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In no way did I intend to offend you over the “expert” matter. I didn’t know where the comment came from. I just wanted to clarify, knowing that posts on the list are taken, by some, as seriously as a heart attack.

I agree with your friend that “sharpness” is not a clinical term. HOWEVER, while it does refer to degrees (levels) of resolution, it is a term that has gained universal acceptance. As such, it represents a type and level of performance that we can all understand. And unless one is writing for his or her own amusement, communication should be the driving force.

In an 1887 letter to W. D. Howells, Mark Twain wrote:

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.”

I try to convince myself of the value of that sentiment each time I go off on one of my pontifications—like now, for example. Fortunately, however, I usually just ignore the still small voice and have my fun anyway.

Craig wrote:

>>>Can Peter or Bill or any of the other list members inform me if the  

>>>"Universal Binocular Collimator" by Fujinon is a suitable device for the

>>>collimation of high spec binoculars like the Fujinon FMT-SX 7x50 &

>>>16x70.<<<

The Fujinon U.B.M.M. (Universal Binocular Measuring Machine III) is a fantastic device that will work well with almost all small binos.

Unfortunately, the Fujinon 10x70’s and 16x70’s are an inch too long to fit on the collimator’s glass faceplate.

This probably goes a long way in explaining why so many large binoculars arrive at the retailers out of collimation. This is not true of the Fujonon’s or Nikons, but rather the lesser models that use the objective, three-point collimation method.

Arthur wrote:

>>>I am sure that I was dealing with one of the firms on William Cook's

>>>short list.<<<

Please be careful on assuming who is on my “short list.” I don’t want to have to get into a peeing match with some skunk.

Beyond a doubt, I have had SOME disagreements with SOME individuals in SOME sections of Nikon—and several others for that matter. However, I would like to point out that my # 1 small astronomy bino is a Nikon Prostar (Yes, I do tout the Fujinon FMT-SX series, but I got a great deal on the Nikon), and my #1 birding binocular is a Nikon 8x32 Superior E (on which the deal was less than great, but it is a fantastic bino, so I paid the price.).

Just some thoughts.

Kindest Regards,

Bill

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