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#1 Terry Price

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:09 AM

At an auction this weekend I found a really mint pair of Swift 7x35 Sport kings. They are heavy brutes but nice to use. I'm attaching pictures of them and the case. Glass is perfectly clear from both directions. Looks like nobody ever used them. Only problem is that they are really stiff and bending them on the main axis is hard. Focus, fortunately, is smooth. Does anyone have ideas on how to loosen them up. Also, I'm not familiar with these, any comments on the quality and value would be appreciated.
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#2 Terry Price

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:12 AM

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#3 Simon S

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:18 AM

Nice find Terry, if they are clean internally they should be fairly bright and sharp if not first rate. Date circa 1965 {first two digits after the ## - of the serial number.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:30 AM

Only problem is that they are really stiff and bending them on the main axis is hard.
Does anyone have ideas on how to loosen them up.

Terry


I have used WD40 in the past.

#5 Philip Levine

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 06:56 PM

Hi Terry,
I have two Swift 7x35 Sport Kings bought second-hand, dated 1960 and 1962, terrific good quality build.
These are great, I took them on vacation to Alaska, the wide angle view, clarity, depth of field on the Sport Kings is outstanding. Very good for sweeping the night sky for quick location purposes. I have fond memories of taking the Sport Kings to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park Boston, and got great views of the game from right field.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 09:17 PM

Wow, those look brand new! Huge eyepieces and prisms so the fov must be sweet!

Lotsa people put down 7x35 WA binocs for astronomy but that is one of my favorite sizes.

Congrats on a really nice aquisition.

#7 Terry Price

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:46 AM

Following Hallelujahs advice I used a toothpick to put a tiny drop of WD40 on the hardened grease at the three points on the main hinge. This dissolved into the grease and softened it slightly. After working them back and forth for a while they loosened up and are now working nicely. there is definitely not an excess of WD40 left on them.
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 02:53 PM

You can also use a Q-Tip, sprayed with WD40, to remove any excessive, exterior grease, or dirt that may have accumulated over the years.

Thanks to Simon S. for the recommendation about the WD40. :waytogo:

#9 Wes James

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:02 PM

Nice find, Terry! I like Swift's, like 7x35's- looks like you got a nice pair!

Only problem is that they are really stiff and bending them on the main axis is hard.
Does anyone have ideas on how to loosen them up.


I understand you got the axle loose... another way of loosening up stubborn center axles was recommended to me by an old bino repair guy- Marvel Mystery Oil... just a tiny drop in the hinges freed up my Takahashi Astronomers when I got them- also froze up.
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