Telescopes this time
"Peter Ewin" <>
Sun, 14 Nov 2004 12:57:00 +1100
A few years ago I asked for information from birding-aus on binoculars and
had spectacular success (and am still stoked with the final pair that I
purchased). This time I am after information on telescopes and tripods as my
lovely wife is putting some money aside to help me purchase a set fr
Having only used various friends and acquaintances scopes briefly I know
very little about this type of equipment and was hoping that the vast
resources of birding-aus would be able to make some suggestions. The
following are some points I have briefly considered:
Size: I guess that the size has influence on both magnification and weight.
The main usage I would probably have is for scanning large areas,
particularly for waders and so would need to be reasonably strength.
However, I would alse intead on taking it on trips overseas so would
hopefully be light enough to be carried within hand luggage (safer than in
Robustness: My biggest problem is that things tend to have a hard life. Can
anyone suggest a scope that is robust enough to travel within a vehicle, or
alternately brands that come with a solid case at added expense.
View angle: At just over six feet one of the problems I have faced
previously is getting a sore neck from hunching over a scope for an extended
period. Is there any difference in obtaining a straight or angled view?
Magnification: Some scopes (older?) changed magnification by placing
different eye pieces into the lens. Is this still the cases, or do most
scopes now offer different magnifications? What are considered the optimum
magnifications with a scope?
Price: I guess this is the big question, the more you spend the better the
product. However, do people have any comments on scopes that they believe
are the best value for money.
Tripods: Once again weight vs strength I guess is the major issue. Any
suggestions on brands that people have been happy with. Does the height I
buy depend on the type of scope or should they be flexible enough to
accomodate any scope type (for example can the same tripod be used standing
and seated in a chair?)
Apologies if my terminology is incorrect, but I guess the main point is what
do people use and recommend (or alternately not recommend) in terms of
telescopes for bird-watching. At this stage I am not interested in
digi-scoping (I don't have the patience for photography). Any
recommendations would be greatly appreciated and like last time I am happy
to post a summary of the responses back to birding-aus to help other people
in the future.
Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)
|<Prev in Thread]
||[Next in Thread>|
- Telescopes this time,
Peter Ewin <=
The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering
takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely
a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way.
If you wish to get material removed from the archive or
have other queries about the archive e-mail
Andrew Taylor at this address: