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Recent content by GoldenBear

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    Swarovski NL Pure availibity in USA

    Time & Optics in NE Ohio (about 5 min from work), has both 12X an 8X NL's, as well as headrests. They also have the 8x32 Victory SF. I checked out the 8x NL and SF, but not the 12x.
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    Swarovski NL 8x42 - First Impressions

    Haven't seen one, but on Friday the dealer near me said the 10x is going to be a little behind the 8x and 12x. His Swaro rep. was thinking Jan / Feb for the 10x to be released in numbers other than pre-orders. They also had a single Zeiss SF 8x32 for display only (has to go back to Zeiss in...
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    New 8X54 HT "Blem"

    I have long wanted to see the HT 8x54 in person. Midway has another one, and I am sorely tempted. I have an HT 8x42 already, but have wondered many times if the big eye version would offer any noticeable advantages.
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    I can see selling a couple of my other bins for an 8x42 NL. If the handling and focus speed / smoothness are as good or better than the Victory HT, and it has the trademark crystalline sharp definition of an SLC / EL, I'm all in to get one. No preorder though, definitely need to see it in...
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    It's not about wanting a close focus EL, it's an observation about downgrading " limitless perfection". Kind of funny that technically, even if not noticeable, the SLC will now have a slightly wider FOV and close focus than "the legend" EL.
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    I like Swarovski a lot and have an SLC, but the more I think about it the more it seems disappointing and petty to reduce close focus of the EL (if it really is), to force people up to the NL
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    List of 3,050 EURO would be over $3,400 as now.
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    No doubt... well into top spotting scope prices now. Still, I can't look away now that I've seen them.
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    New Product Introduction Today From Swarovski ?

    Many times I have longed to create a "Frankenbin" by combining my SLC WB view into my Victory HT chassis. At a glance it looks like they've done something like that, and perhaps more (at least by the specs). Nearly cursed out loud when I saw the pics because if they do turn out to be all that...
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    Zeiss USA repair

    If they have to go back to Wetzlar, which I'll bet they do, be prepared for a long wait. My FL's took 15 weeks, and that was before the shutdown. If they can do repair them in here, it would be much shorter. Maybe 3-4 weeks, but that's a guess.
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    Swarovski ATS 80 HD Clones?

    Based on the picture, I'd bet anything it's a Zeiss Gavia Vortex Razor HD clone, all of which I believe are produced by Kamakura. They can be customized within a certain range of options, but all are more or less the same scope. I have a Gavia and it's very good. My sister is a die-hard...
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    Damaged Zeiss Conquest 10x42..

    It looks to me as though only the removable eyepiece is damaged. You should be able to unscrew it from the housing and screw in a new one. Zeiss would likely send one at no charge
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    Ultravid HD+ 7x42 fair used price

    I'm considering the purchase of a used Ultravid HD+ 7x42 and was wondering what others would consider a fair used price. I'm not terribly familiar with this bin and don't see that many used, so I don't really have much of an idea. I checked the serial no. with Leica and confirmed a 2015 date...
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    Zeiss Victory SF 10x42 vs Swarovski EL 10x42

    As others have said, it would definitely be best to try both first, preferably side by side. I own both a Victory HT and Swarovski SLC, and I had the Victory SF 10x42 for about 8 months. Either instrument you're considering is excellent. I've spent countless hours going back and forth...