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Tasco Offshore 54 question?
I''ve reviewed the various models and for the money the 54 is looking pretty good.
I am concerned about sliding scale on the lens barrel absorbing salt and becoming frozen.
I know I''ll be lubricating the rotating rings, but I''d like to hear if anyone has had any experience with this
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I have to go with the steiners. i have had mine about 15 years and they are bulletproof. they work great in low light at night. even though i have a pair of fujinon expensive stabilized binoculars i find when the going gets rough the fujinon are put away and out come the steiners.
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I responded earlier about my Bushnell 7X50''s with built in compass and how I thought they were very good.

The reason I have a pair of new Bushnells is because of the great luck I have had, and continue to have with my old Busnell rubber coated marine 7x50''s, which I purchesed six years ago at a government surplus auction that was selling off old Coast Guard eq.. The pair I bought were obviously well used and had a Bosun''s mate sticker on them. These Binocs are as clear today as my new ones. These old Binocs have been dropped and banged around for the last six years by myself and my two young kids and continue to perform flawlessly. So thats why I decided to go with Bushnell for a built in compass model.

Don''t get me wrong I would love to have a pair of Steiners, however I would also love to drive a Mercedes Benz.

Due to my reality I consider myself fortunate to have a sailboat and am happy with My Bushnells and will conitinue to drive my Nissan. For those of you who can afford it buy new and buy the best keep the economy rolling

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A bit off topic here, but like other things bought used, it is possible to get something good for less than one may think it should cost.

For example, you coud easily buy a Mercedes Benz for far less than what a Nissan costs new. I did it, and so can you. I happen to know of a 1988 300E with about 140k miles on it for less than $6k. 140k miles is about half the expected life of a 300E, so depending on how it has been cared for, this MB may be a good deal for someone who does not mind buying a 14 year old car.

If you''ve had good luck with Bushnell, all the better for you. I have an old set, but they are only good on a calm bright day. However, like you, I would buy a used set if they were in good condition and cheap.

~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~
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