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#26 Mark9473

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 01:28 PM

If they manage to repair it for €1K or less then you've had an excellent deal on that purchase! I hope everything works out fine.



#27 hakann

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Posted 24 October 2015 - 06:13 PM

Mark.
Price from Zeiss to fix the IS was 1042 Euros and I payed 900 so whit freight I had a new fixed, served kit ( T coatings std on this binos ) at under 2.000 Euros.
3-4 weeks after payment reach them.
Soon La Palma skies for 30 dats astro.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:29 AM

You saw the opportunity and seized it; well done! I hope you enjoy them for a long time.

Does Zeiss give any kind of warranty on the repaired IS?



#29 Erik Bakker

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 04:35 AM

Good news Hakann. La Palma skies with a Zeiss 20x60 will make for stunning views!



#30 Stellarfire

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 11:41 AM

I have written a review on my Zeiss 20x60 binoculars and would appreciate any comments you may have. Please comment directly on my website so I can more easily adjust the review as necessary. My goal is to learn as much as possible about these binos and to share that information with would-be converts and spenders like me.

http://www.paullknight.com/?p=2151

 

Paul,

I always wondered why Zeiss delivers such an expensive tool like the 20x60S with an eyepiece cover only, but without any lens caps.  :confused: 

The Zeiss 20x60S has the lenses placed in slightly recessed position. Would it be possible to use snap-cap lens covers, or is the black rubber of the body too slick for a safe grip of snap-cap covers?

Stephan



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 02:53 PM

Great review. I'd heard about the 20x60s but never knew they worked, just that there were wires inside. Now, (even though I don't really know exactly how they work), I a little about the mechanics. Thanks for posting!

Jack



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 02:56 PM

I think the 15x60 GA caps would fit. The covering has the same feel as the 15x60 armour. The flexible caps would stay on as the rubber on rubber gives a great stiction, certainly splash proof seal if not waterproof.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 03:44 PM

I think the 15x60 GA caps would fit. The covering has the same feel as the 15x60 armour. The flexible caps would stay on as the rubber on rubber gives a great stiction, certainly splash proof seal if not waterproof.

 

Sounds like a good hint.

 

Stephan



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 04:05 PM

Stephan--I am just as befuddled as you are on why Zeiss decided not to include objective caps. I wonder if they thought the binos were heavy as-is, didn't want to add to that, and figured the user should keep them in their case at all times anyway?

 

I had the 15x60's for a time and believe Ian is right that those caps would fit the 20x60's and would act as a good cover. However, the 15x60 caps were attached to the binos and folded in between the two barrels while not in use. I don't think they're sold separately.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 05:25 AM

Only astronomers care about silly things like dust and dirt. Hunters and solders simply use them till they break :-)

Edited by Mad Matt, 19 December 2015 - 05:27 AM.


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 08:19 AM

not always astronomers

 

I went to a professional observatory in New Zealand and saw their 2 meter mirror-it

has a glob of oil 1-2 inches wide from one side to the other

they either had not noticed or used it anyway

and had recently made an outstanding discovery with the optics just before I visited

this was 2003

 

edj


Edited by edwincjones, 19 December 2015 - 08:20 AM.


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 03:00 PM

 

I have written a review on my Zeiss 20x60 binoculars and would appreciate any comments you may have. Please comment directly on my website so I can more easily adjust the review as necessary. My goal is to learn as much as possible about these binos and to share that information with would-be converts and spenders like me.

http://www.paullknight.com/?p=2151

 

Paul,

I always wondered why Zeiss delivers such an expensive tool like the 20x60S with an eyepiece cover only, but without any lens caps.  :confused: 

The Zeiss 20x60S has the lenses placed in slightly recessed position. Would it be possible to use snap-cap lens covers, or is the black rubber of the body too slick for a safe grip of snap-cap covers?

Stephan

 

 

It's a head scratcher for sure. My Zeiss 7x42's and 15x60 B/GA T* both have caps all the way around, while none of my Leicas have objective caps.



#38 Stellarfire

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:31 AM

Hi again Paul,

 

A question on the original Zeiss soft leather case as pictured in your Zeiss 20x60S review:

 

Has the soft leather case attachments for a carrying strap, and is a strap included or must it be purchased separately?

 

Stephan



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:49 AM

Hi Stephan,

The soft leather pouch is just that. No strap, just holds the binocular and neckstrap inside the pouch. It is very efficient at keeping the binocular dust free and the instrument then takes up a lot less room than the hard case. When backpacking with the 20x60 the soft pouch is ideal.

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 12:38 PM

You can feed the neck strap through slots in the case, but I typically just fold it up inside the case.

Agree with Ian that the leather case is ideal for fitting in a backpack on a hike.



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:00 PM

Ian & Paul,

 

Thank you for the info, highly appreciated.

 

Stephan 



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 01:32 PM

Regarding lens caps for the Zeiss 20x60S:

 

After extended internet searches, I just found an interesting solution:

"Hoodie Lens Caps" from LensCoat.com

http://www.lenscoat....s-caps-c-5.html

 

Anyone with personal experience with these?

 

Stephan

 



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 10:11 AM

First,

Thanks all here CN for help, guide me on many many questions.
For me the Zeiss 2060S will be a life time member and perfect for my dob that will come.
So Ian,, you was right,, give them a try..
I thought I bought to big and sensitive and regrett it vs a Swarro EL 12X50 mm instead.
( dont think Swarro 50 mm beat the Zeiss 60 mm )
I still like a set of Swarro EL and I think it will be 8x32 mm.
I has use the Zeiss here in La palma so now I know size and what they can do and not. Trek, ..well trek here and a Swarro 50 mm, no way, max 32 mm.
So I did right choice here, 2 binos will it be for me.
I'm in astro for 99% but great to use a smaller and out walking daytime too, miss it here.
But the 8X smaller will be great to vs astro use. Vs dob work.

Edited by hakann, 22 December 2015 - 10:12 AM.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 03:04 PM

You can feed the neck strap through slots in the case, but I typically just fold it up inside the case.

Agree with Ian that the leather case is ideal for fitting in a backpack on a hike.

 

Paul,

 

What are the outside dimensions of the Zeiss 20x60S soft leather case?

 

Stephan



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 06:21 PM

 

You can feed the neck strap through slots in the case, but I typically just fold it up inside the case.

Agree with Ian that the leather case is ideal for fitting in a backpack on a hike.

 

Paul,

 

What are the outside dimensions of the Zeiss 20x60S soft leather case?

 

Stephan

 

 

11-3/4" X 7-3/4" X 3-1/2"



#46 Stellarfire

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 01:17 AM

 

 

You can feed the neck strap through slots in the case, but I typically just fold it up inside the case.

Agree with Ian that the leather case is ideal for fitting in a backpack on a hike.

 

Paul,

 

What are the outside dimensions of the Zeiss 20x60S soft leather case?

 

Stephan

 

 

11-3/4" X 7-3/4" X 3-1/2"

 

 

Thank you, Paul!

 

Stephan




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