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#726 RLoret

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 07:38 PM

I found these Bushnell Featherlights and made a deal with the seller.  They need a really good external cleaning, but I HOPE that the interior is not too bad.  They came with what appears to be the original case and strap.  They look nice looking through them.  They are IF, but the diopters turn smoothly.  

 

They definitely live up to the feather-light description.  I like them.

 

Is the symbol in the picture indicative of Fuji or something else?

 

I'm pretty sure the symbol is of Mt. Fuji.  FPO stands for Fuji Photo Optical.  If I'm not mistaken, you have the low-rise eyecups for glass-wearers. 

 

I had a pair of these.  I liked them a lot.  Very, very sharp.  But kind of finicky about eye placement.  Maybe because I insisted on wearing my glasses when I used them.


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Posted 23 March 2019 - 04:35 AM

FPO is without a doubt a Fujinon name.

The Featherlight is a fantastic model.

Good to know.  Thanks.  

 

I'm pretty sure the symbol is of Mt. Fuji.  FPO stands for Fuji Photo Optical.  If I'm not mistaken, you have the low-rise eyecups for glass-wearers. 

 

I had a pair of these.  I liked them a lot.  Very, very sharp.  But kind of finicky about eye placement.  Maybe because I insisted on wearing my glasses when I used them.

 

I think you are correct, but I have not seen another version of the eyecups for comparison.  

 

I like these too.  I would prefer the CF option, but they are still enjoyable the way they are.  I haven't tried them with my spectacles, yet.  



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Posted 23 March 2019 - 04:36 AM

I always love the crisp rich views of Stellar, when the old

  bodies haven't taken too much age and beating.

However, the older 10x50s often have a fairly limited field of view.

 

I appreciated on of the few solid+light precision-molded Japanese bodies

   for the brand "Telesco", but the EPs and wobble-focuser of the 70s lag

   the rest of the package.

So.....I found a lucky threading for wider-afov Stellar eyepieces onto the

   Telesco body, got 55 degrees afov (much better, for me!), and even got 

   a power of 8.5, which I love...7x is a bit weak, and 10x shakes a bit.

Plus....they are very light!

 

Pre-conversion vs post:

 

 

 

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My new favorite at night!  And....long distance day.

Cut a 35mm mask into the front covers so I can use an F8 barrel

   and super contast at times.

Looks nice.  



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Posted 28 March 2019 - 02:07 PM

Good to know.  Thanks.  

 

 

I think you are correct, but I have not seen another version of the eyecups for comparison.  

 

I like these too.  I would prefer the CF option, but they are still enjoyable the way they are.  I haven't tried them with my spectacles, yet.  

Here's a comparison for you. I've owned quite a few of these over-the-years...

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 07:58 PM

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Found these at a local Sally Ann for $8.50 ($6 US)  No fungus , no mould and in alignment. They give a really nice image, but a very narrow field. How do I fix the case though? It all seems to be there, and maybe I can push some thread through the lower holes, but it looks as though the upper part of that flap doesn't have any holes. Can this be glued? Leather glue? I appreciate any help.  


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Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:23 AM

A small shoe-repair shop might be able to fix the case cheap enough.


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Posted 08 May 2019 - 01:57 PM

I had an old pair and the leather had worn through... went in the bin, replaced with a pelicase.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:30 AM

Hopefully this is ok to post here.  I know what these are, and that makes me more suspicious.  However, I wondered if anyone has seen these specific pics before, and if they did, remembers where

 

You are welcome to PM me, so cluttering this thread up further can be avoided.  Also, I can explain my inquiry further there.  I might be wrong in my suspicions, so I will leave it at that, to avoid wrongly accusing someone.  Even though these are classics, maybe this is not the place to post this, so if I am out of line, delete it.  Just hoping to figure out if these pics are as they were presented to me. 

 

Thanks.

 

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:36 PM

Hopefully this is ok to post here.  I know what these are, and that makes me more suspicious.  However, I wondered if anyone has seen these specific pics before, and if they did, remembers where

 

You are welcome to PM me, so cluttering this thread up further can be avoided.  Also, I can explain my inquiry further there.  I might be wrong in my suspicions, so I will leave it at that, to avoid wrongly accusing someone.  Even though these are classics, maybe this is not the place to post this, so if I am out of line, delete it.  Just hoping to figure out if these pics are as they were presented to me. 

 

Thanks.

 

 

Well, it's definitely a well used and pretty beat-up Tamron Rangemaster. Beyond that, I don't think I've ever seen these pics. But then, I've probably seen about a million pics of Rangemasters... tongue2.gif


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:08 PM

Thanks.  We will see how it turns out.  Pretty sure it is a cheap scam, because a different pic is definitely in two different places.  But, I could not find these anywhere, except  in the seller's direct response to me. 

 

Different seller and binocular, but these I actually have in hand.  They are certainly well-used, but hopefully they will be worth cleaning up.  No case.  Very dirty.  Also, a bit of a very faint cloud in the middle of the left ep, which I assume is dirt, but could be something worse.  We will see. 

 

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Looks REALLY nasty.  Is there any hope?

 

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:27 PM

Oh yes, a lot of hope for that one. It's a military binocular, and made to last. They are built like tanks and are a bit more complicated to service than regular binoculars. I send these to Cory Suddarth for service. It does cost a bit, but it's well worth it for what the Mark 43 offers in performance. One of my favorite binoculars.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 01:50 AM

Thanks.  We will see how it turns out.  Pretty sure it is a cheap scam, because a different pic is definitely in two different places.  But, I could not find these anywhere, except  in the seller's direct response to me. 

 

Different seller and binocular, but these I actually have in hand.  They are certainly well-used, but hopefully they will be worth cleaning up.  No case.  Very dirty.  Also, a bit of a very faint cloud in the middle of the left ep, which I assume is dirt, but could be something worse.  We will see. 

 

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Looks REALLY nasty.  Is there any hope?

 

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Have them renovated by Cory Suddarth - worth every cent.

 

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:31 AM

If you feel they are not worth it.... I’d be happy to take them off your hands ;-) SMark doesn’t “need” any more!

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:05 AM

If you feel they are not worth it.... I’d be happy to take them off your hands ;-) SMark doesn’t “need” any more!

Peter

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 03:29 AM

Hi

 

I've been cleaning these during the weekend. "Metro" brand 7x35 11°. Anyone has a similar sample?

They are JE25 and JB21. The build quality is very decent, although prisms are  Bk7 they are properly baffled and collimation is ensured through eccentric rings rather than the usual crappy prism and screw system.

Once cleaned the views are surprisingly nice with a very large sweet spot and neutral color rendition.

 

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Regards,

Ant1


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Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:46 AM

Very nice clean up job. They look great!


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Posted 25 May 2019 - 04:57 AM

Just received this pocket-sized set.  lol.gif  I have been trying to stay away from "the sites", because I tend to be too easily nearly obsessed with the hunt.  This sometimes leads to actual purchases that add up quickly, if I am not careful.  But, before work the other morning I couldn't help myself, and took a quick peek to see if there were any interesting new postings.  There were a few, including this one.

 

These are about the same size as my Fujinon 16x70s.  I have not had clear-enough skies to really rate them, but a few minutes on the moon this morning showed a great image.  The craters were sharp, and there seemed to be almost no color at all.  Compared them quickly to the Fujinon, and the Swifts showed less color...I think.  Thin clouds did not allow more than a couple of minutes per bino. 

 

Regardless, they are very nice.  They are missing the strap, manual, and ep cover.  With no cover, the eps are pretty dirty.  There is one tiny defect, of sorts, in the pebble coating.  It is barely noticeable.  They came with the mounting bracket.  Seem to be very nicely finished and solid.  So far, the only questionable thing, in my estimation, is that the right side CF arm is a bit flexible.  There seems to be a bit of a gap between the center-screw-disk and the arm which allows the play.  So far, though, it does not seem to actually affect the ease or consistency of focus.

 

Very nice binos.  Don't know much about their reputation, but as much as I like them, I am surprised I haven't seen more of them around.  I could not find the JB numbers???

 

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 08:02 AM

Nice! Complete with tripod mount. WTG



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Posted 27 May 2019 - 08:22 AM

My oldest pair is Bausch & Lomb US Navy BU Ships 7x50 1942. I started astronomy with those.

 

30 years (1970s) younger Carl Zeiss, West German 7x50 marine B GT.

 

40 years younger some pairs of Swift Osprey 7.5x42. Lovely, sharp, bright, Japanese optics with 19mm eye relief.

 

Modern classic, Carl Zeiss 7x50 B GT T* Marine. Probably 1990s. 


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:15 AM

Just received this pocket-sized set.  lol.gif  I have been trying to stay away from "the sites", because I tend to be too easily nearly obsessed with the hunt.  This sometimes leads to actual purchases that add up quickly, if I am not careful.  But, before work the other morning I couldn't help myself, and took a quick peek to see if there were any interesting new postings.  There were a few, including this one.

 

These are about the same size as my Fujinon 16x70s.  I have not had clear-enough skies to really rate them, but a few minutes on the moon this morning showed a great image.  The craters were sharp, and there seemed to be almost no color at all.  Compared them quickly to the Fujinon, and the Swifts showed less color...I think.  Thin clouds did not allow more than a couple of minutes per bino. 

 

Regardless, they are very nice.  They are missing the strap, manual, and ep cover.  With no cover, the eps are pretty dirty.  There is one tiny defect, of sorts, in the pebble coating.  It is barely noticeable.  They came with the mounting bracket.  Seem to be very nicely finished and solid.  So far, the only questionable thing, in my estimation, is that the right side CF arm is a bit flexible.  There seems to be a bit of a gap between the center-screw-disk and the arm which allows the play.  So far, though, it does not seem to actually affect the ease or consistency of focus.

 

Very nice binos.  Don't know much about their reputation, but as much as I like them, I am surprised I haven't seen more of them around.  I could not find the JB numbers???

 

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Congrats shredder, we have twins!

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 11:46 AM

Congrats shredder, we have twins!

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Funny! I just responded to your "new guy"thread.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 05:15 PM

Hello,

 

The French get little respect on this site but they have made some very good binoculars.  Several manufacturers, including Huet and BBT Krauss, were suppliers to the French military and marine.   Their 8x30 military models 1954 and 1956 are very well made. the former was well water proofed for the Indochina conflict; the latter updated for the conflict in Algeris.    BBT Krauss made two lines of binoculars for civilian use, the MIlli line was the  better of the two.  In the 1950's, when Zeiss, West Germany had not recovered from WWII, and when Leitz had done little to upgrade its binoculars, BBT Krauss was producing very credible binoculars. 

 

This 8x30 mIlli 312-20 is clearly better than the contemporary Leitz 8x30 Binuxit, as it is fully coated.  It may have been competitive with the Zeiss 8x30.  I find it to be a very useful bird watching glass, although its lack of eye relief may make it problematic for wearers of eyeglasses.  Looking at a tree swallow was a delight: the blues very fetching and I noticed no color cast on the bird's white chest.

 

Clear skies,

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Posted Yesterday, 07:14 AM

Nice binoculars Arthur, and always great to learn a bit of history.

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Posted Yesterday, 03:17 PM

Sent my SARD mk43s to SOR yesterday. Looking forward to the end result.
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Posted Today, 06:19 AM

Congrats shredder, we have twins!

 

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Great scripture reference too!




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