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Curio mods and review while travelling (1 Viewer)


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United Kingdom
So I am currently on a family holiday in Turkey and the misses reminded me that it’s not a birding holiday but a family holiday so the NL pures had to stay behind and the Curio’s came along.
I think for their very compact size they perform very well and also very discrete whilst carrying around the resort.
A couple of mods I have done are lens covers which stay in place when carrying in a pocket and a rubber O ring which keeps the eye piece out just enough to protect the lens from the lens cover touching it.
Overall I am very pleased with these for what they are, I have had to return them fairly early on as the focus wheel got very stiff, but since their return they have performed very well.
They will never replace my full size binoculars, but I am more likely to have these in my pocket as they take up no space at all.

Happy Birding

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...family holiday in Turkey and the misses reminded me ...
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Good luck, and all our thoughts.

Curios are great. Not as great as the NL, but the best glass is the one you have with you.

I had a day at work last week, and was listening to a podcast about passenger pigeons that was great, but ultimately depressing. I took the scenic route home and spotted four small herons flying over toward the river on my right. I pulled over and took out my curios from the center console.

I’ve replaced their neck strap with a thinner string and got a semi-hardshell case I love after a tip from another user. It tucks away more safely than in the swaro case, and much smaller too. The string strap is not less comfortable because the weight of the bins is so slight. This day I had a collared shirt too, so I didn’t notice it on my neck when I put it on.

I hustled across the bike path to the river edge to see, I’d hoped, would be little blue herons (would be lifer). Instead, three yellow-crowned night herons (one hiding in the bushes, I’d soon find), including a male displaying. The light was bright but low, warm in tone, and the red eyes of the herons were electric. The view through the curios, which I still say are not the most pleasant ergonomically, was superb, and in that moment I couldn’t imagine a better experience. I dwelled with them for about 12-15 minutes before they dispersed farther afield, and felt profound benefit and gratitude from the experience.

Having good glass so handy really made my day.

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