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  1. J

    Too windy for scope?

    Thanks. The wind speed question is really the advice I was looking for. In past visits to this wetland the wind blew hard enough so the tripod and scope vibrated enough to be generally unusable. But I didn’t check wind speed. Forecast for a planned visit day was 16 mph gusts and I wondered if...
  2. J

    Too windy for scope?

    Advice appreciated. In open wind prone wetland, winds of 8 mph gusting to 18mph - I’ve got an 88mm scope with a benro Mach 3 tripod. Would one expect a lot of wind vibration in that setup or should it be ok?` Thanks, Jeff
  3. J

    Covers that fall off on Genesis 44 Prominar XD.

    The rainguard on the genesis 8.5x44 is maligned for its cheapness and plastic feel but to me it’s perfect. Easy on and off and when on protects the ocular lenses as well as the grippier rubber rainguards I’ve used on other binoculars (including the genesis 8x33s I have) do, but they’re easier to...
  4. J

    Kowa Genesis 44 Prominar XD... What filters to put?

    This mirrors the advice I got from someone at kowa some years ago when I asked if they recommended filters to protect the objectives on my genesis 8.5x44s during ordinary use , and if so what. No need, was the answer, explaining the coatings were applied in multiple layers and they were pretty...
  5. J

    CTH tripod head counterbalance mechanism broke -- fixes?

    Hi, when i turned the counterbalance knob from off to on on my cth head, i heard a snap, and then the counterbalance knob seemed to lose function. i wonder if others have experienced this, and if so, what fix might be? i'll write swarovski but figured i might get faster response here. many...
  6. J

    buying binoculars in us from kyoei japan - is us customs easy or complicated?

    hi, if anyone in the us has bought binoculars from kyoei osaka, i'd be very interested in hearing how smooth or complicated us customs clearance is. many thanks, appreciate the help, jeff
  7. J

    buying nikon edg from kyoei osaka from us?

    hi, if anyone in the us has bought binoculars from kyoei osaka, i'd be very interested in hearing how smooth or complicated us customs clearance is. many thanks, appreciate the help, jeff
  8. J

    Is FoV measured from one tube or both tubes?

    What if, to fit a broader face, the binoculars are opened close to the limit, and the view is more oval, longer at the sides, than circular? That’s my experience with 8x32 as opposed to 8x42 glasses. Thanks for the advice n this.
  9. J

    Servicing a 773 and eyepiece?

    i haven't needed servicing, but kowa north america was very responsive and helpful when during the time of supply chain disruptions i wanted to lay in a supply of small parts for my three pair of genesis binoculars and 883 scope. you might write them for advice, once the holiday period is over...
  10. J

    Using Kowa 8,5x44 with spectacles..?!

    Now I have the urge to go home and dent all the windows!
  11. J

    Can crows recognize individual cats?

    According to Sibley's wonderful book, What It's like to be a Bird, "Crows are able to recognize us by our faces, and they associate each person with good or bad experiences." so meows sense to me that crows would recognize individual cats, esp siamese cats. they're unforgetable.
  12. J

    Did changing to a lighter 32mm over 42mm bino really make that much difference?

    i used nikon premier 8x32 (about 660g) glasses for about 15 years and replaced them with kowa genesis 8.5x44 (940g). i used both binoculars side by side for a couple of weeks, and liked the detail, colors, and sharper views more from the kowa, so sold the nikons. a lot of the time i'm under...
  13. J

    glacier national park in mid-may?

    much appreciate advice -- would there be a lot to see in the way of birds in glacier national park early to middle may? my thought is to bicycle from west glacier on the going to the sun road as far as conditions permit, and also on the other roads in the west glacier area also as conditions...
  14. J

    Comment by 'Jeff51' in media 'Roller'

    among the most beautiful pictures i've seen.
  15. J

    Kowa USA service

    in the last six months i've bought two pair of kowa genesis 8.5x44 binoculars and a tsn 883 scope. i bought the binoculars in good part because i'd heard such great things about the scope and then i bought the scope because i love the detail and color i get in the binoculars. the binoculars...
  16. J

    When a mail order bino goes back to the retailer- where does it go after that?

    I bought two pair of kowa genesis 8.5x44 from cameraland in ny six months ago, both over the phone. the first pair was open box, considerably less than the new price. I asked the salesman what made them open box. he told me someone had looked through them and preferred a different binocular...
  17. J

    eyepiece for zeiss Diascope 85 T* FL LT 3.3"/85mm Spotting Scope?

    many many thanks for these very helpful replies. I'll pass on this one, because the investment in the eyepiece to test the scope sounds like a chancy one. thanks for sharing the knowledge and expertise, Jeff
  18. J

    eyepiece for zeiss Diascope 85 T* FL LT 3.3"/85mm Spotting Scope?

    hi, have the chance to buy a Diascope 85 T* locally at a good price in good condition. it's the older, pre-2010 version I think, and it's just the scope -- it doesn't have an eyepiece. much appreciate advice on a good eyepiece for that scope, 20-60 wide angle zoom if possible. also much...
  19. Great blue heron sunning wings

    Great blue heron sunning wings

  20. J

    detents on extending kowa tsn 883 eyepiece?

    Hi AP, that was exactly the problem and solution. works great now. many thanks for your help on this too, Jeff
  21. J

    detents on extending kowa tsn 883 eyepiece?

    hi, I thought the eyepiece on my tsn 883 scope extended with detent stops, but when I try to extend out the eyepiece housing (I don't wear glasses) the eyepiece unscrews. are there detents, and if so, how does get them to work? (there's nothing about detents in the short manual for the...
  22. J

    leveling head for tripod with scope?

    Hi Joachim, much appreciate this last comment in particular, and all the others above too on the (absence of) need for a leveling head, which I've returned to the vendor. and with that last comment in mind I've been a lot more careful in assuring stability of tripod before I put the scope on...
  23. J

    leveling head for tripod with scope?

    thanks for this too -- should have added I'll use scope only for general observation and won't be taking pictures or videos.
  24. J

    leveling head for tripod with scope?

    hi, when I ordered my scope/tripod, the sales person suggested I also get a leveling head, so that even if the length of the tripod legs on uneven ground wasn't right, with the leveling head, I could still get the scope level without a lot of finicky leg adjustment. advice much appreciated on...
  25. J

    mounting head quick release plate onto base of scope?

    thanks AP - the exact fix and much appreciated, jeff