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Vintage/ old Redfield spotter info??? (1 Viewer)

westNE

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Hi all,

I added old to the subject because "vintage" in my opinion conveys quality, not sure that yet... I picked one up today at a pawn shop online, for the $70 i paid, including shipping.

It's a 25x60, rubber armored, roof prism, and made in Japan. By the appearance I'm guessing it may have been made in the same factory as the Nikon Prostaff (or previous model of the same design) or B&L/ Bushnell Elite 60mm spotter. Both of these seem to go mostly unnoticed on the web but if anyone has any info on the quality of those models feel free to pitch in. Especially as it pertains to light gathering, contrast/ resolution, overall "ease" to look through. Most of the made in Japan Redfield info i can find is on the earlier models.

Unless it's broke i an considering it a steal at the price, if nothing else the kids can keep an eye on birds and squirrels with it. If it's suitably i plan on using for a little bit of everything; range, nature observation, etc.

Pic below was robbed from the web but is the model in question.

Thanks for any and all help!

Nick
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slingworks

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Those are a pretty handy compact spotter. They're made by Light Optical. Weaver/B&L, Bushnell etc. they were all made by LO in Japan. Look for "LO" on the underside of the foot. Not 100% they built the Nikon models...Someone else might know that.

$70 you did well. They're still fairly popular. I like the fixed magnification models like yours the best. Most were 25-45x

Mostly made for the Hunting market...(Carry in your pack and glass for legal racks, etc). They're a little antiquated technology, having silvered prisms, but work quite well.
 
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westNE

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Thank you, that's just the kind of info i was looking for. I was a bit sensitive as to the subject matter regarding intended but you nailed it, just what it was made for.

It was the fixed power that sealed the deal, this is my first older scope and i keep reading about atrocious variable eyepieces.

Thanks again!
Nick

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slingworks

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About the "subject matter" I wouldn't really be too worried to mention the word "hunting." The majority of members here are "Birdwatchers" although not all. There are a fair number of target shooters and hunters mixed in.

I like everything. 90% of my glass is used for non hunting recreational use. Yes, I have optics on my hunting rifles and own some glass I used in the field (hunting). but most of it doesn't go there. I admit I also watch quite a bit of wildlife at home (Live in a rural Appalachian county).

I did once purchase a vintage Kowa from the 60's for my collection, only to have the UK flake I purchased from (Here on BF) "cancel" the sale and return my money....Why? He saw the word "shooting" attached to my paypal business account. It's pretty funny really. I make and sell gear used for Competitive, Collegiate and Olympic shooters....So yeah, I used that word.

From his blunt emails, he had convinced himself of the idea that I was going to run through the forest, bludgeoning (?) every moving creature to death with his museum piece TS-2....

Anyway, don't let your choice of wording get to you here. I find the vast majority of members here to be very knowledgeable and friendly. (Even if they don't agree with the concept of hunting).
 
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