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Johnnyp67

New member
United Kingdom
Hi
I have the chance to purchase a 10 year old ats 80 HD with 20-60 S zoom. It is in excellent condition with Swarovski case.
I was wondering if the zoom eyepiece will be of the same quality as today’s eyepieces ? Price is £1400

I’ve had experience in the past of losing clarity as you zoom in on a scope. I have to add this wasn’t a Swarovski scope.
comments greatly received
best wishes
john
 

SteveClifton

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I use a 12 yr old ATS80HD almost daily. No problems and still a great scope. 60x zoom is absolutely useable. I hear that due to subtle improvements in coatings there might be a 3-4% improvement in light transmission with the newest models, and the 25-50 zoom might be a tad better than the 20-60. I have a 30x wide ep too but use the zoom exclusively now. Once you go past 30x it is plenty wide enough for me.
I'm not sure if that 3-4% improvement was with the scope body or the eyepiece. Probably both..? A future upgrade for you might be to trade the zoom for the 25-50-depends how much you come to rely on the extra 10x.
As for the price, I don't know as I haven't compared current prices, but it doesn't sound too far off to me.
 

Johnnyp67

New member
United Kingdom
I use a 12 yr old ATS80HD almost daily. No problems and still a great scope. 60x zoom is absolutely useable. I hear that due to subtle improvements in coatings there might be a 3-4% improvement in light transmission with the newest models, and the 25-50 zoom might be a tad better than the 20-60. I have a 30x wide ep too but use the zoom exclusively now. Once you go past 30x it is plenty wide enough for me.
I'm not sure if that 3-4% improvement was with the scope body or the eyepiece. Probably both..? A future upgrade for you might be to trade the zoom for the 25-50-depends how much you come to rely on the extra 10x.
As for the price, I don't know as I haven't compared current prices, but it doesn't sound too far off to me.
Thanks for your reply , I was thinking along the same lines and am glad you’ve confirmed my thoughts
Thank you
John
 

jring

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Hi,

1400 with the old zoom is a bit on the high side, especially if it's not from a store... in focus has a used ATS 80 HD with the 25-50 wide zoom for that price currently.

Can you test the one with the 20-60 before buying?

Joachim
 

Johnnyp67

New member
United Kingdom
Hi,

1400 with the old zoom is a bit on the high side, especially if it's not from a store... in focus has a used ATS 80 HD with the 25-50 wide zoom for that price currently.

Can you test the one with the 20-60 before buying?

Joachim
Thank you
I will check that out.
 

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