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Cable-Tie Sight for Angled-Eyepiece Birding Scopes - Latest sermon and guide (1 Viewer)

EagleEyed

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Hi All,

Since first learning about the Cable-Tie Sight for Angled-Eyepiece Birding Scopes from Kabsetz and KorHann and others back in 2007 in the Nikon spotting scope forum here I eventually put together a free guide (see attachment) for the sight and would like to share it with all (along with my latest sermon).

Please take note of the tremendous ease-of-use advancement that RELEASABLE cable-ties provide (just search for them on the web)!

Good Birding All!

EagleEyed

Revolutionizing Angled-Eyepiece Birding Scope Use - One Cable-Tie Sight At A Time!

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CABLE-TIE SIGHT - FOR ANGLED EYEPIECE BIRDING SCOPES - LATEST SERMON
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Yes, even Warblering with your spotting scope could be a normal, natural, healthy, and yes, even easy, part of Your Birding Life! The Cable-Tie Scope Sight enables you to immediately get your angled-eyepiece spotting scope centered on virtually Any Bird Movement you can see with the naked eye (bird flying, near, far, or otherwise). Virtually Anytime, and Anywhere (well night can be a bit tricky as usual, and pelagic trips may pretty much be completely out unless you pelagic from an oil rig or an aircraft carrier)!

Most folks know that the birding spotting scope can be a powerful tool to see birds amazingly well with, much better than binoculars, and that the scope is even essential for some types of birding. Most people also have fixed ideas of when and where a scope can or should be used.

Well, those fixed ideas about scope use can be discarded and left behind, or expanded unbelievably, because there are incredible birding benefits to gain, and views to be had, when the scope can be pointed accurately at Any Bird Movement, and that bird movement (and hence the bird) that the scope is pointed accurately at, instantly appears in your eyepiece, every time!!!

Most people don't know that this is possible or how to do this, and because they don't know how, they understandably can't do it, and because they can't do it, it's impossible, and because it's impossible - well, then the spotting scope, sadly, can only be good for certain types of birding, say for shorebirds, or for waterfowl, or for seawatching for example.

It's easy to understand this line of thinking, and also easy to prove it's seeming validity. Just go out say to a huge field with vast dense woods bordering on one side and then set up your angled-eyepiece scope maybe 50 yards from the woods. Now looking at the woodline bordering the field, and with your eyes only, find a small bird-sized feature on the edge of the woods, it doesn't matter how high up, maybe a very short section of a branch maybe bare of bark.

Good, you can see that bird-sized short bare section of that certain branch 50 yards away with your eyes ok. Now, quickly, try to find it in your scope! How long did it take? Did you find it at all? Are you still looking? Was your scope zoomed in too much and you couldn't find anything so you unzoomed it and started looking for it all over again, but still haven't found it? Did you try for 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes and then give up in frustration?

Or... Maybe you did find that small bird-sized landmark on the edge of the woods in your eyepiece? If you did, how long did it take, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, are you still looking for it? Did you give up as finding that small branch section is impossible in the scope? If you did find it quickly then move your scope to within 50 feet of the woods and try to find a selected feature again, can you still find it as quickly as before?

Some angled-eyepiece birding scope users can find things pretty quick in the scope unaided by any kind of sighting technique, but they are pretty few and far between.

Now what if I told you that you could have found that little bare branch, or anything that you can see, even a bird flying, in the scope as quickly as you could have swung your scope to it? Interesting? That is what the Cable-Tie Sight will do for you once you learn how to use it well, and the views to be had, both from very, very near to very far, can take your breath away, from incredible detail you've never seen before to maybe just because getting a distant bird in flight instantly at high power in the scope is something that you could never do before!

While it is true that many times you just can't see a bird well without a scope, we also don't want to be dependent on using high power optics to ID birds. It is also true that you sure can see birds better and learn a lot about them by using a scope in all situations if you can get on them! For some purposes such as when and where maximum speed getting on the bird is essential only binoculars will do, but also if the bird is too far away for binoculars in that situation only a scope will do! Getting on birds with a scope the fastest usually requires an awesome sighting technique!

Lots of people (come and join us) have addressed and completely solved the problem of pointing the spotting scope accurately at any bird movement, in woods, on the wing, anywhere, and in all situations (except for dark pelagic trips), with the use of a simple sighting technique that plain flat works perfectly every time (once the user is fully trained and fluent with it's use)! This technique is so easy, and is so inexpensive that there is almost no cost, due to the Angled-eyepiece Spotting Scope Cable-Tie Sight being made from one or two cable-ties! (example of typical result (in southeastern USA): Kentucky Warbler at 40 feet at 30x wide!)

------------------------------------------------
CABLE-TIE SIGHT IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY NEWS
------------------------------------------------

For folks already using the Cable-Tie Sight on their Angled-Eyepiece Scopes, or for those thinking about it, there is great news!

RELEASABLE CABLE-TIES

They Make Releasable Cable-Ties! These cable-ties feature a small, easy-to-use built-in release so that you can remove, reposition, and use these over and over with great ease!

Now gone is the issue of having to worry about cutting that cable-tie off of your scope, or having to carry a small penknife or special tool to release that cable-tie locking tab when you want to remove the tie from your scope body! Just use the built-in release of the Releasable Cable-Tie! The only barrier to easily removing your Cable-Tie Sight is now... removed!

Hence, Angled-Eyepiece Spotting Scope Cable-Tie Sight ease of use just went Way Up! Fantastic results and easy removal are now integrated into the same cable-tie sight! Just search the web for releasable cable-tie and you will find lot of online stores to purchase from!

Here's to always easily getting 20x-60x+ wide angle and zoom views of all the birds you never could get a scope on before!

Now I know it might be just a little bit possible that some of you might be wondering about me and this cable-tie sight thing. That's okay, I am willing to sacrifice myself if even one birder becomes fluent enough with the technique so that they are repeatedly blown away, on a permanent ongoing basis, and for the rest of their birding life, by new and unsurpassed views of their favorite birds gained by implementing this method. I know I was, and am, easily reaching up into the canopy, for example, to see myriad warblers at Kennesaw Mountain Georgia USA every spring with the scope will do that to you!

Please see the attachment for the full guide!
 

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Cheers, Mark!

Excellent write-up. It's still a landmark improval on scope use, these little cable-ties.
Good to focus attention on it, again. I like the releasable cable-tie idea.

Yes, people, DO read through Mark's guide and try it yourself, if you haven't done so already 3 years ago.

Best regards,

Ronald
 
I just tried this out, works great! :t:

Only took me a couple of minutes to set up and learn how to use.

In a few days I'll master it... :king:

Only a slight problem with the stay on case, but I think I'll be able to work that out.

Many thanks!
 
Hi All,

Thanks and special thanks go to Ronald for the use of his superb drawings! I use mine with the stay-on case only, the releasable ties make this so easy to make it tight enough (and then be able to release it) over the case so that it won't readily move. The releasables should be available worldwide I would think and are very well worth the upgrade! You can see great photos of the releasables at:

http://cableorganizer.com/cable-ties-releasable/

Enjoy and please distribute the guide as far and wide as you wish!

Mark

"if even one birder becomes fluent enough with the technique so that they are repeatedly blown away, on a permanent ongoing basis, and for the rest of their birding life, by new and unsurpassed views of their favorite birds gained by implementing this method."
 
Mark,

Thanks for using your enthusiasm to try to bring the light to more converts. I've continued to be surprised that the idea has not caught on faster, and disappointed that scope makers have not picked it up and applied the principle into a more elegant, integrated solution or a "custom" accessory for which they'd charge a well-deserved $30-60 from those of us unwilling to spend the pennies to utilize a cable tie.

When I first wrote about it in Alula and then in Birding (December 1998) I thought that would be enough to spread the practice. I also had the opportunity to show it to Swarovski engineers when the ATS 80 was launched, and had some hopes about Zeiss doing something with the idea when Ingraham (who had been the "tools of the trade" editor at Birdign when I wrote the English language article) went to Zeiss. and When that did not work, I thought the Internet would do the trick and we collaborated with Ronald on the original BF thread for which he wrote the illustrations. But maybe it takes an American marketing talent to spread this best practice.

And yes, I will get myself some of those releasable cable ties. Don't need them on my own scope where the sight is around the scope body and protrudes through a custom-cut hole in the stay-on-case, but they will come handy whenever I have a loaner scope for testing.

I rather like the zeal and exuberance of your sermon, and as we converts know, it is not all that exaggerated, but I could not help thinking that perhaps you could edit it a bit and make it a tad more condensed and thus easier to read? Just a thought...

Kimmo
 
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Mark,

Thanks for using your enthusiasm to try to bring the light to more converts. I've continued to be surprised that the idea has not caught on faster, and disappointed that scope makers have not picked it up and applied the principle into a more elegant, integrated solution or a "custom" accessory for which they'd charge a well-deserved $30-60 from those of us unwilling to spend the pennies to utilize a cable tie.

When I first wrote about it in Alula and then in Birding (December 1998) I thought that would be enough to spread the practice. I also had the opportunity to show it to Swarovski engineers when the ATS 80 was launched, and had some hopes about Zeiss doing something with the idea when Ingraham (who had been the "tools of the trade" editor at Birdign when I wrote the English language article) went to Zeiss. and When that did not work, I thought the Internet would do the trick and we collaborated with Ronald on the original BF thread for which he wrote the illustrations. But maybe it takes an American marketing talent to spread this best practice.

And yes, I will get myself some of those releasable cable ties. Don't need them on my own scope where the sight is around the scope body and protrudes through a custom-cut hole in the stay-on-case, but they will come handy whenever I have a loaner scope for testing.

I rather like the zeal and exuberance of your sermon, and as we converts know, it is not all that exaggerated, but I could not help thinking that perhaps you could edit it a bit and make it a tad more condensed and thus easier to read? Just a thought...

Kimmo

Hi Kimmo,

Thanks so much for the great pioneering work you have done with the cable-tie sight, I was amazed when I first learned of it here from you and tried it, it totally transformed my spotting scope experience forever. I agree that the scope makers should be able to make a great sight for their scopes, but I have a feeling in some or most cases that even they may not be able to make one with the ease-of-use, flexibility, Reliability, and cost-effectiveness of the releasable cable-tie sight. Thanks for the editorial suggestion, I will have to give some thought to it!

Mark
 
Hi All,

Since first learning about the Cable-Tie Sight for Angled-Eyepiece Birding Scopes from Kabsetz and KorHann and others back in 2007 in the Nikon spotting scope forum here I eventually put together a free guide (see attachment) for the sight and would like to share it with all (along with my latest sermon).

Please take note of the tremendous ease-of-use advancement that RELEASABLE cable-ties provide (just search for them on the web)!

Good Birding All!

EagleEyed

Revolutionizing Angled-Eyepiece Birding Scope Use - One Cable-Tie Sight At A Time!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
CABLE-TIE SIGHT - FOR ANGLED EYEPIECE BIRDING SCOPES - LATEST SERMON
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Yes, even Warblering with your spotting scope could be a normal, natural, healthy, and yes, even easy, part of Your Birding Life! The Cable-Tie Scope Sight enables you to immediately get your angled-eyepiece spotting scope centered on virtually Any Bird Movement you can see with the naked eye (bird flying, near, far, or otherwise). Virtually Anytime, and Anywhere (well night can be a bit tricky as usual, and pelagic trips may pretty much be completely out unless you pelagic from an oil rig or an aircraft carrier)!

Most folks know that the birding spotting scope can be a powerful tool to see birds amazingly well with, much better than binoculars, and that the scope is even essential for some types of birding. Most people also have fixed ideas of when and where a scope can or should be used.

Well, those fixed ideas about scope use can be discarded and left behind, or expanded unbelievably, because there are incredible birding benefits to gain, and views to be had, when the scope can be pointed accurately at Any Bird Movement, and that bird movement (and hence the bird) that the scope is pointed accurately at, instantly appears in your eyepiece, every time!!!

Most people don't know that this is possible or how to do this, and because they don't know how, they understandably can't do it, and because they can't do it, it's impossible, and because it's impossible - well, then the spotting scope, sadly, can only be good for certain types of birding, say for shorebirds, or for waterfowl, or for seawatching for example.

It's easy to understand this line of thinking, and also easy to prove it's seeming validity. Just go out say to a huge field with vast dense woods bordering on one side and then set up your angled-eyepiece scope maybe 50 yards from the woods. Now looking at the woodline bordering the field, and with your eyes only, find a small bird-sized feature on the edge of the woods, it doesn't matter how high up, maybe a very short section of a branch maybe bare of bark.

Good, you can see that bird-sized short bare section of that certain branch 50 yards away with your eyes ok. Now, quickly, try to find it in your scope! How long did it take? Did you find it at all? Are you still looking? Was your scope zoomed in too much and you couldn't find anything so you unzoomed it and started looking for it all over again, but still haven't found it? Did you try for 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes and then give up in frustration?

Or... Maybe you did find that small bird-sized landmark on the edge of the woods in your eyepiece? If you did, how long did it take, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, are you still looking for it? Did you give up as finding that small branch section is impossible in the scope? If you did find it quickly then move your scope to within 50 feet of the woods and try to find a selected feature again, can you still find it as quickly as before?

Some angled-eyepiece birding scope users can find things pretty quick in the scope unaided by any kind of sighting technique, but they are pretty few and far between.

Now what if I told you that you could have found that little bare branch, or anything that you can see, even a bird flying, in the scope as quickly as you could have swung your scope to it? Interesting? That is what the Cable-Tie Sight will do for you once you learn how to use it well, and the views to be had, both from very, very near to very far, can take your breath away, from incredible detail you've never seen before to maybe just because getting a distant bird in flight instantly at high power in the scope is something that you could never do before!

While it is true that many times you just can't see a bird well without a scope, we also don't want to be dependent on using high power optics to ID birds. It is also true that you sure can see birds better and learn a lot about them by using a scope in all situations if you can get on them! For some purposes such as when and where maximum speed getting on the bird is essential only binoculars will do, but also if the bird is too far away for binoculars in that situation only a scope will do! Getting on birds with a scope the fastest usually requires an awesome sighting technique!

Lots of people (come and join us) have addressed and completely solved the problem of pointing the spotting scope accurately at any bird movement, in woods, on the wing, anywhere, and in all situations (except for dark pelagic trips), with the use of a simple sighting technique that plain flat works perfectly every time (once the user is fully trained and fluent with it's use)! This technique is so easy, and is so inexpensive that there is almost no cost, due to the Angled-eyepiece Spotting Scope Cable-Tie Sight being made from one or two cable-ties! (example of typical result (in southeastern USA): Kentucky Warbler at 40 feet at 30x wide!)

------------------------------------------------
CABLE-TIE SIGHT IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY NEWS
------------------------------------------------

For folks already using the Cable-Tie Sight on their Angled-Eyepiece Scopes, or for those thinking about it, there is great news!

RELEASABLE CABLE-TIES

They Make Releasable Cable-Ties! These cable-ties feature a small, easy-to-use built-in release so that you can remove, reposition, and use these over and over with great ease!

Now gone is the issue of having to worry about cutting that cable-tie off of your scope, or having to carry a small penknife or special tool to release that cable-tie locking tab when you want to remove the tie from your scope body! Just use the built-in release of the Releasable Cable-Tie! The only barrier to easily removing your Cable-Tie Sight is now... removed!

Hence, Angled-Eyepiece Spotting Scope Cable-Tie Sight ease of use just went Way Up! Fantastic results and easy removal are now integrated into the same cable-tie sight! Just search the web for releasable cable-tie and you will find lot of online stores to purchase from!

Here's to always easily getting 20x-60x+ wide angle and zoom views of all the birds you never could get a scope on before!

Now I know it might be just a little bit possible that some of you might be wondering about me and this cable-tie sight thing. That's okay, I am willing to sacrifice myself if even one birder becomes fluent enough with the technique so that they are repeatedly blown away, on a permanent ongoing basis, and for the rest of their birding life, by new and unsurpassed views of their favorite birds gained by implementing this method. I know I was, and am, easily reaching up into the canopy, for example, to see myriad warblers at Kennesaw Mountain Georgia USA every spring with the scope will do that to you!

Please see the attachment for the full guide!
Hi Mark,
Thank you for posting this amazing tutorial!
This comes in very handy for novice scope users such as myself.
Thank you again.
Kanit
 
Hi Mark,
Thank you for posting this amazing tutorial!
This comes in very handy for novice scope users such as myself.
Thank you again.
Kanit
There is an improved (collapsible) version discussed here:


I use the collapsible version and find it a huge help for finding birds by day and stars by night.
 
There is an improved (collapsible) version discussed here:


I use the collapsible version and find it a huge help for finding birds by day and stars by night.
Hi BKoh,
Many Thanks for the new information
Best,
Kanit
 
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