RFI spotting scopes

Subject: RFI spotting scopes
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 15:59:01 +1000
Hi Martin et al,
We are not Wader experts, either, but wanted to do some wader watching, and had fairly restricted budget, so last Christmas purchased an Acuter Scope 20-60x mag. Says it's waterproof, though we've been inclined not to test it. I've also knocked it over once, and apart from some scratches on the casing, seems to have fared OK. Cost around $250 I think, and we're quite happy with it.

John & Shirley Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 24/09/2007, at 2:11 PM,  wrote:

Some advice from list members would be appreciated on currently available spotting scopes for birding. As a first time prospective buyer of one,
I'm keen to hear people's thoughts on what they would recommend.

I am not a regular wader-viewer and don't especially know the group very well either. My use therefore is likely to be as much on land as it is at
the coast or at large wetlands.

It would need to be
- durable,
- weather and water proof and
- easy to use for spectacle wearers.

I quite like the idea of using the angled eyepiece but am open to people's
thoughts on this as well.

Thoughts on the current Swarovski and Leica spotting scopes would be most
welcome and whether I should be considering a zoom eyepiece and other

Martin O'Brien

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