Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:57 PM
"REGENT 10x50 coated optics Empire Made"
I really don't know how old they are, but I'd imagine "Empire Made" puts their age at 50+ years. I've had them for many years but so far I've only ever used them for watching cricket* but I'm wondering how suitable they are for astronomy. I've had a go in the garden this evening and they seem OK apart from being a bit heavy at around 2 pounds. Anything anyone could tell me about them would be of interest
*one day I'll pass them on to my grandchildren and retell the day I saw Sachin Tendulkar make a 50 through them at Trent Bridge
Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:47 PM
Post war Japanese binoculars had strict quality controls in place to ensure continuity of optical and build standards so it is rare to get a bad 'one'. They are not robust as such however and have to be handled in accordance.
Japan produced 100's of porro binoculars under many names and many households worldwide would have had a pair. The Chinese over they past decade or two now supply the majority of optical instruments for world consumption. Your binoculars should still give better images then the 'entry' level binoculars that have flooded the markets over the recent years.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:03 PM