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  1. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Chuck ..... Thanks for taking the time to write about your trip. It does a great job in providing a feeling for the event. What a good time! It was also good to hear you are becoming one with your SF 8X. The more I use that model, the more I like it. One trend I noticed at events is that...
  2. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Frank .... Great job on the report and photos. Showing is better than telling. :t: The Leica comparison photo is interesting in that the size difference in the two appears less than I would have expected. The new 32mm looks somewhat large but I suspect it is because the Noctivid is a little...
  3. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Frank ..... Thanks for the update. Looks like Maven cancelled out. I figured the Nikon reps were contracted. The ones I have talked with tell me Nikon does not give them any inside information. If you get chance, post us some pictures of the event! :t:
  4. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Frank, Would you let us know which companies are there. The list on the web site left off Maven, so there may be other optic companies that were also left off. Also, it would be nice to know some of the actual reps that are there. One gets to know some of these folks after attending a few...
  5. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Stephen Ingraham reported rain, wind and road flooding to start out the opening morning. Here is a radar image of the area at about 2:30 PM their time opening afternoon. Sounds like this would be a good day to hit the optics tent. 80% chance of rain for Friday (Cleveland, OH) 60%...
  6. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Thanks Frank. I remember reading about the get-togethers you and Stet/John used to have. They sounded like a fun time. I wish he would start posting again. He has a good eye and a lot of insightful comments. Hope you have a great weekend at the Biggest Week.
  7. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Ted .... That be the guy! I happened to be at the Crane Festival in NM when the Swaro 12X50 EL SV went on closeout at Eurooptics (thanks SuperDuty!). Before placing my order, I thought I would check things out with Clay first. He told me the 12X50 was his favorite and if I recall correctly...
  8. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    For anyone visiting the Nikon booth: It was reported that Nikon USA insisted on some changes to the new Monarch HG before they would distribute them here in the U.S. Would you please check to see if that is true, and if so, see if they will say what changes were made from what was introduced...
  9. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Frank ... I had not been on the American Birding Expo (ABE) web site is a while and was not aware that it has been relocated from Ohio to PA. I did find a comment on the site confirming your thought that it will be there for 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately I doubt I will be able to make it this...
  10. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Justin and Chuck ..... That is great to hear that you will be attending. Hopefully you will have some time to report your impressions. Justin, I will be curious to hear how the new Nikon HG compares to your recently acquired SLC. Chuck, is there anything special you are looking to check out...
  11. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    Frank ... You are right on about Maven. After reading your comment I checked their web site and found a journal entry that says they are attending. http://mavenbuilt.com/journal/maven-event-schedule-winterspring-2017/ That is a good thing for anyone interested in viewing through a Maven...
  12. BruceH

    2017 Biggest Week in Amerian Birding Festival

    The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival is coming up. It runs from May 5th to May 14th, 2017. Are any members planning to attend? If so, please post a trip report. I have never been there but sure enjoy reading the reports. The show is near Cleveland, OH and it is the place to see...
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