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  1. Passakorn

    Better but smaller options than the Nikon Monarch 60/82ED that can reach 60X?

    Thanks for the comment, John, last year I was fortunate to see three spoonies at two different sites. Hope we get good luck again this year. Frankly I am still not sure how much it increases a wow factor from 48x to 60x in real life. Sometimes it is great to have extra 25% bigger image but...
  2. Passakorn

    How do other alphas compare to the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 and Zeiss Victory 8x25 Combo?

    I forgot to add the Ultravid 8x32 into the list as well. I have never tried these ones. Is it worth going after the newer version or do the old ones still be just fine?
  3. Passakorn

    Better but smaller options than the Nikon Monarch 60/82ED that can reach 60X?

    Hello there, Now I am using both Nikon Monarch (current model) 60ED (straight) and 82ED (angle) scopes with the 20-60X eyepiece. The image from both of them is great. The problem I have is that the 82ED is getting heavy and too big for a casual trip if the main purpose is not bird-watching. I...
  4. Passakorn

    How do other alphas compare to the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 and Zeiss Victory 8x25 Combo?

    Hello there, Now I have the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 and Zeiss Victory 8x25. So far I like the combo a lot. But when I did the bird photography in the field, the EL8x42 started to get heavy and the 8x25 was too small and uncomfortable for a long time use (especially short eyecups). So I am looking...
  5. Passakorn

    Are there any users of both Zeiss SFL 8x30 and VP 8x25 that can comment on how they compare?

    Hello there, I have an EL 8.5x42 and Zeiss VP 8x25. Due to the size of the ELs, I carry VP 8x25 almost all the time except for serious bird watching. I like the size and weight and image quality of the VPs but hate the eye placement. Today I play with the Nikon Monarch 7 (older model) 8x30 and...
  6. Passakorn

    Any sub-alpha 30-32mm class binoculars that still feel like an alpha ones?

    I had a real test yesterday, using the Zeiss Victory Pocket 8x25 to spot the Spoonie among several hundred of other sandpipers. Although they are perfectly fine for scanning when aiming them and trying to get detail out of the targets, stability is not good enough for me (I am not wearing...
  7. Passakorn

    How to choose a tripod’s height for a straight spotting scope?

    I did have a real test for the 60EDS in this trip. As most birds are lower than me so a straight scope works just fine. The plus is that my eyes are in the same alignment with the camera so it is good. Also, good position when sitting as well. Just missing the 82ED a bit as it has slightly...
  8. Passakorn

    How to choose a tripod’s height for a straight spotting scope?

    John mentioned Spoonie made me itching and wanted to find one. Yesterday I spent 5 hours scanning hundreds of sandpipers in the area with no luck. Just right before I packed it up, it showed up. At 3 pm the heat was still bad and it is about 50m away so this is the best what I could do (Canon R7...
  9. Passakorn

    How to choose a tripod’s height for a straight spotting scope?

    I got the straight model because it is on sale at cheaper price than the angled model. I intend to keep it at least for now until I find an angled model with comparable cost. I notice there are many users of the straight model in this forum and I am wondering how they use it comfortable for the...
  10. Passakorn

    How to choose a tripod’s height for a straight spotting scope?

    Here is my current setup. I try using the longer plate as John suggested. The center column as to extend all the way. Looking have to look for a new tripod.
  11. Passakorn

    How to choose a tripod’s height for a straight spotting scope?

    Thanks very much for the guidelines. For the Spoonie, we start to see some of them close to Bangkok and I am thinking about going there too. Here in Thailand a lot of birds related activities are related to bird photography which creates a lot of complications, for example, we expected to be in...
  12. Passakorn

    How to choose a tripod’s height for a straight spotting scope?

    I just got the Nikon Monarch 60EDS scope (with 20-60x EP). It is a straight model. I am about 6 feet tall. Now I am using it with a tripod with extendable center column. As the 60EDS‘ foot is towards the front, I notice that the ocular end position can vary (up/down) a lot when I adjust the...
  13. Passakorn

    Any sub-alpha 30-32mm class binoculars that still feel like an alpha ones?

    In the end I get a Zeiss Victory pocket 8x25 and I can report happily that I am happy for both the pocket and EL8.5x44. The pocket is small but when I hold it and hug both hands together it is stable enough for me. Also even though I have to put my eyes a bit away from the eye cups, as the...
  14. Passakorn

    Do the owners of both Zeiss SF and Swarovski EL/NL feel they are uncomfortable for the different color cast?

    Eventually I get a Zeiss Victory pocket 8x25 and I can happily report that I have no problem switching back and forth between the pocket and EL8.5x44. So happy ending for me. Thank you so much for all of the comments.
  15. Passakorn

    Do the owners of both Zeiss SF and Swarovski EL/NL feel they are uncomfortable for the different color cast?

    Hello there, Now I have EL8.5x42 and thinking of getting 8x32 for a weight saver during a long trip. As NL8x32 is a bit too expensive and the EL8x32 has been discontinued, it makes me wonder about the Zeiss SF 8x32. I notice that the SF has a greenish hue due to their coating. I am wondering...
  16. Passakorn

    Any sub-alpha 30-32mm class binoculars that still feel like an alpha ones?

    I know this is a personal thing which depends on many factors but do we have some sort of a consensus that which 8x30/32mm alpha/subalpha models that the eyecups are not too short and that does not cause blackouts?
  17. Passakorn

    Any sub-alpha 30-32mm class binoculars that still feel like an alpha ones?

    That is too bad. They seem to be so good for my need. Unfortunately stability is a big thing for me judging by I don’t like to way I have to handle the M7. Still want to try them when I have a chance. I guess I will be waiting for the SFL8x30 and will see if they fit my need well. I don’t live...
  18. Passakorn

    Any sub-alpha 30-32mm class binoculars that still feel like an alpha ones?

    Thank you so much for the comments and also the wife tricks! I should try that. The problem I have with the M7 old model is that I have to hold the M7 at a distance that the eyes are a bit further from eyecups in order to get a perfect view. This makes the viewing less stable. I don’t have this...
  19. Passakorn

    Any sub-alpha 30-32mm class binoculars that still feel like an alpha ones?

    Hello all, Finally I have got the 8.5x42 EL (the later model). They are great. Now I am looking for a 8x30/32 class due to the smaller size and weight for every day carry. Now I have a Monarch M7 (older model) and I can them appreciated less on the CA compared to the ELs. I still cannot...
  20. Passakorn

    Nikon ED50, still fragile?

    The Nikon ED50 I brought during the Covid19 broke in half after less than 2 years even from light use (no falls etc.). Now I duct tape it and it still works.
  21. Passakorn

    Is it worth the risk of getting the new untested/unreturnable Swarovski ATS-80?

    Hello all, I have the unusual opportunity to get the brand new Swarovski ATS-80 spotting scope. The catch is that I cannot test it before getting it and it is not returnable for the optics quality reason such as a bad star test (it has a full factory warranty for other defects). I have heard...
  22. Passakorn

    Is 90s mm class spotting scope too big for general uses?

    I am looking for a new scope to compliment the 50mm nikon that I have. I am wondering if someone could share direct experience with the 90mm classes scopes (Swarovski 95mm, Kowa 99 mm etc) intern of portability/practicality in the field? Most of my activity will be wandering around (1-2 km walk...
  23. Passakorn

    New Svbony sa401 Apo 85mm released.

    I am wondering if there are more comparisons with the SA401 with other scopes, both alphas and typical brands (Nikon, Pentax, Opticron, etc)? The price is very tempting.
  24. Passakorn

    Any experiences with Takahashi 60/76mm refractor telescope for terrestrial use?

    Just try tonight. With erecting prism, at infinity focus it still has about 10mm left. It works with a 2.25x barlow too but the barlow introduces very strong CA to my eyes. Note that now it is an fc-76duc form factor.
  25. Passakorn

    Any experiences with Takahashi 60/76mm refractor telescope for terrestrial use?

    I bought this adapter to shorten the distance and now it can focus with an erecting prism. The new issue is the minimum focus is about 10m without adding extension ring.
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