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Old Friday 16th October 2020, 08:47   #1
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Dealing with eyes watering...

Hi good morning everyone,

Like many I love nothing more than staring out to the horizon, however in what are usually the best conditions I encounter constant eye watering from the wind (occasionally tears of joy!).

Has anybody come up with successful counter measures? Cycling\motor cycling goggles? Some kind of home made visor or shield? Or perhaps sitting in a fishing style bivvy. Unless of course you're lucky enough to be in a brick shelter!

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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 09:41   #2
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Hi [email protected] I have the same problem. Opticrom Hayfever Eyedrops help reduce this irritation. Not 100%, but they certainly help. Available off-the-shelf without prescription. I keep mine in the fridge, which makes them even more refreshing in cooling yer peepers during the hayfever season.

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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 09:48   #3
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I'm hoping winged eyecups on bins and scope will somewhat reduce that. No field experience yet though.
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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 09:55   #4
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I was wondering about some kind of bespoke tube to fit on your head - get rid of side wind and due to the surface turbulance effects (whatever they are called) reduce windspeed next to an object.

If it's a real problem and you don't mind how you look too much (probably not a massive problem as starting point is a grown adult staring at the sea in the first place?) ...

Then I thought, what about a parka with one of those big hoods anyway - bit like ET or something.
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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 10:20   #5
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You can also get these ...


(And not just at easter-time)
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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 11:29   #6
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Whaha that's genius, those are hardcore What's that called and where are those being sold?
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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 12:11   #7
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Whaha that's genius, those are hardcore What's that called and where are those being sold?
No idea sorry!

They've just appeared at a local seawatching spot (Porthgwarra) in a couple of seasons recently.
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I tried putting “birdwatching camouflage tent” into google and there is quite a variety!
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Old Sunday 18th October 2020, 12:45   #9
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Found this on Amazon in the US

I found this on Amazon here in the US. They call it a chair blind. Or hide as you may call it. I'm sure you can find it in your area that way as well.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07979Q4W8...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Well searched, thanks! 6kg is an insane weight to carry though!!
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I'm a bit worried where it says "will comfortably hunt 2 people". Does that mean it actually gobbles them up?!
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Well searched, thanks! 6kg is an insane weight to carry though!!
I didn't look that far into it. This is probably designed to hunt from and if so that'd be a small addition in weight. But I see your thoughts. There are other variations on this idea out there, some of which are not much more than camoflague netting, etc.

What would be an acceptable weight to carry?
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I tried an open tent /bivvy once. It was ok looking out to sea from, but I gave up..
1.The more extreme sea watching conditions, are not compatible with sitting in a tent!
2.extra baggage to carry around
3. If something interesting passes over your head, or behind you, well let's just say it could be interesting!
4. Best sea watching conditions are often with wind blowing towards shore, and therefore into the "tent"

I think a better bet would be something like a parka hood, or snood, and tired eye drops.
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I tried an open tent /bivvy once. It was ok looking out to sea from, but I gave up..
1.The more extreme sea watching conditions, are not compatible with sitting in a tent!
2.extra baggage to carry around
3. If something interesting passes over your head, or behind you, well let's just say it could be interesting!
4. Best sea watching conditions are often with wind blowing towards shore, and therefore into the "tent"

I think a better bet would be something like a parka hood, or snood, and tired eye drops.
You make a good point! There's always a trade-off isn't there?
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You make a good point! There's always a trade-off isn't there?
well, for once in my life, I do have first hand experience.. it started ok, but in the end wasn't pretty. Mark 2 wasn't any better either!
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