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#1 zombie1210

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 07:30 PM

I picked these up today. Sears 10x50 Extra Wide Angle. Model 2531 Pretty nice binoculars. They are very clean, and the optics, while only "Fully Amber Coated" are pretty bright and sharp.  The FOV is amazingly flat with a nice sweet spot. Mechanically very smooth.  

 

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Anyone else own these? How do you like them?  

 

If the haze goes away, I'll take them and a few others out tonight. 

 

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 08:11 PM

I have a pair of these though currently they're on loan to my nephew.

 

They're decent, not as bright as modern 10x50s but enjoyable.

 

Where did you find yours?

 

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 08:17 PM

I have a friend in New York who has many binoculars, and is always coming across things of interest to me. He is a technician and inspects what he finds, and does adjustments and repairs when necessary.  I tell him what I'm looking for and eventually, he seems to find it. 

 

You are correct, these are not as bright as modern 10x50's, but they have a very relaxed view. 



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Posted 31 August 2020 - 08:24 PM

I had a pair of those. My recollection was they came well short of their advertised field of view. But other than that they were not unacceptable. I just remember that I was disappointed with the field of view itself. I remember selling it shortly thereafter, and then getting it returned to me. Then I sold it a second time and that was that.
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Posted 31 August 2020 - 08:31 PM

They seem to me to be more like maybe 400 ft. But they are wide for a 10x50. They are wider than my Swift Kestrals that are 367ft.  But in the side by side I just did, the Kestrals mop the floor with the Sears in all categories.  But that was to be expected. 



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Posted 01 September 2020 - 05:37 AM

I had a pair of those. My recollection was they came well short of their advertised field of view. But other than that they were not unacceptable. I just remember that I was disappointed with the field of view itself. I remember selling it shortly thereafter, and then getting it returned to me. Then I sold it a second time and that was that.

I remember testing them against a star field but I don't remember the numbers but definitely not 8 degrees, closer to 7 degrees than to 8 degree.

 

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 10:36 AM

I   have   this  bino.  bought   them  last year  on EBAY.    big   oculars   and   wide  F.O.V    comparison   to  meny  10x50  bino's.  but   not   420 ft     at  1000yds  =  8  degree     real   A.F.O.V   about   7.3 -  7.4.    they  came   with   doubel  vision  and   I   fixed    that   problem   with  the   four   setscrew  of  the  prisms   [ sensitive   to  be   out   of   collimation]   but   nice  vintage  japan  made   and  bright  and sharp to  there era.   full amber coated      realy   gives   cool   viewing.   enjoy  with   them.   


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 10:51 PM

Agree with the above. The other day I found these forgotten optics after rummaging thru my “binocular patch”. Been successfully using them, guiding my 60power lens to Double Stars. Better than Tascos, Jasons, & has wider angle than Bushnells, etc.


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 11:08 PM

Sears did make a better version of this basic model...

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 12:39 AM

How does this compare to the excellent 6287-A, Mark?
Is it similarly good? 

Also they made an 8x40 Discoverer that was wide too, maybe 9° or more, do you have one or have you seen one of those?

 

 

I have a Sears 2351 as well. There isn't anything wrong with mine, but I have both wider and sharper 10x50s. But I'm sure there's plenty of sample variation after so long.


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 04:14 AM

How does this compare to the excellent 6287-A, Mark?
Is it similarly good? 

Also they made an 8x40 Discoverer that was wide too, maybe 9° or more, do you have one or have you seen one of those?

 

 

I have a Sears 2351 as well. There isn't anything wrong with mine, but I have both wider and sharper 10x50s. But I'm sure there's plenty of sample variation after so long.

It's similar to the 6287-A in that it is from the same series and is also J-B56 made. It also has fairly comfortable eye relief, but it too comes up a bit short of 8 degrees.



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 01:23 PM

Sears did make a better version of this basic model...ישהק  איק

have  the  2531  model also.   jb-46  [ Otsuka     Kogaku]    . is       6277 MODEL   jb-56 [  Hiyoshi Kogaku]   with  BAK4   prisms  have  big    different     except  the   BAK4  prisms   I  highly doubt  about  it.       both   declare    the same  F.O.V 420ft at 1000yds   ?  but   not  realy   8  degree    more like  7 -7. 4  degree    all the  sears   declare    more  to   the    real A.F.O.V..   BTW       rare   if  any   to   find   sears   bino's      with  BAK4   except   this  model.       


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Posted 13 November 2020 - 08:34 PM

have  the  2531  model ..... 6277 MODEL..... both   declare    the same  F.O.V 420ft at 1000yds   ?  but   not  realy   8  degree    more like  7 -7. 4  degree    

Have 8x36mm Nikons with 7degree FOV which really has more FOV than other of my binoculars that have designated 7degree(?) FOV. My Sears Model 2531 has somewhat more FOV than my Nikons. I would say 7.4degrees FOV is my 2531 estimated minimum & possibly a bit more, not the lowball 7degrees mentioned by others.


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Posted 19 November 2020 - 05:04 PM

These look remarkably like my AMC Model 605 Binoculars. 10x50 XWA.  1000yds/576 feet.   In turn I find them very close in design to a pair of WW-II issue 7x50 MK 32 binoculars I also own.  Those were made by Anchor.Optical Corps.  Sears used others to make their binos & they had some very decent manufacturers.




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