How good was the MM2? I have looked through the 3 and the 4 in 50mm but never a 2. There is one on eBay £135 with 2 eyepieces a zoom and a 25x.
Good value or will I just regret not getting a newer model?
Amazing what turns up when your not looking
"Perfect for birdwatchers"
On sale on eBay. At the moment it is only £1.20, but it is in Norfolk, weighs 3.5 tonnes and buyer collects!
Nothing to do with birding but I wasn't aware that in both world wars the US Navy had an appeal for people to lend their binoculars for war service. In the first world war 51,217 instruments were received and 31,000 were accepted for naval use. They were returned at the end of the war with a...
Bit of an unusual one. Had this American bird jigsaw for Christmas. It features the artwork of renown bird painter Charley Harper. We have done the jigsaw but now have to identify the birds! Got most of them but a few left to get.
Just seen this, massively supported, Kickstarter. A simple concept, camera on bird feeder but with auto id and linked to an app. Good for surveying what visits your feeder. A video doorbell for the birds. Wandering...
Tigger warning!!! The product discussed is very much aimed at the hunting market, the website contains hunting themed images and text.
That said I came across a product from Tactacam that may have application for watching birds rather than shooting them. The company makes a variety of...
Just noticed Zeiss is/has launched a new handheld thermal scope.
They are obviously aiming it at the hunting market but would work perfectly well for those not wishing to shoot things.
At £2650 it is a bit pricey...
A friend is seeking to mount their Papillo on a tripod for extended viewing. Whilst they do have an integral tripod mount there is not much room around it.
Pentax do make an extender but is that strictly needed?
Anyone have any experience of using the tripod mount with either a tripod or a...
I have always pronounced Nikon as Nick-On however I recently saw a YouTube video and throughout the presenter referred to Ni-Kon. This led me back to my rudimentary Japanese and is strictly phonetic pronunciation which would lead to Ni-Ko-N
So what are you?
This popped up as a an ad on my Facebook.
Invented by John Hopkins University...
The luminous flux reaches 30 times that of ordinary telescopes with the same diameter. The resolution angle is 47 times that of ordinary telescopes with the same diameter. The maximum magnification reached 300...
Just come across this
Cuts out the boring bit of watching the birds and learning to identify them. You just point the...
As per title, I am after an ID guide for UK Insects. I currently have "Insects of Britain and Western Europe" by Michael Chinery first edition. It is perfectly serviceable but lacks a lot of common names. It used to be the go to book back in the day but what else is there to recommend?
A friend is going to working in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the whole of March this year. They are after any top tips and bird/ general wildlife sites to visit close the city and for recommendations for longer trips out.
Plus recommendations for books.
Thanks in advance.
I stumbled across this paper from back in Feb 2019.
"Seeing rare birds where there are none: self-rated expertise predicts correct species identification, but also more false rarities"
Nils Bouillard, Rachel L. White, Hazel A. Jackson, Gail E. Austen, Julia Schroeder...
I was looking through one of my jumble sale book purchases, "Birds Shown to the Children", by MKC Scott, from the 1920s. It contained the following passage about the mallard.
THE Mallard is a very shy bird, and you cannot easily get near enough to him to see his plumage of beautiful colours...