Architectural history fieldwork tool: Binoculars Pentax Papilio 6.5×21

This is a brief presentation of the Pentax Papilio II 6.5×21 binoculars, which are an important tool in my fieldwork as an architectural historian. Being able to distinguish ornamental or structural details from a distance, on roofs, high on the wall of a tall building, or the ceiling of a reception hall or other architectural nook and crannies is essential in the work of a field architectural historian. A good pair of binoculars are invaluable in that regard. In choosing them I have to strike a balance between price, performance, lightness, and usefulness. Pentax Papilio II 6.5×21 seems to be the best choice available now on the market.

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I endeavour through this series of periodic articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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If you plan acquiring or selling a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in sourcing and transacting the property, specialist research, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Architectural history in Southeast Europe in the time of Coronavirus

Considerations of the impact of the pandemic on my architectural history research and fieldwork in Southeast Europe and beyond, how I plan to reconfigure my activity in the new conditions of the pandemic and post-pandemic world, to reach the public, and continue the research and earn a living form this activity.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.