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I have a 3.5-10 VariX-III with A.O. that is around 15 yrs old,  since a year or two, I find it's luminosity to have dropped much.  If I look at snow or at a white wall with my Nikon or my Redfield, it appears a bright white, with the Leupold it appears almost a light beige,  and the dusk/dawn performance isn't too good (it was excellent when I bought it).
I was wondering if a scope can 'use' itself clarity-wise during the years, but then I found something during a close up examination, looking into the bell, I see light reflection on the side of the lense, it's about 1/3 of the total circonference of the lense (or 120 deg), it's look like there would be a fissure somewhere on the side of the lense. 
I took some close up shots, I can't reproduce them with the flash ON, so the pics are a bit blurred, but take a look anyway and give me your ideas please.
Could this be the reason the scope isn't as bright as it was looking thru it??  Could it be that the gas escaped that it's not as bright?  Althought it doesn't fog and it's working flawlessly beside that.





Thanks!

Dean.


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It sounds like there is some coating damage or deterioration on the lens (perhaps on other lenses also).

Send it back to Leupold and they'll fix it or replace it.

Ilya


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This off axis chromatic abbreation you see is also seen on generic camera lenses and results from the prismatic effect as the light is refracted from multple layers of the coating. Since each layer is virtually the depth of the wavelength it is reflecting the results is a step effect. This occurs on lenses when something has been allowed to rub on the lenses surface over an extended period of time, such as a saddle scabbard  or a seat on a pickup. Scopes wear out. Leo will certainly fix this, but I suspect they will say it is your fault and wants some bucks. (either way it's still worth the money).

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Thanks for the inputs, I'll contact Leupold Canada.
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