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25-01-2019 15:48
Originally Posted by raynipper View Post
Oh Jean, what are you into? Fine dining for the birds. Ours scoff the lot which ever way up.

I'm just 'doing a Prue' Ray! Things might get less attentive in time!
25-01-2019 15:11
Pudsey_Bear Throw the old seed on the floor, some creatures will eat it all up.
25-01-2019 14:00
raynipper Oh Jean, what are you into? Fine dining for the birds. Ours scoff the lot which ever way up.

25-01-2019 13:42
jiwawa Thanks ob1 - I've ordered something similar to what I had, this one is 8x32. Due early next week so I shall report back then.

Now, a question to the bird feeders out there - when the seed gets too low in the feeder, do I throw out the seed (sunflower hearts) that are still there, or do I remove it, top up then put that old seed on top? I'm inclined to think it should be moved.
24-01-2019 22:03
bc109 Lidl have a Celestron range of monoculars. Sorry this is strictly speaking off topic !

Celestron Spektiv Landscout includes a tripod; cost total: 70 Euros.
Online only. Worth a look ? ( no pun intended ! )

24-01-2019 21:48
ob1 To keep it simple narrow your choice to bins with no more than 7 or 8 magnification and front glass of 30 or 40. Any more magnification and you wil not be able to hold them steady without a tripod, which will mean more outlay. Any less aperture and they will be dim in poor light. You are asking a lot to be able to buy a decent pair for £40 though.


PS. Also, as others have suggested, avoid the zoom varieties. All things being even they are always going to be inferior to the standard variety and you will be paying more for far less quality.
24-01-2019 12:24
Ozzyjohn Iím not a user of binoculars myself, but Mrs O has a pair that I bought for her. I did a bit of research online, but confess to quickly becoming overwhelmed by the volume of advice and guidance. In the end, we had a lovely day out at Slimbridge where she was able to try a variety of models (at a wide range of price points) and put them to the use that she wanted them for. The chap there was extremely helpful and not really interested in up selling - he just wanted us to get something that was right for us.

The model we bought isnít really the point - my recommendation would be to get yourself to a National Trust, RSPB, or similar shop where you can try a variety in hand to look at birds etc before you decide.

24-01-2019 12:02
Drew The Nicon Monarch at £300 is well worth looking at, our birdwatching neighbour has a pair and they put my Opticron Explorers 10 x 42 at £230 to shame.
Product code: 82980442

Made for intense use even under difficult light conditions, Monarch 5 10 x 42 binoculars deliver what serious hunters and nature watchers look for: sharp bright images, a rugged design and high-comfort handling.

Nikonís ED glass and multilayer-coated lenses make sure what you see is true to nature. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and a generous eye relief ensure easy positioning and quick finding of your object.

These binoculars are also waterproof, fog-proof, and the rubber armour provides a secure, comfortable grip.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass corrects chromatic aberrations.
Fully multilayer-coated lenses for brighter images.
Dielectric high-reflective mirror coating and phase correction coating.
Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups.
Rubber armoured grip.
Waterproof / fog-proof.
Minimum focusing distance of 2.5 m.
Long eye relief.
96-degree field of view at 1000m
Wide neoprene strap.
24-01-2019 11:10
Originally Posted by TeamRienza View Post
If my memory is working, then marine use was generally in the 8 x 30 region. This allowed a decent view of distant objects (lights and buoys etc).

The overriding factor was that anything more powerful, and I canít remember wether the magnification (1st number) or the lens diameter (2nd number) was the more critical, caused issues in terms of holding the image steady, and getting older with Sharkey hands makes matters worse. We had a pair of 12 x 50 in our office overlooking Strangford Lough. Almost useless without the tripod.

Go to Lizars in Belfast (if still open) and you get to try several and get professional advise. If you want to go more powerful then you may need to factor in a tripod to eliminate the shake and swim of the object being viewed.

The standard for marine use is actually 7x50, for the very reasons that you give, Davy.

Cumbersome to carry about on a walk, though. I bought my first pair when I was a sprog Apprentice in the MN, I still have them and keep them in the van. I would like a smaller pair of good quality to carry on a walk, preferably with retained lens caps. So I'm interested in the advice on this thread.
24-01-2019 07:51
Pudsey_Bear If it works, it works, same ones on Ebay for £25, so they may have been expensive when new.
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