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    Was Putin using Noctivids?

    Look at photos of his 67th birthday. He's holding a familiar looking binocular.
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    The Easy View

    I have the Nikon EII 8x30 and it is an easy view. I also have Kowa 8.5x44 Genesis XD and those are an easy view as well just not as wide as the Nikon.
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    Why 8x32 are replacing 8x42

    My Nikon EII 8x30 seem to my eyes equally as bright as my other 8x42 (or 8.5x44) binoculars so I can't agree that the 42MM objective has a real advantage in decent daylight situations.
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    Wider FOV bins

    I can speak to this as I own both the 10x42 HR WP and the Nikon EII 8x30. The Nikon EII 8x30 is just as sharp as the HR WP, and it seems to me to be brighter and more transparent even with the smaller objectives. Obviously better glass. The wide FOV is really nice and very easy to get used to...
  5. It's my Friday

    It's my Friday

  6. Current Situation

    Current Situation

    That's an IPA from the same brewer. It's not as dense as the ABA.
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A Western Tanager. Beautiful bird.
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    Binocular bargains

    The Kowa 8.5x44 Genesis are a fine binocular and an absolute steal at that price.
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    Looking medium price 8x42 model.

    This probably doesn't fit your parameters, but an Opticron HR WP 8x42 is tough to beat for the price and multiples of that.
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    The End of (Another) Era - HR WP

    I received the 8x42 HR WP I ordered and found everything said about them here is true. A really nice Japanese made porro at a bargain price. Very nice.
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    The End of (Another) Era - HR WP

    For anyone in the US that might want a pair of these, I found that this shop has maybe a dozen 8x42 HR WP in stock and a few of the 10x42 HR WP. I made sure to post this AFTER I ordered mine. :) http://www.enerdynet.com/optics/
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    Which of the better bins survive hard knocks?

    The Kowa Genesis are built like a tank.
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    EDG 65 scope?

    I am very happy with my EDG 85 angled and the fixed 20x and 30x eyepieces. I also have the 20-60 zoom but I much prefer the view from the fixed. They have a wider FOV.
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    Winged eyecups (leica bn 10x50)

    Try a Bino Bandit.
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    EDG 20-60x85 Fieldscope

    The field of view on the 20W eyepiece compared to the zoom at 20X is much bigger. The 30W FOV is about the same as the zoom at 20X.
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    Replacement rainguard for 8x33

    My experience has been that Kowa will replace the rainguard on the Genesis free of charge.
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    EDG 20-60x85 Fieldscope

    I picked up a 20W and a 30W fixed eyepiece for this scope. It's perfect at about 20X magnification for backyard birding. This scope is a pretty nice piece of kit.
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    EDG 20-60x85 Fieldscope

    I was lucky to find one of these in minty condition (the shoulder strap for the carry case was still in cellophane wrap) on ebay for a steal of a price (cheaper than a new Monarch Fieldscope). I am very happy with how it performs and fairly chuffed about the great buy I got on it! A beautiful...
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    Which sub-alpha bino

    Take a look at the Kowa Genesis 8.5x44.
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    Kowa USA Service

    Closing the loop on this, I just received from Kowa USA a new carrying case, no charge. They seem to measure up pretty good against the competition?
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