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  1. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    Hey Brock (post 23), Yes, I sold the Uvid HD+ 7x42 after about 4 yrs with it; the weight finally caught up to me. I was taking ibuprofen after birding during migration. There's a lot of lifting the bino quick to your eyes about a thousand times when birding during migration. I had such sore...
  2. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    The CL-b does have a nice smooth and accurate focuser. It seems improved to me over the original. Yep, it's true there's no perfect bino out there. I'm trying these days to just be satisfied with what I have and that's just another reason why I didn't spend the big bucks on the EL SV...
  3. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    It is surprising the difference between 30 vs 32 just in terms of the comfort/ease of viewing.
  4. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    I tried the HG 8x30 without glasses once just out of curiosity and immediately wished I didn't have to wear glasses. I found the eyecups comfortable and it was just an easier viewing experience overall. In contrast, I found the Ultravid 8x32 no good with glasses and was surprised to find it...
  5. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    Hey Brock, Welcome back. I decided not to buy the SV 8x32. It's a lot of money and it comes with extra weight and size. I've gotten so used to the 8x30 Monarch HG's super light weight and compact size. The SV is better optically and the best I've experienced in a 8x32 with eyeglasses, but...
  6. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    Ok I just did a little reading online and I'm confused which is normal for me. In two binos of same format (8x32 and 8x32 for example) does having more lens elements in the eyepiece make a wider FOV or is it just a larger eye lens that increases FOV (?) So how does this change in FOV result in...
  7. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    This is new information to me. Good to know. I wonder why. Does it it have to do with having more lense elements in the eyepiece (to achieve wider fov) and the distance of the field lens from the ocular lens?
  8. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    I didn't fiddle with the diopter, but it does look like it would be a real pain to set due to its position.
  9. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    Few things I forgot to mention: The HG seemed slightly more magnified than the EL. Either EL is a little under 8x or the HG is a little over. EL has a more transparent view and this struck me right away. Noticed some glare which was 'flickering' on and off as I moved the bin from tree top to...
  10. Gilmore Girl

    Monarch HG 8x30 vs Swaro CL-b & EL quick comparisons

    I recently was able to compare my MHG 8x30 with CL-b 8x30 and EL SV 8x32 outside of a store. I was surprised to find the MHG worked better with my eyeglasses compared to the CL. I've read about the new 'eye box' design of the CL-b and how it makes viewing more comfortable. I'm guessing this...
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