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    where have all the birds gone ????

    Could just be coincidence or whatever I suppose, but I've noticed a significantly fewer sightings of Buzzard and Red Kite in my are over the past few weeks. I've also recieved reports from local people of a marked drop in gull numbers at favoured sites. Does anyone know how much of an effect...
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    Opticron 8x32 SR.GA issue

    Bought my 8x32 SRGA as new. My findings are pretty much identical to Stephen's.
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    Double Square Spot or Triple Spotted Clay...

    Yep, Double square spot, no doubt about it.
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    Moth for ID

    Yep, it is a Double Square Spot.
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    A Very Worn Moth

    Could be Ingrailed Clay or Small Square-spot..if pushed I'd go with the latter.
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    Binocular neck straps that go short enough to get bins close to chin?

    'Real men' don't do chest hair!.. I have it waxed on a regular basis. Tis as smooth as a baby's bottom! |:P|
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    Binocular neck straps that go short enough to get bins close to chin?

    I like wearing my bins high up (eyepieces slightly above my nipples), not for weight reasons but so that I can get 'em up to my eyes a couple of nanoseconds quicker than I could if they were hanging low on my rather firm abdomen, plus any females I come across can get a nice view of my six-pack...
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    8x32 Sr Ga

    I also have arthritis in my hands, but am the opposite to you and found the SRGA more comfortable to hold than roof prisms. The hyper fast focusing is a plus in this respect too.
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    8x32 Sr Ga

    Not sure this will help much, but for what it's worth..I've owned a pair for about 6 months. Been out in light rain with them a couple of times..I keep 'em tucked inside my jacket and expose them to the elements for brief periods only. Don't think I'd risk it in anything other than light rain...
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    Why no 9x36?

    I'm not suggesting that anyone bid/buy them, especially at the asking price for the Elite's, just thought it interesting and unusual that two 9x35 configurations are on ebay at the same time. My recently purchased Opticron SRGA 8x32 porrro cost less than what the seller's asking for those...
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    Why no 9x36?

    Bob, interestingly, I'm pretty sure that the Opticron Elite 9x35 in my previous post is the CF equivalent of your Leupold 9X35 Gold Ring. With the obvious exception of the focusing method, the specs pretty much match up as do the dimensions and period of manufacture.
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    Why no 9x36?

    There's two Opticron 9x35 models currently on ebay. I've owned a pair of Elite's since 1984 and it's a really nice binocular. I believe it's the predecessor of the Minerva...
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    Large partial solar eclipse March 20

    Me and my mate travelled down to Cornwall to see the 1999 total eclipse. We were absolutely gutted, but not in the least surprised, when it was clouded out. We were sat on a cliff top overlooking St Michael's Mount when it took place. When it got dark large numbers of sea birds took to the wing...
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    Best Cleaning product for Binoculars

    Baader Optical Wonder Fluid is very good, it leaves very little residue. I also have Fujifilm cleaning fluid but it's not as good as Baader as it leaves a residue.
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    Large partial solar eclipse March 20

    I remember watching a partial solar eclipse during school time back in the early 60's. The whole class went out to the school yard and we viewed the eclipse by holding a piece of glass that the teacher had blackened with a candle flame. :eek!: Those were the days!.......|=)|
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    A UK newbie to birding

    Just stick 'em inside your jacket if it rains Dave, that's what I've been doing for the last 30+ years. Slight inconvenience but no big deal IMO. Forgot to add.. amateur astronomer here too - reflector fan though. :)
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    Not bad nick for a 30 year old!..

    The Elite's served me well over the years and were retired as my main birding binocular just 6 months ago. I now use Opticron SRGA 8x32 (cost £185), which is a definite upgrade.. the SRGA is brighter and more contrasty than my Elite's resulting in a crisper image. I thought it would be a close...
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    Not bad nick for a 30 year old!..

    I bought a pair of these in mid-80's, still use them for the garden. Think the seller's a little optimistic with asking price..they cost me approx £160 back in the day. Very nice pair of bins though, I really liked the 9x35 format...
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    Has the Porro finally fizzled ?

    No, two Opticron porros. I may have misread Gregory's post and thought he was referring to porros in general. Apologies if this is not the case.
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    Has the Porro finally fizzled ?

    Likewise..I've very recently upgraded my 30 year old porro with another porro. In all that time I've never found stiff focusing to be an issue. Never experienced internal fogging either. Remains to be seen if the new ones behave in a similar manner as my old ones. The build quality seems to be...
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    Feathered Thorn aberration

    Thanks for that Martin, Did a quick google and found a site that mentions ab. tangens - cross-lines touch - Lempke 1951. Also, ab. aurantiaca - background orangey - Lempke 1951. Seems as if mine is a combination of both...think I'll call it ab. aurantangen - Dandare 2010. |:D|
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    Feathered Thorn aberration

    This interesting form of a male Feathered Thorn came to my lit house window a couple of years ago. The colour, which is a pretty accurate representation, is unusual enough, but even more interesting is the joining of the cross-lines. I've googled through a number of Feathered Thorn aberrations...
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    How close do you hold your eyes to the eyecups?

    Hi Stephen, Don't have a problem as yet with my eyelashes contacting the lens, they are pretty close though. Maybe I could see a little more FOV if I held them closer to my eyes but I'm quite happy with things as they are. I've only owned the SRGA for a couple of months, they're an upgrade on...
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    How close do you hold your eyes to the eyecups?

    No adjustment available with the soft rubber eyecups on my Opticron SRGA 8x32 porro. I hold them lightly against the top of my eye sockets. I see most if not all of FOV with no blackouts. I'm fortunate though as I have a perfectly shaped face..I'm bit of an adonis to be honest, or that's what...
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    Widest field inexpensive compact bins

    Maybe a bit bigger than you would have liked, but this one is near your budget and seems to be a well respected binocular. Perhaps someone who's familiar with them can offer some advice. You will probably find them cheaper if you shop around...
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