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    Default Is crossing the Canadian border with optics cause for concern?



    I've just ordered a four-gun hand gun case from Cabela's which will be used to carry a 6" F4 Grab-N-Go open truss scope. It fits within the airline carry-on limitations.

    Everything fits neatly into the heavily padded eggcrate foam interior. The worst case scenario is having to modify the carbon fiber arrow shaft truss tubes so they are two piece and fit in the case. There is even room for EP's and digital locator.

    However, when I volunteered to Cabela's that I was not using it for guns but to bring a scope to Mexico and Canada, he cautioned me to be prepared for problems going through Canadian customs. "There have been problems with optics" he said. He's heard of this issue several times but second hand so he had no details.

    Some of you may remember that I am replicating a Newtonian scope for a friend who's father was an ATM and built the scope circa 1946. That scope is destined to be set up on a pier on Georgian Bay about 12 miles north of Lion's Head in Dyer's Bay, Ontario, Canada!

    I've tried to anticipate everything needed to do this but failed to consider customs issues.

    I'm driving to the Canadian site mid June to install the pier and again in September with the completed OTA. I expect to bring the Grab-N-Go and perhaps a bigger tube scope as well.

    Have any of you heard of issues clearing customs with optics?


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    I went through Canada customs two months ago with a camera bag full of optics and had no trouble whatsoever. That isn't conclusive of course, but I wonder what was meant exactly by "There have been problems with optics"? Maybe the optics were sent through the scanner.. flagged and then examined by hand. That could be these people's idea of "problems".
    I brought mine as a carry on. US customs handed me back the bag unopened after it had went through the scanner... but my shoes were flagged and taken away for a bit. On the way back through Canada customs? ...nothing to report... "Have a good day, eh!"
    You never know what's going to happen, but personally, I wouldn't worry.

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    Default I think you've found the issue!

    Quote Originally Posted by GriffinBF View Post
    Maybe the optics were sent through the scanner.. flagged and then examined by hand. That could be these people's idea of "problems".
    I suspect that you have identified the cause of the additional security.

    Laying on it's side, a metal telescope tube or eyepiece barrel won't pass light x-rays so it's interior can't be ascertained. That, by itself, is not cause for suspicion. They just look through it and, satisfied that it's optical, move on.

    It's been a while since I've traveled by air but I now remember their inspecting a Cass that way

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    Interesting... well, I can attest that all of my lenses went through the scanner in an upright position.

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    We've gone through customs into the States, onto a air force base and back with an 8kW laser and associated optics, and didn't really have an issue with it. I wouldn't worry too much about a telescope.
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    The case is going to cause more concern than the optics. Being a gun case, you'll be asked to open it for sure. I can't see there being any problem once they see what's in it.

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    Is anyone in Canada qualified to identify a gun case? ... kidding.

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    It seems to be the gun case was a bad idea since the first thing a brave TSA agent will thing is "filthy turrurist with gunz!" As far as the optics go, it might be worth attaching a small note to the inside of the case asking them not to touch the eyepieces or take anything apart.

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    Be prepared for the TSA special treatment

    You never know how the customs reacts, varies so greatly, sure you will have no issues! Good luck with the trip! Be sure they keep grubby hands off of optics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaltonSkyGazer View Post
    Be prepared for the TSA special treatment

    You never know how the customs reacts, varies so greatly, sure you will have no issues! Good luck with the trip! Be sure they keep grubby hands off of optics!

    Father crosses frequently with high power sniper rifles for competition(Palma Matches), but then he is full Colonel(ret).....he never had issue.
    This is just a casual observation, no pun! I think the beginning thread said "optics were thought to be an issue with customs" and I believe there is restriction transporting infrared/ night scopes!

 

 
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