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#51 Patricko

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 10:06 PM

Here's my collection:

Self-improved 10X50mm Simmons- $24
10X50 Nikon Actions- free from a friend

The views and joy they bring, priceless :)

#52 Bob A (SD)

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 07:38 AM

As with some others here, my collection needs to be thinned out :) That said, here's what we have:

Kronos *BPWC2 12.5° 6x30
Minox *BD IF 6.5x32
Binolux LiteWt EWA 10.5° 7x35
Binolux LiteWt EWA 11° 7x35
Jason Statesman #138 11.5° 7x35
ZenRay ED BN-ZEN2-7x36 7x36
Swarovski *SLC 7x42
Leupold Yosemite 8x30
Pentax DCF-WP 8x32
Carson SW-842 11° 8.5x42
Pentax UCF-Mini 9x21
Leupold *Gold Ring IF 9x35
Orion MiniGiants 9x63

Those with an asterisk are my regular use bins. The Zen-Ray is on order with an expected August delivery.

Had:
Pentax DCF 8x42
Vortex Diamondback 10x42
Tasco 10x50 (1980 el cheapo model)

#53 Mike Lynch

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:37 AM

Patrick,

I noticed your line, "Self-improved 10X50mm Simmons- $24."
I have a copy of the Simmons 10x5's, too. I think they were called the "Red Line" model. I've found them to be very nice binoculars, too, and I paid little more than you did.
What is your "self-improvement" to your 10x50's?

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#54 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:22 AM

My dogs just ate my Nikon Sporter binos after I left them overnight in the porch . :nonono: RIP.

Well, at least I have an excuse to buy another :waytogo:!

#55 Jeff Young

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:01 PM

Nikon 8x30 EII
Swift Audubon 8.5x44 (804r)
Nikon 18x70

I'm getting a seriously sore neck sketching through the 18x70s though (like can't move my head in comfort the next day). Perhaps a Kowa Highlander is in order?

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#56 Bensi

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 04:29 PM

My collection is:

My binoculars favorite:
Goerz Trieder 12x20 1897 (Porro)
Dollond 8x20 1895 (Porro)
Goerz Pagor 8x15 1910 (Porro)
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 1912 (Porro)
Goerz Wien M.9 6x30 1917 (Porro)
Goerz Helinox 6x30 1918 (Porro)
Goerz Heli-Trieder 8x26 1920 (Porro)
San Giorgio Mega 8,5x30 1944 (Porro)
Zeiss Dialyt "Safari" Green (Aeritalia) 8x30 1972 (roof)

If these binoculars could tell their story:
Goerz Neo-Trieder 6x21 1908 (Porro)
Goerz Armee Trieder Mod.1908 8x26 1908(Porro)
Busch Fernglas08 6x39 1914 (galileian)
Zeiss Silvarem 6x30 1914 (Porro)
Goerz Marine Trieder 8x30 1915 (Porro)
Goerz Armee Trieder artigliery 8x26 1917 (Porro)
Kershaw 6x23 1917 (Porro)
Dollond 8x25 1918 (Porro)

All others:
Dollond 5x46 1900 (Galileian)
Hall & Holtz 3x30 1900 (Galileian)
LeMaire fabt. 3x40 1900 (Galileian)
Zenith 10x50 1970 (Porro)
Samsung 7x25 1990 (Porro)
Meade 10x50 2005 (Porro)
Konus Giant 20x80 2007(Porro)



#57 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:00 PM

Very impressive inventory! How did you obtain the antique binoculars? Where any used in a world war? How have they aged?

Which is your favorite?

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:42 PM

Leitz Mardocit 12X60 Late 1940's (a favorite)
Zeiss Jena Jenoptem 10X50W 1980 (a favorite)
Leitz Dienstglas 10X50 IF 1940-41
Schutz Kassel Heliolith 10X50 1920's-30's (earlier??)
Nippon Kokagu Nikon J-B7 9X35 late 1960's
Ross Stepruva 9X35 late 1940's-early 50's
Swift Audubon 804 Mod A (Type 1c) 8.5X44 1968-1970
Pecar 8X40 1980's-early 1990's
Nippon Kokagu Nikon J-B7 8X30 late 1960's
Zeiss Jena Jenoptem 8X30W 1980
Zeiss Jena Deltrintem 8X30 1946
Schutz Kassel Heliolith 8X32 1920's-30's
Ross Stereo Prism Power 8 8X24 early 1920's
Ross Stereo Prism Power 8 8X24 1913 (different design than 1920's model, larger, heavier)
Zeiss Jena Jenoptem 7X50W 1980
Nippon Kokagu J-B7 7X50 (early 1960's)(a favorite)
Ross Steplux 7X50 Porro II late 1940's-early 50's (a favorite)
Piedmont 7X50 1952-1958
Nikon 7X35E late 1980's (a favorite)
Bausch and Lomb Zephyr 7X35 (early 1980's)
Ross Stepnada 7X30 late 1940`s
Barr & Stroud CF 10 6x30.5 1960`s
Zeiss Silvarem 6X30 1914 (a favorite)
Zeiss Silvamar 6X30 1940
Leupold Yosemite 6X30 Purchased new, on the way!
Zeiss DF 6X24 6X24 1917
Ross Officer`s Binocular Territorial Army (Galilean) 4(?)X39 1909
Ross Solaross 15X40 mid 1950's-1971
Kronos 20X60 After 1991

That's it for now.

I've been able to collect quite a bit of information about most of these binoculars except the Schutz Kassel, Pecar and Piedmont. Schutz Kassel was an early German manufacturer of binoculars but ceased operation after WWII. Very unique prism configuration. Pecar was a well-known West German manufacturer of quality rifle scopes until about 2007 but this is the only binocular manufactured by them I have ever encountered. The Piedmont was one of the gidzillion binoculars made in Japan in the 1950's. I'd like to know more about it because its optics are surprisingly good - almost on par with the East German Zeiss, Ross and Nikons of the same period.

#59 Bensi

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:48 AM

Some of binoculars were actually used in World War 1, particularly those Goerz (Army and Marine Trieder) and Busch (Fernglas08) are binoculars that are visible in photographs of the neck of the military(I have many photos of 1WW).
The date of manufacture is identified by number (usually) but often were engraved on the binoculars (Goerz, Busch and Zeiss) the month and year of delivery to the Army (I have some examples of my binoculars).

My favorite is the Marine Trieder Goerz 6x30 (waterproof and airtight) you see on this link: http://quasar.teoth....s.php?album=111
The Goerz made two or three models Marine Trieder but what I have is one of the rarest on the market because it has a lens hood and front internal different from most other Goerz binoculars and alternative brands.

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#60 Bensi

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:49 AM

Great collection !!!!!

Compliments !
bye

#61 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:28 AM

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#62 Jeronimo Cruz

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:33 AM

You know, you should open up your own binocular museum! Very nice collection! Do you have any pictures for us?

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#63 Simon S

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:54 PM

See mine below!

#64 FrankL

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:15 PM

Jeronimoctucson: I will be retiring soon, and the posting pictures along with information about each binocular is at the top of my to-do list.

Simon S: Your site is terrific. Since joining this forum several weeks ago, I have enjoyed and consulted it numerous times. I hope I can do at least half as well! Why do you enjoy collecting binoculars? For me it seems to be a congruence between a love of the outdoors, an interest in history, an enjoyment of fine precision instruments, and a penchant for mechanical tinkering.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:17 AM

It's amazing what CN members have in their collection! I only have a measly three.

Bushnell 10x50WA
Parks 15x80
Orion 25x100

#66 Simon S

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:59 AM

Hi FrankL , I get great enjoyment of restoring good quality instruments. I do get obsessed with collecting and kept off ebay for a month to try and calm my spending spree.

#67 Bensi

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:14 PM

My collection it's changed:

My binoculars favorite:
Goerz Trieder 12x20 1897 (Porro)
Dollond 8x20 1895 (Porro)
Goerz Pagor 8x15 1910 (Porro)
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 1912 (Porro)
Goerz Wien M.9 6x30 1917 (Porro)
Goerz Helinox 6x30 1918 (Porro)
Goerz Heli-Trieder 8x26 1920 (Porro)
San Giorgio Mega 8,5x30 1944 (Porro)
Zeiss Dialyt "Safari" Green (Aeritalia) 8x30 1972 (roof)

If these binoculars could tell their story:
Ross prismatic 10x20 1900 (Porro)
Hensoldt Wetlar 8x20 1908 (Porro)
Goerz Neo-Trieder 6x21 1908 (Porro)
Goerz Armee Trieder Mod.1908 8x26 1908(Porro)
Goerz Helinox 8x38 1911 (Porro)
Busch Fernglas08 6x39 1914 (galileian)
Zeiss Silvarem 6x30 1914 (Porro)
Baush&Lomb 6x30 1917 (Porro)
Goerz Marine Trieder 8x30 1915 (Porro)
Goerz Armee Trieder artigliery 8x26 1917 (Porro)
Kershaw 6x23 1917 (Porro)
Dollond 8x25 1918 (Porro)
Goerz Unipont 3x30 1924 (Galileian)

All others:
Dollond 5x46 1900 (Galileian)
Hall & Holtz 3x30 1900 (Galileian)
LeMaire fabt. 3x40 1900 (Galileian)
Zenith 10x50 1970 (Porro)
Samsung 7x25 1990 (Porro)
Meade 10x50 2005 (Porro)
Konus Giant 20x80 2007(Porro)

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#68 Downward Bound

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:40 PM

Wow! Those are some amazing collections! :bow:

My list is short:

Garrett Signature 22x85 HD-WP
MINOX HG 10x52 BR
Orion Mini Giant 15x63

#69 Simon S

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 02:05 PM

After an update here are mine.
Collecting can become addictive.
My collection

#70 Bensi

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:58 AM

My collection it's changed 7oct2009:

My historical bins:
Voigtlander 9x20 1895 (Porro)
Dollond 8x20 1895 (Porro)
Goerz Trieder 12x20 1897 (Porro)
Dollond 5x46 1900 (Galileian)
Hall & Holtz 3x30 1900 (Galileian)
LeMaire fabt. 3x40 1900 (Galileian)
Ross prismatic 10x20 1900 (Porro)
Hensoldt Wetlar 8x20 1908 (Porro)
Goerz Neo-Trieder 6x21 1908 (Porro)
Goerz Armee Trieder Mod.1908 8x26 1908(Porro)
Goerz Pagor 8x15 1910 (Porro)
Goerz Helinox 8x38 1911 (Porro)
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 1912 (Porro)
Busch Fernglas08 6x39 1914 (Galileian)
Zeiss Silvarem 6x30 1914 (Porro)
Goerz Marine Trieder 8x30 1915 (Porro)
Kershaw 6x23 1917 (Porro)
Goerz Armee Trieder wih reticolular 8x26 1917 (Porro)
Goerz Wien M.9 6x30 1917 (Porro)
Goerz Helinox 6x30 1918 (Porro)
Dollond 8x25 1918 (Porro)
Bausch & Lomb 6x30 1918 (Porro)
Goerz Heli-Trieder 8x26 1920 (Porro)
Goerz Unipont 3x30 1924 (Galileian)
San Giorgio Mega 8,5x30 1944 (Porro)

All others:
Zenith 10x50 1970 (Porro)
Samsung 7x25 1990 (Porro)
Zeiss Dialyt "Safari" Green (Aeritalia) 8x30 1972 (Roof prism)
Meade 10x50 2005 (Porro)
Konus Giant 20x80 2007(Porro)

Bye

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:59 AM

Just the Fuji's in my sig line for now. :p

I feel so . . . undercollected. But I'm getting a 16x70 FMT-SX in a week or so and that should help! :jump:

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:18 PM

Excellent Binoculars

Canon 15X50 IS - best binocular Astro views without a tripod.
Minox BD 15x58 ED BR - best binocular Astro views with a tripod.
Bushnell Ultra Legend HD 10X42 - excellent day & night waterproof binos.
Celestron Regal LX 8X42 - excellent day & night waterproof binos.

Inexpensive but good

Celestron Skymasters 15X70 - $49.00 more than worth the price. value - >$120.00

Brunton® 8x42 mm Lite - Tech - $29.00 more than worth the price. value - >$100.00

Cheap but usable

Bauer optics 8X21 - compact, gift from Celebrity Cruises
Bushnell powerview, 7-15X25 - kids like them.

Cheap

Bushnell imageview 10X25 - gimmick

Junk!!!

Focal DR-1025Ruby Coated 10X25- $12.00 paper weight.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 05:27 PM

Jonathan ,

I'm glad you resurrected this thread .

Amongst other things , you rejuvenated my interest in the Minox BD 15 x 58 ED BR , which I have a strong hunch to be a bit of a sleeping gem amongst 15x models .

Kenny

#74 Paul G

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 06:25 PM

Shorter list than many here:

Zeiss 7x42 FL
Zeiss 15x60 B/GA T*

Leica 8x20 BCA
Leica 8x20 Ultravid
Leica 10x32 BA
Leica 8x50 BA
Leica 8+12x42 Duovid

Eagle Opics 10x50

Celestron 8x42 Regal

Canon 10x42L IS

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 06:31 PM

6.5x21 Pentax Papilios for hiking, close nature observing
5x30 Miyauchi Binons with 13 degree FOV for wide views heavens
8.5x42 SW ELs for most birding
8.5x44 Swift Audubons for all around work
10+15x50 Leicas for long distance birding
22x60 Miyauchis for 2 eyed spotting scope, public star parties
20/26/37x100 Miyauchi for smaller star parties
25x150 Fujis for the more serious stuff

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since the post, add

Vixen Forester CF 7x50 for general use
Minox BD 8x32 BR for a smaller birding/general use bino

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