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Old Friday 9th November 2018, 10:51   #101
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Lee, post 100,
Basically binoculars did not change from 1890-1900 until now, better and more convient constructions were developed, optical improvements were considerably improved through better optical glass, coatings etc.
The question really is in my opinion: are we consumers behaving like spoiled children who want constantly to be confronted with something new? The discussion worldwide is that the earth is damaged by the way humans destroy wildlife, the atmosphere, polluting the oceans. Battery operated instruments will in my opinion not avoid these developments, but will probably enhance them becuase of the waste they generate by discarded batteries and the production of new ones.
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Old Friday 9th November 2018, 12:14   #102
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Basically binoculars did not change from 1890-1900 until now, better and more convient constructions were developed, optical improvements were considerably improved through better optical glass, coatings etc.
The question really is in my opinion: are we consumers behaving like spoiled children who want constantly to be confronted with something new? The discussion worldwide is that the earth is damaged by the way humans destroy wildlife, the atmosphere, polluting the oceans. Battery operated instruments will in my opinion not avoid these developments, but will probably enhance them becuase of the waste they generate by discarded batteries and the production of new ones.
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An excellent point Gijs and we have an excellent choice of binos at the moment. I am not at all interested in binos with batteries and since 8x magnification is my favourite, I am not so interested in image stabilisation at all.
At the moment I am on the Isle of Islay off the south west coast of Scotland and have been here for 3 weeks with a selection of Zeiss and Meopta binos and couldn't be happier.

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Any chance of some photos of the otters on the coast?

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Old Friday 9th November 2018, 14:47   #104
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Any chance of some photos of the otters on the coast?

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Unfortunately our photo gear is for close-ups and landscapes but we did get some half decent shots the last time we were here on Islay and I will post a couple when back home in a few days.

When we stalk close to the otters we are too entranced watching them to start setting photo gear up and risk startling them.

But thanks for your interest Andy and I will post them soon.

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Thanks Lee, I am sure the landscape views are great and you are having a great time, enjoy.

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Old Friday 9th November 2018, 17:15   #106
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Thanks Lee, I am sure the landscape views are great and you are having a great time, enjoy.

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If you have a spare 5 minutes you can see some of my pics on the Birdforum Gallery https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/se...earchid=333139

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Nice, Lee!!!!!
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Nice place Lee, I can see why you go there often.

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Any chance of some photos of the otters on the coast?

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Here they are Andy: not brilliant but full of memories for us.

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