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#1 zjc26138

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Posted 12 July 2021 - 10:43 AM

Just picked up a Sears spotting scope (in route currently)

Are these any good? Trying to figure if the 30 I paid shipped was a good price?

https://www.shopgood.../Item/125202931
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Posted 12 July 2021 - 10:56 AM

Good thing we didn't bid against each other.

 

I have one much like it, but mine is on a tall tripod. I thought I had a picture of it but can't find it. It looks very much like yours.



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Posted 12 July 2021 - 05:45 PM

I was happy to finally win a scope auction on that site. Was in the running for the Televue Genesis before the price got a little too expensive.

I’ve never owned a Sears scope but I assume it will be decent quality since it’s from Japan.

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Posted 12 July 2021 - 06:51 PM

Considering what $30 buys these days, I think you did ok! Probably will make nice bird watching scope.
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Posted 12 July 2021 - 08:40 PM

I agree with the comment above Zach. For $30 bucks shipped you did fine. I use to collect old spotters and though I did not have this 'sears' branded model I had several very similar to your model.The zoom is the weakest link but at a range lower than 35x or so you'll find it a capable birder. We've had several discussions here about that makers mark and I believe it is still in question as to the OEM. This is not one of the best Sears imports but they are still fun little spotters.Aside from birds I use to use mine for quick peaks of the moon at 20x. I personally would never turn one down local at that price.


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Posted 17 July 2021 - 05:49 PM

Kind of looks like the same as the Focal brand that K-Mart use to sell. I heard that they had real good optics.


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Posted 17 July 2021 - 06:09 PM

Congrats! I did do one bid on that - interested in the (W) makers mark/quality of the glass and how well the mount itself functioned - other iterations of that type mount have been sticky and problematic. This one looked to be a better build on the mount.

 

$30 seems a good price - it's what I'd've paid here in Page, AZ. I think you got a nice spotter & a good deal - but we all won't know til you test it waytogo.gif


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Posted 20 July 2021 - 06:33 AM

Thanks everyone!

 

Scope is supposed to arrive today. I might have time to test it out tonight on the Moon assuming it stays clear. Though clear skies the last two days have had a ton of smoke in the them.


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Posted 22 July 2021 - 07:21 AM

Scope arrived yesterday and seems to be in decent condition. Had quick look at the Moon (definitely not the best time to observe with the Moon low and the wild fire smoke in the air) and the Moon looked good at 20x.  The only thing missing is a small nut to keep one of the legs attached to the tripod hub, should be an easy fix.

 

Anyone have an idea of when these were manufactured? 




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