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#1 Adam Lake

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:12 PM

Hey gang, Spotted these online a couple of months ago and had to  jump (the seller accepted my offer...), excellent condition, really enjoying them, great sky sweepers, much more effective from my light polluted suburban backyard than my 10x70 sp's. Also like the large amber ocular, probably the only area where I felt my old Fujinons surpassed the Nikons. But what are they exactly? I'm presuming from the little I can find online that these are HP WP, certainly not SP - no red rings and while very good not SP crisp - sold only in Japan, discontinued in the mid 2000's. All second hand info, anything authoritative or otherwise anyone can add would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Adam.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:24 PM

Congrats, they look in pristine condition. Would love to hear more about the view.



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:57 PM

Very nice! Never knew it existed.



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:20 PM

Congrats, they look in pristine condition. Would love to hear more about the view.

Thanks Mark, I'll face off these with my 10x70's more thoroughly when I've got the time and skies and follow up. For now I can just attest to what you'd probably expect - optically not as bright as the 10x70 SP's and softer at the edges, physically almost identical but lighter absent the field flatteners. Very comfortable to use with the winged eyecups, great eye relief, nice field. Close focus in daylight is distant - seems to be about 250 ft. Sufficiently different from the SP's that I'm tempted to hold onto them...


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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:30 PM

Very nice! Never knew it existed.

 

Thanks, Me neither, these are the first I've ever seen or heard of in 15x. 



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Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:25 PM

It's a Nikon 15x70IF·HP introduced in 1987.  Wish I could tell you more than that but at least it's on Nikon's product history list.  Very cool.  cool.gif

 

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 10:30 PM

Sufficiently different from the SP's that I'm tempted to hold onto them...

You would eventually regret letting go of such a rare item. 

Hang on to the Nikon 15x70 as long as you can.

 

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 01:23 PM

It's a Nikon 15x70IF·HP introduced in 1987. Wish I could tell you more than that but at least it's on Nikon's product history list. Very cool. cool.gif

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 01:23 PM

Every little bit helps Rich, thanks.

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 01:24 PM

You would eventually regret letting go of such a rare item.
Hang on to the Nikon 15x70 as long as you can.

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 01:26 PM

Yeah, I'm with you Stan, these are keepers. I seem to be turning into a collector!

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 01:54 PM

Yeah, I'm with you Stan, these are keepers. I seem to be turning into a collector!

You are off to an excellent start with the Nikon 15x70 Porro binocular. waytogo.gif




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