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I now have a scope, european, that is in need of repair. It's second hand(originally SWFA!) and the ocular lens is fogged. Any ideas on what repairs might run? What kind of experiences have y'all had regarding out of pocket repairs? Good, bad, or whatever.This scope appears to need a seal and nitrogen purge, doesn't seem too serious.
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What manufacturer?
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Well, I was trying to get an overview without naming the manufacturer but, since you asked, it's a Kahles. I don't know about the internals, but it seems to be partially fogged inside the ocular lens. Sorta like looking at two lenses. Even with the problem it appears pretty clear when I look through it, though one would only expect it to continue to worsen.
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Is it a true second hand scope or a demo model?  It is my understanding that demos are treated like a new scope as far as warranty issues go.  I only know one person who had to use the Kahles repair service for a similiar issue.  He was a little worrried because he had never sent in the warranty info.  At any rate, he sent the scope in and it was repaired free of charge.  He did have to pay shipping.  I do not know if this is standard procedure for Kahles.  Quality is becoming close enough for enough people that the warranty is sometime the deciding factor at the time of purchase.  Thus, I think that we will eventually see most companies adopt a more or less Leupold approach to warranty work.  It appears that Zeiss is already moving on that direction.

 

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It's a true 'pre-owned' scope. It has been mounted(one ring mark on underside) but it's in excellent condition otherwise. I went to the Kahles homepage and printed their customer service info so that I can give them a call tomorrow. Since going to Nikons about five years ago I haven't had a failure, though prior to that I had a Simmons that fogged. They tried to purge the scope and when that did not clear the problem they sent me another,NIB. Wondering what the process might cost me with Kahles, though.
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