birding-aus RFI Spotting Scopes

Subject: birding-aus RFI Spotting Scopes
From: "Chris Presland" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:30:59 +1000
We are thinking about buying a scope, and considering it is a big investment, 
are after some advice from those who use them, hopefully so we make the right 

Any information that can assist us to make our decision would be greatly 
appreciated, specifically:
- the different brands, and peoples experience using them, any 
undesirable/desirable features,
- the benefits of angled view or straight view,
- the difference between the flourite lenses over the standard lenses - is 
flourite really that much better,
- the differences between a fixed or zoom eyepiece

We are probably leaning towards a Kowa with a multi coated lense as it seems 
good value for money, and are the only ones that we have used previously.

We will mainly be using it for wader watching on estuaries such as Shoalhaven 
Heads and waterbird watching around wetlands and lakes etc.

Incidently there have been some good waders returning to Shoalhaven Heads over 
the last month including Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp 
Tailed Sandpiper and Red Knots, most with partial breeding plumage. No major 
influx of Godwits yet.

Any info will be greatly appreciated

Cheers and good birding

Chris and Heidi Presland
Toolijooa NSW South Coast

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