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/ Zhumell 20x80's
December 21, 2012 12:42 PM
I ordered and recieved these bins knowing I had a 50-50 chance of these things being a hit or miss. I knew they're cheap, but I've had great luck with cheap bins in the past. I guess my expectations were too high... Well, The first thing that I had to deal with was Fed Ex blew off the delivery two days in a row, good reason I work for UPS. The next thing I noticed when I opened the box was HORRIBLE packing, Hayneedle used those inflatable air bag-thingys and almost all of them were de-flated... So the bins were in their thinly padded so-called case and I knew right away I was in for a treat, yea, the bad kind.
I pulled these out and before I looked through them, I KNEW I was gonna have to collimate them. Sure enough, as much as I tried to correct these, I simply couldn't get these to line up for the life of me. I'm sure the horrible pack job contributed to these most likely broken, but "cheap" quality bins.
I would NOT recommend these for anyone. Funny thing about this story is, I filled out an online return form and Hayneedle said they will send me a return check in 7-10 days and it said NOT to return them. Ha ha!!! They don't even want them back!!!
Jim Scopes, Bins, Cameras and Guns
December 22, 2012 9:47 PM
I got these and had the same alignment problem even though the shipping and packing had no issues.
They are now parts. I got some Nikon 12x50s on sale and those are fantastic. I do miss the aperture though useless as it was.
I hope others have had better luck!
8" f/8 Edmund Scientific Newtonian w/Deluxe Finder, 1.5" pier mount, Orion XT4.5 dob for grab-and-go. Various cheapo EPs, TeleVue 2x Barlow and 10mm Hyperion. Oh and a Telrad. And now, Nikon 12x50 binos with a tripod!
/ Zhumell 20x80's
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