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found a good deal on a used zeiss diavari 56mm.....im very tempted to purchase BUT i already own a swaro z3 4-12x50.......i want the zeiss because i read about how this is the "ultimate lowlight hunting scope" etc etc....but i know the swaro is also considered a bright scope.....any suggestions or has anyone looked at these side by side ?

if the zeiss isnt a great deal brighter than the swaro i see no need to buy it but if its truly a better scope then i want it
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A Z3 is nowhere near as good as the Diavari's.  What's it gonna be used for?
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Just going to give you my opinion, but I wouldn't have a 56mm obj on a hunting rifle.  There are plenty of great scopes with great glass that will get you past legal shooting light that wear 40-44mm's.  
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I sold all my high end scopes a while back because in my opinion,they were only really needed for shooting waaayyy past legal shooting light(and I wanted nicer rifles and smaller 40-42mm scopes). Granted there is a difference, how noticable I guess depends on the person. I hunt with plenty of guys with 3-12x56 Diavari's and get to use them and compare them a lot during the season. And if a Z3 is better than a Conquest, I wouldn't expect any earth shattering difference in going from a Z3 50mm to a 56mm Diavari.

If you own a nice set of binoculars, it would be hard for me to belive you could do much better than what you have. If you don't, I would put my money toward binocular's. I spend 99% of my hunting time looking through my binoculars and 1% lifting my rifle up to take a shot. I have yet to lose a buck, that I could see with my binocular's that I couldn't shoot with a Conquest or 4200 type 40mm scope. But there is definately a chance of it in dark timber, I have my doubts that it will ever happen to me on a food plot or open field during realistic hunting hours. For me, the scope is just the aiming tool needed for me to take a shot.......my bino's are what I "hunt" with ! JMHO
 


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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Just going to give you my opinion, but I wouldn't have a 56mm obj on a hunting rifle.  There are plenty of great scopes with great glass that will get you past legal shooting light that wear 40-44mm's.  


+1. 42mm is my "largest" hunting scope.
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I am OK with 50mm scopes on hunting rifles.  Especially the Z3 because it is quite slender.

56mm is too big for me on a hunter though.
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yea. my 50mm Z3 works fine. even have it on a low dnz mount with no problems. i do have a good pair of binos - meostar HD 10x42.      guess ill probably stick with what i have scopewise .am considering a zeiss hd5 tho for extra magnification
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72mm is my largest hunting scope.  
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Hope its Ok that I ask this question in your topic, but I really want a 42mm objective as here in Denmark we may only shoot from when the sun goes up to the sun goes down. So absoulutely no need for 50 or 56mm. But will I have a problem if I take the 42mm with me on a nighthunt in Sweden or Germany?

Im thinking about a 2-12x42 illuminated Leupold
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if its really good glass i would think the 42mm would be fine...as u can see most suggest the 42-44mm scope over the bigger objectives...the illuminated Leupold sounds like a good one!
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