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Yesterday I took a late 70's El Paso Weaver, a Bushnell Elite 4200, a Trijicon Accupoint, A 40 year old Leupold, and a Nikon Pro Hunter to the woods before daylight for a comparison. They ALL performed pretty much the same. The 30 year old Weaver and the Leupold had more flare from the sun but were just as sharp as the others. The Weaver cast a slightly brown tint to the picture. I expected to see a dramatic difference between the scopes considering the price spread. I compared the scopes all through dawn at different angles, etc. I looked at dead leaves, limbs, and anything else I could find. The biggest surprise was the Weaver.
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Big Grin    Thunbs Up    Those old late seventies-early eighties Weavers are my favorite " old scopes "....a little heavy, but they work well!!!   And you can see in the forest at dusk with them.  The Micro-Tracs have better coatings than the previous models.  The fixed power K series from the period were brighter than the contemporary Leupold fixed powers of the same era. I prefered the Weavers.  
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A 40-year old Leupold was as good in low light as the newer scopes?

In full light, coatings make little difference and even old glass can look great.  In low light, coatings make a huge difference and, as has been my experience, older scopes begin to fall away quickly as light fades.

Or maybe it's just me.
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Those old eighties Weavers are not as bright as all of the newer stuff we have today.  They were, however,  a lot brighter than the scopes of the seventies and sixties.  I would not feel handicapped with one at 5 o'clock in the evening on a deer hunt.  You could actually see 100 yards into the trees.  Not bad for a vintage scope.   Smile
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

A 40-year old Leupold was as good in low light as the newer scopes?

In full light, coatings make little difference and even old glass can look great.  In low light, coatings make a huge difference and, as has been my experience, older scopes begin to fall away quickly as light fades.

Or maybe it's just me.


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i find it hard to believe that a nikon pro staff would be any where near the 4200 and the accupoint.
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The Pro Staff was a fixed 4 power. All scopes were tested at 4x or below regardless of upper limit. The scopes are:
*Leupold fixed 3
*Weaver K2.5
*trijicon 1.25-4
*Elite 4200 1.5-6

I did find the Weaver to be superior to the Leupold (barely) but since it was not mine the adjustment could be different. It was also in worse shape.  I was also surprised that the Trijicon's illuminted triangle was a bit strong at first light. Still the most versatile of the group.
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i have an old fixed 4x weaver on my slug gun for deer and the scope has all kinds of black particles all over the glass inside of course, although annoying when studying something through the scope but a quick aim and shoot dont bother me.
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