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Posts Made By: Mike Burke

December 22, 2002 05:16 PM Forum: Astro Binoculars

Canadian company with binos that look like burgess

Posted By Mike Burke

The big binos look a lot like the ones burgess has. One odd thing is a reference to Bak7 not Bak4. Could be a typo.

January 2, 2003 06:43 AM Forum: Religion

Jerusalem syndrome and delusions

Posted By Mike Burke

Below is a quote from Amos Elon an Israeli Journalist.

I think it illustrates that the inherent self-delusion of man is what allows religion to overtake some people, and shows the danger of the acceptance of scripture as the inerrant word of God. It is a safe assumption that the Protestants referred to are those that accept the Bible as the absolute word of God. It should come as no surprise that these people make up the bulk of those afflicted with Jerusalem syndrome, given the inherently strong self-delusional trait that led them to their beliefs in the first place.

"Local psychiatrists now speak of a Jerusalem syndrome. A hundred-odd pilgrims and tourists are treated each year at Kfar Shaul Hospital, the government mental-health center serving the Jerusalem area, for breakdowns related to this syndrome, which involves messianic fantasies and delusions of being Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, or other biblical characters. They are mostly Americans and almost all are Protestant. Many have a strong grounding in the Bible. In Jerusalem, they suddenly take off their clothes or shout prophecies on street corners, only to revert to normal after a few days' treatment."

-- Amos Elon, Jerusalem: City of Mirrors, 1989, p. 147

January 14, 2003 06:25 AM Forum: Religion


Posted By Mike Burke

To offset all the scripture, lets ponder the following...

Epicurus (341–270 B.C.), Greek philosopher

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

February 5, 2003 05:28 AM Forum: Astro Binoculars

Mirror mount use with 20x80?

Posted By Mike Burke

Has anyone tried viewing off a first surface mirror (like the Trico machines Sky Window) through 20x80 binoculars? I have heard about good results with 70mm and below, but not much about 80mm+.


December 28, 2002 04:36 PM Forum: Astro Binoculars

15x70 Barska ,Bear ,Oberwerk ,Galileo,Help

Posted By Mike Burke

The Barskas from Heartland America are made with Bk7 prisms, Not BAK4s, so I would avoid those. The Galileos do have BAK4 prisms and cost $70 from sportsmansguide, so those would seem to be the best rock bottom deal. Burgess optics also imports a 15x70 to their speciation but they cost $100 plus $5 for the tripod adapter, but are likely worth the extra price.

February 8, 2003 12:18 PM Forum: Astro Binoculars

Thinking of getting a "Big Binocular" need input.

Posted By Mike Burke

You should take a look at the 20x80LW from Burgess optical. I have a pair and for $150, you can't beat the quality, and the company is a joy to deal with. FOV is 3.5 °, and they are the lightest 20x80s around. Since you are already getting a wide FOV with the 7x35's the 20x80 make a nice addition. My $0.02.