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#1 Sarkikos

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:37 PM

I received an email from Explore Scientific this evening.  BRESSER Spektar 15-45 x 60 Spotting Scope Reg. $129.99 now only $39.99 while supplies last...  Go to OpticalInstruments.com to check it out.

 

I couldn't resist.  I ordered one.

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 12:20 AM

Me too. I just ordered one also. Not sure I need it but for $39.99 with no tax and free shipping I couldn't resist either. 



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 12:48 AM

Ditto. Figure it'll make a good gift once I'm done playing with it. 


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:26 AM

First the 25mm eyepiece, now this scope ... curious if ES has a whole range of products that they are going to trickle out over the next month.

The scope looks solid for $40, especially if you want a beater scope for casual field use without the stress of fretting over dragging around higher priced gear. The first reviews will of course reveal if this is a lemon, but my sense FWIW is that this is a high bang/buck ratio.

It's probably worth pointing at the night sky if you have it, but if that is the primary use case being considered, I think that I would apply the $40 towards an actual astro scope and mirror diagonal and pass on this deal.

But, I'm a sucker for optics deals like this and have been holding out for the past few years debating whether or not a basic spotting scope adds value in my observing life. I shall wonder no more once the package arrives :)
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 08:50 AM

I see it for $99.99 at Amazon.   http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B001CBFV6E

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 08:52 AM

Here it is on sale for $210 plus shipping.  ;)    http://www.sale-tele...ting-Scope.html

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 09:41 AM

Not to rain on a parade, but do we know if that's a legitimate site? That price seems almost too good. If it is, then I'm getting one, but I don't like handing out CC info to an unknown store/site.


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 09:46 AM

They accept PayPal also if you have it so you should be protected.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 09:48 AM

Mike:

 

I have had a few 60mm spotters similar to the Bressier. The angled eyepiece is good..Some of the specs are suspect, the 7.1mm exit pupil is clearly incorrect.  Not sure about the side focuser, most have the more traditional knob near the eyepiece..As far as a comparable scope, this $68 Tasco 60mm spotter looks comparable to me.  

 

At $40 it is more than likely a real bargain but not an exceptional bargain. 

 

Just my two cents.

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:03 AM

I'm game...I was looking for an all weather spotter anyways...I'll buy two and give one as a Christmas gift! :angel:


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:06 AM

Not to rain on a parade, but do we know if that's a legitimate site? That price seems almost too good. If it is, then I'm getting one, but I don't like handing out CC info to an unknown store/site.

 

I believe it's the same site from which folks have been buying the 25mm 70 degree eyepieces for $19.  

 

Also look at this: http://opticalinstru...training-center

 

and this: http://opticalinstru.../pages/about-us

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:12 AM

It looks like the scope is focused by moving the tube holding the objective in and out, via the knob on the side.

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 11:00 AM

So, two on the way :grin: ...Now, does anyone have a recommendation for a tripod? Something commensurate with the spotters capabilities and cost? I have no experience with panning tripods used for birding, but that's the assigned mission, wildlife, landscape, backpacking and the like. Ideas? Oh and Mike...keep posting these "Black Friday" sales as they come...there is more crap out there I don't need I'm sure!!! :p


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 01:54 PM

The deal is surely real, unless Explore Scientific has started up a scam site!



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:19 PM

I just can't resist a deal. Went back and ordered the Explore Scientific 25mm 70° Series Eyepiece for $19.99 with no tax and free shipping. Regular price $99.99.



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:21 PM

So, two on the way :grin: ...Now, does anyone have a recommendation for a tripod? Something commensurate with the spotters capabilities and cost? I have no experience with panning tripods used for birding, but that's the assigned mission, wildlife, landscape, backpacking and the like. Ideas? Oh and Mike...keep posting these "Black Friday" sales as they come...there is more crap out there I don't need I'm sure!!! :p

 

The tripod is certainly an issue. I don't know of any decent tripods for $40 new, it's really Craigslist and a sharp eye.  All metal is normally a good sign, making sure nothing is missing or broken is good. Bogen and Manfrotto are reliable names. 

 

Little spotters like these can be pretty good if one has reasonable expectations and realizes that serious birders pay thousands of dollars for a high end 65 mm spotter.

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:37 PM

Try not to factor in the low price of the spotting scope when picking out a tripod and head for it.  I don't believe in dedicating one mount to one scope, unless it can't be helped (Dobs, for instance.)  You can surely use the tripod to mount other instruments.

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:51 PM

Yep. . . I have a couple of camera tripods now. A heavy duty one that can take my half hitch and 4", and a dinky little manfrotto that should handle this with ease. . . It'll be fun to see how it performs. 



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 02:52 PM

Try not to factor in the low price of the spotting scope when picking out a tripod and head for it.  I don't believe in dedicating one mount to one scope, unless it can't be helped (Dobs, for instance.)  You can surely use the tripod to mount other instruments.

 

Mike

 

The problem i see is a small spotter only weighs a couple of pounds and bogging it down with a heavier than necessary mount takes away from its usefulness. Spending a $100+ on a tripod for a $40 scope, it's not really such a bargain.

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:20 PM

Try not to factor in the low price of the spotting scope when picking out a tripod and head for it.

 

​Ah, see all the money you save on these bargains? ;)



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:56 PM

 

Try not to factor in the low price of the spotting scope when picking out a tripod and head for it.

 

​Ah, see all the money you save on these bargains? ;)

 

 

Hmm, maybe I can hook up my Leica zoom. . . 


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 05:14 PM

The site is legit. It's actually Explore Scientific dba Optical Instruments. I talked to them today about the EP. I was going to order one of these spotting scopes also as a Christmas gift to my step-son who has just gotten into hunting and could use a spotting scope for sighting in the rifle, etc... but I'm also interested in the whole tripod issue. Would this be a standard 1/4 20 mount? or something different? Just knowing WHAT to get would help me greatly so any help would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 05:41 PM

Well I decided even if the spotting scope is a good deal, I just have no need for one. I did however pick up one of those eyepieces for $19.99. Definitely nice deals going on there.


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:02 PM

Between buying both the spotting scope and the eyepiece that I really didn't need I have saved $170.  That's like making money. I am going to tell my wife I have an extra $170 to spend on astro gear.   :grin:


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:09 PM

The site is legit. It's actually Explore Scientific dba Optical Instruments. I talked to them today about the EP. I was going to order one of these spotting scopes also as a Christmas gift to my step-son who has just gotten into hunting and could use a spotting scope for sighting in the rifle, etc... but I'm also interested in the whole tripod issue. Would this be a standard 1/4 20 mount? or something different? Just knowing WHAT to get would help me greatly so any help would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Scott

 

 

Scott:

 

It should be a 1/4-20 mount, I have never seen one that wasn't.

 

As I like to say:

 

"It sure gets expensive saving all this money..."

 

I do it too but I typically keep an eye on Craigslist. 

 

Jon




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