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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/14/2010 at 15:01
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Folks,

I'm a longtime member first time poster...I mainly just hang in the shadows and try to glean as much info as possible.

So that you'll understand my frame of reference a little background may be in order.  I'm a hunter, not a target or competition shooter and like many others I'm limited in the resources that I can dedicate toward this hobby.  All this said, I appreciate quality and am always looking for a "good deal".  In addition I've been able to "trade up" over the course of some years so that I enjoy a bit of what I could consider to be "good glass".

I've been exhausting the search function but have been unable to ascertain the exact answer I'm looking for so I figured I'd go to the experts for help.

I recently purchased a Diavari 3-9 X 36 T*. My intended application would likely be on a .243 for coyote hunting.  My reading tells me that this is a now discontinued scope but in many's opinions is likely superior to the currently available "MC" series.

Here's the crux of my question.  How does this compare to the various Swarovski and Leupold offerings (simply because I'm most familiar with these)?  In addition, I've looked around and am having a tough time determining value?  I've found a few on Gunbroker and eBay but rarely the T* model.  (although there was recently one on auction that only went up to 419.00).

This confuses me when I look at the value of the many other Diavari models (even the 3-9 X 42 is MUCH more expensive).

Also, it seemed to have the "finish" rubbed off in a few places...can anyone give me any ideas on how you might restore this?

Thanks,

Jeff
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The "MC" models originally sold for $400-$500 and will still bring that kind of money.  The "T" model is a whole different animal, with much better coatings.  I would think the value to be in the $750.00 range, maybe more to the right person.  Though I've never looked through a "T" model, I'd be willing to bet that it's better than the VX3, but will fall short of the new offerings from Swarovski.

Edited by lucytuma - June/15/2010 at 07:11
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Your scope was made back in the eighties or ninties when the Zeiss scopes were going for much less money than they are now.  Zeiss still uses the T* coatings on their expensive scopes, I believe, but they also now have Lutotec waterproof coating on the outside surface. 
 
Your scope is a real good one.  The Leupold is not in the same solar system as the Zeiss T*. 
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Thanks, guys for the feedback.  I'm very pleased with what I've seen so far but in honesty haven't had much of a chance to put it through the ringer.
 
I'm still confused on the pricing difference between what I've found on this particular model (honestly, not much) and the other T* scopes that I've found (it seems that the 36 mm objective makes a difference?).
 
I still wonder about the ability to either refinish or cover the blemishes on the tube.  Is this something that I could ask Zeiss to do?
 
Thanks.
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