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 Justin,

http://www.birdwatching.com/optics.html  and  http://www.birdwatching.com/optics.html  are great places to get reviews and buying information. Then once you feel you can make a well educated choice, look for the best (and most reliable) sites/prices. I have purchased much of my optics on ebay, I've been able to buy at amazing discounts for really great top optics, new and fully manufacture's warranty.

Good luck,

Jane S. 
St. George

 


 

 

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From: tomandjoy <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sat, Feb 27, 2010 8:33 am
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] scope advice


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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Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:02 AM 
Subject: VTBIRD Digest - 25 Feb 2010 to 26 Feb 2010 (#2010-58) 
 
> There are 5 messages totalling 224 lines in this issue. 
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> Topics of the day: 
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>  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 
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> 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) 
> [log in to unmask] 
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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 > = 
> $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 > = 
> 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 > = 
> 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] 
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>> -----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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