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    Small and light scopes ...

    I also use a small Gitzo, a Gitzo GT0532, not really tall enough for me, but very stable, and an RRS BH-25 ballhead. I also find a small ballhead (of high quality!) works pretty well with a small and light scope. Hermann
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    Small and light scopes ...

    Ah, the 27x WF eyepiece ... That a neat eyepiece for use on the ED50. Unfortunately I've only got the 27xDS, and that's a monster on the ED50. I used it for a while but it makes the combination quite unwieldy. I now use the 30x WF (20x on the ED50) most of the time and carry one of those old...
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    Small and light scopes ...

    The Pentax 65ED is a nice scope, no doubt. However, we're talking about a lot more weight than I envisage. I'd like to see more truly lightweight scopes, scopes that weigh no more than, say, 800 gr. including the eyepiece. BTW, you're absolutely right about straight scopes on monopods. They...
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    Small and light scopes ...

    If Kowa had made this scope with a 25x or 27x WW eyepiece I would have got one. The zoom is pretty horrible IMO. No way I'm going to pay that much money for a scope if the eypiece isn't up to scratch. Hermann
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    Small and light scopes ...

    I fully agree. 25x magnfication, wideangle (60 degrees AFOV would do nicely, no need for a huge eyepiece), simple and straightforward eyepiece focusing. That would do nicely. I'd prefer an angled scope but I would also get a straight scope if some maker were to make a straight scope only. Heck...
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    Small and light scopes ...

    ... are few and far between, even though they can be really useful in many situations especially when travelling or when hiking in difficult terrain. Sure, there are some products, like e.g. the Nikon ED50 or the Opticrons, but they're all flawed in one way or another. The ED50, for instance...
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