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mdowns
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Odd,old 1.25" eyepiece
      #5619732 - 01/12/13 07:50 PM Attachment (60 downloads)

I found three old eyepieces at a flea market today. Two were obviously microscope eyepieces but the one that most interest me was the heavy,brass,1.25". There are no makers mark,country of origin IDs,nothing. It has a very sharply defined field stop and about a 50* afov. For the 15 bucks for the three I figured I could'nt go wrong,besides I have a couple of spare 1.25" barrels for the two micro pieces. Any ideas on the brass piece?

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5619733 - 01/12/13 07:51 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

heres one more

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5619762 - 01/12/13 08:21 PM

Not sure what the brass one is but the other two might be from a spotting scope, not a microscope. Hard to tell though from the pics. Nice find BTW.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: Grava T]
      #5619838 - 01/12/13 09:29 PM

Thanks Michael, I hav'nt given that a thought.Perhaps your right,but if so,what spotter:-). I'd love to know the orgins of all three.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: Grava T]
      #5619844 - 01/12/13 09:33 PM

Looks to be a commercially surplused or homemade (w/ surplus parts) ep. As far as I know.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5620043 - 01/12/13 11:58 PM

Quote:

heres one more






Good find.. I love those old eyepieces... never use em but I love em just the same.

Jon


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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5620261 - 01/13/13 08:03 AM

First chance I get I'm going to do side by side comparisons with my current eyepieces.Of course non of these three have coatings but it will be fun to see how flat the fields are(or are not),how well they define details.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5620410 - 01/13/13 10:03 AM

Not sure, but it kind of reminds me of an eyepiece for a WW II gyroscopic bombsight.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5620566 - 01/13/13 11:24 AM

Looks like an old 1-1/4" kellner from Jaegers. The focal length was 1-1/4" also. Same profile. Mike

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5620691 - 01/13/13 12:30 PM

What ever they are, they were mated to a specific instrument--hence the magnifications on the side. Personally, I have never seen microscope objectives like that, not only are the magnification unstandard for microscopes, the attachment looks strange as well--why do you think there are for microscopes? The unmarked one could be a barlow.

Edited by Hikari (01/13/13 12:31 PM)


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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: Hikari]
      #5621237 - 01/13/13 05:03 PM

I've seen many microscope eyepieces marked this way in the past.If you go on ebay and look for microscope eyepieces you'll find a large number coming out of europe so marked.Dos'nt mean thats what those two are and all the input is appreaciated.One has a small diamete barrel(.96),common to micros, the other no barrel.The unmarked(1.25) is no barlow.I think I'll post some better pics of each a bit later.I agree that the two seem to belong together,as if in a set.Thanks for pitching in!

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621614 - 01/13/13 08:36 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Heres some more detailed pics of the three.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621619 - 01/13/13 08:37 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

another of the 1.25

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621625 - 01/13/13 08:39 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

the 13x showing the barrel

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621626 - 01/13/13 08:39 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

one more of the 13x

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621628 - 01/13/13 08:40 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

the 20x

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621634 - 01/13/13 08:41 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

finally all three with 1.25 barrels added to the 13x and 20x

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5621872 - 01/13/13 10:55 PM

Hi Michael:

Several years ago, there were a number of companies marketing threaded EPs like the first two. They are definitely not microscope EPs. In the magnifications shown, Swift, Bushnell and Kowa Prominar come to mind.

The 3rd piece looks VERY familiar. But, to NAIL it down for you . . . I can’t! Sorry.

Some things appear to be what they’re not. When I was in the optics shop at Ft. Lewis, we were visited to a couple of “guru’s” from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania . . . the keepers of ALL the Army’s night-vision knowledge.

The auxiliary scopes they brought with them (to teach us our jobs on the AN-PVS-6) were taught to us as newly developed instruments. THEY WERE, IN FACT, THE FINDER SCOPES OFF A RUSSIAN-MADE 6-INCH NEWTONIAN TELESCOPE. They didn’t know, and our guys didn’t care.

Cheers,

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: BillC]
      #5622173 - 01/14/13 06:36 AM

Thanks Bill! Glad I did'nt ask the guys from Tobyhanna.Above Michael first suggested and Hikari as well what you have confirmed about the two. Hopefully someone might recognize those exact pieces and share what spotter they came from.The two sets of threads near the eye lens of the brass piece still has me wondering.

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Re: Od,old 1.25" eyepiece new [Re: mdowns]
      #5622609 - 01/14/13 12:42 PM

Quote:

I've seen many microscope eyepieces marked this way in the past.




Yes, microscope objectives are marked with magnification. But 13X is not your standard magnification for a microscope--most common are 5x, 10x, 15x, and 20x. The reason is scale is important and trying to imagine what 13x is a bit odd--why not 10x or 15x?

I work professionally with microscopes and have a great deal of experience with them. That does not mean that there are strange instruments, but it is not "obvious" to me that those come from a microscope.


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