Originally Posted by Pb5320
I want throw stones either. You can't dangle a carrot like that and not give it up.
at one time bausch&lomb produced some of the finest optics in the world.
years back bushnell purchased bausch&lomb.
by and large most pa hunters used those scopes. the spacemaster was and frankly still is the most popular scope in use there.
you can listen to all the hoopla over this scope or that one. but bottom line is
those will stack up with the best of them even today.
on a good day you will find as many deer as any of them. and on a poor day the big pricy ones wont work well either.
certainly some will come out of their chair over that comment.
well i have 6 different sets of large glasses including a set of 77mm kowas.
you tell me what youd like to look thru and ill have it for you to do that.
if its made theres a set of them in nc pa. theres probably no other place in
the world that can make that claim. i have old 50mm bushnells in a bracket
that will do everything a new pair of 15x56 swaros will do.
that comment will piss a few off also.
the ledgendary jack oconner could have used any binnoculars he wanted.
he chose bausch&lomb zephers. i have those also and youd be welcome to
compare them with yours. they can occaisionaly be found on ebay for under $200. bushnell spacemasters as a rule bring under $150. the balscopes are
usually in that range also. as a rule you wont get highly desirable eyepieces
when you buy a used scope on ebay. most spacemasters will have a zoom. the balscopes might have a straight 20x which is excellant quality but not much for field. buy the scope regardless and then scrounge around for a more desirable eyepiece.
years back when we were using a single spotter the 20x b&l is what we used. i later put that scope along with another in a bracket for my son when he was about 15. he's now 47 and he also has a set of kowas.
last year he never used the kowas. so what does that tell you. i can tell you this, centimental reasons had nothing to do with it. in fairness he only has 30
wides for his kowas and he felt they were a bit much for the conditions we had. a new set of 20s would exceed the entire value of the balscopes including bracket.
so its all about what works and works well. but if that dosent do it for you
its for you to decide.