anybody hear of the old Vega Binoculars
l believe later Swift merged with them and were Called Swift Vegas
l think just the Vega Binoculars by themselves were really quite excellent
Never looked through one, but some have said they became Swift's bargain bin bins. Do you own one? If not, which one have you peered through?
l have a 10x50 Swift Vega
its not here at the moment
l will have to check for field sharpness and numbers later
l will get them tomorrow
have them in my other place storage
the views were quite pleasing when l looked through them
l thought they may have been something special...
well my Swift 10x50 Vegas are actually 10x50 VEGA..RAINER... 765 model #
coated precision optics
has the 7s ,,they are hex/daimond shaped
awesome views this mornining looking at the falling snow and trees outside..
could these be the 7x35 Tritions Big Brother???
Field looks to be a Flat Field in the daytime
maybe 10 % to the edge...will have to test on Stars next clear nite
its hard to tell in daytime
with exit pupils different contracted
l think they are the 7x35 tritons Bigger Brother myself
wild guess anyway
I have a Swift Rainier, Model No. 765, 10x50 from 1966, per its serial # during this time frame, where the first two digits announce the year of manufacture after the No.7 (or 4,8,20 etc.), that denotes the manufacturer, just as the JB# does. No.7=JB-32 on this binocular. Why Swift didn't continue with this system is anyone's guess, but I'd say economics. With the early '70s economic downturn, nearly all consumer products took a hit in quality.
Mine have 279ft. at 1000yds stamped on them. They show Bk-7s, extraordinarily good views through FULLY amber coated glass, have metal screw down eyecups, and the long striped fous cylinder. Came with original case, 4 caps, and are in extra fine condition - nearly mint!
When I first received them, they wouldn't focus to infinity. This was in my infancy as a collector, so I was terrified in opening them up. Taking off the oculars, I found the previous owner had inserted a shim of aluminum to prevent full travel. Guess he preferred them that way for his own optical reasons and preferences. They worked just fine, thereafter.
Each time I use them, and I just took a gander at the tops of pine trees 300 yds. across the lake from my kitchen, I marvel that they are not Bak-4 loaded bins. The fit and finish in and on these binoculars is just amazing. Handling them is such a pleasure mechanically and optically. It is no wonder there are so many fans and collectors of Swift products out there.
Edited by Wayne Costigan, 14 January 2018 - 12:28 PM.