I was going thru the warehouse looking at what's there and I decided it is time for us to start a "Deal of the Day". This, of course, is assuming I find the time each day to do this, lol. We buy lots of demos, close-outs and assorted new product deals and sometimes we wind up with enough to offer crazy cheap deal on something awesome. Todays deal is for a new Minox MD 50 Straight Spotting Scope, #62226 with a Vortex Hi-Country Tripod with Ball Head for $300.00 Minox MD-50 16-30x50 Straight Spotting Scope, #62226 Compact, robust and lightweight: MINOX now has a telescope you can take anywhere! Travel friendly dimensions, a variable power top-of-the-range optical system and highest precision mechanics, these are the characteristics of the brand new MINOX MD 50 telescope, representing the classic design and production values of the brand MINOX at a very high level. With its fully adjustable eyepiece from 16x to 30x magnification, its compact dimensions and weighing in at just 615 grams the new MINOX MD 50 truly is a spotting scope to have with you at all times. By having the MD 50 in its overall product range MINOX offers yet another optical product for the ever expanding market of nature observers. Bird watchers in particular value more and more the advantages of a high quality telescope which is still compact enough to carry in a backpack or luggage when traveling. However birders and nature enthusiasts do not want to forfeit quality for convenience and MINOX have made sure that the small size does not compromise quality. Yes, the new MINOX spotting scope can, under certain conditions, be an excellent supplement to binoculars, in particular if a stronger magnification than available binoculars is required. With the 16x magnification of the variable eyepiece the compact MD 50 W can at times be hand-held, although for optimum use a tripod is always recommended. Even with a 50 mm entrance pupil the MD 50 is very powerful and provides good bright images. For high light transmission as well as brilliance, high contrast and natural color rendition the high resolution objective lens system features the multi-layer M* coating which is a MINOX development. This helps to ensure the high quality required for detailed observation and reliable identification of a species. The engineers at MINOX have also provided an extremely close focus range making using the MD 50 W a real pleasure. Go from just five meters from your subject right through to infinity. An angled scope provides a more relaxed stance during viewing and with a swivel tripod connection the telescope can be pivoted when on a tripod. The sturdy but lightweight body protects the precision mechanics and optics against damage in normal use. Rubber armoring ensures good to grip and provides added protection as it is also dustproof and watertight to a depth five meters. Nitrogen filling on the inside prevents corrosion and fogging caused by condensation, even with extreme temperature fluctuations. Magnification: 16x ~ 30x Front lens diameter: 1.97 inch Exit pupil: Straight - 0.131 inch ~ 0.066 inch Field of view: Straight - 160 ft ~ 100 ft at 1000 yds Straight - 2.7° ~ 1.9° Eye relief: 0.59 inch ~ 0.43 inch Close distance: 16.4 ft Twilight factor: 28.3 ~ 38.7 Operating temperatures: 14° up to 104° F Waterproof: Yes, down to 16.4 ft, 5 m Dimensions: 8.39 x 2.48 x 4.84 inch Weight, approx: Straight - 23.28 oz Features: Nitrogen filling, M*-multicoating, swivel tripod connection Vortex Hi-Country Tripod with Ball Head Here's a back country tripod you can easily carry when every ounce counts—you'll still have the height you need to glass. Designed for the high country, the compact ball head and adjustable legs provide solid standing for smaller spotting scopes, binoculars and lightweight cameras. Construction Features Ball Head - Handleless tripod head design reduces bulk and weight. Quick-release plate with locking mechanism. Anodized Aluminum Legs - Provide sturdy support at a reasonable cost. Flip Lever Leg Locks - Valued for quick adjustments of the leg height. Multiple Leg Angles - Allow solid positioning on uneven ground. Also allows reduction of tripod height for greater stability. Balance Hook - Holds extra weight on the bottom of the center column for greater stability in windy conditions. Split Center Column - Allows removal of the lower portion of the center column. When combined with widespread leg angles, the tripod height can be reduced to an absolute minimum. Rubber Feet - Provide solid footing on slick surfaces. Height: 14.8-53.8 inches Maximum Load: 5 pounds Leg Sections: 5 Multiple Leg Angles: 3 Folded Height: 18.8 inches Folded Width: 3.5 inches Weight: 2.1 pounds Please feel free to call Doug or Neil @ 212-753-5128 with any questions or to place an order. BTW, a portion of every Minox sale is donated to United Cerebral Palsy. If you are so inclined to participate please click here to make a donation On the right side of the donation page you'll see The Paymer Boys which is the page set up by us. * These "Deal of the Day" opportunities last as long as we have inventory so if you see this and want this please give a call or check our site.