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Mike E.
Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 01/26/10

Loc: Moonstone Observatory
Re: Vintage "Focal" optics, K mart! new [Re: orion61]
      #6044678 - 08/25/13 04:53 AM Attachment (8 downloads)



I still recall the scent of the binocular case and, to a lesser degree, the binoculars. It wasn't an unpleasant scent at all, but was distinctive and have associated it, rightly or wrongly, with quality optics ever since. When I bought a used pair of made in Japan Celestron 20x80 binoculars several years ago, that same scent hit me as soon as I opened the case. Funny how scent can be so evocative.

Yes indeed I know the scent you are describing exactly,
Also the somewhat Musty smell of the Russian 20x60 binos
that came in the soft case, they had yellow filters with them.
I remember being amazed by seeing the Ring nebula from the Middle of town Sioux City Ia. those were dirt cheap but now they sell for about 4X as much as they did in the 90's.
Great thread folks!

Yeah, that musty old scent is present on these 1963 vintage Russian binocs also. I believe its from the tanning acids used in the leather strap. I recognize this smell from a holster and other leather surplus that comes from Europe. The yellow filters are great when there's fog or snow.

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Reged: 12/04/08

Re: Vintage "Focal" optics, K mart! new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6189012 - 11/11/13 04:49 PM

I have a "Focal" microscope from Kmart I received for Christmas while in Jr. High about 1969. Still in the wooden case with some of the accessories (lost a few). Still looks great but haven't used it in years...I will have to get it out I recall it always worked great and seems to be well made...I received a label maker that same Christmas and the word "Genius" on a red label with white letters is still on the box...(this did not quite pan out over the years, ha ha). Just found this thread and wanted to post on the microscope...wc

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Reged: 02/14/08

Loc: Upstate NY
Re: Vintage "Focal" optics, K mart! new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #6231165 - 12/03/13 11:07 AM

I have a 70's Focal Kmart 40mm zoom telescope. It has (W) stamped made in Japan. I know there are all sorts of different manufacturers like (T)Towa, <Z> and the like and have seen the sticky but what is this circle W I have?

Edited by t.r. (12/03/13 11:36 AM)

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