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Brnton Eterna 62mm vs Alpen 80 mm

Postby kris on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:00 pm

I am looking for a spotting scope for birding in the $400-500 range. I've tried the Alpen and like it, but think I would prefer something a little lighter to tote around. Since I hate to purchase a scope without trying it first, could you tell me how the Brunton Eterna 62mm with ED might compare? I would be open to any other suggestions you might have. Many thanks for any insight you can offer!
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Re: Brnton Eterna 62mm vs Alpen 80 mm

Postby Jne_K on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:18 am

I think you would be very pleased. The 62 Eterna is an excellent little scope. You lose a little resolution when you drop down to a smaller objective, but if you are dropping down to a smaller objective that has ED, that ED can make up for some of that difference.

After carrying the big stuff for many years for my birding, I got tired of carrying all that weight and went to a Kowa 663 (66mm ED objective). No, at 60x it was not QUITE as sharp as my old Leica Televid 77 APO or a Swarovski AT80 HD, but it was plenty sharp enough and much lighter. The Kowa has never failed me, even out on the shorebird mudflats for some extreme birding. No way will I go back to carrying a big scope over my shoulder all day. Then,too, carrying a smaller scope means you can get away with a lighter tripod and save even more weight. I say go for it.
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Re: Brnton Eterna 62mm vs Alpen 80 mm

Postby kris on Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:37 pm

Thanks for the helpful reply, Joanie. I agree, if money were no object your Kowa would be my first choice, but it sounds like I would be happy with the Brunton. I'll give it a go! Now, could you recommend that lighter tripod to go with it?
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Re: Brnton Eterna 62mm vs Alpen 80 mm

Postby Jne_K on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:57 am

Hi

Depends on how much you want to spend and how deluxe you want to go, but I have used a Nikon 848 tripod with my Kowa for years and it has never failed me. It is not the smoothest head, but, then, I am not using the head to pan with a camcorder and so on. If you want something a bit smoother, try a Bogen head, such as the 700RC head on top of a 190 leg set, such as the 700RC, 190XB, assuming it has enough height for you.
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Re: Brnton Eterna 62mm vs Alpen 80 mm

Postby kris on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:20 pm

More good information! I notice the Nikon 848 is a little difficult to find...is it just very popular, or is it being discontinued? Thanks again for all your expertise!
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Re: Brnton Eterna 62mm vs Alpen 80 mm

Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:38 am

Hi

I haven't heard that it is discontinued, but when a Nikon product goes to backorder, there is sometimes a long delay in availability. Other similar tripods, though, in terms of quality and price, include the Bushnell 784040 and the Vortex Pro GT
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