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Spotting scope (1 Viewer)


I am looking at two options for a spotting scope.

One new from Europe and one used from Japan thorough the bay.

I have purchased binoculars from both locations and not had any additional cost/fees.

I live in the Northeast US, what sort of fees outside of state taxes am I looking at for a spotting scope purchase.

Thanks for any info,

Andy W.


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Although a NYC resident, I've avoided any fees on optics gear bought through Ebay or through Rakuten.
So hopefully you should not have any extra costs.


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cannot comment on this EP but have a general word of warning - lenses in eyepieces are often just stacked into the tube (with spacers where needed) and held by a single retainer. So opening the EP and then turning it around makes the whole stack fall out and good luck getting it back together in the proper order.

For added fun, on some astro EPs the retainer is actually the 1.25" barrel... so people wanted to unscrew the barrel and transformed their expensive Nagler into a heap of lenses... Televue support loves those cases - and usually can help people to get them back together...

The correct way to do it is to firmly seat the EP on a round holder which is smaller than the tube diameter, then unscrew the retainer and carefully slide the tube down so the stack keeps in one. Then you can check if the lenses are held together with tape or not, if there are markings for the correct order (the traditional optician way to do this is to mark the whole stack with a V with the point to the objective aperture or field lens - usually only in pencil on the ground lens edges).
If there are no markings, make your own!

If there are multiple spacer rings, they are probably of different thickness so take care to get them back in in the right position.

If you see lenses spaced in the traditional way with pieces of tinfoil, best keep away and let a pro do it... although that is usually the case with objective lenses.
If you must work on sth spaced with tinfoil, extra care must be taken to document the position of the spacers and lenses to get them back together exactly as they were as these spacers can be and are used to correct various aberrations from lens manufacturing (ususally wedge).

Good luck,

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When i lived in the USA i sold and bought from and to Europe and japan and never had to pay extra,or had the recipients of any of the sales had to pay either..Here in Spain I have also purchased some optics from USA with no tax,but then I had to pay 50 euros in tax and duties a few times around Christmas just to get some candy and lil presents from the family,so you never know

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