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diver dave1

Member Since 02 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active May 05 2015 01:27 AM

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8 inch vs mini dome with 10-17 and 1.4X question

24 March 2015 - 11:35 AM

I am heading to Socorro for the first time in the near future and have an equipment question.

I use a D7000 in a Nauticam housing.  When on the trip, will it be more likely to be using the 10-17 alone or with a 1.4x?

When using the 1.4x, is there any substantial advantage to using an 8 inch acrylic dome over a 4 inch glass mini-dome? 

One reason for the questions – I have the setup with the mini-dome and the 1.4X on the 10-17.

If I am use the 8 inch dome with the 1.4x, I need to buy a Nauticam 20mm extension.  The minidome and its extension are a different brand and use an adpater for them.


Will I gain much using the 8 inch dome over the minidome when using the 1.4X?


Not asking about CFWA applications but rather wide angle applications, which fit Socorro diving.


I can use the 8 inch dome with no extension and no 1.4X with the setup I have.


Trying to decide whether to buy the 20mm Nauticam extension.

Bonaire photos

15 February 2015 - 09:37 AM

Just back from a couple of weeks on Bonaire.  Here are my 2 favorite photos from the trip.





Bonaire Trip Report with photos

15 February 2015 - 09:33 AM

Posted a trip report with photos at Bonairetalk.com

Here is a link.



Compass handling - do you? How do you?

24 November 2014 - 12:02 PM

I am headed to Bonaire this winter for a couple of fun weeks of diving.  Normally, I never seem to need a compass for diving.  I seem able to follow the reef to/from the boat as needed so far for 20+ yrs but thinking I would like to have a compass for the bonaire trip.  Last time at Bonaire I did not need one but thinking about having one this time.  Please do not turn this topic/info request into a lecture on compass use, etc.


I use an air integrated dive computer but it has no compass and I have no plans to replace it.  Seems connecting a compass to the housing system somehow might be useful - better than figuring out how to arrange using one on the wrist, in my hand via retractor or other wise.  I saw a 2012 entry here where one person connected a compass to the housing handle.

I know the routine for wrist mounted compass when both hands are free but that is not the world I/we dive in.


How do you arrange doing compass readings and following a direction while handling your camera gear?

Where do you keep the compass while diving?


I use a Nauticam D7000 housing with ULCS arms.  Currently using a back inflation BC and thinking of changing to backplate and wings.  This likely has no influence on how I handle a compass but keeping it complete for those with specific methods/connections with their gear.


Thanks for ideas/information in advance.





Bonaire dive buddy, January 2015

16 November 2014 - 06:46 AM

Looking for a dive partner at Bonaire for the last 2 weeks of January, 2015.

I plan on mostly macro photography so someone comfortable with that pace would be great, whether a photogrpher or not.