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  1. jragsdale

    Just bought a TS-614, need eyepiece help

    Here goes nothin! https://boise.craigslist.org/spo/d/eagle-kowa-ts-mm-ed-spotting-scope/7109310440.html
  2. jragsdale

    Just bought a TS-614, need eyepiece help

    Yes, I bought it to sell, since it was "broken" when I bought it, one of the internal baffles had come loose and was in the middle of the light path. Super easy fix, just twist is apart, take off the rear element and reach in and correct the baffle. While I was in it gave me time to blow out all...
  3. jragsdale

    Just bought a TS-614, need eyepiece help

    Thanks for all the info guys! What do you think would be a good going price for an excellent condition TS-614 with a 25x Eyepiece? As always with these older scopes, used price info is hard to come by. What would you consider a "fair" price?
  4. jragsdale

    Just bought a TS-614, need eyepiece help

    Yeah, from what I've read the TSN-2 is the scope that this eyepiece originated from, wish I knew how/where/when/why, the person I bought it from had no idea either. I'm hoping to scope a good deal on a 30x eyepiece then and go from there. I'll give this scope a star test, I have many astronomy...
  5. jragsdale

    Just bought a TS-614, need eyepiece help

    Howdy y'all! I just came into an older Kowa TS-614 60mm ED Spotter for $150 in excellent condition. For some reason it came equipped with an older TSN model 25x "Ø77 Japan" Eyepiece. The views are crisp, don't get me wrong, but I'd like a little more FOV and a little more magnification. I was...
  6. jragsdale

    Swarovski Habicht CT-75 20-60 Value?

    It was a little tricky, once you remove the prism assembly, there's a cover plate held on with 2 plastic compression pins that you have to remove, then to remove one of the prisms (the rear one in this case), I had to remove 10 spot of silicon that holds everything in place, then it slides right...
  7. jragsdale

    Swarovski Habicht CT-75 20-60 Value?

    Howdy y'all! I just came into this scope from a local Craigslist ad. It is nearly mint, the 20-60 eyepiece and the objective are pristine. The only issue was the rear prism had a really bad film on it like it frosted over, but all other glass was perfect? So I disassembled the prism assembly...
  8. jragsdale

    Redfield Rebel 10x42 - In search of reviews

    I sold my pair. Not very bright or good detail. I was impressed at first because of the nice field of view and sharp edges but my Bresser Everest 8x42s at only $175 are superior in every way.
  9. jragsdale

    Best compact 8x32 Sub $220 Binoculars?

    Hey everyone, I'm looking for a pair of compact 8x32 binoculars for hiking and biking. I bought a pair of the 8x42 Bresser Everests because of the info from this forum and love them so I trust your feedback. Right now I'm looking primarily at compactness and optical quality. Some of the main...
  10. jragsdale

    midsize ZRS HD 8x32 and 10x32

    Charles, as with most of the other newer ZR offerings, does this one come with an added discount code for BirdForum users? :)
  11. jragsdale

    Zen-Ray Prime HD scope

    I ordered my 25-50x eyepiece separately (did not get the WA kit) and mine does not have a serial number on it. Therefore I'm thinking I may have the ED2 eyepiece which would explain part of the barrel distortion I've been experiencing with the Prime scope. Charles, any way I can swap this out...
  12. jragsdale

    Zen-Ray ZRS vs. Theron Wapiti LT

    And why rule out the Breeser Everest ED?
  13. jragsdale

    Zen-Ray Prime HD scope

    I've been using the ZR Prime spotter for the past month with the 25-50x wide eyepiece. I've never used the ED2 so have nothing to compare it to. I like the ergonomics, color rendering, resolution, wide FOV. I can confirm the barrel distortion and rolling ball when panning (at least in the one I...
  14. jragsdale

    Bresser Everest (ED) 8x42

    Thanks for the reply Frank. That makes sense about the Rebels. I think it's time for another binocular roundup by one of the optics magazines. The $200 price point is getting interesting. What do we have so far? The Bresser Everests, Sightron SIIBS, Zen-Ray ZRS, Alpen Wings ED, Celestron Trail...
  15. jragsdale

    Bresser Everest (ED) 8x42

    Wow, I'm surprised by all the "forum drama" that's going on here. Quite a bit of froth to sort through to get to the meat of each post. Anyhow, I thought I'd contribute my thoughts on this binocular (Bresser Everest ED 8x42). To preface and for background, I've owned very few pairs of...
  16. jragsdale

    Advice needed

    I always heard that the Tele Vue 85 was the "best" scope for stationary indoor viewing when budget was not a concern. It's a big heavy astronomy scope but will blow all of the scopes out of the water above when it comes to resolution, zooming ability and price unfortunately. But if you are...
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