Spotting scopes

To: "Tony Russell" <>, "michael hunter" <>, "Ben Allen" <>, <>
Subject: Spotting scopes
From: "Bill Stent" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 12:02:49 +1000
I've got a straight Kowa, and I get around that particular problem by
setting the tripod (Manfrotto) quite tall.  I use the tripod's extra
lifting pole to allow me to quickly shift the scope up and down
depending on whether I'm looking level or upward.

Simple and normally quick enough.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tony Russell
Sent: Wednesday, 26 September 2007 11:57 AM
To: 'michael hunter'; 'Ben Allen'; 
Subject: Spotting scopes

Yes Mike, your mail rings a bell. One of my birding friends has a Kowa
with a straight eyepiece and she spends lots of time on her knees, or at
least in an inelegant scrunchy sort of crouch, hoping to find birds in
the trees. If I'm feeling kind I occasionally let her look through my
angled Leica .

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of michael hunter
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 11:09 AM
To: Ben Allen; 
Subject: Spotting scopes

        Having tried various scopes and eyepieces,  about five years ago
I settled on a Kowa with straight zoom eyepiece, essentially to watch
waders and for seawatches.
        The straight eyepiece lets you stand or sit looking with a
straight painless neck for hours, and I find it easier to pick up birds
by pointing the scope straight toward them, although the line of the
eyepiece is slightly offset to the line of the body of the Kowa.
         The big disadvantage is that looking at birds in trees
sometimes needs going down on bended knee, not necessary with an angled
          If I trade it in it would be on a new Swarovski with angled
eyepiece, have used them on birdtours and they are the bees knees, with
the added advantage that the lens of some of the Panasonic Lumix digital
cameras fits exactly into the Swarovski eyepiece for supersimple


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