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I just thought it would be curious to see what optics people on this forum actually owned, particularly as opinions are so varied on many issues.  Below is what I currently can lay claim to:

Riflescopes
Kahles CL 3-9x42 with 4a recticle (no Multi-Zero)
Kahles AH 3-9x42 with TDS recticle
Leupold VXI 2-7x33 with plex recticle
Leupold VXI 3-9x40 with plex recticle

I am in the process of phasing out my Leupolds that were purchased while in high school/college.

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Swarovski ATS 65 HD

Binoculars
Swarovski EL 8.5x42
Minox HG 8.5x43

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Mine are very varied from years past.They include:

 2- Bushnell 3-9x32's sportview        &nb sp;   1- Seeadler Optik 3-9x60

 1- Simmons 3-9x40 rubber armor wide view         &n bsp;  1- Seeadler 6-24x50 mildot 

 1- Simmons 44 mag          1- Seeadler 8-32x50

 2- Bausch and Lomb 3-9x50 Elite 3000's                                    1- Charles Daly 3-9x40

 1- Pecar Berlin 4x32         2- Leupold 3-9x50 Vari X ll 

 1- Pecar Berlin 3-10x56

 1- Seeadler Optik 3-9x45

 1- Seeadler 4-12x50

 1- Seeadler 8x56

 1- Seeadler 3-9x56

 1- Seeadler 3-9x56 w/illuminated reticle 

 

 Binoculars include;

 1 -Bausch and Lomb 8-24x50 Legacy

 1 Tasco  7x40

 1 - Seeadler Optik 8x42 Roof Prism

 1 - Seeadler 7x50 Marine w/illuminated compass

 1 - Seeadler 9x63 Diana Roof prism

  The cheaper scopes are practically priceless to me because they were gifts from my wife when we were dating. 

And as you can see, I LOVE my Seeadlers.

Derek



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Rifle Scopes:

 

1) Bushnell Elite 4200 (2.5-10 x 40)

2) Kahles Helia C (2.5-10 x 50)

3) S&B Variable Hunter (2.5-10 x 50)

4) Nikon Monarch Gold (2.5-10 x 50)

5) Zeiss Diavari VM/V (2.5-10 x 50)

6) Leupold LPS (2.5-10 x 45)

 

The Zeiss is my favorite closely followed by the Kahles. The Leupold is my least favorite due to its tunnel vision effect. The S&B is great, but heavy !!

 

Binoculars:

 

Swarovski 8x50 Habicht SL Porro Prism

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IOR 35mm 6-24x50

Bushnell 4200 6-24x50 SF, 6-18x50 Banner (is a good one)

Leupold VX III 3-9x50, Mk IV M1 6.5-20x50

Millett TRS-1 4-16x50

several red dots for pistols, slugguns etc.

Yeah I like the 50mm lenses.

I'm looking at 56mm for the next scope purchase.

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 1)  3 Bushnell Elite 4200's 2.5x10x40' s  (great value ...Rainguard works and clear glass ) 

 

 2)  Swarovski 3x10x42 ( awesome )

 

 3)   Bushnell Elite 4200 2.5x10x50 ( large but really clear)

 

 4)  2 Bushnell Elite 4200's 1.5x6x36 ' s  ( hate to see this one go from line-up ,,maybe the replacement will be a bit more compact )

 

 5)  4 Browning 2x7x32 's (can get them cheap now and they work fine )

 

 6)  Browning 3x9x40 ( not bad at all, and can be had around $150 )

 

 7 )  3 Pentax Whitetail Unlimited 2-5 x20's ( I like the twilight plex reticle - bold)

 

 8) Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 3x9x40 ( bold reticle )

 

 9)  3 Leupold 2.5 x 8 x36  VX-III's ( I am not the biggest Leupold fan - overpriced,,but I got these from an 'estate' sale new for $200/piece .... wouldn't have bought'em for                                                         retail price, but really nice for what I paid)

 

 10 ) Nikon Monarch 2x7x32 ( still in the box), 1.5x5x20 ( older one --works well) and a  recent 3x9x40  ( had problems with 3x9x40 and Nikon c/s-will be my last one ..Quality seems to have died since manufacture moved to  Phillipines)                                                                                                                                                        

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 11 ) Bushnell Trophy 1.5-5 x32 ( not too bad and a decent buy --so far seems rugged enough )

 

 12 ) 3 Bushnell Elite 3200's 2x7x32 ( exceptional value )

 

 13 ) 2 Bushnell Elite 3200's 3x9x40 (  really good value )

 

 14 ) Redfield 3x10x42 Illuminator ( jury is still out on this one ..on an AR15 that hasn't seen the range yet )

 

 15)  Weaver Grand Slam 3x10x40 ( nothing to fault )

 

 16 ) Leupold fixed 2 pwr pistol scope ( looks good on Super Redhawk 44 and no issues in 10 yr.s )

 

 17 )  A couple of Smith and Wesson 3x9 scopes ( one had the  adjustments backwards --it's gone ,,the other one is on a 22 mag and seems okay--so far )

 

 18 ) Simmons 22mag 4 pwr ..( if ya own a 22,, these seem to be everybody's first scope ..will replace it soon )


 

 19 ) Sightron S II 1.5-6 ( still in box )

 

 20 ) Weaver V 4-16 AO (  I like this one - good value)

 

BINOCS

 

1 ) Weaver Grand Slam 8.5x42 ( like these alot)

 

2) Burris Signature 8x32 ( light...football game binoculars )

 

3) Bushnell Trophy 8x42

 

4) Leupold Wind River 10x32 ( just okay )

 

4) Bushnell 1500 Elite rangefinder ( one of those things that once you have one,, how did you live without it?)

 

" Off the top of my head " , I believe that is it.. I have had quite a few more, but have since sold them with the guns they were on or gave'em away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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I've trimmed down what I have quite substantially and am still selling stuff off.   Here is what I currently have:

Scopes:
IOR 3-18x42FFP
IOR Hunting 6x42
Bushnell Elite 4200 6-24x40AO (about to be sold)
Burris Compact 4x20
Sightron S3 6-24x50 (about to be sold)
Sightron S2 3-9x42
Sightron S1 2-9x40
Millett DMS-1 1-4x24
Burris FFII 1.75-5x20
Weaver K2.5 2.5x20 (old steel tube scope)
Russian PU 3.5x20
Aimpoint ML3
Pentax Lightseeker 2-8x32
Bushnell Elite 4200 1.1-4x24 (coming soon)

Binoculars:
Swarovski SLC 7x42
Fujinon FMTR-SX 8x30 (about to be sold)
EO Platinum Range 6x32 (made in Japan version, also about to be sold)
Sightron S2 compact 8x25
Minox 8-14x40ED Vario (about to be sold)

Spotter:
Pentax PF65ED-A


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Burris Black Diamond 4-16x50 Ballistic Mil-dot on 300 win mag

Burris Fullfeild II 3-9x40 Bal-plex on 270

Simmons 3-9x40

Tasco Fixed 4x32 on 22

Tasco 3-9x40

 

Burris Landmark II 10x42

 

Bushnell Elite 1500 ARC

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And aaaaaaa parrrrrrrrtridge in a pear tree!!!.....Hot damn! You guys can open up your own optics store!!!!!!...............Here`s my loooooooooong list.....................A 3x9 Leupold bought new in 1972 (long gone)........................A 3x9 Leupold VX111 bought new in 2006; sold with rifle (bye bye)....................A 2.5 X 8 Nikon UCC EER scout scope (have now; a great variable scout scope) ........................A 3X9 Elite 4200 (have now) need I say more?...........................An old Bushnell spotter, 15-45x60 (dumped)....................Now have a new `07 Alpen 20-60X80 angled spotter for range use only; with updated optics in `06 (outstanding optics & great value).....................Have a new Leupold RX111 rangefinder. (YES!      Squeeze has a  Leupold). Wonderful for the incline and decline shots! (great rangefinder)......................Binocs; Have a Bushnell Elite10X (spectacular in the field).......................
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 Hello, Question for Huntmaster.  I'm bidding on a Seeadler 6x24x50 Sea Eagle are they really as good as they claim.
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Yes Sir, Shooter, I believe they are GREAT optics. But I am the importer of these scopes, so naturally I am biased. I have seen the scope you are talking about. That particular model is no longer made. (1" Tube is now a 30 mm tube with mildot ret.) It is still a good scope, and I think the gentleman is selling it at a reasonable price. I think he is a former member of this forum whom was kicked out. I am not a supplier to Riflescopes.com , so I don't try to sell them here, neither do I sell them on ebay, but I try to answer questions that I see here about them as often as I can. There is also a 4-12x50 on ebay, that is a discontiued model , but , it is new in the box. That person also contacted me for info on the scope. It was given to him and he doesn't hunt or shoot.

 Good luck on the bidding.

 Great Forum, everyone, I enjoy it.

 Any specific questions, I'll be glad to answer, just contact me. 

 Derek



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Weaver Grand Slam 3.5-10X50        &nb sp;         sits on my main Deer rifle   BAR 30-06
Leupold Vari X II  3-9X40                           sits on a BAR .308
Nikon Buckmaster 3-9X40                         sits on a BAR .243
Redfield Golden 5 Star 3X9X40                  sits on a 700 BDL .223
Redfield Golden 5 Star 4X12X40          ;        just got this from SWFA off ebay.... putting it on a .17HMR
Burris Fulfield II 3-9X40 Bal-plex        &nbs p;        not sure if I like this one

Simmons 22 Mag 3X9X32                          sits on a .17HMR  pretty decent for plinking and small game.
Bushnell 3-9x40 Banner Dusk & Dawn        sits on a back-up 30-06 bolt.... might be FN made


Leupold VX II 4X12X40AO        &nb sp;         &nb sp;       sold it with the gun..... didn't get a chance to use it

 

will post spotter later...... its a Meopta older version but can't remember the specs.



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C'mon Guys,

'fess up. This is a very interesting subject. I thought it would be a popular topic by now.

 

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AS you can see on my webpage i own quite a few scopes and binoculars, mostly of them are rarely used.

 

So here is what I use.

Some of them are in my opinion very good, and some will be switched out as soon as I find something else.

For example there is nothing good or impressive by Nickel.........

 

Riflescopes

Zeiss 1,5-6x42

Zeiss 3-12x56

Zeiss ZF 6-24X72

Smith u Bender 3-12x42

Smith u Bender 4-16x50 Varmint

Smith u Bender PM2 4-16x50

Pecar 2,75x64

Ross 15X

Nickel 2,5-6X

Aimpoints 7000

Aimpoint ML3

 

Binoculars

Zeiss 6x30

Nedinsco/Zeiss 6x30

Zeiss 7x50 B Marine

Zeiss 8x60

 

Monocular

Zeiss 6x20

 

Spottingscope

Zeiss Dialyt 40x60

Swarovski 30X75

Zeiss Starmor 12X24X42X by 60

 

Regards Technika

 

 

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Hello Technica,

 What was wrong with the Nickel? I was under the impression that they were good optics. I even pursued importing them in the U.S. until they decided to discontinue store marketing and began to retail straight from the factory.

 Derek 

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Mechanics is rather poor , the sealings in the scopes is just done by thick grease and no o-rings so they are everything else than watertight and finally the optics is not impressive at all.

But this is not the latest production, this is 70th and possible 80th production, how the recent and 90th production is , I don't know.

 

 

Regards Technika

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Thanks for the input, Technika. I almost bought one for the curiosity, but they were rather expensive -around 1300+ Euros= $ 1800 + U.S. dollars and that doesn't include the 14.9% customs tarrifs here. I think I will stick to my Seeadlers and Pecar Berlins.

Derek 

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