Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Equipment Discussions >> Binoculars

Pages: << 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | >> (show all)
BillC
on a new path
*****

Reged: 06/04/04

Loc: Lake Stevens, WA, USA
Re:Wortz binoculars new [Re: rydberg]
      #5452595 - 10/02/12 08:24 PM

Quote:

It must be the Irish version: Bausch o' Lomb...



It's been a looong day.

Marco




YOU chose to be a profosaurus!

Also, isn't it amazing that so many of the people who dictate to your admin haven't been in a classroom in 15 years and some have NEVER been in a classroom . . . at ALL!?

BillC


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Claudio
sage
*****

Reged: 07/26/04

Re:Wortz binoculars new [Re: Simon S]
      #5453877 - 10/03/12 05:03 PM

Quote:

In that case Bill, would you know what the initials BOL mean on early Bushnell binoculars?




Hello Simon,
as far as I know, the script BOL is engraved on the Bushnell binoculars made by Kowa, while the script FPO on Bushnell glasses indicates that Fuji was the maker.
I seem to remember that this was explained in the Fan Tao's website.
Claudio


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Claudio
sage
*****

Reged: 07/26/04

Re:Wortz binoculars new [Re: Claudio]
      #5453894 - 10/03/12 05:23 PM

Well, here there are some comments about the BOL engraving , they say that the Bushnells made by Kowa were marked BK.

http://home.europa.com/~telscope/listp150.txt

Claudio


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Simon S
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 01/07/07

Loc: Crawley West Sussex UK
Re:Wortz binoculars new [Re: Claudio]
      #5485425 - 10/23/12 02:54 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

BOL stands for Bushnell optical Laboratory it would seem.

This picture below shows the eyepiece of a Swift binocular I bought a few months ago. I surmised that someone had tried to "Clean" them and then resemble the eyepiece incorrectly.
It is worth baring in mind that if you buy a second hand binocular and the image suffers really bad distortions, it might be worth checking they have been assembled correctly.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
SMark
scholastic sledgehammer
*****

Reged: 08/29/11

Loc: Atlanta, GA USA
???? new [Re: Simon S]
      #5488403 - 10/25/12 11:05 AM

Check this one out...

eBay Link...

I've never seen anything like this before...


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Simon S
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 01/07/07

Loc: Crawley West Sussex UK
Re: ???? new [Re: SMark]
      #5488697 - 10/25/12 02:04 PM

What the hell? They are very interesting, I bet the stereoscopic view is unbelievable.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
planetmalc
sage


Reged: 10/21/09

Re: ???? new [Re: Simon S]
      #5491658 - 10/27/12 12:44 PM

I'd love those. I used to have a pair of French military stereoscopic trench binoculars, and they were fantastic for viewing distant cityscapes.

People who've only ever seen pictures of trench binoculars probably think that they're around 2" aperture, but they're not. What passes for 2" OG's are actually 2" protective glasses that are sited immediately in front of 2" aperture right-angle prisms, and these direct light down to roughly 1" aperture OG's which are halfway down the tubes of the instrument. Between these OG's and the eyepieces are the remaining 3/4 of the Porro type 1 erecting system. The hinge system must be manufactured with incredible accuracy, because there are 2 viewing modes for any IPD: the 'Narrow' OG spacing (around 7") is for close subjects, when the instrument effectively becomes a magnifying periscope; and the 'Wide' OG spacing (at least 2 feet) is for ranging on distant objects (a filar micrometer-type graticule is fitted to help with this). Hours of fun!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Glassthrower
Vendor - Galactic Stone & Ironworks
*****

Reged: 04/07/05

Loc: Oort Cloud 9
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: Simon S]
      #5501933 - 11/03/12 02:39 AM

Hi Folks!

I just checked in on this thread after being absent for a few years, and I can't believe it is still going strong with about 20,000 posts in total since the first thread was started back in 2006. Crazy. And I still have my Japan-made Bushnell 8x42 binocular. I'm glad to see that I have plenty of company when it comes to appreciating vintage glass.

Best regards and clear dark skies,

MikeG


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Simon S
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 01/07/07

Loc: Crawley West Sussex UK
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #5501952 - 11/03/12 03:50 AM

Glassthrower, we are in your debt for starting the first thread all those posts ago.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: Simon S]
      #5504218 - 11/04/12 04:54 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

Hi all:

It's been a while since my last swap meet binocular purchase, so I bought 3 pair today! First is a nothing-special, but reasonably clean pair of Sans and Streiffe 7x35 wides. Plastic strap, nice leather case but missing the case strap and the hasp is broken.

Next is a pair of Bushnell Sportview 7x35s. The covering on these is damaged - looks melted, in fact, but the binoculars are in good shape otherwise and in good alignment. I've never looked through a pair of these before, and was shocked at how wide the field of view is:


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: tim53]
      #5504222 - 11/04/12 04:58 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

The third pair is interesting. I haven't looked them up on anybody's pages yet, and they don't say much on the back, just "8x" and Kershaw, and No 2679. The objectives are small, probably 24mm or so, and the eye relief is also small. The field of view isn't too bad, but somewhat narrow, though sharp and in good alignment. Overall, the binos are in decent shape, with some paint worn off from use to reveal a lot of brass parts underneath.

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: tim53]
      #5504223 - 11/04/12 04:59 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Kershaw objectives:

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Simon S
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 01/07/07

Loc: Crawley West Sussex UK
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: tim53]
      #5505559 - 11/05/12 02:54 PM

Tim, the Sportviews look great, what is the J-b number? Does it have BOM marked anywhere? As for the Kershaw, I have a similar model with X6 magnification, when clean the view is good.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: Simon S]
      #5505818 - 11/05/12 06:52 PM

I'll check the Sportviews when I get home from work. Can't remember what else is written on it.

I can't figure out how old the Kershaws are. They look like some of the WWI and WWII models. They're a little dirty, so there's a haze over the view, but at least there don't appear to be any chipped prisms. The central pivot is a bit loose. They won't stay put, so you have to hold them with both hands. If the screw can be tightened to correct that, I'll do it. But the slot is nice and clean, with no screwdriver marks at all. I'll leave it alone if I can clean the optics without taking anything apart.

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Goerz 9x20 Army - 1906 new [Re: tim53]
      #5506238 - 11/06/12 01:07 AM

J-B46, and on the other side, J-E4. Don't see "BOM" anywhere, though.

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Strix2
super member


Reged: 06/25/09

Loc: southern Chile (Osorno)
Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar 6x30 - 1935 new [Re: tim53]
      #5536323 - 11/23/12 09:41 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Gentlemen,
A new addition to my increasing vintage binoculars collection. Although I have a superb vintage Hensoldt Wetzlar 6x30 and other C. Zeiss gear, the odd leather case with a functional small compass lured me enough (also the price I paid for). The case is rather worn but still in great shape. Binoculars are clean, well collimated, optics have no scratches, individual focusing eyepieces are smooth but the main hinge is rather stiff (OK for me). Although the serial number states that these binos were built in 1935 thus being a civil binocular, the right eyepiece has a reticle in mils, useful for measuring distances if you know the size of the object you are watching, also could be used for artillery fire guiding. About views through it, well a Carl Zeiss is a Carl Zeiss, the other are just binoculars True colour, pin sharp untils edges, no C.A. evidence, nice FOV, 3D rendering, nice for star gazing but while watching the moon internal reflections are apparent (optics have no coating).

First, some shots of the odd case, somebody have seen this case before? It's a limited edition? Whatever info will be valuable....


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Strix2
super member


Reged: 06/25/09

Loc: southern Chile (Osorno)
Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar 6x30 - 1935 new [Re: Strix2]
      #5536326 - 11/23/12 09:45 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

A pic of the small compass, fully functional, turning the threaded outside ring you can stop the compass needle for transport I guess (my rather modern compasses are fluid dampened...)

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Strix2
super member


Reged: 06/25/09

Loc: southern Chile (Osorno)
Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar 6x30 - 1935 [Re: Strix2]
      #5536328 - 11/23/12 09:46 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

The case has stamped Carl Zeiss Jena on it...

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Strix2
super member


Reged: 06/25/09

Loc: southern Chile (Osorno)
Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar 6x30 - 1935 [Re: Strix2]
      #5536334 - 11/23/12 09:48 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Opening the case...

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Strix2
super member


Reged: 06/25/09

Loc: southern Chile (Osorno)
Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar 6x30 - 1935 [Re: Strix2]
      #5536335 - 11/23/12 09:49 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Binos front view...

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: << 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | >> (show all)


Extra information
12 registered and 36 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Greyhaven, Knuklhdastrnmr, WOBentley 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 54732

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics