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Vintage 11x80 Comet King binoculars

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#1 Glassthrower

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 01:08 PM

This is a no-no over in the binocular forum, but seems to be OK in here :

http://cgi.ebay.com/...emZ290096885921



These old Comet King binoculars are very good quality and this pair appears to be in excellent condition. The current bidding price is still quite low - a possible bargain in the making.

I'd bid on them myself, but this style of old Japanese bino is not friendly to eyeglass wearers. I have tried several pairs with sharp optics, but discarded them for this reason.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 01:44 PM

Mike,

The link is not working for me.

Why is it a no-no? Are your getting off topic?

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 01:50 PM

It was a typo, the link is working now.

I was under the impression that posting links to items up for auction was verboten in the binocular forum. :shrug:

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 02:43 PM

They look OK, but probably not older than late '70s or early '80s.
The "Zeiss style" body is a bit more delicate and maintaining collimation would be trickier, than using a one-piece "American style" body.

Hopefully, the seller will have them shipped very carefully to the winning bidder.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 03:24 PM

Actually boys and girls, there are TWO Comet King binos up for auction there (I just saw them myself since I always search the major (relatively good quality) larger bino brand names there. A couple show up every couple of months, though I have noticed that the 11x80 seem to be up more usually than the 20x80s (and I got mine there too- the seller I guess figured he would get much more for them).

I was lucky- I've gotten almost a dozen binos off ebay and half were duds. Even some of the 'good' ones need collimation, and I'm not ready to do that myself yet.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 03:40 PM

The rules in binos should be the same as here.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:44 AM

The binocular forum is run with a heavy metal hand. Do not tempt fate....

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:16 AM

Hi:

I see those binos are right down the road from me...

I had a pair of older 11x80's which a friend how has. OK binoculars but I think one needs more magnification to take advantage of those objectives. I would never tangle with 11x80 again.

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 06:07 AM

I had a pair of 20 x 80 Comet Kings made in the early '90s. They served me well for a long time, but I eventually sold them.

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#10 Glassthrower

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 08:31 AM

Well, these closed at $102.50 plus ship. Not a great bargain. If they are in excellent condition and well-collimated, then they could arguably be worth $100.00 to the right person.

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