Although I DO NOT know of a place to make hands on study of birding
optics here in VT, you may know that Eagle Optics allows a 30 day trial
on all of their products. I have found them to be very helpful in
suggesting optics and pleased with my purchases. Good Folks and
products. Also, I have a 10% off card from Bird Treks... if you wish to
use it, let me know. Happy to share it.
On Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at 11:29 AM, Terry Wright wrote:
> First, I hope this discussion is OK for posting to this forum. I
> certainly invite the moderator to cut it off if inappropriate....
> As a novice birder, I have invested in modest optics, to wit a Yukon
> dual range zoom spotting scope (6-25x & 25-100x), about $325. It's
> been good to me, and well worth the price, but is not as bright as I'd
> hoped, the 80-100x range is of limited use under 80% of conditions,
> and the resolution/sharpness could be a bit better. Now, I'm ready to
> move on to optics with greater brightness and resolution and with
> better digiscoping prospects. I guess I could read reviews for the
> next month, but I am actually much more interested in finding a
> location where I could actually compare scopes, hands-on. Can
> anyone recommend a source of comparative info on scopes, and even
> better, a location where I could shop and compare optics first hand?
> Please reply off list...
> Many thanks,