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#1 brentwood

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

We recently had a leak in our roof. Rather than paying some roofer an obscene amount of money for him to determine where the leak was, I thought I'd try to locate the leak from up in the attic before he arrived. We do not have a finished attic, no lights, no floor and full of pink insulation. I could not get close enough to where I thought the leak was, but my trusty B&L 7x26 had a short enough focal distance to enable me to see the leakpoint.
Any one else used optics in a non traditional way?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

I use binos and digital zooms to look at inaccessible and difficult places in the pulp mill where I work. Saves lots of climbing and other hassles.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:31 PM

Hello Brentwood,

I am not sure how unconventional it may have been but I used binoculars to see details of stained glass windows, from the inside. The windows were several meters above the floor and set back, so the binocular was a great help. As I recall the binocular was an 8x30 Nikon EII.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:27 AM

I sometimes use binoculars to read model numbers on data plates fixed to high level suspended heaters in factories and warehouses.

I've also used certain compact models with ruby coatings for juggling practice,in the absence of balls, although since that was usually after 6.00pm in the evening,I suppose technically speaking it doesn't qualify as "DAYTIME USE"

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:35 AM

I use my relatively close-focussing 8x42 to read the water meter, which is in a pit in the floor of my garage.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:14 AM

From the comfort of our kitchen I regularly use 10x70 binoculars to examine the insulators and wires for our horse pasture's electrified fence.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

a few years ago I was at the Grand Canyon and looking at an art display of California Condors-with binoculars the detail of the paintings was amazing

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:05 AM

I have used a waterproof pair as water displacement objects in the tank on the toilet to conserve water...

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Hikari, honestly, that is ... over the top.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

Just hang mine round my neck, and pretend I'm a tourist...

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:44 AM

Hikari, honestly, that is ... over the top.


no-over the top would flood the bathroom

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

I use my binocular collection to prove to my grandchildren how really weird their grandfather is-successfully

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

I have occasionally used my Papilio's for reading small print when my reading glasses weren't readily available.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

I'm working on attaching wheels to my binoculars so I can race each against each other down a steeply inclined length of plywood to see which is quickest.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:05 AM

Just used mine to prop open a door...

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:57 AM

We live on the edge of an area inhabited with cougars & black bears. We often go for a walk near these areas, always taking binoculars.
Whenever I take a fancy pair, like my Leicas, I always wonder that if we were attacked by one of these creatures, would I instinctively twirl them around my head and use them as some kind of club to defend ourselves or would I instinctively tuck them into my coat to avoid them getting scratched!

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

We live on the edge of an area inhabited with cougars & black bears. We often go for a walk near these areas, always taking binoculars.
Whenever I take a fancy pair, like my Leicas, I always wonder that if we were attacked by one of these creatures, would I instinctively twirl them around my head and use them as some kind of club to defend ourselves or would I instinctively tuck them into my coat to avoid them getting scratched!


Maybe you are just encouraging them. I mean a defenseless hike with some really nice glass might too much of a tempting target. Throw in a couple of sandwiches and it might be too much...

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:10 AM

While working as a bee exterminator I've used binoculars to fallow bees flying back to their hive.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:52 PM

Totally imaginary use--

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:56 PM

We live on the edge of an area inhabited with cougars & black bears. We often go for a walk near these areas, always taking binoculars.
Whenever I take a fancy pair, like my Leicas, I always wonder that if we were attacked by one of these creatures, would I instinctively twirl them around my head and use them as some kind of club to defend ourselves or would I instinctively tuck them into my coat to avoid them getting scratched!


Maybe you are just encouraging them. I mean a defenseless hike with some really nice glass might too much of a tempting target. Throw in a couple of sandwiches and it might be too much...



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