I have found a pair of Skyline 16x50s for sale in what looks to be very good condition. The have the following markings: A Japanese inspection sticker with "Inspection passed" and "JT11", and on the underside of the bridge it says "Japan", "HT" and "1178". Is that enough information to identify the manufacturer? How is the quality of Japanese-era Skyline binoculars, and when did they move production to Korea?
Opinion, please: Japanese Skyline 16x50
Posted 13 August 2020 - 02:11 PM
Look for another stamp on the binoculars that begins with JB-...that will lead to IDing the maker
Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:25 PM
An inexpensively made pair. Not wide field. If you don't have binocular experience, 16x is impossible to hand hold.
Needs a tripod to use. Not for a first pair.
Posted 14 August 2020 - 08:00 AM
I would avoid that model.
At 16X the binocular must be stabilized. Especially that binocular in 16X50 configuration.
(It does not have the mass that other larger binoculars in that magnification range do.)
Many binoculars of that type do not have the 1/4-20 tripod adapter in the center.
Yes I am aware that issue can be circumvented, but is it worth it?
I mean no sarcasm but, they probably are in great shape because they were impossible to use.
And there they sat.
If you have a designated purpose for such an instrument, I wish you only the best.
(More on designated purpose from me in a coming post.)
Posted 14 August 2020 - 08:28 AM
They are not a first pair, and yes I have both a tripod and am building a parallelogram mount, but thanks everyone for the advice.
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