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#1 kw6562

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 09:00 PM

Last week I bought a couple of binoculars in an antique store in Vermont.  One is a pair of Sears Discoverer "Super Wide Angle" 7x35 6287-A binoculars that are a little dinged up and need a good cleaning, but otherwise appear to be in good shape.  I've seen some good reviews of these and when we have clear skies again I'm looking forward to trying them out on the MW.  I paid $20. for those.

 

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The other is not useful for astronomy but they were kind of interesting and only $15.  It is a miniature binocular, branded Selsi, 6x14mm, with a trademark that I cannot identify.  I wrote to Mark Ohno at miniaturebinoculars.com and he thought they might be from the 1950's but was not familiar with them either.  Selsi was an importer and probably sold many brands over the years.  I looked at every Japanese trademark site I could find, including the CN one on the Classic Telescopes forum and did not see this mark anywhere.  I thought 14mm was kind of unusual but Mark said that objectives smaller than 15mm were sometimes seen with the internal prism variety of miniature binoculars.  Just curious if anyone has any information about these.  --Keith

 

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 09:01 PM

The trademark - Looks like either "MK", "MTK", or just "K", can't tell.

 

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 08:39 AM

Cool finds. The trademark is a new one to me.


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Posted 28 October 2020 - 09:22 AM

Keith:

 

I'm no help in answering your questions but those 6x14s are cool looking. They look like standard porros but just very petite.  

 

Maybe you can post some more photos??

 

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Posted 28 October 2020 - 12:23 PM

Double bonus on the Sears binoculars:

  1. Magnesium body
  2. Built-in tripod mount

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 09:15 PM


 

Maybe you can post some more photos??

 

Jon

Okay, here's a few more...

 

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This is the objective side - notice how they are inboard of the eyepieces...

 

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Underside showing the individual focus barrels (no center focus).

 

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--Keith


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Posted 29 October 2020 - 09:49 PM

The Sears Discoverer 6287-A is, for me, the only Sears 7x35 worth collecting. While it has a large amount of field curvature, the FOV is impressive. The only issue I have seen with this model is an inconsistent application of the amber coatings. I have had a couple samples where the coatings seemed to dim the night sky images. It is a J-B56 binocular that has an identical twin in the Cardinal Model 287 7x35.
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Posted 30 October 2020 - 04:28 PM

Congratulations! Those Sears 6287-A are fantastic! 


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 07:39 PM

The Sears Discoverer 6287-A is, for me, the only Sears 7x35 worth collecting. While it has a large amount of field curvature, the FOV is impressive. The only issue I have seen with this model is an inconsistent application of the amber coatings. I have had a couple samples where the coatings seemed to dim the night sky images. It is a J-B56 binocular that has an identical twin in the Cardinal Model 287 7x35.

The FOV and the compactness and lightweight are what I noticed, plus they were really cheap; I wouldn't have bothered with Sears otherwise.  I'm going to disassemble them and clean the optics.  Not sure at this point if I'm going strip and repaint the painted parts - they are nice binoculars and worthy of a good cleaning, but I'm trying to decide if I can live with a few scratches and dings.  If do go that far I will post some pics. --Keith


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Posted 01 November 2020 - 07:20 AM

Okay, here's a few more...

 

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This is the objective side - notice how they are inboard of the eyepieces...

 

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Underside showing the individual focus barrels (no center focus).

 

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--Keith

 

 

Keith:

 

Thanks for the photos.  I love to look through a pair some time.  They look like they might have the feel of a bigger binocular.  

 

Jon




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