Vintage Zeiss 10x56 Night Owls experiences?
Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:38 PM
BTW, I also have a 7x42 Classic and once owned the 8x56 Classic rubber ribbed. I love the former, the later was cool but the ocular lenses seemed a tad small making the eye interface not so cool.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 12:16 PM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:39 PM
The Night Owls are very collectable. He sold them for about $US800 at the time.
I would strongly suggest you buy them.
'Review' below on them.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:56 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:57 PM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:40 PM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:13 PM
On the 10X56, at any rate, there are no protruding lugs. The neck strap attaches to pins located in a square opening inset into the body right behind the oculars. This would cause a problem only if you tried to hold the binocular directly behind the oculars which seems pretty awkward to me.
If memory serves, the neck strap lugs are in an uncomfortable position for hand holding, poked into my hands. Can't remember which Night Owl I used but I noticed it as uncomfortable after 30 seconds of use.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:19 PM
Mine have a pretty clean body but a couple cosmetic optical issues: a .8mm dig one objective max extent, a couple mm gradient apparent coating deterioration near the center one ocular. The latter might be an issue on the moon, but is not my good eye. I did check with Zeiss and received an estimate in 5 minutes by email, 250-350$ and six weeks special order to replace the rear elements.
After a little friendly negotiation I paid $600 with like new Zeiss leather case, new Zeiss strap, homebrewed platform with straps, and a Gitzo ball head I'll sell. I think I did pretty good.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:30 AM
Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:06 AM
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:35 AM
Surely they could have put a thread in the bottom of the hinge for an L shaped adapter.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:25 PM
If you like the binocular, the price was very nice.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:41 PM
Initial indications are good. Comparison at 40x (4x Zeiss monocular plugged into rubber eyeguard) shows good round behaviour of glints thru focus, and near diffraction limited points on distant ball of aluminum foil source. Contrast on wood fence shadows in broad daylight is superior to Brunton 10x56 (nonphasecoated with a couple uncoated prism surfaces otherwise FMC). Jury still out on whether the slight problem with one ocular coating contributes any loss of contrast--in other words I don't think so. Waiting for the mooon.
Chromatic abberation does seem less than ordinary achromat.
I like the price.
I like the idea that these binos will be used, with performance as if they are new, not treasured closet queens.