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So I'm going to a gun auction tomorrow and had a chance to inspect everything today. Found a remington 700 that I have zero interest in but it had a Diavari V 2.5-10x50 T* sitting on top of it. Scope had been hunted with pretty hard so it's no safe queen. lenses looked good but had some scratches on the tube. What can you tell me about this scope and best bet what it's worth.
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Also found a gun with this sitting on top. Swarovski Habicht 4-16x50. That scope was in good shape but was huge and looked like the size of a spotting scope so I have little interest in it unless it's to sell. 
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The Diavari V 2.5-10X50 is a very good hunting scope, as you'd expect from a Zeiss Diavari series scope. I have 2 of them.

It's very difficult to give you a value on a scope we cannot see, but based on your description of having undamaged lenses but some tube scratches, I'd say it's worth at least $700. So, depending on amount of cosmetic wear, maybe $700 - $1K. Retail on that scope was in the $1800 range.
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What foes the T* designate?
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T* is the designation Zeiss uses for their proprietary lens coatings on their flagship optics. The original version of the coating was developed by a Zeiss engineer several decades ago and was designated "T" for "transmission layer." They then came up with an improved version of the coating in the 1970's and designated the improvement "T*." They have made a few improvements to the coating since, but retained the name.
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Any idea on that swarovski scope i also mentioned? Both scopes are sitting on guns that are crappy oddball calibers so I'm hoping they can be had without much competition.
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The Swarovski 4-16X50 is a very nice scope as well. It is from their PH (designation later changed to PV) 30mm flagship (at the time) series. It has an adjustable objective and their coil spring erector tube support design. It is roughly equivalent to the Zeiss Diavari series optically, and directly competed in the same class as Diavari. If it's in good condition, it's worth somewhere in the $800 - $1200 range.

Both it and Zeiss Diavari are discontinued scopes. Zeiss Diavari series were replaced by Victory series, and Swaro Habicht (German word meaning hawk, also name of a mountain in Austria) PV series was replaced by the Z6 series.
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