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Old 04-30-2017, 11:48 AM
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"Clear" spot on scope, any ideas?


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Does anyone know what this "clear" spot on my scope is? Thanks!


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Old 04-30-2017, 11:51 AM
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I really can't determine what it is from the photos. Could it be there was some cleaning solvent that took the lens coating off?
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Old 04-30-2017, 12:04 PM
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I used the vortex lens cleaner so it is possible, though I would think that their cleaner shouldn't do that to their own scope.
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I used the vortex lens cleaner so it is possible, though I would think that their cleaner shouldn't do that to their own scope.
I wouldn't think so either. The solvent I was refering to was bore cleaner, Shooters Choice in particular.
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Old 04-30-2017, 12:23 PM
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Can't be that then. I haven't cleaned the gun yet.
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Can't be that then. I haven't cleaned the gun yet.
Was the spot on your scope when new?


Just for what it worth, I use lens caps whenever cleaning my rifles now.
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Old 04-30-2017, 12:42 PM
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Was the spot on your scope when new?


Just for what it worth, I use lens caps whenever cleaning my rifles now.
I honestly can't remember since it was dusty
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Vortex has a very good warranty, if it's bothersome I'd contact them with a picture and ask them what they think.
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Vortex has a very good warranty, if it's bothersome I'd contact them with a picture and ask them what they think.
Sent them a message. Do you know how fast they respond? Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:44 AM
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Spots from the dark ages

Being cautious about the cleaning solvent is a very good suggestion. Many years ago the same thing showed up on a used 16x Unertl Ultra Varmint scope. I had some work done on the scope by the maker. The topic of the spots on the objective lens came up. A common cause for the spots, I was told, was bore cleaning solvents. This is not a new thing. Hope Vortex tales care it of you.

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Old 05-01-2017, 06:17 AM
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Vortex has one of the best warranties in the market. The clear spot is obvious, don't waste time trying to determine what it is or what caused it. Let Vortex handle it, ship the scope back to them with a note explaining the problem. You should get a repaired scope within a few weeks. The only thing I would do prior to shipping the scope to Vortex is to call them and get the name of someone in the service department so that they can tell you what department to ship it to and to who's attention.
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I would leave it alone.
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Whatever your results from dealing with Vortex I'd like to know.
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Thanks for all the great info! I spoke with Vortex today who told me stuff like this would all be covered should I decide I want to send it in. For now, I will keep using this and see if it gets worse and is worth the hassle getting it serviced. I have a lifetime after all, in theory.
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