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#1 chris charen

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 03:46 PM

I brought these on the local 'E bay' site in New Zealand for approx. $125 US. They are Japanese made approx. 15 - 20 years old. 'Horizon' appears to be an obscure brand. They would seem similar to earlier Celestron / Vixen versions ?. Fully coated / Bak-4 / 4.5 F.O.V. / 4in. retractable dew sheilds and individual focusers.
The lens / prisms appear spotless and pristine. Brief night time testing showed no obvious color or internal reflections. Jupiter appeared perfect. Stars are pinpoint on a black sky. No obvious deterioration to edge of view. Some very minor purple fringing on day time testing.They are certainly not for hand holding - however I think these are keepers.

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 04:33 PM

You should be able to see a "JB" code stamped somewhere on the center bracing. From that you can tell which factory made these. http://home.europa.c...cope/jbcode.txt

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 05:10 PM

The 4.5 degrees TFOV ( IF ACCURATE ) seems quite generous for a 15 x 80 model .

Most 11 x 80s I've seen only have a 4.5 degree TFOV !

Eye - relief is probably one specification which suffers as a result .

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 05:10 PM

Judging from the backplates, hinge, and nitrogen ports on top of the lower hinges, I would say it is the same genre as the Tamaya BIFR / Swift Storm King / Celestron Waterproof / Simmons 1170. Of course, they were all 7x50s.

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#5 Bob W6PU

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 05:47 PM

Wow, those look like Serious binoculars Charen, nothing cheap about those!

I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were made by Nippon Kogako...or what ever the origional name for Nikon used to be :lol:

The general look, reminds me of my USN( 1943) B&L binoculars! I'll bet that the prisms are clamped, and not just cemented!

Bob in NM

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 05:51 PM

Charen ,

I agree with Bob , incidentally .

These are CERTAINLY a more prudent purchase than ruby coated ANYTHINGS , let alone Barskas ! :-)

Kenny

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 06:06 PM

If you get tired of them, I'll give you $135 :lol:

Cheers and Beers!
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Posted 22 June 2006 - 06:24 PM

>>>I'll bet that the prisms are clamped, and not just cemented!<<<

Hi Bob:

Almost ALL are clamped. In most, the clue tabs are just to prevent lateral motion on prism shelves that are invariably too large.

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 07:22 PM

Bill, these gems that you see wrapped up in plastic and hanging from hooks in Walmart, probably use bubble gum and plastic prisms...Such A Deal! :lol:

Take care!
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Posted 22 June 2006 - 10:29 PM

Those look very nice Charen - enjoy!

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 02:01 AM

Jealousy is a terrible thing. Thanks for introducing me to it! Grrrrrr....

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 06:34 AM

Wow, those look like Serious binoculars Charen, nothing cheap about those!

I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were made by Nippon Kogako...or what ever the origional name for Nikon used to be :lol:

The general look, reminds me of my USN( 1943) B&L binoculars! I'll bet that the prisms are clamped, and not just cemented!

Bob in NM



I own a pair of those 1943 B&L's.

NICE!


Have you done anything with them in the last 50 years?


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