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How Many Binoculars Do You Own?

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#26 John F

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 02:27 AM


Swarovski 8.5 x 42 EL
Nikon 7 x 50 Prostar
Leica 12 x 50 Ultravid
Zeiss 15 x 60 B/GAT
Nikon 10 x 70 Astroluxe

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#27 Rich N

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 05:54 AM

Binoculars I currently own.

B&L:
7x26 Custom Compact

Canon:
15x50 IS

Celestron:
9x63 Ultima

Fujinon:
10x70 FMT-SX

Leica:
8x20 BCA
10x25 BCA
10x32 BA
8x42 BN
12x50 BA

Nikon:
10x42 SE
12x50 SE

Orion:
8x42 Ultaview
8x42 Savannah Roof
15x63 Mini Giant

Swarovski:
8.5x42 EL
10x42 EL

Zeiss:
10x25 B
10x42 FL
 

#28 medinabrit

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 08:41 AM

binos i own swaro 15x56
swaro8x30
nikon 12x50 se
minox 10x42
canon 12x30 IS
orion 30x80
pentax 20x60 pcf wp
meade 9x63 [ won]
apogee ra 88 20 & 32
celestron 15x70
2 pairs of pentax ucf x [ compact for traveling]
 

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 08:46 AM

i forgot my fuji 16x70
also have burgess bino viewer
 

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 02:01 PM

barr and stroud, 6 by 26
russian 8 by 20
jessops 10 by 45
russian 10 by 50
monocular 7 by 35
 

#31 Erik D

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 02:27 PM

monocular 7 by 35


Peter,

I see very few 7X35 monocular for sale these days. Does your look like 1/2 a binocular?

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 07:01 PM

Currently 6 glasses on hand...down from approx 70 over the last 4 yrs after I discovered ebay and became a fully hooked optics junkie/collector. Includes...
1. B&L 7x42 Discoverer...late model w/PC3 & rainguard...the best glasses-on bino I have, used mainly for low-light and deep-woods birding...very nearly the equal of the Zeiss Dialyt. Great eye relief, a bit heavy but bright, razor sharp...a keeper.
2. Swift 8.5x44...820, the newest model...all-around use..."easiest" view of any bino I've ever tried (along with the 10x50 Kestrel, it's higher-powered sibling)...the new molded body and armoring makes for great handling and ruggedness...lousy eye relief, tho...have considered selling and replacing with the new HHS roof model....trading about 1.5* deg fov for about 8mm of eye relief...I'm getting to where I see better with the specs on with viewing...we'll see
3.10x42 Celestron Ultima...bought for $50 new on ebay from an Iowa camera store closeout....one of the best buys I ever made...a truly fine glass...lightwt, bright, tack-sharp out to the edge, great fov, nice size...and lousy eye relief...(got the 9.5x44 ED Ultima for $125 at the same time for a friend...another great buy).
4.Nikon 12x50 SE...nothing to say except superb in every way (except for roll-down eyecups)...the whole SE series surely the best porros ever made (got a 10x42 for the same friend from another camera store closeout for $600...the SE's were a little hipriced for their clientelle, I guess). Sadly, the line has been dropped in favor of the roof model Venturers, which are no better optically, but are weatherproof (and to be in vogue in the birding community, you can't be seen with porro glasses).
5.Canon 15x50...if I had to get by with just one optical inst this would be it....does more things well than any other glass I know of. Will close focus under 20ft, can be hand-held better than any hi-power unit, even with the IS off...excellent resolution, flat wide field, bright, strong enough for astro use and raptor viewing, but still good enough for finding birds in trees, due to good depth of field and very quick (but touchy) focus. Also fully waterproof, but just barely adequate eye relief (and lousy eyecups). Biggest drawback (if you use the IS very much, which I don't anymore) is that it will *bleep* batteries dry rather quickly...it takes juice to run that microprocessor, but when on does a better job than any other IS bino.
6.Bushnell 8x40 Explorer II....late 70's-early 80's glass I've had a long time...if it had full Multicoated optics would be nearly the equal of the Swift Audubon....10*fov, huge BaK4 prisms,the best MgFl coatings of the day...a real hefty unit at 37oz, but great to look thru...

Will probably reluctantly peddle the Bushnell and the Celestron because I really don't need them, and may swap the porro Audubon for the roof model...other than that I believe I've got my final bino lineup
 

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 07:52 PM

Barska 15x70

Zenith 7x50
 

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 05:21 PM

1. 1860-70 Jena Special Glass (Aluminum at the time was worth more than gold).
2. 1870 British (theater, field and marine) Brass, w/3 filpable lenses
3. WW1 Busch A-G Rathenow Fernglas 08
4. Emil Busch opera glasses 3x13 black
5. Emil Busch opera glasses 3x13 brown alligator
6. Henshodlt Wetzlar opera glasses 3x13
7. 1933 Zeiss Teleater opera glasses 3x13 w/lizzard skin and gold plating
8. Nikon 6x24 zoom
9. Zeiss 7x40 NVA w/ IR illumination pack
10. Leica Geovid 7x42 BD w/Laser range finder
11. 10x80 DKL "Flak" WW2 with original sunshades, head rest, aiming circle, wooden case and tripod.
12 . Takahashi 20x60 Fluorite
13. Swiss NV 2nd Gen 6x Zeiss lens w/IR spotlight
14. ITT NV 3rd Gen 3x w/IR spotlight
15. Plus another antique pair I keep in the shed

With more coming
Regards
Gil



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#35 KennyJ

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 06:12 PM

Gil,

Yours has to be the most interesting little collection I've been made aware of outside Peter Abraham's group ,to which I've no doubt you already belong :-)

It is also a most enviable list , in triple terms of binocular history / memorabilia , monetary value and (not least ) sheer optical quality.

I look forward greatly to future correspondence from yourself to the Cloudy Nights binocular forum.

Kind regards , Kenny
 

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:34 PM

Yours has to be the most interesting little collection I've been made aware of outside Peter Abraham's group


Kenny,

I didn't know who Peter Abraham was so i did a little web searching. Found this very interesting page...

http://www.europa.co...pe/binotele.htm

Lots of interesting binocular and telescope links and images.

-Florian
 

#37 KennyJ

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 04:34 AM

Florian,

Correct -- a very interesting site indeed -- especially if you have a few weeks to spare to read all the content there.

When you DO find the time ,I'm sure you'll find a few letters from myself in there :-)

Regards , Kenny
 

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 09:49 PM

Thanks Kenny,
I have been looking at CN for the past two or three years. It was this site that really got me interested in binoculars in general. I love clear glass.

My first major purchase was the 10x80 flak binoculars. Man oh Man. that glass is fantastic. It was completly rebuilt by Kevin Kunne and I bought it from a gentleman in Seattle for a hefty sum due to the completeness of the set. (Listed goodies).

I shopped around due to the horrible site ebay. (its a love hate relationship, you know). Then I was led to D-Optik and Peter's Europa site and thus to Cloudy Nights (Sam Greenlaw's column). This gave me the boost into the bino field.

Through Sam's online suggestions, I compared the 10x80's, the Beck Kassel Tordalk 20x80, Zeiss 15x60 BGAT and the 20x60 Takahashi Fluorite. I bought each and settled on my 10x80's and the Tak's.

I love the field of view on the 10x80's but to tell the absolute truth. The Tak's are superb. Its hard to let go of an old pair of bino's but it looks like the 10x80's are headed out. Especially due to my recent Leica Geovid 7x42 BD purchase and a second pair in the upcoming future (next week). The clarity of the Leica glass is amazing totally amazing. I was able to watch a NSub go out the straits yesterday with a Coast Guard escort. Impressive glass indeed I put my Zeiss 7x40 up next to them and there was no comparison. Loos like they are headed the same way as the 10x80's. Such is life eh.

Geeze I hope I haven't bored anyone with my ramblings. It is just the way I conducted my purchases.

Well you all have a great day and a great view.
Regards
Gil
 

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 02:33 AM

I forgot to mention two other pair of binoculars. Being that they are in a small Marine Corps military museum on loan. First and most important is a pair of US Naval Gun Works USMC issued WW1 6x30 binoculars in OD green with a serial number of #1217. I have another pair of similiar binoculars from the US Signal Corps.

This puts my total to 19 pair of Binoculars including a pair of Zeiss WW2 aerial photo binoculars.

Note*: I just purchased another pair of mini binoculars today.
Regards
Gil

PS. I guess I am addicted to good glass? :o)
 

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 04:08 AM

Gil,

Far from being boring , I found your additional comments most interesting.

Keep in touch,

Kenny
 

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 11:47 PM

You are all going to think I am crazy but since the last message post. I have bought another pair of Leica 7x42 BDA with laser rangefinder and internal compass, a rare Zeiss Turmon monocular, Zeiss 8x30 monocular, Zeiss 30x60 monocular w/motor focus, two pair of Yashica J-B140 mini binoculars and one Beck Kassel Rubin mini binoculars and some more Zeiss in the next few days.
Yep, I am addicted
Gil
 

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 11:51 PM

You are all going to think I am crazy but since the last message post. I have bought another pair or Leica 7x42 BDA with laser rangefinder and internal compass, a rare Zeiss Turmon monocular, Zeiss 8x30 monocular, Zeiss 30x60 monocular w/motor focus, two pair of Yashica J-B140 mini binoculars and one Beck Kassel Rubin mini binoculars and some more Zeiss in the next few days.
Yep, I am addicted
Gil
 

#43 KennyJ

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 02:34 AM

Gil,

I'm not sure whether I think you're just plain crazy or plain RICH :-)

By the way Gil , do you ever actually USE the models with rangefinders and / or compass ?

It would interesting to read a little about any real life use and accuracy of these features.

Regards , Kenny
 

#44 Rich N

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 04:24 AM

Congratulations Gil!

It is fun to get experience using different optical devices.

I hope you will give us a report on them.

Rich
 

#45 BarrySimon615

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 01:20 PM

I had to think about this, here goes -

Currently own -

Miyauchi 20x100 (with multiple eyepiece sets)
Miyauchi 20x77 (with multiple eyepiece sets)
Fujinon FMT-SX 16x70
Pentax PCF V 16x60
Pentax PCF III 12x50
Fujinon Series 2000 10x50
Nikon Action Extreme 10x50
Pentax PCF V 10x50
Pentax PCF WP 10x50
Carton Adlerblick 7x50
Fujinon FMT-SX 7x50
Swift Audubon ED 8.5x44
Carton Adlerblick 8x42
Fujinon Series 2000 7x35
Canon 8x32 roof prisms
Nikon 7x20 compact

In addition I currently have in my safe keeping the following for the Deep South Regional Stargaze which I have inspected, checked out and otherwise reported on -

Oberwerk 20x90
Leupold Wind River Mesa 8x42
Oberwerk Mariner 8x40

I also have a pair of 7x50 Chinese armored binoculars sent to me by Bill Burgess for my testing (these were the swimming pool binoculars). A call tag has never been sent to me for the return of these, I am still waiting.

Over the years I have had approximately 20 other binoculars that I actually owned and ultimately sold. I have also inspected and evaluated numerous other pair ordered as door prizes for the star gaze that I run (at least several were returned for defects that many would have overlooked including bubbles or chips in prisms, cosmetic damage, poor coatings or cement runs internally).

I don't think I am quite done yet.

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 01:46 PM

Jez, Barry. That is quite the list. If you get sick and tired of having TWO Miyauchis...I suppose....I could take one of them off your hands. :smirk:
 

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 02:06 PM

I waited for Barry to type his list and copied it so I could edit it and save myself all the thinking.

Just kidding Barry

Currently own -

Oberwerk BT-100 with stock Obie 62x and 25x WA eyepieces
also pairs of 26mm TVpl, 20mm TVpl, 17mm Orionpl, 14mm TVrad and 12.5mm UO ortho
Oberwerk 25x100 IF
Oberwerk 20x80 Deluxe original
Burgess 20x80 LW
Garrett Optical 20x80 triplet
Fujinon FMT-SX 16x70
Oberwerk 15x70/'03
Oberwerk 15x70/'02
Nikon SE 12x50
Pentax PCF III 12x50
Nikon Action Extreme 12x50
Unbranded 11x56
Fujinon FMT-SX 10x70
Oberwerk Mariner 10x60
Nikon Action Extreme 10x50
Pentax PCF WP 10x50
Orion Ultraview 10x50
Garrett Optical 10x50
Oberwerk 8x56
Swift Ultralite 8x42
Empire 7x50
Minolta Activa 7x35
Minolta XL Standard 7x35
Sears 7x35
Minox 8x24

That's it revised.

I've had a dozen other pair. Bought and returned 3, bought and sold or gave as gifts 3, and borrowed tested and returned 6 others, sold a few more recently.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 09:43 PM

A little late, but here goes:
Bushnell 6x24 Compact
Bulgarian 6x30
Kershaw 6x30 Bino #2
Kershaw 6x30 Bino #2
Ross 8x30 Stepvue
Zeiss 8x30 Deltrintem
Zeiss 8x30 Deltrentis
Zeiss 8x30 Carl Zeiss
Spectrum 8x32
Ross 5x40 Mark-IV
Ross 5x40 Mark-V
Leitz 8x40 Trinovid
Ross 7x50 Bino #5, green
Ross 7x50 Bino #5, green
Ross 7x50 Bino #5, black
Zeiss 7x50 Carl Zeiss 7x50-B
Zeiss 10x50 Jenoptem 10x50w
Zeiss 10x50 Carl Zeiss
Ross 10x50 Stepmur
Nife 8x50 90 o inclined
Russian 12x60 60 o inclined
Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX
Miyauchi 20x77 45 o inclined
Russian 10x80 45 o inclined
Miyauchi 20x100 45 o inclined
SNPE 8x24 periscope
AFV 8x40 periscope
AFV 8x40 periscope
Russian 10x50 periscope
M-18 3.5x58.5 infared
Barr&Stroud's:
CF-1 6x24
CF-1 6x24
CF-2 6x30
CF-3 6x24
CF-5ii 6x24
CF-5ii 6x24
CF-9 4x15
CF-10 6x30
CF-15 7x50
CF-15 7x50
CF-18 8x30
CF-18 8x30
CF-19A 6x24
CF-20A 6x30
CF-24 8x30
CF-24 8x30
CF-24 8x30
CF-25 7x42
CF-25A 7x42
CF-26 7x50
CF-27A 8x30
CF-29 7x42
CF-30 7x50
CF-31 7x50
CF-36 10x50
CF-37 10x50
CF-38 8x30
CF-39 12x50
CF-40 7x50
CF-41 7x50
CF-41 7x50
CF-41 7x50
CF-42 7x50
CF-43 10x40
CF-43 10x40
CF-46 15x60
GK-5 6x42

Accumulated over 25 years and they all work.

Tripod mounted, I use the Miyauchi's and the Russian 12x60 for astronomy. Of the handhelds, the Leitz Trinovids, the Ross 5x40 Mark V (amazingly wide and flat field), the Zeiss 10x50's and occasionally the Barr&Stroud CF-37 10x50 and CF-39 12x50.
 

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 10:13 PM

Kevin,

I read that you have many Porro II glasses, Ross and Barr & Stroud. I have wondered how that design would work with modern coatings. I have a CF-30, but it needs a lot of expensive work, including new coatings as the original coatings are deteriorating.

Clear skies,
Arthur
 

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 11:37 PM

These aren't all in my present stable of binoculars (though some are), but rather the TOP TEN binoculars that I've owned over the years, along with some brief comments.

1. Nikon 12X50 SE (5.3* FOV, exceptionally sharp, very bright, best non-WP 12X50, edges 90%)

2. Nikon 8X32 SE (7.5* FOV, exceptionally sharp, very bright, best non-WP 8X32, edges 90%)

3. Fujinon 6X30 FMTR-SX (8.3* FOV, exceptionally sharp, very bright, flat field, amazing depth of field, sharp almost to edge, see Holger's comparison of the 8X30 model with Nikon 8X32)

4. Nikon 10X35 E2 (7* FOV, very sharp, great for birding or wide field stargazing, light and easy to hold, very good edges, 80%+)

5. Canon 10X3O IS (6* FOV, very sharp, considered best Canon IS by many, sharp edges, less "jitterbugs" than larger models, but not immune, could use longer ER and steadier stabalization)

6. Nikon XL Zooms (5.2* FOV, will move these up higher on list if Nikon fixes the close focus shadow overlap, exceptionally sharp optics, sharp to edge, great to have a variety of powers at your disposal, low ER -- 12.5mm, but due to small exit pupil, corrects for mild astigmatism)

7. Celestron 10X50 ED (5* FOV, sharp, bright, exceptional color saturation, good edges, 80%)

8. Minolta 7X35 WP/FP (9.3* FOV, very sharp, very bright, edges 70%, "funhouse effect" when panning, one of the best bargains in birding binoculars)

9. Nikon 7X35 WF (9.3* FOV, very sharp, edges 85%+, not FMC)

10. Nikon 12X40 WF (5.5* FOV, very sharp, edges very good, not FMC)

(Honorable Mention) Nikon 7X35 E (7* FOV, but narrow AFOV, very sharp, very good edges, )

Can you tell I like Nikons and wide field bins? The problem is wide fields and good edges are hard to find in combination, but Nikon seems to do it better than most.

My favorite power/aperture configuration is the 7X35, easy to hold steady, and a 5mm exit pupil for bright views on cloudy days and at night. I'd like to see a Nikon 7X35 E2 with a 9.3* FOV, 10 ft. close focus, and very good edges like the Nikon 7X35 WF.
 


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