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#1 Compressorguy

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 09:03 AM

Received a mint condition pair of Swift Audubons this morning. The clouds must have been following the USPS truck, 😆. Not sure how old they (s/n starts with 86xxxx) but they are Mark II and model 804R. They glass and coatings are excellent. No internal fogging or fungus either! They appear complete less the eyepiece caps. Focuser is very smooth, so probably won’t take them apart. This was one of those wish I hadn’t offered offers because they were more than I usually want to spend and I need another pair of binoculars like a hole in the head but I have read many great reviews about them and curious. I knew they would probably be excellent by the photos. Now that I have received them they are absolutely worth (to me) what I paid.

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 09:07 AM

Curious the subtle differences, for instance I’ve seen Wide Field written in the white triangle where Mark II is. Also 804 vs 804R (Revision?)

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 09:10 AM

Love that the lens just seem to disappear with the multi coatings. Also JB-56 optics.

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 09:12 AM

1986 model perhaps based on the first two digital? Would be cool if it was, year I graduated HS. Great year BTW!

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 09:15 AM

Kudos to the seller for his excellent packing job! $21 bucks shipped. 

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:12 AM

Aside from the weight I really enjoyed the pair I use to have.Can I ask Scott,what did you pay for them?



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:16 AM

They were $110 shipped.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:28 AM

Dang!  good deal.  been looking for a pair myself for some time.  one of those, 'wish I had one but don't really need another binocular' things.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:30 AM

Just playing around with them in the daylight, the multi coatings make a considerable difference compared to many of my other vintage binoculars. Maybe a good analogy would be 720p vs 1080p or 4K? The contrast is greater and the colors are more vivid as well. Maybe even more true to life.  To my eyes 10-15% better/brighter over standard vintage coatings and Bk-7 prisms? Still need more time with them and curious how they will perform under the stars.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:52 AM

Aside from the weight I really enjoyed the pair I use to have.Can I ask Scott,what did you pay for them?

Hey HAPPY BIRTHDAY!🎂


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 11:14 AM

Received a mint condition pair of Swift Audubons this morning. The clouds must have been following the USPS truck, . Not sure how old they (s/n starts with 86xxxx) but they are Mark II and model 804R. They glass and coatings are excellent. No internal fogging or fungus either! They appear complete less the eyepiece caps. Focuser is very smooth, so probably won’t take them apart. This was one of those wish I hadn’t offered offers because they were more than I usually want to spend and I need another pair of binoculars like a hole in the head but I have read many great reviews about them and curious. I knew they would probably be excellent by the photos. Now that I have received them they are absolutely worth (to me) what I paid.

 

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"Need" another pair of binoclars?  The word "need" is of secondary importance when one has BBA (binocular buying addiction).  I share your affliction.  Now I WANT  


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 11:16 AM

My post went out by itself, not sure how.  To continue, now I WANT a pair of Swifts just like yours.  Congrats.  DrJ1



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 03:47 PM

Enjoy! I love mine. 


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 04:40 PM

I keep a pair and when I see another I buy it

  and pass it to a friend.  Really nice. Comfortable. 


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 05:16 PM

This model Swift are my favorite hand held binocular for astronomy. The only other binocular I had that performed better was Fujinon FMT-SX 10x50, but they were too heavy/bulky for me to hold for long periods.  The aspect of the Swift I like best is the eye piece deisgn / eyecups, they just offer me great views. 



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 08:10 AM

Those look SUPER SWEET!

 

JB56 always seems to be really nice stuff.

(And all my Ultimas are JB56, along with other treasured binoculars).

 

I don't think you paid too much!

 

And what might we PAY in today's dollars for such a fine, brand new binocular of that class?

I mean really in that class.

 

A touch of envy,

 

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 08:43 AM

Just playing around with them in the daylight, the multi coatings make a considerable difference compared to many of my other vintage binoculars. Maybe a good analogy would be 720p vs 1080p or 4K?

or Dolby Vision



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Posted 14 August 2020 - 05:35 PM

I love these. I have one just like yours, and an HR/5 model as well. It was really cheap but had a little fungus. I found out the objective cell easily unscrews(so it was a 5 minute job to remove the fungus).  I really like the 8.5X. It has a little more umph than an 8x, but doesn't shake as much as a 10x. They are fantastic both day and night. I can tell that that multi-coatings have improved, but that doesn't make a big difference in the view, both are very sharp with great contrast and vivid color.  I've heard variations that the HR/5 has better eyepieces, and also that all of them have 5 element eyepieces, and hr/5 was just marketing. Anyone know which is true? 

 

I have to agree with Wall.E, JB-56 binoculars are always good to excellent, and I have a 1/2 dozen, I think. 

 

I definitely don't think you overpaid. 


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Posted 15 August 2020 - 08:03 AM

Well finally got a chance to get some time under the stars last night around 12:30 am after some storms rolled through and finally cleared. It wasn’t a very dark sky and loads of humidity but at least there were stars. Had very good views and actually caught a Perseid while viewing through them. Took me by surprise. That was pretty cool and lucky but wish I hadn’t been looking through them at the time and caught it naked eye because it was bright and the only one I saw. Overall the views were very pleasant, pinpoint and was able to view very faint stars. The multi coating made an appreciable difference. Scanning the Milky Way was marvelous. I viewed, the dumbbell, albiero, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the coat hanger, vega and the I believe I spotted ring nebula. These are very comfortable in the hand and fairly light weight comparatively speaking. A great addition to the collection. As others have mentioned JB56 is typically very good glass.


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Posted 15 August 2020 - 07:41 PM

That's a great find for what you found them for.   They would likely sell for 2x that on Ebay usually...

 

1986 mfg you're correct.


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