Has Anyone Else Had This Problem With Their Rangefinder?

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Last June, I bought a Bushnell Tour Z6 laser rangefinder. It’s not as good at picking up distant targets as my ancient Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 was, but it’s small enough to fit in a pocket, and the battery lasts a long time, and I like it. (I had made myself believe that the PinSeeker was broken, but as soon as the Z6 arrived I discovered that it still worked fine. So I sold it to Kevin for $48 and a ball-marker.)
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My only beef about the Z6 is that the eyepiece, which keeps sunlight off the lens while you’re using it and is the thing you turn to adjust the focus, looks solid but is actually a cheap, floppy rubber tube that’s held in place by nothing but some kind of not-very-strong glue. Here’s the eyepiece:

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Mine came almost all the way off one of the first times I used it, but I pushed it back on and tried to be careful with it. At some point during a round today, though, it disappeared. Here’s what my Z6 looks like now. You can see a tiny, booger-like remnant of the old glue, over on the lower right:

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Has this happened to anyone else?  I didn’t handle it roughly, a lesson I learned with my first rangefinder. I just used it while playing golf. And — Hey, Bushnell! — what am I supposed to do now? Is my rangefinder still waterproof? Can the eyepiece be replaced? Should I try to trick Kevin into selling me back my PinSeeker?

3 thoughts on “Has Anyone Else Had This Problem With Their Rangefinder?

  1. I know this was posted months ago, but I have this problem with my z6 as well. Only difference is I didn’t lose my eye piece- it just came off. Called Bushnell and apparently it’s a common problem. He says to just clean the inside and the eyepiece part of the rangefinder with alcohol and use “Zap Glue” like they use at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock area so it doesn’t interfere with the focusing part of the rangefinder. There’s a dot on top of the rangefinder eyepiece where you can make an alignment so that when you glue the rubber eyepiece back, you can align the red line with it. As for the rubber eyepiece going missing, I’m sure Bushnell would be happy to send you a new one. Good luck and cheers.

    • Matt: This is great. I have kept meaning to call Bushnell but haven’t done it. Now I will for sure. And I’ll follow up with another post.

    • Matty: I just wrote a follow-up on GolfDigest.com (in which I quote your response). I feel slightly screwed by Bushnell, but my rangefinder does look sort-of-new again. Thank you for your advice.

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