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#1 G Dub

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:30 PM

Wife picked these up at a thrift store and I am striking out looking for info on Google.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:34 PM

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:49 PM

Pretty strange....

Left side says 12x30....

Right side says 8x30..

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:55 PM

The "Varinon" name would make me guess that they "vary none".  But, the "Varinocular", along with the 12x30 and 8x30 make me think that they DO vary in power. 

 

Are they zoom binos?

 

I like the fact that your WIFE picked them up.  My wife is sweet and tolerant.  She forgives my eccentricities, BUT...she has yet to pick up a "find" for me.  lol.gif


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:04 PM

Just an odd duck enough for me to really dig em. Have you used them?

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:15 PM

looks to me like the lever on the eyepieces might throw another lens element(s) into the optical path (barlow?)  Interesting, Pat


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:36 PM

I have an oddball one somewhere which has a zoom on the right eyepiece only. If you put the zoom at the lowest power you have a regular binocular. Zoom to more power and you can only use the right side.

 

I can't recall the power but it is probably in the 10X and 30X area. Made in China. Not bad, actually a bit better than one would expect but certainly not great either. It seems Chinese but could be Japanese. I want to say Barska.

 

Really not a bad idea  look through your good 10x63 for both sides, then zoom to 30 or 40 for a telescope on the right side only.



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:46 PM

The levers over the lenses are just covers. When looking thru the left lens there are horizontal marks , 11 of them . They are numbered 5,6,7,8,10,15,20,30,50,70 and 100.
You can't see it in the pics but below the Varinon it says measuring scope.
Some sort of rangefinder ? Really interested in finding out the age and the use .
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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:58 AM

Given the different magnification and horizontal marks, they may well be rangefinding binoculars. Coincidentally, a recent CN forum thread discusses 3D-like view the OP gets by running different magnification eyepieces on his binoculars.Thread title is "Inexpensive 3D ..."

Might be that a forced magnification differential induced a 3D view that, coupled with the horizontal marks, was supposed to improve rangefinder accuracy.

Fun stuff! Thanks for posting

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FWIW look very closely for small stamp marks on the bridges or elsewhere have JB followed by numbers. (IE: JB-123). If present, they're maker's marks and you can post the numbers here and someone will help you find out who built them.


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 01:48 PM

Given the different magnification and horizontal marks, they may well be rangefinding binoculars. Coincidentally, a recent CN forum thread discusses 3D-like view the OP gets by running different magnification eyepieces on his binoculars.Thread title is "Inexpensive 3D ..."
Might be that a forced magnification differential induced a 3D view that, coupled with the horizontal marks, was supposed to improve rangefinder accuracy.
Fun stuff! Thanks for posting
~ Foss
FWIW look very closely for small stamp marks on the bridges or elsewhere have JB followed by numbers. (IE: JB-123). If present, they're maker's marks and you can post the numbers here and someone will help you find out who built them.


Thanks !

Found the marks. Looks like J-B156.

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 02:00 PM

Found this list of marks

http://home.europa.c...cope/jbcode.txt

Looks like made by Nippon Sogan Co.Ltd

Thanks for the help


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