Re: Spotting scopes
Russell Woodford <>
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 00:38:15 +1000 (EST)
On Thu, 8 Jun 1995, Won-Soon Lau wrote:
> My choice went to the Swarovski since it is waterproof up to 0.3 atm (10').
> Given that I stay in a country where the RH is 90 percents average, fungus
> will find its way into anything they can chew on. The only other scope
> that is waterproof is the TeleVid. Optically I have no complaint and
> you can ask Rusell how he thinks about it since he ticked ten plus lifers
> with it. :-)
Won-Soon is being modest - I actually ticked 17 lifers, thanks to the
combination of knowledgable guide and great optics. A smaller scope
would NOT have allowed me to go TICK- TICK -TICK, three in one go in the
I can recommend the scope for photography as well (with the appropriate
but expensive camera adaptor). Won-Soon's superb photographs bear
witness to this. I've been tearing my hair out lately with a small
opticron scope joined to my Pentax ME Super by an eyepiece projection
adaptor. Definitely NOT recommended unless you have a rock steady
tripod, heaps of light, film, and time to wait for very still birds!
People in the tropics should note Won-Soon's comments about waterproofing
and excessive humidity.
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