogus of a statement. One of the beauties of today's...
  11. lmans66

    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    I used to use a small guide by Ecuador guide Andres Vasquez... I believe it was published via Sunrise? ...Some of my books are packed as I am in the process of shifting homes, but these were great little guides, could easily fit into a binocular case, maybe a 1/4' thick and just had images of...
  12. lmans66

    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    I have not seen Helm....how does it compare to Ridgely's Birds of Ecuador ..... Not really a field guide to take into the field though... I know I have seen various paper guides that have put out by various groups in Ecuador in the past. I have them packed up now and ready to move to another...
  13. lmans66

    Field guides in the future

    Is a 'field guide' a pocket book that you can take into the field, or....more a bible that sits on the shelf? Or ...is your thinking of a field guide more akin to being on the Internet, making it more a 'birding resource' than a field guide? jim
  14. lmans66

    SF, Noctivid, EL and now NL

    Wow....really?
  15. lmans66

    Zeiss SF 8X32 after 8 weeks of use...

    Allbino's always has some critical remarks but....does the average person, or even 9/10 people really notice those same lab-test flaws in their birding experiences which Allbinos brings up? I never doubt the validity of the lab test itself and findings, but feel that for the average Joe, those...
  16. lmans66

    SF, Noctivid, EL and now NL

    That alone says it all. How one can really bird 'quickly' with a Porro and the focus is beyond me.... So just don't get it.
  17. lmans66

    SF, Noctivid, EL and now NL

    Correct...Allbino's provides stats and I appreciate that. But my eyes and hands provide 'my ranking'
  18. lmans66

    What price range gets most for your money?

    Looks good to me...as you came up with a solid list that fits your tastes....Now I am pretty anal when it comes to buying optics (bins, scopes, camera's and lens etc)...and I find myself making a matrix with each category, giving 'weight' to each category based upon how I feel that particular...
  19. lmans66

    old 20x SW eyepiece still useful now that the 25-50x is out there?

    I believe the 25-50 is much better than the 20-60, yes.... For the 20 Fixed...I have no idea as I haven't viewed thru it. The only thing I would wonder about if I had that 20 fixed is sometimes I do want to get closer. The 50x is very usable so you are missing an entire range of closer-up...
  20. lmans66

    old 20x SW eyepiece still useful now that the 25-50x is out there?

    The 25-50 is a much better eye-piece. I haven't compared them side-by-side but have had both. I had the 20-60 eye-piece with a ATS prior to 2013, then a 20-60 eyepiece with an ATM between 2014 and 2016 and then a 25-50 now with my current ATS. All I can say is that there is a 'wow' factor. So...
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