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Simon S
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What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ?
      #3913601 - 07/10/10 02:36 PM

Well if you like me and have more than one pair of binoculars, you may leave them in the car for emergency's.
I have a pair of Swift 804 HR5 Audiobon's with a chipped prism and half a Bausch and Lomb M3 binocular in the glove compartment.

Edited by Simon S (07/12/10 04:23 AM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Simon S]
      #3913635 - 07/10/10 02:46 PM

Empire 10x35 Porros

Suprisingly good. Some aberation on the outer field, but center is super sharp. Plus they have excellent contrast (good coatings). Wide aparent FOV.

Best of all, no one is likely to poach them. And if they do, no big loss. Great knock around pair.

Edited by orbitaljump (07/10/10 02:56 PM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: orbitaljump]
      #3913721 - 07/10/10 03:36 PM

I have a pair of 8-by-something WalMart roofs that I paid about $15 for new.

They're really awful, but they serve their purpose (reading the road number of a locomotive that's too far away to see with the naked eye).


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: rdandrea]
      #3913832 - 07/10/10 04:51 PM

The pair that most often comes along with me in my car in an air tight , double insulated picnic box , is also a Swift HR5 Audubon .

It's a bit on the clunky side and has short eye - relief but it is a good 10 x 50 with a 7 degree TFOV , and there aren't too many of those around of comparable quality .

Kenny


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: rdandrea]
      #3913837 - 07/10/10 04:55 PM

Pentax PCF-V 10x50s; not my favorites but if I need to check something out they're always handy stashed between the front seats.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: KennyJ]
      #3913846 - 07/10/10 05:01 PM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/binocwpg/4315355970/in/set-72157623234405689/
It's kept in a zip-lock bag under the passenger seat and gets the job done and I don't worry about it getting lost or stolen.

Edited by FrankL (07/10/10 05:04 PM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Simon S]
      #3913862 - 07/10/10 05:14 PM

I have two binoculars Zen ED2 7x36, Kowa BD 8x32 in my car and Vixen 6x16 Monocular in my pocket

Tammy


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #3913865 - 07/10/10 05:17 PM

Opticron 10x42, small and light, just the ticket.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: KennyJ]
      #3913868 - 07/10/10 05:19 PM

Quote:

The pair that most often comes along with me in my car in an air tight , double insulated picnic box , is also a Swift HR5 Audubon .

It's a bit on the clunky side and has short eye - relief but it is a good 10 x 50 with a 7 degree TFOV , and there aren't too many of those around of comparable quality .

Kenny



Audobon HR5 10 x ? Thought that's you Kestrel?


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: FrankL]
      #3913871 - 07/10/10 05:21 PM

In my minivan there is a pair of 7.5x32 roofies with a loose eyecup I got cheap from a vendor.

In my Miata's glove box is half of an 8x32 roofie. So neither is great for astro use but OK in the daytime or seeing details on UFOs before they fly off. Also not much value if either one gets lost or stolen.

FWIW the local newspaper has a serious birder that writes all kinds of columns on wildlife. The only binocular he owned was a $1200+ Leica which he kept under the seat of his car. A couple of years ago he had an oil & filter change at one of those quicky lube places. When he got home he finally noticed the binos were not under the seat. He went straight back to the shop but of course the manager said that none of his boys would steal anything out of a customer's car. Also, of course, there was no way to prove anything.

I loaned him the 7.5x32s until he was able to replace his Leicas...with another Leica!


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #3913879 - 07/10/10 05:31 PM

Yes , Simon , it's my Kestrel !

Kenny


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: KennyJ]
      #3914010 - 07/10/10 07:03 PM

a 8x32 roof that is in bad need of collimation

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: daniel_h]
      #3914091 - 07/10/10 08:19 PM

Swift Falcon 8x42

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: eklf]
      #3914112 - 07/10/10 08:31 PM

minox 8x32 roof

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: edwincjones]
      #3914158 - 07/10/10 09:07 PM

Nippon Kugaku 9x35 cf (in case) under passenger seat.
Carl Zeiss Jena 8x30 cf in the foyer.
B&L 8x30 cf by back door.
8x20 Docter optic monocular on the V-Strom tank bag.
Zephyr 9x35 cf in the shop.

Cory (a couple of them need work, naw, maybe later)!


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Cory Suddarth]
      #3914162 - 07/10/10 09:11 PM

Daniel H,

Bring it to class, we'll tweak it, no, scratch that, you'll tweak it!

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Cory Suddarth]
      #3914254 - 07/10/10 10:27 PM

Tasco 7x35 (1970)

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Jawaid I. Abbasi]
      #3914321 - 07/10/10 11:15 PM

Leica Trinovid 10x25... but they are not in my trunk/boot. If I kept them there, I'd have a good excuse for why I always forget that I keep binoculars in my car.

No sir! I keep mine in the driver's console directly next to me. And so I have absolutely no excuses for why never remember that they are there.


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: elwaine]
      #3914531 - 07/11/10 03:53 AM

I find it particularly interesting that Cory has not only a foyer in his car , but also a shop !

Kenny


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: KennyJ]
      #3914603 - 07/11/10 06:12 AM

Kenny,

It is painfully obvious you have been hanging out with Cook WAY too much! Besides, wife has car, mine is a motorcycle.

Cory :^)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Simon S]
      #3914627 - 07/11/10 06:51 AM

Since I do only a small fraction of all my travel in a car, leaving binoculars there wouldn't be very useful. My emergency optical device is the Nikon 6x15 monocular which lives in the little backpack that goes everywhere that I go. Other things in the same pack: little notebook, pen and pencil, red and white emergency flashlights, cigarette lighter.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #3914645 - 07/11/10 07:18 AM

I have Celestron Noble 10x28's in a bag that I carry around with me everywhere.I would like to leave them in the car but that worries me for a number of reasons.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Cory Suddarth]
      #3915644 - 07/11/10 07:04 PM

Hey Kenny,

I used to have a Kestrel 10x50. Loved that glass, gave it to youngest son. He's the out doorsie type and loves it too. In spite of hanging out with Billy, you do have good taste!

Cory


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Cory Suddarth]
      #3916746 - 07/12/10 11:13 AM

An old, trusty Celestron 10x50 Ultima DX that I leave sitting in the back seat. Easy to use and I don't mind if they get banged up a bit.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Ragaisis]
      #3916973 - 07/12/10 01:42 PM

Brunton Lite-Tech 8X42 Roof.
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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Cory Suddarth]
      #3917015 - 07/12/10 02:00 PM

My knock-arounds for the car are either Swift Sea Hawks or a really beat up US Army M3--both 6x30.

I always love to hear it referred to as a car "boot." Reminds me that we differ on the meaning of "football."


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Obx]
      #3917144 - 07/12/10 02:48 PM

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I always love to hear it referred to as a car "boot." Reminds me that we differ on the meaning of "football."



Thats it's proper name mate

Edited by Simon S (07/12/10 02:48 PM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Simon S]
      #3917285 - 07/12/10 03:48 PM

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Thats it's proper name mate




That's probably why it never has been and never will be popular here. We already have football.

Now, as to "boot," I like that better!


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Obx]
      #3917554 - 07/12/10 05:57 PM

http://www.carbootjunction.co.uk/

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: hallelujah]
      #3922533 - 07/15/10 07:05 AM

In car, old Zeiss 8x35, in boat Asahi 8x25 or Zuiho 7x50. All bought from "Car boot sale".

Kaizu

Edited by Kaizu (07/16/10 05:29 AM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #3924513 - 07/16/10 12:58 AM

Kowa Gen 8x33

http://kowa-usa.com/frontend/proddetail.asp?pn=Kowa%20Genesis%208%20x%2033&co=10000396


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: DavidNealMinnick]
      #3924519 - 07/16/10 01:10 AM

The only pair I currently own. Celestron 8x40 Ultima's. They actually get quite a bit of use on my lunch break. Enjoyed a number of these Cedar Waxwings when the cherry's were ripening a couple of weeks back:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickarr/719882067/

Edited by skypilgrim (07/16/10 08:31 PM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: skypilgrim]
      #3925983 - 07/16/10 06:13 PM

Nikon 10 x 35 E II is in my glove box. A good compromise of weight , magnification and close focus ( my pair @ 10 feet) . I think this is unusual for a 10X porro design.

Very light, great during the daytime but the 35m doesn't bring in all my usual night time sights.

Edited by kray1 (07/19/10 10:08 AM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: kray1]
      #3926506 - 07/16/10 10:27 PM

I keep a pair of 8x36 Nikon Sporters in the car, some 8x21 Minolta's on my cycling fanny pack.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #3926560 - 07/16/10 10:58 PM

In my truck or in my pack--Eagle Optics 8x42. Used to be my Zeiss 10x40B but I have trouble holding ten power binoculars steady now. Vixen 7x50 for night use.

Dark skies.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Obx]
      #3928891 - 07/18/10 08:49 AM

Quote:

That's probably why it never has been and never will be popular here. We already have football.

Now, as to "boot," I like that better!




Not binocular related but I couldn't resist posting it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sD_8prYOxo

I have some olivon qb 10x50 bins in my boot btw.


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: scogyrd]
      #3929207 - 07/18/10 12:20 PM

Thanks scogyrd. Really enjoyed seeing John again. I also took in a few other Cleese clips there. Good stuff.
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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: skypilgrim]
      #3929294 - 07/18/10 01:07 PM

The first pair of binoculars that my parents bought for me 35 years ago were a pair of Sear 7x35 chepo binos.

Rather than toss them out long ago I decided to keep them under the seat of my car. I don't use them often but once in a while it's great to have them there even if they're lousy binos. Sometimes anything is better than nothing.


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Jim Romanski]
      #4416364 - 02/28/11 05:27 AM

Any new additions from the newer members?

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Simon S]
      #4416379 - 02/28/11 05:43 AM

I have a 1961 (7x35) feather light "triple tested" binocular which stays in my car for day/night time use.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Simon S]
      #4416395 - 02/28/11 06:01 AM

Quote:

Any new additions from the newer members?




Right now I keep my Pentax 10x50s in the car for a quick peak while I'm out seeing patients (always at night) especially those who live out in the darker wooded areas, but I'm thinking about putting the GO 20x80s and the Manfrotto in the car. I sometimes have long periods in between, so would be nice to have the extra power with me.


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk new [Re: Jawaid I. Abbasi]
      #4416545 - 02/28/11 08:56 AM

I keep a Brunton Echo monocular in a small side compartment in my car,also have B&L 10x25 Legacy roof that I picked up for a song, rather good for what it is, that goes in the glove box, both are removed in very hot weather,Dave.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #4416635 - 02/28/11 10:08 AM

I have just bought a pair of Nikon Action 7x35 just for the car...

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Sagitta]
      #4417278 - 02/28/11 03:31 PM

The ones I use most are in the car. I also use them for astronomy because I always forget to pack binoculars for astronomy. So currently those are the 10x43 Pentax DCF SPs.

The 10x50 DCF SPs are in the house. I really should switch them, but the smaller pair is better for birding. Maybe I'll switch them "one of these days."

I suppose I should be worried about theft but it's rare to have a car broken into in my part of the world. I'm sure it happens. But probably to cars that look a good deal nicer than mine.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: gnowellsct]
      #4417286 - 02/28/11 03:34 PM

currently, Vixen 7x50CF
not really good reason,
just the one there now

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #4417792 - 02/28/11 07:55 PM

I used to keep a pair of the inexpensive Celestron upclose 10x50 binocs in the car, but ended up giving those away, so now at the moment, nothing.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: djeber2]
      #4420623 - 03/02/11 02:22 AM

I keep a pair of Bushnell 10X40 binos in the car during my day. I work in rural home health and drive through beautiful, wild country (at night the area is in a Black Zone!). I often want to get a look at birds or other wildlife and wanted something cheap that I won't worry if it gets knocked around and eventually loses collimation. I paid $37.37 tax included from Wal Mart. They are definitely not as good as my $300 Eagle Optics 8x42 roof prisms, or Optalyth 10X50, but for having something ready at all times that I don't worry about damaging or being stolen they serve very well.
Clear skies and clean glass,
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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Unknownastron]
      #4421747 - 03/02/11 03:31 PM

Zen Ray's... not sure which pair this week....

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Wes James]
      #4423055 - 03/03/11 05:31 AM

This is bad but at present I have a 10x35 e2 in the front floor, & pentax 8x36 under the seat on my other car

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: daniel_h]
      #4424007 - 03/03/11 02:18 PM

10X42 Nikons (my 'work' binos) and a small pair of compact 7X32s (Bushnell).

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: WaterMaster]
      #4427029 - 03/04/11 10:47 PM

An old pair of Pentax 7x50s. they're pretty good, actually...but not up to par with my modern favorites, the Nikon SEs.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: backwoody]
      #4427688 - 03/05/11 10:58 AM

Half of a fuji 7x50 in glove box.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: mooreorless]
      #4430659 - 03/06/11 06:08 PM

A 1963 vintage, KOMZ 8 X 30 Binocular that I recently picked up in a knick-knack shop for £10 (about $15.oo).
Its in mint condition, and looks like it came out of a time capsule.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Sagitta]
      #4431568 - 03/07/11 04:52 AM

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I have just bought a pair of Nikon Action 7x35 just for the car...




Which I returned after testing them. Poor edge performance; the outer 40% is unacceptable...


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Sagitta]
      #4431687 - 03/07/11 07:24 AM Attachment (38 downloads)

Yosco 8X40 Wide Angle. About 25 years old. 8.9 degree FoV. Nice and compact.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: stringscope]
      #4431755 - 03/07/11 08:14 AM

I have been carrying a pair of Bushnell Powerview 8x21s in my backpack for years. They came with a small case which also holds my compass. Quite to potent combination that has come in handy on more than one occasion.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: stringscope]
      #4435338 - 03/08/11 04:24 PM

Quote:

Yosco 8X40 Wide Angle. About 25 years old. 8.9 degree FoV. Nice and compact.



Thats a weard looking binocular! It looks upside down.


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #4435634 - 03/08/11 06:23 PM

Hello Simon,

Yes, it is a little different. I have started a new thread to see if we can identify its origin without hijacking this thread.

Cheers

Edited by stringscope (03/08/11 06:41 PM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: stringscope]
      #4435679 - 03/08/11 06:42 PM

I've never considered a car boot / trunk to be an appropriate location in which to leave binoculars indefinitely .

I used to keep the odd one in either the glove compartment or inside an air - tight plastic picnic box ( which provides better protection from heat ) but don't even do either of those things these days .

Nowadays , I prefer to keep my binoculars locked away , out of sight , out of mind , apart from the rare occasions when I may feel inclined to look at something through one of them .

I just feel I haven't enough spare time these days to keep up with reading messages to this and other forums AND get out there and actually look through binoculars .

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: KennyJ]
      #4436143 - 03/08/11 09:32 PM

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I just feel I haven't enough spare time these days to keep up with reading messages to this and other forums AND get out there and actually look through binoculars .

Kenny




Kenny - you need to rectify this rather dire situation!

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: mercedes_sl1970]
      #4892256 - 11/01/11 03:40 PM

Well I have added half a M3 Bausch and Lomb 6x30. It fits in my trouser pocket and has just enough magnification to be useful.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: mercedes_sl1970]
      #4892519 - 11/01/11 06:26 PM

Pentax 9x28, Papilio 6.5 in car. Lieca 10x25 in truck.
Bushnell excursion in my motorcycle,


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: medinabrit]
      #4892554 - 11/01/11 06:48 PM

I took out my 10x42 EL's when I read (I think here) that excessive heat damaged some pairs if left there too much time. I try not to forget taking them with me if going to an interesting site in my car, just don't leave them there anymore...

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Andresin150]
      #4892564 - 11/01/11 06:54 PM

Oberwerk 8X42 WP Roofs in the Jeep.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #4893338 - 11/02/11 08:00 AM

Zeiss DF 7X40's under the seat.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: PJ Anway]
      #4893445 - 11/02/11 09:37 AM

I gave my 10x28 Noble away and have replaced it with a Bushnell Custom Elite 7x26.The Bushnell is usually the bin I like to have in the car for small trips.Occasionally the 8x42 Regals come along for the ride.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Albie]
      #4893473 - 11/02/11 09:53 AM

I always keep the Leica Geovids in my truck because I often use the range finder on the job.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: PJ Anway]
      #4893957 - 11/02/11 02:17 PM

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Zeiss DF 7X40's under the seat.



Can I have the licence plate number please


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #4896403 - 11/03/11 08:48 PM

I now have a cheapo pair of 10x50 that I keep under the driver side front seat.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #4897057 - 11/04/11 09:26 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Zeiss DF 7X40's under the seat.



Can I have the licence plate number please




Great post and my thoughts exactly, Simon. You have to remember that PJ has a Zeiss toothbrush...


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: kcolter]
      #4897061 - 11/04/11 09:28 AM

Nikon 7X50 with individual focus that was bought from a guy in Japan. Great for Missouri River eagles, red tail hawks, football games and cross country meets.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: kcolter]
      #4897483 - 11/04/11 02:16 PM

My IOR romanian 7x40 Valdada bin, is my close partner, wherever I go, or drive.
It is a quite heavy fellow, so when walking, I carry him in a shoulder bag.
I really love this binocular so much!

Edited by alsendk (11/04/11 02:18 PM)


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: alsendk]
      #4899818 - 11/06/11 12:32 AM

I keep my WO 8x25 in one car (I find them quite usable, good er ) & Pentax 9x36 camo in the other car (good for observing incognito)..

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: daniel_h]
      #4931377 - 11/23/11 02:08 PM

I used the boot binoculars today for the first time this year.
I was expecting them to be damp and starting to show signs of fungal growth.
I was rather relieved to find them in dry and still perfectly aligned, despite the chip on the objective.
It does look like keeping them in the boot is fine as long as the car does not suffer damp. And a rough pair of binoculars is always better than none at all!


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #4931433 - 11/23/11 02:38 PM

BSA TACMASTER 8x42. I picked these up for $80 at the gunshop. They are my first binoculars and a testbed to see what I want. For the money I like them, I am looking at another pair that are 5x as much but hard to believe they could be 5x better.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Lt 26]
      #4932898 - 11/24/11 12:12 PM

I usually bring my 10x42's & 15x70's when travelling. I never leave them in the back of the truck overnight. I also bring along a tripod for setup with the 15x70's.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: OpalescentNebula]
      #5129590 - 03/18/12 11:21 PM

Swift Triton, 7x35, circa 1965, J-B26 J-E45. I bought these used and they were pretty beat up, so sent these out to Cory Suddarth for collimation and cleaning.
Love the long grooved center focus knob, retubed by Cory, now it focuses smooth as butter.
Crisp sharp views, I usually stop by a pond in the morning while driving to work, grab the Swifts to view a variety of waterfowl.
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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Philip Levine]
      #5129720 - 03/19/12 01:15 AM

a swaro 8x25 has replaced my WO unit in one car - don't know what the wife has done with them

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: daniel_h]
      #5130839 - 03/19/12 06:04 PM

Leupold Katmai 6x32 in the glove box
Leupold BX-3 Mojave 8x42 in the trunk


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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Lane]
      #5130873 - 03/19/12 06:22 PM

Bushnell legend 8x42 and, when I really want to see the action from the moving vehicle (when MY WIFE is driving, not me ) a canon 10x30 IS.
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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: rydberg]
      #5133531 - 03/21/12 11:58 AM

I'm not a motorist, but my bicycle saddlebag always contains an Opticron 'Sequoiah' reverse-porro 9 x 21MC. Nice & light at 184g, plus a 7 degree field. Cossetted in bubble-wrap.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: rydberg]
      #5215736 - 05/10/12 03:07 PM

The EDC bag in the car is a pair of Bushnell 10X25s. Not the best for astro but better than the 1X5s i was born with. Also have a really cheap monopod for a bit of stability.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Quinn]
      #5217726 - 05/11/12 07:39 PM

at the current time, no binoculars
but
my orion 10-25x42 monocular
-cheap
-expendable
-useful at 10x with higher if necessary

I was at my grandkids school waiting to pick them up,
when I saw a bird on a distant limb
? hawk, but could not ID at that distance with 6.5x19 pentax papillio,
now I can ID distant birds, but maybe not close birds

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5217991 - 05/11/12 10:52 PM

I don´t have my car here in Bogotá, but I have a very nice Bushnell 8x32 which I can carry with me even in a pocket.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: titanio]
      #5219290 - 05/12/12 08:30 PM

Pentax papilio 6.5x is the most all around of mine, insects, scenics. But weak for stars

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: gmazza]
      #5621103 - 01/13/13 03:52 PM

Any new additions?

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Simon S]
      #5621288 - 01/13/13 05:31 PM

varies from time to time, but now
10-25x42 orion monocular
8.5x21 pentax papillio (I liked the 6.5 so much I got the 8.5 also)

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5621743 - 01/13/13 09:36 PM

In the center console: Nikon Venturer 8x23 binoculars. Very handy for looking ahead when stopped in traffic to see what lane to get into to get on the freeway. In the fanny pack/go bag: Olympus Roamer 8x21 (unexpectedly good). Also, an old, tiny Edmund Scientific triple optical tool that's a poor monocular, a decent but awkward loupe, and a pretty darn good low-power microscope when illuminated with an LED light.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: John Kuraoka]
      #5621914 - 01/13/13 11:24 PM

As of this weekend - that would be my Vortex Viper HD 6x32. Replacing a Nikon 8x32SE, which is taking a trip to Nikon service. I always keep my binocs in the trunk of my minivan in a small insulated cooler. In summer, I won't leave them in the car if I know I'll be away more than hour.

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Re: What binocular is in you Car boot/trunk ? new [Re: Doug D.]
      #5622406 - 01/14/13 10:17 AM

For near home I always have the 7x50’s in my truck. When I’m away from home (presently 1200km from home) my 10x42’s & 15x70’s with a tripod. That way I can enjoy the night sky with either and can use the 10x42’s for when I go on hikes.

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