The GERMAN SCHMIDT and BENDER brand of optical equipment is still going today producing very high quality rifle scopes. For a relatively short time they produced an excellent 15-60 x 60 draw tube telescope or spotting scope. This was aimed mostly at target shooters, but hunters and bird watchers also would have found them highly usable and desirable.
Very few were produced and hardly surprisingly they very rarely come on the open market. This example is in well used condition but still produces superb images as one would expect from this high end instrument. There were a number of similar scopes made by German makers during the 60`s & 70`s; the televari from Hertel & Reuss and the Supra from Nickel were both good scopes, but the general consensus is that SCHMIDT & BENDER`s SPEKTIV scope was the best optically. I have tested this one checking out the birdlife in a very long field opposite my house and have no trouble in seeing plumage patterns of distant curlew. Mechanically it is showing its age, with both draw tubes moving quite freely and having some lateral play.Focusing and zoom are also perhaps lacking resistance but I have had no trouble adjusting them precisely. The optics are generally clear, but there are a few traces of internal fungal growth and possible historic cleaning marks nothing horrible though.
The leather case is in very good order but there is no strap. I have twinned this scope with an immensely solid old SLIK MASTER tripod, which has also seen plenty of use over the years but remains sturdy and fully operational. Defects: both draw tubes are quite loose and have some lateral play; some small fungal growths and dust specks on the internal optics & possible old cleaning marks; both scope and tripod have various external marks from use and age. I take great care examining, using and describing the scopes and binoculars i sell, and always get a second opinion. Also, please remember, everyone`s eyes are different....
SPECIFICATION: SCHMIDT and BENDER (biebertal wetzlar) SPEKTIV 15-60x ZOOM draw tube telescope or spotting scope; 60mm objective; made in west germany; serial number No. 11151; body weight 962 grams; case 274 grams tripod 2535 grams. This scope will be thoroughly double wrapped & packed for the purchaser and will be sent using a signed for service within the U. Carriage prices quoted are to mainland U. Please contact me for a quote if you non-mainland.
Any questions just ask I always respond. The item "SCHMIDT & BENDER 15-60x 60mm VINTAGE TELESCOPE or SPOTTING SCOPE + SLIK TRIPOD" is in sale since Friday, October 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photography\Telescopes & Binoculars\Telescopes".The seller is "riles1402" and is located in Woodbridge. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay.