[CT Birds] Binoculars

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Sun Oct 20 20:45:40 EDT 2013

1) "not … near as … as the folks" -- well, as some of you, then there are the rest of us.

2)  Aging eyes:  perhaps not just dealers, &c., but has anyone consulted an ophthalmologist or the like to discuss the physiology of all this, and what may be possible.  This is as much medical as pure optics.  Such a session (and perhaps tape and post it on-line) could be very enlightening.

Similar concern for singers:  age takes its toll, but wise husbanding can extend good enjoyment quite a lot.

On Oct 20, 2013, at 8:31 PM, Katherine Kuckens <katkuckens at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm relatively new to this wonderful list.  My husband and I have been bird
> watchers for over 30 years, first as surprised new homeowners (what is
> THAT?), then on to binox-carrying, bird-book-owning, year-round walkers and
> hikers in search of something for the life list.  But we're not any where
> near as knowledgeable and experienced as the folks on this list!
> Now that we're, um, older, I'm noticing that changes in my vision are
> impacting my ability to find those birds. My good old Bushnells just aren't
> doing it anymore.   I've been to many stores and  looked online at scopes
> and spotters of all kinds, cameras, hunter scopes, you name it.  I'm
> wondering if there could be a demonstration at a place like Cabelas or an
> Audubon Shop where experts could explain all the different kinds of
> binoculars and spotting scopes, and who they're good for.  Seems like the
> sponsor could drum up a little business too.  Please forgive me if
> something like this has already been done recently.  Thanks for any
> suggestions.
> Katherine Kuckens
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