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#1 craig_oz_land

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:29 AM

I noticed some for sale on Astromart. If I had the money I would be tempted to buy them. They have had favourable write ups by some on the review section of this forum. Someone might be interested here.

Cons

Straight viewing.
Fix magnification.

Pros.

Good colour and geometric correction. According to the reviews.
Good edge focus.
60 degree AFOV.

Disclaimer: This is not an advertisement and I do not know the seller.

http://store1.yimg.c..._1838_103926622

http://www.astromart...ified_id=347453

#2 werewolf6977

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:12 AM

Too rich for my blood!!

#3 Carsten Doehring

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:25 AM

There were some less favorable comments in Germany about recent units.
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#4 craig_oz_land

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 05:00 AM

Hi Carsten,

Can you elaborate about those recent units? Is it a quality control or a design issue.

Cheers, Craig.

#5 gatorengineer

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 10:07 AM


I just picked up a Nikon 20x120 Model II for $350 delivered off of good old ebay. See Auction 7315604606, the seller which was an estate liquidator, had no idea about binoculars, and it took 3 emails begging them to better describe. What ultimately arrived was a very sound optically and mechanically bino with badly damaged sunshields.... They are near perfect optically except for the coating on the inside of the objectives is blotchy, I may send them out and have the coating removed. They are spot on for collimation, but I have to rig up a mount for them before I do anything really serious. My lucky day....

#6 Joe Ogiba

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 11:20 AM

Your lucky they are are not in the condition described.."These are not in the best of condition. Probably best used as decoration or prop, but not for original use intentions". Your right , it's your lucky day. :cool:

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 05:13 PM

350$! Wow, sounds like a shipping charge instead of a purchase price. Looking foward to your first light report when you get them mounted. Congrats.

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#8 Carsten Doehring

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 11:25 PM

Craig,

no idea, sorry - only third hand information. I just checked the forums, but could not find the thread. But I remember the content, because these comments drove me away from the Nikon and towards the KOWA.

Regards,
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Posted 28 April 2005 - 06:47 AM

$350!?! Not bad at all. Is there a picture of these bins?

#10 Joe Ogiba

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 07:40 AM

$350!?! Not bad at all. Is there a picture of these bins?

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#11 gatorengineer

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 10:19 AM

Here is a little better picture of what actually showed up They are Nikon Binocular Telescope Model II's

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 11:21 AM

Those binoculars look heavy! And a little banged up too. Were they used for border surveillance?

#13 gatorengineer

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 12:02 PM

They are heavy app 45lbs worth, they are old, made in 1973, but the glass is in good condition, I took the eyepieces apart for a clean, and it was obvious they had been serviced before. With the exception of having some coating deterioration on the inside of the objectives, which I may have removed. They are however spot-on collimation. Now its time to make a yoke to carry these guys, I have an aluminum news camera tripod which will hold them. For the price I couldnt resist. They are a little redundant to the 15x110 borderguards, but the comparisons will prove interesting.

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 03:46 PM

Whew, 45 lbs. That would definitely need a beefy tripod-yoke system. I'll be curious to read what you think of them when you do some star gazing. Well, I'm assuming that's what you're going to be using them for...


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