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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:11 pm 
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Jessops currently have a 20 to 60 x80 scope and table top tripod with dual slow motion controls for £49.95

Also 10x42 waterproof roof prism binoculars for £24.95.

Both may be basic but sound low price, especially if you try them in store late afternoon on the Moon or Jupiter or T.V. aerial.
If they seem good buy the tested optics not an identical boxed unit.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:16 pm 
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The 10x42 Jessops roof prism binoculars are perfectly adequate for a starter binocular, at least the one tested.
Fairly small, fairly lightweight, perfectly collimated.
Multicoat and single coat O.Gs.
Uncoated prisms.
Several single coated, one multicoated surface and some uncoated surfaces on eyepieces.
At least 4 element eyepiece I think.
Reasonable eye relief although field reduced with glasses.
Daytime performance good.
Some chromatic aberration, not too bad.
Severe pincushion distortion at edge of field.
Edge performance poor.
Stay on front caps, detachable rear.
The advert says 7 degree field, the binocular says 5.6 degrees. So i am not sure. Maybe the 8x42 is 7 degrees.
The binocular say 'Waterproof'.
Mechanically everything works fine.

The case is too thin and not padded, smells rubbery not very nice, but is probably rainproof.
Usual binocular and case straps and small cloth.

So if you fancy one at £24.95 test it carefully and if suitable buy the one you test.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:29 pm 
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This is completely crazy.
Looked at Jessops site just now.
On Sunday binoculars were £24.95, now they are £49.95.

Spotting scope on Sunday was £49.95 just now £79.95.

Here today, gone tomorrow it seems.

I suppose it is always worth looking at Jessops site for special offers but they don't seem to last long.
Also Tesco, Lidl and Aldi.
Maybe in January the prices will go down again.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:55 pm 
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Re. above.
Jessops sell Nikon Action VII 10x to 22x 50 for £220.
I have seen them recently new for £80, possibly Cameraworld, a good shop.

Yet Jessops are selling 8x40 Nikon Action VII for £59.95 supposed half price.
They were available for £49 a while ago elsewhere.

Really if one looks around for half price binocular deals from good shops one can find them.

I have read that pies are selling on ebay for ten times the shop price.
A funny world we live in.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:59 pm 
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The Jessops 10 x 42 DCF Waterproof binoculars are back on half price at £24.95.
The one I got is good.
Store collection only.
Try first.

Vivitar 8 x 21 still on offer Store collection only £4.95
try first.

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Probably not worth a long journey as they may not have them.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:02 pm 
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Jessops have the 20-60 x 80 spotting scope at £99.something in Brighton shop........and as they do have the odd half-price offer on a few items I imagine this is the same scope. I avoided asking them to get it out of the glass case as I knew that I might be tempted!!!! I might if reduced to £50 rather than £100!! maf


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:21 pm 
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Jessops have the Nikon Sportstar EX 10 x 25 waterproof to 2metres for ? 5 minutes with Olympics Logo, no less. I suppose useful in the Olympics swimming pool as long as you don't dive too deep and swim fast.
Reduced from £139.99 Rather much to £49.99 rather good.
No phone orders any more on Sundays.
Collect store or deliver.
Free standard post is for orders above £50. Cheeky. Why not £49.99? Also next day service

Still 10 x 42 £24.99. collection only store.
8 x 21 £4.95 Ditto.

The 10 x 42 Waterproof Jessops Mk II. Last week £79.99 Today £39.99.

Funny place Jessops. But always worth a look.

Regards, David

Only 10mm eye relief so no glasses. However, 2.5mm exit pupil means most can use them without glasses.
Other specs good. 280gm 3.5m close focus. Small.
Best to try them if you want them.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:44 pm 
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Dear David
I called in the local Bury Jessop's today (29th Nov) "Jessops' own 10x42 bins were on sale 1\2 price at £39-ish.
I think their 80mm spotting scope might be £79-99.
3 weeks back I tried to buy a D-SLR sensor cleaning pen but was told they had stopped selling them because some customers were doing more harm than good trying to use the sensor cleaning pens. I then called in the local Wilkinsons Photographic store I think they had 4 different D-SLR cleaning kits on sale - I bought a kit I'd never tried before (not actually needed to use it yet so cann't say how good it is.
I don't consider myself a photographic expert in any sort of way atwo or three times not nd only tackle very basic equipment servicing but I have used D-SLR lens pens with reasonable success on several occasions in recent years. the only problem I've experienced so far using Sensor cleaning pens is perhaps 2 or 3 times either not removing problem dust or moving the dust to another part of the sensor. A second clean puts things right.
I suspect one possible problem using sensor cleaning pens might be that if used several times the pen might collect several particles of dust causing more harm than good if used too often ?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Hi Cliff,
The Jessops 10 x 42 roof prism binocular for £39.99 is their Mk II.
The Mk I if they have it is £24.99.
I have the Mk I, I don't know what the Mk II is like.

The Spotting scope is variously £99.99, £79.99, or £49.99.
Maybe it depends on a lucky dip the managers have.
Sometimes to have stuff at half price they have to double the price for some time until it comes down again.

Jessops have very strange prices, the strangest being their compact reversed porroprism binoculars for 0.99p each boxed, new, one year warranty.

I can understand that beginning DSLR users let lose with sensor cleaners may ruin their cameras.
There are often in store events where experts clean your DSLR for free.

Clear for a change last night and this morning.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:34 pm 
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AMAZING.

Today.

Jessops mk 1 waterproof 10 x 42 roofprism instore only if they have them, £19.99.

Ditto vivitar 8 x 21 £2.99.

Both with shop warranties I suppose.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:30 am 
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A problem with many cheap spottingscopes, as with cheap binoculars, is glare around bright objects, such as Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Glare can be so bad as to show only a spikey blob.
This is not the case, however, with the inexpensive 80mm ACUTER spotter, purchased recently for £149. The images it yields are so sharp that I tried to increase the spotter's maximum X60 magnification with a Barlow, but the focusing range isn't there. A pity, as the spotter could possibly accomodate X100.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:40 pm 
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I find that using my glasses, being long sighted i get an extra 20% magnification, so effectively the 60x goes up to say 70x. maybe with reading glasses i could get 80x.

There is a cheap Acuter 30x to 90x 90mm i think, which may be good

I have tried afocal adapters but good ones are expensive and even then not that hot. but a 2x gives 120x.

there are 2x opera glasses in charity shops for £2 that work over narrow angles, o.k. for Jupiter at 120x.
with luck you may find a 1.7x opera glass.

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The tiny £35 eyepiece ( with a miniscule field-of-view ) to supplement the zoom eyepiece magnification on the ACUTER was hopeless. I disassembled the 5mm eyepiece and it seems to have been a modified Huygenian.
I removed the lenses so that I could use the eyepiece barrel, with its external thread to fit the spotter, as an adaptor to take 12mm and 9mm orthos with 24.5mm barrels. These work very well with the ACUTER, but the maximum magnification with the 9mm ortho is no greater than the maximum yielded by the spotter's zoom eyepiece.

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Perhaps a 5mm and 6mm ortho or kelner 24.5mm will work. they are still around although difficult to locate. I found some last year new.
I use these to drop into spotters with 45 degree prisms and they work well.
I actually found the acuter eyepiece giving 95x most useful, giving my best view of Jupiter's 4 belts.

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Thanks for that information David. You've confirmed what I suspected, that the ACUTER spotter can go considerably higher than 60X. I was also concerned that there might not be enough in-focus in the spotter to take a short focus ortho.
I have a BAADER 6mm ortho, but the barrel's too big to fit the salvaged adaptor on the spotter.

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