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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 01:27   #1
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Habicht SLC 8x30 WB

Just got these back from Swarovski. They cleaned them up as best they could, but the eyepieces and objective lenses have scratches to the coatings. It doesn't seem to degrade the image in anyway but obviously would detract from the value. I was wondering what the specs are as far as the FOV and eye relief, also if anyone knows what sort of glass was used? I assume these aren't phase coated...Also what would be a fair price for a pair of these? The rep on the phone said "a replacement pair would cost about $1000" and that they were made in 1993. I'm not a binocular pro, but the optics seem to be razor sharp, collimation is dead on, and they are very comfortable combination of eye relief and FOV. Thanks a bunch.
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 03:08   #2
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Hi Mak,

Welcome to BirdForum. I posted the 1995 Eagle Optics catalog HERE, so you can get all the specs you need.

You have a Mark II model, which is waterproof and phase coated. I'll let you look up the FOV. I owned one myself, but Swarovski eventually upgraded it to a Mark IV, which looks somewhat different.

Your's should be worth $350-$500, but that's only a guess. Excellent binocular. Back then it was considered the top 8x30 on the market, slightly less desirable that the Leica 8x32BA.

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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 11:51   #3
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Thanks a bunch for the catalog and the warm welcome! Really appreciate the information!
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I'm trying to decide between keeping these or a pair of Viper Vortex HD 6x32...
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Old Monday 6th March 2017, 01:44   #5
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I bought a pair of 7x30. They were rebuilt by SONA for a fee, did they offer any upgrades available? The pair I had were built to MK4 standards.

I think they easily outperform Vortex anything.
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They didn't offer any upgrades, but I didn't get charged anything either. They replaced the focus mechanism and cleaned them inside and out...They are truly wonderful binos, as are the Vortex 6x32....
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