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skypilgrim
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: OpalescentNebula]
      #5883994 - 05/25/13 01:41 PM

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Had the 6.5x21Papilio's and loved them. They where accidentally dropped into the ocean by the wife and never replaced.




Ouch!


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Mr. Bill
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: skypilgrim]
      #5884043 - 05/25/13 01:59 PM

$136 will get you another pair...



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Don Taylor
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5884221 - 05/25/13 03:40 PM

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$136 will get you another pair...






and the 6.5x are about $20 less. I paid $114 including shipping. If they are half as good as folks on this forum say that will be quite a bargain.


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edwincjones
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5884256 - 05/25/13 04:00 PM

the Papillios remain one of the great bargains in the binocular world

edj


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Mr. Bill
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5885274 - 05/26/13 09:44 AM

I had some friends over for a BBQ yesterday and passed the Papillo around...the hit of the party (other than the tri tip)



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JohnR66
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Re: Just bought these.... [Re: OpalescentNebula]
      #5886019 - 05/26/13 06:36 PM

I have the Pentax UCF-M 8x21 compacts. They produce a fine image, but a bit dark in the evenings. I'd go for the lower magnification for wider view and a bit more exit pupil in a compact. Sadly, more manufactures are producing 10x compacts with EPs as small as 2mm. I'm glad Pentax offers the Papilios in 6.5x. Close focusing is a plus.

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Albie
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: JohnR66]
      #5887730 - 05/27/13 07:28 PM

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Close focusing is a plus.




I would say it's the main attraction.
A good friend of mine and his wife spent a good deal of time studying each others face with my 6.5x21 papilio's.There was a lot of giggling and "oh my god" going on.


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Mr. Bill
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Albie]
      #5889080 - 05/28/13 02:26 PM

If they were mounted on a beaker stand, they would make a handy stereo microscope for dissecting or small assembly work.

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Jay_Bird
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5889348 - 05/28/13 04:53 PM

an old copy stand from film days, or even the column from a small enlarger with enlarging head removed, might be handy for using Papilios as stereo microscope -- mount binos at a safe distance to avoid bumping head into elevating column.

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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Jay_Bird]
      #5890997 - 05/29/13 04:47 PM

Been in the binocular/telescope astro "hobby" for more than 30 years. During this time I have never laid eyes on a Papillo. I do have a very nice 8x42 roofie that has a close focus of 5 1/2 ft. I like doing astronomy with these binos AND watching butterflies and other insects at a close distance of about 6 ft. Other than compact size and weight for hiking (which I do not do)what would be the distinct advantage of the Papillo?

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Mr. Bill
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5891031 - 05/29/13 05:13 PM

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Been in the binocular/telescope astro "hobby" for more than 30 years. During this time I have never laid eyes on a Papillo. I do have a very nice 8x42 roofie that has a close focus of 5 1/2 ft. I like doing astronomy with these binos AND watching butterflies and other insects at a close distance of about 6 ft. Other than compact size and weight for hiking (which I do not do)what would be the distinct advantage of the Papillo?




4 1/2 feet...


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StarStuff1
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #5891127 - 05/29/13 06:44 PM

Apologies, I forgot I had an 8x25 roofie that weighs about 12 oz. and focuses at 5 ft. Just dug it out of the kitchen cabinet. Not putting down the Papillios, in fact if I come across a 6.5x used one I would be sorely tempted if the price was right.

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Rich V.
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5892012 - 05/30/13 09:23 AM

The difference between a normal binocular that focuses at 5' and a Papilio that focuses at 1.5' with perfectly collimated and overlapping fields is stunning.

You can see individual pollen grains on individual hairs on a bee's body, for instance, with the Papilio.

I got lucky and was able to watch a fresh, new, Cicada Killer solitary wasp emerge from her burrow the other day. I raced to get a chair so I could sit and watch the event with my Papilios. She preened herself while waiting for the strength to come to her wings. The plentiful paper wasps scouring the area kept coming into contact with her to investigate; they didn't seem to have any animosity towards her. After each time one touched her to investigate, she would meticulously clean her body of dust (or whatever she felt was "soiling" her) with her legs from head down towards the tip of her abdomen. The iridescence of her amber colored wings and eyes was just beautiful! I could see the freshly minted yellow stripes on her abdomen and the fine hairs on her body and legs clearly. She was absolutely perfect! After about half an hour of slowly walking around a small area near her just abandoned burrow, she gathered her strength and flew off to start a new life.

It was a beautiful experience and the Papilios made it possible! The value of a "macro binocular" cannot be underestimated for close up nature study. Best $115. I ever spent.

Just one "for instance" out of many I've had with my Papilios!

Rich


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Don Taylor
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5892502 - 05/30/13 01:53 PM

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The difference between a normal binocular that focuses at 5' and a Papilio that focuses at 1.5' with perfectly collimated and overlapping fields is stunning..............

....................The value of a "macro binocular" cannot be underestimated for close up nature study. Best $115. I ever spent.. ...........

Rich




I can hardly wait! Mine should deliver tomorrow! Might even come today!!!!!


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Robert A.
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5892629 - 05/30/13 02:51 PM

Taking the Papilios to a museum is great! I can see small details that the glass keeps me away from. An exhibit on historical items of the Roman Catholic papacy or the historical documents of the Dead Sea scrolls with associated historical items really increased my interest and pleasure. On coins I could see small details that were invisible by my eyes assisted with reading glasses. In the Natural museum I could see the intense capillaries in the Narwhal tusk.

Over time my Papilios do show some dis-collimation. However, it is in an easily accommodated type. I just find that I slightly cross my eyes so it does not feel straining.

Rob.


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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Robert A.]
      #5893100 - 05/30/13 07:31 PM

Slowly but surely I am crossing over to the "closer" side. Especially this time of year with all the flowering bushes we have, including roses, Mexican Sage and Butterfly Bushes.

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Don Taylor
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5895237 - 05/31/13 11:02 PM

Just received my 6.5x Papilio - and I must say they are a hoot!!!!!!

I think these will be a lot of fun for a lot of ( non astronomy) uses. I've got plenty other binoculars for astro.

Thanks to the CN'ers on this thread for pointing me at this interesting
binocular.


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Rich V.
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5895256 - 05/31/13 11:13 PM



Rich


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JKoelman
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5895412 - 06/01/13 01:46 AM

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Slowly but surely I am crossing over to the "closer" side.



May I then suggest you delete the words "very far away" from your signature file?


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Don Taylor
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Re: Just bought these.... new [Re: JKoelman]
      #5912319 - 06/10/13 12:20 AM

Took the 6.5x Papilio to RMSS and they were a lot of fun while hiking. Distant focus image quality is really quite nice and it's a hoot to watch ants come and go from the nest, and study the structure of flowers, weeds, and tiny barrel cacti. Like macrophotography in real time! Very enjoyable.

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