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#1 SkyRanger

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:06 AM

I just bought a pair of non-armored B&L 8x36 “Custom” Binos. They were in near mint condition, and are a reversed Porro design. They carry a National Audubon logo. I am impressed with how sharp they are and how comfortable they are to hold. Rain and clouds have kept me from any night time use so far.

I can’t find out much about these bins. Can anyone give me some more info?

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Gordon G

 

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:24 AM

Are you sure? The 8x36 Customs I've seen have not been reverse porros, along with the 10x40, 7x50, and 10x50, which are all classic porros. 

The smaller Custom 7x26 and 6x25 are reverse porros though. 



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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:28 AM

It states Custom on the centre hing cap and has a B&L strap so they look legit, good find, they look nice, probably made in Japan, D.



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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:32 AM

This is the first pair of customs I have seen, so I have no standard of comparison. I’m not getting rid of my Nikon SEs, but I think the Customs are very good.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:35 AM

Nice looking binos.  I'd call them "upside down" Porros rather than "reverse" Porros due to the unusual orientation of the barrel/prism assys. 

 

As Brentwood points out, the 7x26 and 6x25 Custom Compacts were actual reverse Porros.

 

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:45 AM

I was not aware of the correct terminology on the Porros, but I do like the way they fit my hands.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:00 PM

Sorry, the pictures were not there when I answered your post. I wasn't disputing that they were B &L Customs, just that they were not 'Reverse Porros'. As Rich says , they do have a bit of a 'lurch' to them.

I have had a few of these and find that they are all excellent, with the possible exception of the 10x40, which for some bizarre reason, I just don't like. 



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Posted 12 May 2019 - 04:19 PM

 

I have had a few of these and find that they are all excellent, with the possible exception of the 10x40, which for some bizarre reason, I just don't like. 

 

I’ve never looked through a pair, but no one seems to like the 10x40.  Seems to be the only unpopular member of the Custom family.



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Posted 12 May 2019 - 05:55 PM

Here are a couple nice looking samples...

 

 

https://www.ebay.com...RS/113746685905

 

 

https://www.ebay.com...nt/233225204839 



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:25 AM

Does anyone know the approximate age of these binos or what coatings (multi coating or ?)?

Thanks,

Gg

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:54 AM

I have that same 8x36 Custom, it is the first binocular I bought off the internet a good while ago. It works great!!   Sorry I can not remember when I bought it, it was used but in excellent shape.


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