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Posts Made By: Erik Lin

November 1, 2004 01:10 PM Forum: Birding Optics and Photos

First Birds with New Camera

Posted By Erik Lin

Very Nice! Love the composition of the first one and the details of the 2nd.

Thanks for sharing.

Erik D

November 12, 2004 04:45 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Inexpensive spotting scope recommendation

Posted By Erik Lin

One of my favorite topics: .22 cal target shooting, spotting scopes, etc.

How far is your target? 50 ft? 50 yds, 100 m?

I bought a $79 Tasco 20-60X zoom for my niece years ago. Junk! Works fine if you like purple colors. ST80 won't work well for spotting targets: reverse image.

Kowa has a nice little 50mm spotting scope. $$195 for the 20-40X with 45 deg EP. $157 if you take 20X fixed. $139 for Straight 20X EP. has a little 12-50X50mm model with 45 deg EP for just $90. I don't expect it to be as nice as the Kowa but should be fine for up to 50 yds. These folks specialize in target shooting equipment. You can call and ask for a 90 page catalog. Have fun!

Erik D

PS. I have been using my Burgess 20X80 LW binos as my terrestrial spotting scope as well as for astronomy. The satisfaction of viewing thru twin 80mm spotting scopes is hard to beat. NOt sure if it will focus close enough for 50 ft indoor targets though.

November 26, 2004 03:08 AM Forum: Astro Binoculars

Repair advice

Posted By Erik Lin

I suggest checking under the eye cup to see if there are small screws securing the adjustable EP. I don't have the Ultima but one EP of my Celestron 10X40 WP IF bino started slipping while I was on a Alaskan cruise. It would turn slightly when I press down hard....tightening the three small screws after removing the eye cup did the trick.

Erik D

December 18, 2004 05:51 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Celestron 100ED Spotter tested

Posted By Erik Lin

Saw this model listed a few weeks ago. The product concept is most interesting to me: 100ED spotter with angled EP under 20 in for under $600!!

Considering the Pentax 100ED with straight EP cost 3 times as much, The Orion 100ED refractor is $1k for the OTA alone. The Zeiss 85mm FL is also ~1,500. It would be a major break thru if a top notch 100ED spotter can be had for $1000 with zoom EP. For $600 it would be just short of a miracle! I had an inkling it may be too good to be true.

Erik D

February 6, 2005 06:00 AM Forum: Chinese Optics Imports

Need Binoviewer Info

Posted By Erik Lin


Is your question directed to Bill Burgesss? If so, I don't think he posts here anymore. He posts occassionally on the Yahoo Burgess Refractor group. You may want to email him directly at his web site or just call him.....

Erik D

December 8, 2006 06:15 PM Forum: Chinese Optics Imports

The End of the Story

Posted By Erik Lin


Nice scope, and thank you for a nice story. Is that you standing behind the scope? I've been following the saga of your BO 100F6 since the beginning. I think this is the first time I have seen a photo of that scope & owner.

Erik D

December 13, 2006 04:00 PM Forum: Equipment Talk


Posted By Erik Lin

You'd use one OR the other so I guess you can say they are interchangable.

I used to have a 1.25 prism diagonal for my 6 in APO. That Prism came with my 20 year old $100 Celestron 80mmF5 short tube refractor. Upgraded to the 97% WO 2 in diagonal. Can't say I notice any dramatic improvement. I don't think a 10% gain at the EP makes THAT much of a difference.

I would recommend using the prism diagonal with your new SCT for a while to see if you like to scope first. There is no need to rush and spend $$$ on a mirror diagnal that quickly. You may decide you like other type of scope better.....

Erik D

February 26, 2008 11:42 AM Forum: Astro Binoculars

Miyauchi 22x71 "Saturn II" NBA-71 Binocular

Posted By Erik Lin

There are several very favorable reviews on Here is one:,2,3,4,5,8,9,10&Board=binoculars&Number=70355&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1

Better not wait too long if you are interested in getting one. Miyauchi have stopped production of several models during the past few years( 60mm, 100mm FL, 141 mm etc). A CN member in Japan reported Miyachi may stop production of astro binos all together.

ERik D