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I have a WW2 spotting scope that my dad brought back from Japan after WW2 1945. it's 3 foot long and is 15X2.5 power with # 2802 and made by nikko. It's in great shape still has the cross hairs. If you can tell me anything about this scope it would be great.Yippee
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id say the scope you have is essentially 1/2 of a pair of 15x80 ww2 jap binnoculars.
 some were made that way for use as single spotters by the japanese military.
the 2.5 means width of field.
 i would assume the objective lens is 80mm although it could be 100 or even 120 mm. you could measure that.
 they made binnoculars up to 180mm that im aware of.
these were what are commonly referred to as battleship glasses.
they were mounted on large pedestal mounts mostly on the bridge area of the ship.
 it would be valuable for a collector, and could be easily sold on ebay.
 look under millitaria ww2, and type in binnoculars rather than go through thousands of items.
 the large binnoculars are seen there fairly often both in that size and the larger 20x120 size. single spotters are not seen often.
do yourself a favor and sell it, then spend the money on a regular spotting scope.
these things are old and coming undone, especially with lens seperation.
 if there are any frost spots on the lenses, thats seperation taking place, meaning the glue holding the lenses together is failing. there are very few people in this country (QUALIFIED) to repair these things. you would get parts by finding another and using it for parts.
 collectors get their jollys over these things. thats fine, but for hunters and shooters there are far better choices.
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