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Anyone have any experience with these, Zeiss made a 3x9x42 and a 5x15x42 diavari a few years ago, long story short, I have located a few on closeout and wanted to know how are they in relation to a conquest or swaro aline. price is 700 btw.
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Good price.  I paid $1100 for my 5-15x42 Diavari 15 years ago and thought that I got a good price.  They are not really related to the Conquest, being German made and assembled.  The Diavari design predates the Conquest by several years.  Plus, the Diavari optics are brighter, clearer (better glass) and have superior coating technology as well. 
 
There are mixed reviews on the 5-15x42 Diavari, depending on when thy were made.  I really like mine but John Barsness had excessive parallax with a later AO model that he had.  I also had a 3-9x36 Diavari and liked it very much.  The 3-9x36 Diavari was much cheaper than the 5-15x42 Diavari.  My son has the rifle that includes that scope now.
 
I own Conquest and Swarovski A Line scopes and like them alot.  The A-line is better than the Conquest (and costs more).  You get what you pay for with some diminishing returns beyond a price point.  You have to decide were that price point is.


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note these are the one inch tube models, divari vmvs. Hard to find much info on them. when did they first come out, didn't realize they were that old.
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I bought my first Diavari 3-9x36 in about 1992.  The early Diavari's looked more like the Conquest than like the newer V/VM mdels.  They did not have the V/VM designation until sometime before I bought my 5-15x42 V/VM in 1998 when they discontinued the 5-15x42 V/VM for some time.  They have been updated at least a couple of times since I bought mine, even though they look very similar externally. 
 
The AO version of the V/VM 5-15x42 came out later after discontinuing the non-AO version.  The 5-15x42 V/VM has not been sold in the US for several years.  My Diavari's have served me well on several .300 Mags and .338 magnums and still hold adjustment and are as bright and clear as the day I bought them.  The 3-9x36 has been on a .338 WM and now a .300 WM for the last (8) years.  The 5-15x42 V/VM has been on a 7mm RM but is now on a .243 Win.


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