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Re: Vortex and Eagle Optics

The two companies are connected. For example repairs for Vortex go to EO.
I think they have a common ownership. Very happy with bins and scope from
each.

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On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM, VTBIRD automatic digest system <
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> There are 6 messages totaling 249 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. Thank you for all the bins advice (3)
>   2. When does birding trump work? (2)
>   3. Costa Rica
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:38:21 +0000
> From:    Charlotte Bill <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After years
> of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd lost an
> eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place properly for
> non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were fine. Eagle Optics
> cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the eye-cup problem (of course, I
> should have asked years ago).
> All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of course,
> I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
>
> Cheers!
> Charlotte BillEnosburgh
>
>
>       From: Michele Patenaude <[log in to unmask]>
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:09 PM
>  Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> Eagle Optics will send you binoculars and let you try them out before you
> buy them. I can't say enough good about them. And I have been using their
> Rangers for about 20 years. Great optics.
>
> Michele Patenaude
> 172 Woodbury Road
> Burlington, VT 05408
> 802-862-4085
>
> > On Jan 26, 2016, at 9:02 AM, Mona Bearor <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > I appreciate all the replies with great advice for my friend.    I'm sure
> > she'll find it all very helpful as she shops for her birding bins!
> > Mona Bearor
> > S Glens Falls, NY
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:38:19 -0500
> From:    Josh Phillips <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I
> have a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always
> plural- if you only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a
> 'binocular') 10x42 that are now discontinued but originally sold for $400.
> The optics are excellent for the price, but the service is incredible.
> These bins had seen some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up,
> but I finally had to send them in for repair a few weeks ago after they
> were knocked out of alignment by a careless baggage handler at the airport.
> Here's the report I got back:
>
> Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment.
> Sealed both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both
> sides focus together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed
> rain guard and new objective lens covers.
>
> --NO CHARGE--
>
> And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks.
> Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making high
> end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably
> work well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239).
>
> I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester. I
> don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to go
> in there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is
> really helpful.
>
> Josh Phillips
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Charlotte Bill" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> >
> > I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> > I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> > years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> > lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> > properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> > fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> > eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> > All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> > course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> >
> > Cheers!
> > Charlotte BillEnosburgh
> >
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:46:00 -0500
> From:    Horace Shaw <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Thank you for all the bins advice
>
> We have bought two pairs of Vortex Diamondbacks at Vt Bird Place in
> Manchester, and have been very happy with them.
>
> Horace Shaw
>
> On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Josh Phillips <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I
> > have a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always
> > plural- if you only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a
> > 'binocular') 10x42 that are now discontinued but originally sold for
> $400.
> > The optics are excellent for the price, but the service is incredible.
> > These bins had seen some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up,
> > but I finally had to send them in for repair a few weeks ago after they
> > were knocked out of alignment by a careless baggage handler at the
> airport.
> > Here's the report I got back:
> >
> > Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment.
> > Sealed both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both
> > sides focus together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed
> > rain guard and new objective lens covers.
> >
> > --NO CHARGE--
> >
> > And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks.
> > Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making
> high
> > end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably
> > work well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239).
> >
> > I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester.
> I
> > don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to
> go
> > in there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is
> > really helpful.
> >
> > Josh Phillips
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Charlotte Bill" <[log in to unmask] <javascript:;>>
> > > To: [log in to unmask] <javascript:;>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> > > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> > >
> > > I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> > > I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> > > years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> > > lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> > > properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> > > fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> > > eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> > > All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> > > course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> > >
> > > Cheers!
> > > Charlotte BillEnosburgh
> > >
> >
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:18:31 -0500
> From:    Curt Alpeter <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: When does birding trump work?
>
> When 200+ Bohemian Waxwings descend on the crab apple out side your
> window! What a site and a treat this morning. The flock was all BOWA’s and
> spent quite a while exploring all the available food options around the
> property. I went out and quietly observed them checking out numerous trees
> and the ground as they flew in unison back and forth between the two. The
> bonus was the BOWA is a new life and “property” bird for me as well! Truly
> stunning to see one let alone such a big flock together.
>
> Curt Alpeter
> East Charlotte, Vt
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:49:32 +0000
> From:    "Peterson, Bruce B." <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Costa Rica
>
> Hola Fernando,  Hope I get to you before you live.  WE just returned from
> Nicaragua.  In fact, we lived and birded in Costa Rica for 10 years.  The
> place is a birder's heaven.  I could go on at lengths, but here are a few
> ideas.
>
> Tours: Field Guides are my favorite.  Victor Emanuel is also very good.
> You
> can also do it on your own.  Roads are mostly good.  Accommodations vary
> but
> there are lots of good inexpensive places.  The country is overbuilt with
> hotels.  Our favorite hotel in San Jose is the Grano de Oro, a great place
> to spend a night after arrival and very close to a Budget rent-a-car if you
> want to drive yourself.
>
> Places to visit:  Monteverde is famous and justly so, but you can see just
> as much and with less pain (the road to Monteverde is torture.) at Parque
> Rincon de la Vieja near Liberia (Incidentally you can fly into Liberia if
> you prefer.  San Jose has a nice central market and a few good museums, but
> it's not really a destination city -- and you want to bird anyway.)  On the
> Pan-American highway south of San Jose is Cerro de la Muerte, great
> mid-altitude birding, maybe the best quetzal spot I know of.  And my
> favorite place of all is the wonderfully wild Osa Peninsula.   Solitary
> eagle, black-faced ant-tanager (endemic to the Osa) You have to book a trip
> there because you fly into a small airport and take a small boat out into
> the Pacific and along the coast to any of several lodges.  The best, in my
> opinion, is Lapa Rios, but bring your wallet -- not cheap.
>
> As I write this I'm thinking You might want to sign onto a small tour.
> There I so much to see and do that, if you only have a week, you don't want
> to spend a lot of time getting lost and missing some of the best places.  I
> would suggest doing a bit of research on the internet.  Then, if you wish,
> send me a note and I'll tell you what I know (if anything) about any of the
> tour companies.
>
> I envy you.
>
> Bruce Peterson
>
>
> On 1/17/16 1:09 AM, "Fernando B.Corrada" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > I am thinking about a photo birding trip to Costa Rica. If I have a week
> to
> > visit, which places I should consider to be a priority? Any tour
> operators
> > that you recommend? Tips on logistics appreciated. If anyone is
> interested on
> > going to Costa Rica this year, please let me know. Thank you.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:54:19 -0500
> From:    Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: When does birding trump work?
>
> Always.  Birding trumps work all ways.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Curt Alpeter
> Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 11:18 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VTBIRD] When does birding trump work?
>
> When 200+ Bohemian Waxwings descend on the crab apple out side your window!
> What a site and a treat this morning. The flock was all BOWA’s and spent
> quite a while exploring all the available food options around the property.
> I went out and quietly observed them checking out numerous trees and the
> ground as they flew in unison back and forth between the two. The bonus was
> the BOWA is a new life and “property” bird for me as well! Truly stunning
> to
> see one let alone such a big flock together.
>
> Curt Alpeter
> East Charlotte, Vt
>
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