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Monthly Archives: April 2006

13 Apr

One of the things I used to enjoy doing when I was teaching science and I had a spare moment (very rare) was to grab a dissecting (stereoscope) microscope and look at anything and everything with it. Dissecting microscopes provide an upright and correct right-to-left image and are relatively low powered compared to conventional microscopes. On the other hand, no need to make a slide when observing with one of these scopes. Just stick any object at hand on the tray and start observing!

It’s amazing how different things look at even a modest 20-40x magnification. Rocks, twigs, plant parts, …

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12 Apr

Spent a beautiful day this last weekend with my boyfriend at a local state park along the Lake Michigan shoreline. We saw many Golden-crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Phoebe and just to prove there really was a bird with that name, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. John is an excellent woodsman with a lifetime of experience in the outdoors (I would never settle for less in a companion), but birding is bit new to him. I’m not sure if was laughing at the name or the way I got so excited when I saw this pretty little woodpecker. Can’t wait to see what …

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06 Apr

We are now carrying a full line of Alpen binoculars, spotting scopes and riflescopes. I’ve reviewed some of the higher quality models of Alpen binoculars several years ago and was very pleased with what I saw. Alpen will be a welcome addition to and at long last, we will be able to fill all those requests for Alpen products.…

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01 Apr

I love compact binoculars, even though conventional wisdom says they are not supposed to perform like their larger cousins. On paper this is true, I suppose, but in actual use, it isn’t quite that black and white.

When people quote me the usual tired cliches about exit pupil, objective size and so on I just hand them one of my compacts. One look and the cliches melt away like snow in July. Of course, I hand them premium grade compacts, not the little plastic junkers that proliferate the budget bino market.

My favorite compact is the Leica Ultravid 10×25 followed …

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