binocular suggestion requested

John Riutta riutta at
Tue May 25 23:28:13 PDT 2004

[Full disclosure: I work for Leupold as the company's Birding

Consider the Leupold Wind River Pinnacles 8x42mm. The only major
difference between them and the expensive stuff is the price - $500.00
v. $1500.00. The Pinnacles are waterproof, fully warranted, offer phase
coated prisms, multi-coated lenses, excellent color, a sharp image, and
interchangeable eyecups for either eyeglass wearers or non-eyeglass
wearers. Two friends of mine just returned from Costa Rica not long ago,
where they used the Pinnacles extensively - they reported back that they
were thrilled with the performance they offered in the dim light and the
rain. I myself have dragged them from Alaska to Texas with excellent
results. What's more, Leupold is a hundred year old, family owned Oregon

John Riutta
Scappoose, Oregon

-----Original Message-----
From: TWEETERS-owner at
[mailto:TWEETERS-owner at] On Behalf Of Gary Bletsch
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 6:54 AM
To: tweeters at
Subject: binocular suggestion requested

Dear Tweeters,

I love my Swift 8.5 X 43 binoculars, nine years old
and still excellent, but am going to Costa Rica soon,
where it will rain some. The Swifts don't do well in

I am planning on buying a pair of waterproof,
fogproof binoculars, 8 power or thereabouts (I find I
am not steady enough for 10-power).

Would any Tweeters care to offer suggestions?

Assuming the Chancellor of the Exchequer (AKA my
wife) gives me the green light, I can purchase some
expensive ones. Even so, I understand that there are
some for less than a thousand dollars that are just as
good as some of the $1500 ones.

Looking forward to your suggestions,

Gary Bletsch

PS I saw a phalarope at the little pond east of Lyman yesterday.
Unfortunately, a cow scared it off before I could study it well. I
presume it was a Wilson's Phalarope. It was gone today.


Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

near Lyman (Skagit County), Washington

garybletsch at

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