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  1. Gregory Sargean

    Has the Porro finally fizzled ?

    I have used porros for years on Bird-a-thons and Christmas Bird Counts, overnight pelagics etc and have never noticed the so-called "stiff" focusing as a problem. As others have said it takes a minute or two to loosen up in really cold weather but that is about the extent of it. 60% of...
  2. Gregory Sargean

    Has the Porro finally fizzled ?

    I have had the same experience that many of my fellow porro aficianados have had, namely of lending my habicht 8x30ws to a member of the "EL Mafia" and watch their reaction. I have to admit that the stiff focusing and close focus can be a problem, but then I add that at $500, these were $1800...
  3. Gregory Sargean

    And now for something completely different: The Habicht 7x42

    The Swarovski company made 6x30 binoculars for the German Wehrmacht during WWII. It was this experience that led to the foundation of Swarovski Optik after the war. I own a vintage pair of Habicht 7x42s and a more modern pair of 8x30s. I love the 8x30s, which have overtaken my Nikon Superior...
  4. Gregory Sargean

    Duskywing Identification

    Can anyone shed some light on the identification of this American Duskywing? http://picasaweb.google.com/sargeguy.RI/Insects#5371088346993725362 http://picasaweb.google.com/sargeguy.RI/Insects#5371089405237410050 Thanks. Greg Sargeant
  5. Gregory Sargean

    Fall plumage Plover, Sask, Canada

    Nice picture! Slighter bill, gray belly, barred chest, contrasting dark cap, and projecting primaries all point to American Golden Plover. The cap on Black-Bellied is dark but doesn't contrast with the nape. Black-Bellied Plovers have white bellies, not gray. Here is a picture of a...
  6. Gregory Sargean

    US Bird Identification

    1. The Canada Geese appear to be the same subspecies. One has its head angled away from the camera more than the other. Where and what season were these shots taken? That would help nail it down. 2. The DC Cormorant looks like a dry adult. Juvenile would be much paler underneath with a sharper...
  7. Gregory Sargean

    How terrible is the Coolpix 5600?

    I have the 5600 and although I was a little frustrated by the lack of features it still seems to work fine in average conditions. I use it with an FSB adapter and Nikon ED82A scope. It seems like it would be a good camera for someone who wants to digiscope but doesn't have much experience in...
  8. Gregory Sargean

    Nikon 5600 Settings

    Thats what I was afraid of. I bought the camera specifically because it had the adapter for Nikon Fieldscopes. The set-up is handy with the adapter, although attaching it and removing it from the eyepiece can be a struggle. I have gotten some great shots in well-lit conditions, mostly through...
  9. Chipping Sparrow

    Chipping Sparrow

    Chipping Sparrow taken in Foster, RI 4/28/08
  10. Gregory Sargean

    Comment by 'Gregory Sargean' in media 'Pine Grosbeak'

    Thanks! This was the first bird I photographed with a DSLR.
  11. American Oystercatcher

    American Oystercatcher

    An American Oystercatcher taken at Seapowett Marsh, Tiverton, RI
  12. Pine Grosbeak

    Pine Grosbeak

    Female or juvenile Pine Grosbeak Worcester Airport Worcester, MA This lifer was the first bird I photographed with my Nikon D40.
  13. Louisiana Waterthrush

    Louisiana Waterthrush

    Louisiana Waterthrush taken in Foster, RI 4/26/08 with a Nikon Coolpix 5600 through a Nikon ED82A scope with 30x DS eyepiece.
  14. Freckled Finch?

    Freckled Finch?

    Mysterious feeder bird photographed in East Providence, RI Model: NIKON D40 ISO: 200 Exposure: 1/320 sec Aperture: f/5.6 Focal Length: 200mm
  15. Cedar Waxwing

    Cedar Waxwing

    NIKON D40 ISO: 200 Exposure: 1/200 sec Aperture: f/10.0 Focal Length: 200mm
  16. Female Eastern Bluebird

    Female Eastern Bluebird

    Digiscoped Camera: NIKON 5600 Scope: NIKON ED82A with DS 30x eyepiece ISO: 50 Exposure: 1/14 sec Aperture: f/3.2 Focal Length: 7.7mm The "drab" female Eastern Bluebird taken at Audubon Society of RI's Caratunk Refuge in Seekonk, MA
  17. Gregory Sargean

    Tufted duck hybrid UK

    The duck look leucistic, its uniformly pale moverall but otherwise looks normal. Interesting bird and nice photo!
  18. Gregory Sargean

    Nikon 5600 Settings

    I have the Nikon Coolpix 5600 attached to an ED82A scope using the Nikon adapter. It works well enough in certain conditions but is awful in others. I have been fiddling with a lot more since I got the 701RC head, which keeps the combo steady. My problem is that find I have very little control...
  19. Gregory Sargean

    Belted Kingfisher

    Hello, Here are a couple of photos I digiscoped yesterday. I was using the Coolpix 5600/ED82 combo with 30x fixed eyepiece and FSB adapter. It was raining and the eyepiece fogged. Can these be salvaged or improved? Thanks, Greg Here is the Exif: Apr 12, 2008 1600×1200 pixels – 135KB...
  20. Gregory Sargean

    Swarovski Habicht Binoculars 8x30w

    I own both the 8x30 Habicht and the Nikon 10x42 SE. I love both of them. The habicht are plenty rugged. I keep them on my front seat for emergencies, and use them for close quarters birding. The habicht's focusing knob can get a little stiff if you leave it in your car overnight during very cold...
  21. Gregory Sargean

    Nikon Prostaff 82?

    I own the Nikon ED 82 and I love it but its pretty heavy and has mediocre eye-relief when using a zoom.
  22. Gregory Sargean

    Bird Photos Taken With Nikon D40x

    I too recieved the Nikon D40 for Christmas and am just starting to get the hang of it. Its been a while since I used an SLR and I am very rusty, and the new features on the digital can be a little overwhelming. So far the only adjustments I've made are to set it to burst mode, silent beep and no...
  23. Gregory Sargean

    Never no more

  24. Gregory Sargean

    Birding Etiquette???

    This is spring migration in the Northeast and the birding mafia can be a little intense, especially at Plum Island or one of the other hot spots. I wouldn't take it personally.
  25. Gregory Sargean

    Finder scopes on spotting scopes?

    I tried out the 65mm Prostaff at L.L. Bean last weekend specifically to see if the finder was useful. It wasn't.