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Hi-end sports optics - Zeiss, Pentax, Zen Ray - final price drops

Discussion in 'For Sale: Gadgets & Gear (Individual)' started by Brummie, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Brummie


    Jan 13, 2007
    I posted these earlier. There doesn't seem to be that much interest in optics here on Bladeforums, so I’ll give it one more go, then off to fleabay.

    Quality field optics looking for a new home. All are unused, other than testing out the optics at home. Prices are net to me including shipping to the US – i.e. you cover PP fees, send PP gift, MO or check. Not looking for trades at present.

    Discounts available for multiple purchases reflecting the lower shipping costs (I also have sales threads for Bussekin, custom knives and fixed blades).

    First to post I’ll take it, gets it. Follow up with an email for payment details.

    Zeiss Conquest HD 10x32. Brand new, as received from US retailer. These are a really excellent pair of mid-size binoculars, that give little away to the top-of-the-range Zeiss and Swarovski mid-size models costing around $2,000.
    You’ll find lots of reviews of the Zeis Conquest HD models on the web. There are more reviews of the 8x32 than the 10x32, as they are more popular with birders, but the 10x magnification is great for hunters or for any viewing at distance. Zeiss are also marketing these as being close to indestructible (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qri4RuT7Bk), and in any event, they are of course covered by Zeiss’ excellent transferable warranty. $680 (they sell online for $950 in the US). SOLD

    Pentax PF-80ED spotting scope (straight). When this scope came out a few years ago, it was hailed as the best spotting scope that could be bought (see http://betterviewdesired.com/Pentax-80mm-Ed-Spotting-Scope.php). Nowadays, there are even better scopes out there, but you’re looking at around $3,000 to buy one.
    This sale is for the scope only – it needs an eyepiece. It is designed to accept any 1.25” astronomical eyepiece. My recommendation would be to use one of the Pentax XW (extra-wide) eyepieces to get the best out fo the optics. I had a Pentax XW10 (which gives a magnification of around 50x, and can be bought for around $270 on Amazon) fitted into this and compared it directly against the new Vortex Razor HD 27-60x85 spotting scope. The Vortex is supposed to be the reference for mid-priced scopes, but the Pentax with the fixed magnification still beat it for resolution, and gave little away on field of view, even when the vortex was set at its lowest magnification. Pentax also sell a range of cheaper and smaller XF eyepieces, but you are short-changing the optics in the sope if you don’t pair it with one of their legendary XW eyepieces.
    I’ve had this for a while, but it has just sat in its stay-on case, and only been tested through the window of my home. The scope itself is in perfect condition. I have an 80mm UV filter that I’ll throw in. It attaches to the front of the scope and can be used to protect the front lens, but my recommendation is not to use it unless you’re in an environment or around other users where you’re really worried about damage – there’s no point investing in world-class precision optics to then view them through an additional glass element. $475

    Zen Ray ED3 8x43 binoculars. If you’re looking for binoculars with maximum performance to price ratio, and you’ve never heard of or tried Zen Ray, then you owe it to yourself to do so. I believe its an American Company, although it has its optics made in China and Japan. See http://www.zen-ray.com/shop/binoculars/zened3-8x43.html for full details of this model. Really, really brilliant optics for the price.
    I have looked through these a couple of times out the window, but they’ve never left my house. $300. SOLD
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  2. bladeknot

    bladeknot KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 14, 2011
    I have a huge list.
  3. Brummie


    Jan 13, 2007
    Sorry - looking for cash.
  4. ncfh

    ncfh Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    I'm interested in the Zeiss, but I'll have to ask "the boss" when I get home in twelve hours or so. lolomgfml
  5. Brummie


    Jan 13, 2007
    Let me know when you can. I've had one offer on the Zeiss, but way too low. I'll probably put things on Ebay on Sunday night if there are no takers here.
  6. ncfh

    ncfh Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    I've been approved! lol

    I'll take 'em!

    EDIT: I don't see an email listed anywhere to contact you for payment details.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2017
  7. Brummie


    Jan 13, 2007
    Was out all day, but sent you an email.
  8. aja0


    Jun 4, 2011
    Offer sent via PM for the Zen's

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