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  1. First, I apologize as I don't have direct interaction with Bob.


    That said, I find this very sad to see him go. When I first began realizing the "travel" portion of my dive life, it was Bob's Telita that I saw as one of the pinnacles. I never managed to make it there, but executed several trips on the Tiata and one on the Febrina. No offense to anyone, but this was back in the heyday of PNG diving (with the Barbarian, and all that she established; Kevin Baldwin and the Tiata; true titans walking the diving landscape). I often quote what I once told on the Tiata's back platform before a solo dive: "That's the ocean, it's deep, make sure you come back to here". True PNG diving ...


    So long, Bob. Thank you for all you did and who you were.

  2. ...


    I now use Prescription Dive Masks and have my second "see under" mask - plain glass below, prescription up top for distance. Works well for those of us who remove our topside glasses to read. Happy with them so far.


    Both outfits replace the mask glass entirely. No stick-ons.




    Tom, I've seen the prescriptiondivemasks.com website and they seem to be one of the few that I can find any reviews about. All positive.


    That said, their website suggests the lenses are "chemically bonded into your mask by hand". They also have a FAQ answering the question "do the lenses come unbonded?".


    I just wonder how thick the end combination becomes ...

  3. Hello all,


    Apologies if this is in the wrong forum.


    I need to get a prescription dive mask with a bifocal setup. My local dive shop uses 'Aquatic Optics' for doing this. I've searched a bit and not found much about them.


    Does anyone have any experience with them? My understanding is that they replace the original mask glass, as opposed to bonding onto it.


    Thanks for your input.



  4. Hello all,


    I have too many housings sitting around, so I'd like to sell my Aquatica D7000 setup. This includes the Aquatica brand housing, 4" mini dome, macro port, extension rings, as well as the Aquatica close-up kit with the +5 and +10 diopters and diopter caddy for the housing's handles.







  5. Hello,


    For the past many years, I have traveled with the ThinkTank Airport Accelerator (V1.0) backpack and an Urban Disguise 2.0. This lets me take all of my "delicates" on-board with me (housing, ports, lenses, bodies, etc.).


    It's been really nice for two reasons:


    * Backpacks (IMHO) fly below the "we're going to weigh your bag" airport staff (and my backpack is really heavy ...)

    * The Airport Accelerator has gone into almost every small overhead bin I've encountered (after removing the laptop pouch)


    Unfortunately, my back just doesn't want to tolerate it anymore.


    So I'm toying with a smaller roller like the Airstream. The theory is that I can keep all of the heavy stuff there and transition to a smaller backpack for less load. And I'm hoping the small size will still avoid attracting the crew's attention.


    Thoughts on this? Do all rollers attract attention? Will it still fit in small overheads?





  6. Hello all,


    I'm changing systems, so I'd like to sell my Aquatica D7000 setup. This includes the Aquatica brand housing, 4" mini dome, macro port, extension rings, as well as the Aquatica close-up kit with the +5 and +10 diopters and diopter caddy for the housing's handles.


    I had it service in March of last year before its last trip in June'14 (and an o-ring re-serviced by the folks at Lembeh).



    A great deal at $1500 USD.






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  7. Thanks, John.


    That's my thinking as well. Even if I could find some shop that claimed they had the capability, I'm not sure I'd trust them with that lens!


    I've found that the servicing shops tend to be of dubious capability on things as simple as housings. That 15mm would likely be well beyond them.



  8. Hello all,


    After reading Pawel's article, I'm now toying with the idea of bringing my Nikonos 15mm lens out of retirement (hasn't been used in years!). I think this is especially interesting in the age of travel restrictions (weight, size, etc.). If I could ditch a large dome by using this with a housing that supported the direct attach of the lens, I think that would be cool.


    That said, other than the main body o-ring, do 15mm lenses need servicing (given that it has set in a box for many years)?






  9. David, First sorry for the delay, I'm at the Monterey Shootout at the moment, so I am not as quick as usual (as not in front of my desktop all the time :):D )


    Your bulkhead are have a retaining O-ring inside, just diconnect from the switch board, remove the O-ring and pop it out, replace with the Optical and after you do an immersion test (to confirm how good you are at doing this!!! :D ) the you are ready.


    I am back at the office wednesday morning, if there is anything else I can do more let me know.


    BTW its a great event and yesterday's presentation was a gala of nice images including some of our own wtpixel member Eric Cheng and Stephen Frink. t<was a nice evening.



    Cool! Thank you, I'll give it a try.



    (Wishing I was in Monterey ...)

  10. Hello,


    I have an Aquatica housing for a D7000. It currently has two electrical Nikonos strobe connections, and I would like to change one to an optical connection.


    Does anyone know how to remove the existing Nikonos connector? The replacement optical connector seems to be a press-in style, but I nervous just to start yanking on the existing connector on the housing.





  11. Thanks for the info folks - it's just the sort of thing I was looking for. CJ how did you find the location of Divers Lodge Lembeh - was the distance for the main sites an issue? Did you get to dive the sites on the ocean side of the island?






    I'd like to also weigh in positively for DLL. I was there (solo) last November and had my own private boat. Very inexpensive, and you absolutely cannot beat having your own boat, dive guide, and freedom to tell them exactly what you are interested in. Highly recommended!


    Distance to dive sites was not an issue at all.


    If I was traveling with my non-diver wife, I might opt for something with a bit more amenities. Flushing the toilet at DLL amounts to you pouring a bucket of water into the bowl. But if you are in the water, looking for critters, and don't want to contend with over photographers, DLL is fantastic.


    David Bearden

    Austin, TX

  12. This is the one topic that tweaks me about my Nexus housing. Many of their ports are rated to depths that I consider too constraining. I think the FP120-7 and the ZP1224-10 fall into the 40 meter limit as well.


    That being said, you mentioned that you had an Athena dome. My understanding is that these (non-Nexus) domes are rated much deeper (100 meters).


    If you've got a true Athena dome, cherish it.



  13. Hello,


    I'm looking to find another muck stick like the one I picked up at LBR. It's basically a metal rod that has a second metal clamp section (nice for attaching to a D-ring).


    Short of going back to Lembeh, has anyone seen these available for purchase online?





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