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Justin,

Try looking at the Eagle Optics web site.  They have a lot of good 
information about various sporting optics there, especially in the Eagles 
Nest section.

Tom
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> There are 5 messages totalling 224 lines in this issue.
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> Topics of the day:
>
>  1. scope advice (3)
>  2. Catamount Family Center today
>  3. Ivory Gull in Rouses Point on Friday
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> Date:    Fri, 26 Feb 2010 07:28:41 -0500
> From:    Frank Boyle <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: scope advice
>
> Hi Justin,
>
> My Nikon Fieldscope was a bit pricier than your budget, but that was five
> years ago.  I think that one of the big online distributors (B&H Photo,
> etc.) might have great prices on this superb, affordable scope.  I love 
> it -
> the Nikon glass is simply far superior to scopes costing 3-5X as much! 
> Yes,
> I am biased, but my binocs are Nikon Superior E 10 x 42 that I would put 
> up
> against Leica or any of the pricier alternatives out there.
>
> Frank Boyle
> Rohrersville, MD (and Burlington, Vermont)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Justin Woods
> Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:22 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VTBIRD] scope advice
>
> Hello List--
>
> I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on purchasing a
> reasonably priced,
> good scope.
>
> My glasses are Nikon Actions -- which are my idea of reasonably 
> priced/good.
> Is there
> something like this in the scope world?
>
> I have possibly 3-4 hundred dollars set aside for this purchase.
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> --justin
>
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> Date:    Fri, 26 Feb 2010 08:30:37 -0500
> From:    Justin Woods <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: scope advice
>
> Thanks for all of the front and backchannel offers and advice on the scop=
> e -- much obliged.=20=20
> I'm still weighing my options.=20=20
>
> This list is such a great and amazing resource -- such a wealth of knowle=
> dge and=20
> experience!  Thank you.=20=20
>
> Freebird!
>
> --justin
>
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>
> Date:    Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:30:24 -0500
> From:    Brian Webster <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: scope advice
>
> Vortex makes super great quality scopes=2C for (relatively) cheap.  I just 
> =
> purchased a dis-continued model=2C the Votrex Skyline 80mm with a zoom 
> from=
> 20-60x.
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> =20
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> I've somepared it to Leica and Nikon and Swarovski=2C and it actualyy hold 
> =
> up.  Not to mentioned all Vortex products come with a UNLIMITED LIFETIME 
> wa=
> rrentty.  My tripos cost me about $150=2C so everything together was about 
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> $600.  Still over you bugdet... but if you go higher up you won't find 
> anyt=
> hing under a drand.  Unless it is a crap model rom a crap brand.
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> I would go to your lol Audubon/Wild Bird shop and they usualy help out A 
> LO=
> T.  The Fat Rocin in Hamden=2C CT (obviously a long drive) would be worth 
> t=
> .  The owner=2C Jim Zipp=2C is an amazing=2C and published=2C photographer 
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> and avid birder.  He set me in the riht direction..
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> I'd find a store like that. But as far as quality for less money=2C a 
> Vorte=
> x is the way to go.   My model is discontinued=2C but came probablybe fund 
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> online.   But vortex just came out with the Skyline II (or some name like 
> t=
> ha) with a few nice new features.
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> Good luck!!  And make sure you put a lot of planning into purchasig a 
> scope=
> .  Panning=2C veritcal and horizontal ease of turning=2C focus knobs=2C 
> ret=
> ractable lens-shields.
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> Once you get a scope=2C you wonder how you ever had a birding 
> life/experien=
> ce/situations without one!!
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> (PS.... Good luck on the NOHO and Ivory=2C Alex!!!)
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>
> -Brian Webster-
>
> Stratford=2C CT
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> http://thebirdmojo.blogspot.com/
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>> Date: Fri=2C 26 Feb 2010 07:28:41 -0500
>> From: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] scope advice
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>=20
>> Hi Justin=2C
>>=20
>> My Nikon Fieldscope was a bit pricier than your budget=2C but that was 
>> fi=
> ve
>> years ago. I think that one of the big online distributors (B&H Photo=2C
>> etc.) might have great prices on this superb=2C affordable scope. I love 
>> =
> it -
>> the Nikon glass is simply far superior to scopes costing 3-5X as much! 
>> Ye=
> s=2C
>> I am biased=2C but my binocs are Nikon Superior E 10 x 42 that I would 
>> pu=
> t up
>> against Leica or any of the pricier alternatives out there.
>>=20
>> Frank Boyle
>> Rohrersville=2C MD (and Burlington=2C Vermont)
>> [log in to unmask]
>>=20
>>=20
>>=20
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Justin 
>> Wood=
> s
>> Sent: Thursday=2C February 25=2C 2010 11:22 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] scope advice
>>=20
>> Hello List--
>>=20
>> I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on purchasing a
>> reasonably priced=2C=20
>> good scope.=20
>>=20
>> My glasses are Nikon Actions -- which are my idea of reasonably 
>> priced/go=
> od.
>> Is there=20
>> something like this in the scope world?
>>=20
>> I have possibly 3-4 hundred dollars set aside for this purchase.=20
>>=20
>> Thanks in advance!
>>=20
>> --justin
>     =20
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>
> Date:    Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:46:45 -0800
> From:    Carl Runge <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Catamount Family Center today
>
> Notable birds seen on snowshoes at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in 
> Williston this morning were one Northern Shrike, and one Bohemian Waxing 
> in a flock of Cedars.
>
>
>
>
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>
> Date:    Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:23:06 -0800
> From:    Matthew Medler <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Ivory Gull in Rouses Point on Friday
>
> Just a quick note to say that the Ivory Gull was present in Rouses Point, 
> New York earlier today (Friday, 26 Feb 2010).  Jay McGowan and I watched 
> the bird from 4:15 to 5:30 pm today, and Bill Purcell saw the bird earlier 
> in the day.  In both cases, the bird was near the stone jetty at the end 
> of Stony Point Road in the Village of Rouses Point.  The bird was in the 
> company of a small number of Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls.
>
> Good birding,
> Matt Medler
> Ithaca, NY
>
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