Friday, August 18, 2017

The Mighty Midget - Leica Compact Binoculars

The one tool that all birdwatchers, hikers or nature lovers treasure above all others is a really good pair of compact, lightweight binoculars. They just add so much value to the experience without breaking your back and are usually indispensable to those who own them.

Although there are several fine examples on the market, let's take a look at the Leica compact binoculars range as a very good example of the genre.

Leica has been making optics of exceptional quality since 1912 and this proud tradition is evident in the Leica Ultravid compact binocular range. The range consists of 2 basic models which are available in two finishes with a brown leather case available for both as an accessory.

The two models are an 8 x 20 and a 10 x 25 variant, both available as

-BL (leather insert finish) and
-BR (rubber finish) options.

The 8 x 20 BR is the least expensive of the 4 options and retails at an average of $750.00. Theleather case will add approximately $120 to the price of each model.

The Ultravid 8 x 20 BR is usually considered to be the ace in the family as it combines excellent features with the lowest price. These binos weigh a scant 8.5 oz (241 g) and sport diminutive 2.75" x 3.7" x 1.4" (70 x 94 x 36 mm) dimensions. Don't let their size fool you though as they cram a lot into that tiny package.

The binoculars have a

- 330' field of view at 1000 yards (100 @ 900 meter) with a
- 2,5 mm exit pupil and 15 mm eye relief.

They will focus crystal clear right down to 7.2' (2.2 meter) and are tough as well as small with nitrogen purged waterproofing and a shockproof rubber coating.

The 6 lenses feature the Leica full HDC multi coating and the prism is BaK-4 phase coated.

As compact roof prism binoculars go these may not be the cheapest but then again binoculars are just not the sort of thing you want to apply single ply toilet paper economics to.

The feature set of the range and inherent quality of the Leica brand will make the Ultravid range of Leica compact binoculars life long companions to any nature buff.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

That depends on the features, lens diameter and zoom that you want. More powerful binoculars are more expensive. Also quality of optics makes a great difference to how clear and sharp your image is. Better optics naturally costs more. Binoculars prices start at about 70 dollars and go up to several thousands. You can get a good medium price binoculars by Cannon or Nikon for a couple hundred dollars. Top of the line binoculars by Bushnell or Swarovski are much more expensive.
Pocket binoculars are an inexpensive option, and a must have for travelers. Keep them with you all the time and you will see so much more, than you would without binoculars.
Night vision binoculars are the most expensive of all binoculars. Expect to pay at least 500 dollars for these. The price greatly depends on the Gen (generation) of night vision binoculars. Gen 1 is affordable, when gen 2 and 3 are very pricey.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Evenflo Aura Select Stroller ($90) will be a good purchase for parents who want to get totality of functions at a low price. The stroller has everything that it is necessary for your baby, including the big basket, a leaning back seat, holders for glasses, and a secret pocket for damp children’s napkins.
Model’s assemblage can be accomplished in about 5 minutes. It is very easy, because all instructions are clear and simple. Just pull a master key on the handle, and the stroller will spread, automatically closing with a snap. Evenflo Aura Select Stroller keeps strong, but while folding is a bit bulky.
The seat of a baby stroller is equipped with a soft pillow which can be easily washed in the machine. Thanks to the special belts system behind the seat you can incline it, but not completely. Nevertheless, it is not a big problem cause your little one can go in car in this seat, and some kids even like sitting in vertical position with a small inclination. The five-dot seat belt is very reliable, but it doesn’t combine with small pillows for humeral belt. Handles are covered with rubber so it is possible to grasp it easily. Steering control is very convenient for one hand if the other one is holding something else.
Sun-protective peak creates considerable enough shade; also there is a window with a covering on flypapers in it.
Evenflo Aura Select Stroller is equipped with the big convenient basket divided into 2 parts: for small purchases and for diapers. Also there is a baby tray with 2 holders for glasses and 2 bigger holders for containers of the different sizes with rubber inserts. Besides, there is a pocket for damp napkins storage, so you can get them at any moment without effort.
Pluses: the excellent price for stroller with a totality of functions, good one hand control, the big basket for purchases and good shelter from the sun.
Minuses: rigid plastic wheels won’t make your walk fantastic, and the stroller itself is very bulky while folding.
Evenflo Aura ™ Select Stroller features:
·         Plush, soft lateral pillows for kid’s convenience
·         It is intended for children in weight to 18 kg and at the age till 4 years
·         Very convenient and capacious bag for children’s accessories (can be easily washed and cleaned)
·         Combined 3 and 5 dot seat belts
·         The patented handle allows parents to maneuver a stroller by one hand
·         Can be folded in a flat position by one simple movement (patented system ComfortFold)
·         The console with two supports for glasses and a closed pocket for parents
·         Convenient and capacious basket for purchases
The country-manufacturer: the USA.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Water skiing is a fantastic activity to attempt while you’re on the beach or in a lakeside location. Anyone can learn to water ski despite the fact that find mastering the essentials of balancing upon water surface rather tough. Mainly because water skiing is without a doubt a well-liked outdoor activity, many seaside together with lakeside family vacation sites have got facilities that accommodate learners. Acquiring or hiring equipment along with leasing a speed boat and also taking tuition might be a little bit pricey and the bills quickly mount up. A really great method of scaling down the cost maybe to camp, possibly rough camping or at an existing site. There certainly is the preliminary expenditure for your personal gear, although by carefully choosing a person will be able to use it for additional purposes.

Water skiing

I recently bought a brand new Big Agnes camping tent. Initially My spouse and I considered the Big Agnes Seedhouse selection yet finally decided on the three-person Copper Spur ul 3 from the accolade winning Copper Spur range of tents that also includes the four man Copper Spur UL4. These ultra-lite tents are incredibly light and are therefore readily divided up amongst a number of pals for camping out excursions.

For just about any recreation or activity planning is definitely crucial to obtain the full fun from it as well as participate in it safely and without incident. Let’s try looking in a great deal more detail at water skiing to illustrate.
First mental preparation, you might be finding out how to fire eat as I did previously, walk across burning hot coals or else water ski, it is best to prepare your thought process for the activity. Be sure to inhale slowly and gradually and deeply. Be very clear about what you’re up to simply because if you’re ill-prepared, it’s possible you’ll panic and end up forgetting the instructions. Take into account that in many activities there is a point of no return, one example is when in position at the rear of the vessel, it may be difficult to communicate that you wish to back out. The sound of the boat’s motor can make talking hopeless and in addition panicking may lead to extra complications. If you are in any uncertainty, ensure that you share this information together with your companions or coach and then agree a signal to show that you don’t feel in a position to go ahead.

Donning a wet suit might appear unnecessary if it is a sun-drenched day, try not to underestimate the speed at which being in the water and the wind chill on the moistened body will cool an individual down, taking a chance on a hazardous loss of cognitive ability plus hypothermia. A wet suit thus remains essential. They might be rented and for somebody that is actually a regular water sports hobbyist purchasing one is a clear prospect. However, hiring is actually a more sensible choice for youngsters who will be still developing as they may not get as much use from a bought suit, unless they have a cousin it might be given to.

Although a wet suit will make you much more buoyant and ensure that you float, (that is 1 reason scuba divers have on a weight belt), for anyone who is unconscious that could mean floating face-down. Wearing a life jacket is therefore important and as I believe I have spelled out, it doesn’t matter if you are a strong swimmer or not! Some life vests will be more suitable than others, therefore if getting your very own, consider 1 described as being high impact. Try to remember, a life jacket is vital for a water skiing and a lot of other aquatic sports.

Last but not least, don’t neglect to take into account the weather. For safety always ski in broad daylight, never skiing during the night or even when the conditions are foggy or possibly misty as the poor visibility places you and also other folks at severe risk. Listen to the climatic conditions forecast, check the tide tables and monitor or take local tips in relation to the actual amount of boat traffic in a specific location before selecting it for skiing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bow hunting catalogs are not only fun for the bow hunter to browse through, but they are a good resource for many new products on the market. Buying from a catalog or online can be very convenient, but there are some things to consider before handing over your credit card.

Hunting bows

For a first-time bowhunter ordering online or from a catalog is not the way to go. A bow should fit the hunter perfectly, and buying from the local outfitter is the only way to ensure that perfect fit. Getting the advice of an archery expert at the local store can make all the difference in your hunt, and will often be the difference between using equipment for years to come, and not even using it through the season.

It is essential that a hunter get the proper pull weight for his bow. Often times hunters choose pull weights that are too high for them; they think that the more they hunt, the more their muscles will develop and grow into the pull weight. This is the biggest mistake a hunter can make, all too often the hunter will end up not even using the bow because it is too difficult, or it's not right for the type of game the hunter wishes to hunt. A stiffer bow isn't always the right choice. This is where the archery expert becomes essential, he knows how the bow should feel, and can give you recommendations based on his experience.

If, however, you are an experienced bow hunter, ordering from a catalog may be the route to go. If a piece of equipment needs replacing, a hunter often knows exactly what he is looking for. Catalogs and online stores often offer great sales and discounts that a hunter can take advantage of. The only word of advice is to be sure that the company is a reputable one. Many outside websites offer reviews of online shops and stores; a search in Yahoo! or Google can give a hunter a heads up about the company he's purchasing from. Make sure the company has a good return policy for damaged merchandise, and many even have a short term guarantee. Lastly, when ordering anything online, be sure the site offers secure payment transactions. There will often be a little lock icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to ensure security. Following these few general guidelines allows the hunter to reap the many benefits of buying from the convenience of his own home.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Recently I was cleaning out my Garage and going through some of my hunting gear. I have to admit, most of that gear I've had for years. It's reliable (for the most part) and I know it like the back of my hand.

7 Tips For A Successful Deer Hunt

I was in for a few surprises though. I have an old set of Ranging 5x32 binoculars that is starting to get foggy. Time for a new set. One of my favorite hats has a hole in the top. I have no idea how it happened, I'm going to blame it on the Wife.

There were a few other surprises, which led me to do a thorough shakedown of my equipment and make a list of the stuff that needed replacing.

Here are 7 Tips that will help you have a successful hunting trip this year.

  1. Replace you old maps. Things change. Opening morning is not the time to find out the Forest Service has put a road in 50 yards from your deer stand (I'm guilty of that one)
  2. Take the time to site rifle in. Yep, I'm guilty of that one also. Last year, I was too busy to make it to the range before season. I left out the day before the opener in Oklahoma and arrived about 10 p.m. I passed a buck up on opening morning and decided I'd "just check" the zero of my rifle. I was shocked to find it was almost 6 inches low. I'm blaming that on my Wife also, I'm sure she did something to it.
  3. Check you binoculars and scopes. Make sure they're bright and clear and that the adjustment knob is free and works easy.
  4. If you're hunting out of state, get your license and tags as early as you can. Don't show up opening morning and find that the little grocery store on the corner doesn't carry hunting license and tags any longer. Most states are set up to where you can buy license online now. Get them early.
  5. While you're online, grab the new hunting regulations for the area you plan on hunting. A couple years ago I planned an out of state hunting trip and downloaded the regulations about two days before I left. The state had changed the regulations for the area I was going to hunt that year and I learned two days before I was to leave that I should have put in for a special draw. Needless to say, I was scrambling to find a new area in a distant state two days before the opener.
  6. Don't rely on friends to bring the necessities. It's always good to have extra food and necessities at the deer camp. I can't tell you how many stories I hear about ruined deer hunts because someone in the party didn't bring what they were suppose to. I try and bring all that I will need, including food and drink, and if we have extra, all the better!
  7. If you're on medication, make sure you take enough to last you until you get back home. Don't rely on finding a pharmacy that will refill your prescription. Some may, some may not. You may have a hard time getting a prescription filled out of state. Best to have extra and not need it than to need it and not have it.

I know these are simple rules, but it's the simple things that we forget most and the simple things that can ruin a trip!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Most people who have indulged in hunting whitetail deer bucks will tell you that hunting them is a difficult task. There are many reasons to this tried and tested fact:

• Whitetail deer bucks are very adaptable creatures. This makes it easy for them to live anywhere including desserts, wet regions, forests and even close to urban developments.

• They are also very stealthy creatures who are very sharp in their senses and the activities taking place around them. Therefore, hunting a whitetail deer buck has more to do with sensory prediction than skills of hunting.

• According to a popular hunting fable, a hunter looking to kill a whitetail deer buck found himself surrounded by a number of these animals. However, as soon as he got ready to kill, some of them simply ran away; as if they had sensed the intention of the hunter.

• The doe of the whitetail deer is very protective of its children and hides them successfully from hunters. This instills a sense of shyness and fear into the animals from a young age which results in sharpening their skills of escape.

• If you are looking to hunt a whitetail deer buck then you must go into the area with absolute calm and wait for the opportune moment to hunt them. Whitetail deer bucks are suspected to be endowed with extra sensory perception (ESP) which allows them to predict the nature of the environment they are in. They are also able to live in almost any environmental conditions and do not have specific habitat preferences. All this makes it difficult to define the most successful area to hunt these animals.

Most people who have hunted before or still practice this habit will give you a number of reasons why they hunt and why deer are elusive. Put yourself to the test and see what you find. You may have ESP yourself, who knows!
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