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#1 25585

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 07:25 AM

To my surprise, I won a bid on a pair of pre-owned Carl Zeiss 7x50 BG T* marine binoculars. 1/5 of new price. Just under my maximum bid, time ran out for the competition! whee.gif

 

Chipped paint. Field lenses look excellent, but the eye lenses have fine scratches, probably from being wiped too harshly. Waiting to test them next time any stars show.

 

Eye relief with the cups rolled down is OK wearing glasses. I will look for an eyeguard online and buy a case for them. Would Zeiss sell replacement eye lenses if I wanted some? 


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Posted 17 April 2019 - 07:45 AM

Fine and excellent binoculars with a clear image and a field of vision free of distortion. I think it is a good acquisition. I believe that small and fine cleaning scratches do not produce visible effects (those scratches usually affect the lens coatings), unless they are very extensive and deep or completely affect one or several lenses. I have some binoculars with one of the eyepieces affected by these fine scratches and I can not appreciate any difference in the image with the other eyepiece (when observing alternately). As for replacing the eyepiece lens... that can be much more expensive than the cost of second hand binoculars ... it is not a solution to be taken into account, I think ..


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#3 Carlos Flores

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:05 AM

To my surprise, I won a bid on a pair of pre-owned Carl Zeiss 7x50 BG T* marine binoculars. 1/5 of new price. Just under my maximum bid, time ran out for the competition! whee.gif

 

Chipped paint. Field lenses look excellent, but the eye lenses have fine scratches, probably from being wiped too harshly. Waiting to test them next time any stars show.

 

Eye relief with the cups rolled down is OK wearing glasses. I will look for an eyeguard online and buy a case for them. Would Zeiss sell replacement eye lenses if I wanted some? 

Congratulations! that is a very nice binocular!!

 

Regarding the objective lenses, as a reference, sometime ago I replaced 2 objective lenses in a Zeiss 10x50 Jenoptem.  each lens was priced at 39 €, but they were Zeiss Jena, not Zeiss West.  I would suggest to contact some german optical workshops to ask if they have these Zeiss West spare lenses. 

 

I suggest Düncker Geräteservice in Rathenow and Optixxx in Arnstadt.  I have used both and they are specialists in Zeiss binoculars.

 

A binocular like the BGAT* deserves to be in the best possible condition

 

Carlos


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Posted 17 April 2019 - 04:17 PM

Zeiss UK will sometimes repair their (i.e. Carl Zeiss not Zeiss Jena) binoculars free of charge (excluding postage). 

 

Graham


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Posted Yesterday, 02:30 AM

With some help of the Zeiss Service Department, you will be able to get them back in superb condition again. Perhaps at a modest cost, but at the price you bought them, that should not be an issue. Congratulations on a wonderful classic!


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Posted Yesterday, 10:00 AM

It would be wonderful if Zeiss could service them free or cheaply. In addition to better views, I always worry (in older binoculars) that even slight amounts of internal haze might promote fungal growth.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:33 AM

Serial number is 2818904 under the T*.  On the other end is a long serial number and 1064nm under that then L3 underneath. 

 

I have an older pair, pre T*, which Carl Zeiss informed me were 1970s vintage. Both are equally heavy but rest easily balancing in the palms of my hands.

 

Another optic queuing for first light here.


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#8 Carlos Flores

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Posted Yesterday, 04:46 PM

Serial number is 2818904 under the T*.  On the other end is a long serial number and 1064nm under that then L3 underneath. 

 

I have an older pair, pre T*, which Carl Zeiss informed me were 1970s vintage. Both are equally heavy but rest easily balancing in the palms of my hands.

 

Another optic queuing for first light here.

Some pictures and a your opinion would be more than welcome for the vintage Zeiss fans!!  laugh.gif

 

A 7x50 BGA is for sale here in Denmark for 650 usd, still thinking....  question.gif




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