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Old 07-27-2007, 06:24 AM
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Quicksilver posted this in another thread. Does anyone have one or similiar? I see Bushnell and some others make one. Quick who makes this one?I'm really intriqued. Wish to hear more. I have some "found" money that I need to spend before it just goes into the gas tank!


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Old 07-27-2007, 09:11 AM
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Wow, I was just thinking the other day that I wonder if they had something like that and what they would cost. I love taking pics when I am scouting and in my stand, and that would have it all. I am curious to see what you find out.
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:17 AM
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Nikon makes one that all of thier camera lenses will attach to first time I had seen one with an lcd .
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:34 AM
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Gr8 - ever since I posted that, I've been searching... I'm REALLY wanting one - BAD. It would take my scouting to a new level, really. I remember the first ones to come out hadA/V output jacks on it, and you had to hook it up to a video camera, and it ran around $1200. The prices are coming down now, and the quality (usefulness) appears to be rising fast. It's just about at a breaking point where an average consumer can afford one.

The best prices I can find are for the bushnell... Problem is, they have 2 models that look similar - one model is a .35 MP for $165 (that's a really grainy picture). http://spottingscopes.com/products/bushnell-bushnell-15-45x50-digital-imaging-spotter-31026.html

Their newer one is close to $300, but it's 2.1 MP - which is a much better picture quality. The only thing that scares me is that it looks like the camera lens is separate from the scope lens, so the magnification might not be the same. I have a pair of the digital camerabinos set up like that, and they suck. http://spottingscopes.com/products/bushnell-15-45x50-digital-imaging-spotting-scope-2-1-mp-48205.html

The one youjust posted ismodel #DTA/15-45X60,made by a Chinese company called "DONTOP"

Chongqing Dontop Optics Co. Ltd.
Tel: 0086 23 67907566
Fax: 0086 23 67911711


Anyway,they're selling them in bulk - CHEAP (inquiry pricing only). http://www.dontop.com/But, the problem is, they have an exclusive licensing agreement with Barska - who is gouging almost $500 per unit out of them to U.S. consumers. Check out the pics below - see the similarity? I even emailed Dontop to try and buy one of them, and they refuse to deal with U.S. Buyers due to their existing contract with Barska. Now, if you're a CANADIAN resident, the answer might be*ahem* different.




They did quote me some prices on their rangefinders, which were more than reasonable. So, based on that, I'd guess that Barska is getting these units for well under $200 each, and resaling them for close to $500.
http://www.spottingscopes.com/products/barska-15-45x60-naturescape-3-1-mega-pixel-digital-spotter-wtripod-57181.html
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:45 AM
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Quick, Check out the Celestron Looks really nice a few more bones than I wanted to part with.
http://www.astronomics.com/main/product.asp/catalog_name/Christophers/category_name/CW214QC8SXSS8K2LXP6UL1SGK5/product_id/IS70
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:51 AM
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I liked that one too, but it's just too expensive (and I'd like to have something more than 14x). 70mm lens is HUGE -you'd practically be able to glass in the dark with that thing.
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