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#226 TOMDEY

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 01:28 PM

Tom, how are you liking the 10x50 WX? Have you posted any observing reports with it?

 

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Coming soon. Tomorrow night a couple of seasoned observing buddies are coming over. Predicted balmy, clear... and dark! I have all the binos lined up for an informal shoot-out. The three Zeiss and the Nikon will be especially scrutinized. That's not apples-apples but meh, we just want to enjoy and compare. The ultra-wide perfectly corrected field of the new Nikon WX should steal the night... but those other two certainly aren't slackers!

 

>Zeiss 7x42 B TP**                general purpose

>Nikon WX 10x50                  wide field astro and boating binos

>Zeiss 20x60 I                       high-mag stabilized binos

 

And we'll also bracket those mid-sized hand-helds with the Vixen ultra-low power and the APM 100mm Binoscope.

 

>Vixen SG 2.1x42                  constellation bino

>APM 100-90o ED APO        astro binoscope

I should ask them to bring other 10x50s.  That sure would make for a meaningful comparative critique of the WX.  Tom


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 06:13 AM

Hi all, 

 

It is hard to stop buying binos when -in a flea market- you found a vendor with this.....

 

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in that day, i bought 4 binos for a song....  

 

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That is the beauty -and the risk- of vintage binos, you can score nice findings and learn to appreciate quality :-) 
 
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Posted 15 June 2021 - 09:40 PM

I have over 10 pairs:

2x54  Kasai Trading          (36 TFOV)               So-called constellation binoculars.  Practically the same as the Orion 2x54.

7x42  Nikon EDG II           (8.0 TFOV)              My reference standard for edge-to-edge sharpness.  Generous eye relief.  Companion to high-powered binos.
8x30  Nikon EII                 (8.8 TFOV)              Stunning central sharpness.  Very lightweight and comfortable to hold.  Companion to high-powered binos.

10x35 Nikon EII                (7.0 TFOV)              Stunning central sharpness.
10x42  Nikon MHG           (6.9 TFOV)              My main daytime binoculars.
10x42  Nikon SE               (6.0 TFOV)              For me, hands-down the best for hand-held viewing comfort.   Companion to high-powered binos.
10x50  Fujinon FMT-SX    (6.5 TFOV)              Wonderfully wide and sharp.  The true FOV feels wider than 6.5.

15x56  Maven B5             (4.5 TFOV)              Lowest power/aperture to really appreciate the Beehive Cluster and brighter deep-sky objects in severely polluted skies.
18x70  Nikon Astroluxe    (4.0 TFOV)             Winning combination of power, aperture and TFOV delivers beautifully, even hand-held, even in my severely polluted skies.

32/50x82  Kowa Highlander Prominar            Stunning central sharpness with pinpoint stars.  Never fails to give me a big Wow every time I am at the eyepiece.

 

Plus some vintage 11-deg and 12.5-deg 7x35 binoculars that I've picked up from the bay after reading those best-of-best vintage binocular threads on CN.

 

I don't yet have any IS binoculars.  The Canon 18x50 is at the top of my list but I am waiting to see if Canon would come out with a refreshed model with updated optics and perhaps a few more millimeters of aperture.  (Truth be told, I am a bit turned off by the bulky-looking nature of the Canon.)


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Posted 21 June 2021 - 03:09 PM

First post.  I have about 12 vintage binoculars.  My collection interests are limited to just US military binoculars of the 20th and early 21st century.  I started collecting about 3 years ago, and have one or two more to add if I can find nice specimans. (A nice Navy Mk 37 9x63mm (correction) is at the top of the wish list). Here's what I have (not shown are a pair of M13A1s (6x30mm) and some USMC Mark Mk 48 (7x50mm binocs).

 

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Top shelf are all 7x50mm (left to right):

Navy Mk 28 with rare morse code signal light (operated by battery operated hand-held device)

M19 with case

M22 w/ reticle (German made Steiners - green)

M22 w/ reticle (Fujinon made binocs - black)

 

Bottom shelf:

US Army Signal Corps EE model 6x30mm - probably 1917-1918 era (missing reticle and needs a restoration due to fungus on lens, etc)

M3 - 1943 dated Nash-Kelvinator 6x30mm

M13A1 - late WWII model painted green during Vietnam era (w/ matching green case)

M16 - late WWII model (7x50mm) painted green during Vietnam era (w/ matching case)

M24 - Fujinon 7x24mm modern military binocs (I need a proper military case for it)

 

The Navy Mk 28 w/ add-on signal light is the most unusual military binoc I own. (Has a button-operated red light for ship-to-ship communication, or I guess ship-to-shore based Morse code communications). Optics are good:

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...I've been looking for a copy of Dr. Stephan Rohan's book, "A Guide to Handheld Military Binoculars", but no luck thus far.


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#230 MrZoomZoom2017

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 05:25 PM

First post.  I have about 12 vintage binoculars.  My collection interests are limited to just US military binoculars of the 20th and early 21st century.  I started collecting about 3 years ago, and have one or two more to add if I can find nice specimans. (A nice Navy Mk 37 9x50mm is at the top of the wish list). Here's what I have (not shown are a pair of M13A1s (6x30mm) and some USMC Mark Mk 48 (7x50mm binocs).

 

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Top shelf are all 7-50mm (left to right):

Navy Mk 28 with rare morse code signal light (operated by battery operated hand-held device)

M19 with case

M22 w/ reticle (German made Steiners - green)

M22 w/ reticle (Fujinon made binocs - black)

 

Bottom shelf:

US Army Signal Corps EE model 6x30mm (missing reticle and needs a restoration due to fungus on lens, etc)

M3 - 1943 dated Nash-Kelvinator 6x30mm

M13A1 - late WWII model painted green during Vietnam era (w/ matching green case)

M16 - late WWII model (7x50mm) painted green during Vietnam era (w/ matching case)

M24 - Fujinon 7x24mm modern military binocs (I need a proper military case for it)

 

The Navy Mk 28 w/ add-on signal light is the most unusual military binoc I own. (Has a button-operated red light for ship-to-ship communication, or I guess ship-to-shore based Morse code communications). Optics are good:

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...I've been looking for a copy of Dr. Stephan Rohan's book, "A Guide to Handheld Military Binoculars", but no luck thus far.

Very nice first post!  For the MK 37 you are searching for - I believe those are 9x63 instead of 7x50 and certainly on the rare side for sure.

 

Cheers,

Tim


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#231 ckwastro

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 05:32 PM

Right now I have six (see signature). Looking to add a 12x50 and 8x56 soon. One or both of the Vortex 8x42s will probably go when I do. 


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Posted 21 June 2021 - 07:15 PM

I have one more on the way to add to my collection.  It's a Kowa 7x35 10-deg non-Prominar.

 

Thinking back, I remember when I had just one pair, adding another took a considerable amount of time and inner debate.  "Do I really need another pair of binoculars?"  After getting my 2nd pairs, it took me much less time to convince myself that another pair was needed.  And so on it went.  Same process with increasing price points smile.gif

 

I am trying my best to not turn into a binocular collector.  It's hard when reading threads such as this one smile.gif


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#233 ECP M42

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 12:08 PM

I am trying my best to not turn into a binocular collector.

This is also a passion, like that of looking inside us or like that of seeing, through binoculars, certain celestial objects or terrestrial fauna or other, etc.

 

I have a friend who at the time of 14, bought "X-ray glasses" (for 2 cents), to look at naked women. lol.gif lol.gif

Seeing that they didn't work, he gave them to me and I took them apart to see how they were made, but then I threw them away (it was just plastic). 

 

Maybe there is also someone in the world who collects X-ray glasses ... grin.gif 

 

Better to collect metal and glass binoculars! wink.gif


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#234 Echolight

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 06:57 PM

Right now I have six (see signature). Looking to add a 12x50 and 8x56 soon. One or both of the Vortex 8x42s will probably go when I do. 

That's what I'd like to pair with my 8x56, a 12x50, for a little variety. Also, in a roof, not much bigger or heavier than a 42.


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#235 Mbinoc

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Posted 24 June 2021 - 08:04 PM

I used to have about dozen vintage ones In a collection I enjoyed. I first started trying to collect them in all different powers picking them up at thrift stores.

 

I still do not have any real nice ones yet, but have found my previous efforts were in vane. As my eye became more discerning I have found that I only ever really ever use my two or three best ones. The rest sit packaged away.

 

There was a point in time where I liked them all. They were all much better than not having any at all. It took me some time to start seeing the little things in each set I do not like.

 

When it comes down to it I only have about three "for now" keepers, and even those keepers may one day be replaced if I find myself one or two nicer ones of higher quality.

 

I'm glad I started out the way that I did, it was fun for me to compare all the inexpensive finds I have picked up over the years.

 

I have some 8x42 Bushnells at the cabin I really enjoy, I'd have to stop by there to look up what exact model they are. My 2nd best set I keep at home is 10x50 Celestion Nova's.

 

And the third is a set of  20x60 Selsi Luminous.

 

I still have plenty of room left to improve my experience.


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Posted 24 June 2021 - 08:53 PM

Not including the two I gave to my daughter this year 4! Three Swifts and a Nikon. 

 

1. Swift Audubon 8.5X44 HR5's porro's

2.  "          "               "       828    Roofs (For Astronomy)

3.  Swift 7X42 Ultralites

4.  Nikon 8X30 E


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Posted 26 June 2021 - 11:27 AM

Down a couple from the old list, and the new kid on the block arriving in a few days! jump.gif

  • Orion 20X80s (Japan, 1995).
  • Oberwerk 12x60s (2002).
  • Zeiss/Oberkochen 15x60s (arriving next week)
  • Zeiss/Jena 10x50 Dekarems (DDR).
  • Shrine-Manon 16x50s (Japan),
  • Sears-Tower 8x40s (Japan),
  • Binolux 7x35 11° EWAs (Japan)
  • Bushnell 8x21 pocket binoculars (Japan)

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Posted 26 June 2021 - 04:00 PM

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  1. 8x30 MasterCraft
  2. Nikon 7x50 SP
  3. Steiner 8x56 ShadowQuest
  4. Oberwerk 10x50 Ultra
  5. Fujinon 10x50 FMTR-SX
  6. Resolux 10.5x70
  7. Nikon 10x70 SP
  8. APM 12x50 ED MS
  9. Oberwerk 15x70 Ultra
  10. APM 16x70 ED MS
  11. Oberwerk 20x65ED
  12. Oberwerk 20x80 CF Deluxe III
  13. Oberwerk BT-82XL-ED
  14. Oberwerk 25x100 IF Deluxe
And, inevitably, one more still on the way. grin.gif (OB 100XL-SD) May have to rethink the venue to get a group picture after it joins the team.
 
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Disclaimer: This is the astronomy binocular team. A few daytime binoculars are also knocking about the place.
 
And here (by request) is a picture of the Oberwerk collection.
 
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Posted 26 June 2021 - 05:37 PM

Wow, gorgeous family photos and enviable binocular collection there Fiske !


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Posted 26 June 2021 - 07:37 PM

 

Down a couple from the old list, and the new kid on the block arriving in a few days! jump.gif

  • Orion 20X80s (Japan, 1995).
  • Oberwerk 12x60s (2002).
  • Zeiss/Oberkochen 15x60s (arriving next week)
  • Zeiss/Jena 10x50 Dekarems (DDR).
  • Shrine-Manon 16x50s (Japan),
  • Sears-Tower 8x40s (Japan),
  • Binolux 7x35 11° EWAs (Japan)
  • Bushnell 8x21 pocket binoculars (Japan)

 

That's a nice variety for all occasions.


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Posted 27 June 2021 - 11:29 AM

Wow, gorgeous family photos and enviable binocular collection there Fiske !

Thank you MT4.

 

I'm fortunate to have such an excellent binocular collection and grateful to be in a position where that is possible. It has been built, honestly, over the past 6 months -- the consequence (I suspect) of channelling my inner binocular astronomer after many years of telescopic observation. wink.gif (All started with a "modest" outlay for the Oberwerk 10x50 Ultra.)

 

One thing I discovered while getting the images into that post (probably this is explained somewhere in CN documentation and I overlooked it) is that instead of using the My Media option for inserting an image from my photo gallery, a better option is to open the desired image on the My Gallery page in another tab, choose View All Sizes from the Options menu, choose the "Medium" size, right-click the image and choose Copy Link Address from the context menu. Then, in the post, chose the Image option instead of My Media and copy the image link into the popup dialog. This approach inserts the image at larger scale.

 

(This is where a CN maven speaks up and points out a far simpler approach to do the same thing with My Media which I have not been able to figure out. lol.gif )

 

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Posted 27 June 2021 - 03:36 PM

Gave four more away today! So only need to get rid of thirty or forty more to get down to my goal!woohoo.gif



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Posted 28 June 2021 - 02:21 AM

 

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  1. 8x30 MasterCraft
  2. Nikon 7x50 SP
  3. Steiner 8x56 ShadowQuest
  4. Oberwerk 10x50 Ultra
  5. Fujinon 10x50 FMTR-SX
  6. Resolux 10.5x70
  7. Nikon 10x70 SP
  8. APM 12x50 ED MS
  9. Oberwerk 15x70 Ultra
  10. APM 16x70 ED MS
  11. Oberwerk 20x65ED
  12. Oberwerk 20x80 CF Deluxe III
  13. Oberwerk BT-82XL-ED
  14. Oberwerk 25x100 IF Deluxe
And, inevitably, one more still on the way. grin.gif (OB 100XL-SD) May have to rethink the venue to get a group picture after it joins the team.
 
Fiske
 
Disclaimer: This is the astronomy binocular team. A few daytime binoculars are also knocking about the place.
 
And here (by request) is a picture of the Oberwerk collection.
 
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Nice Fiske!!

 

That is a solid, beautiful collection!!!

 

Your picture is one of the best together with JG binocular collection. Not necessarily about the binos but how you showcased them !

 

Carlos


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Posted 28 June 2021 - 04:20 AM

Nice Fiske!!

 

That is a solid, beautiful collection!!!

 

Your picture is one of the best together with JG binocular collection. Not necessarily about the binos but how you showcased them !

 

Carlos

These have been my binoculars after the substantial clearance in 2018, and before adding the DOCTERS,

 

 

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Best,

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Posted 28 June 2021 - 06:47 AM

Nice Fiske!!

 

That is a solid, beautiful collection!!!

 

Your picture is one of the best together with JG binocular collection. Not necessarily about the binos but how you showcased them !

 

Carlos

Thank you, Carlos. JG is the master. grin.gif

 

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Posted 28 June 2021 - 07:38 AM

Thank you, Carlos. JG is the master. grin.gif

 

Fiske

But yours fit better my screen background wink.gif

 

 

These have been my binoculars after the substantial clearance in 2018, and before adding the DOCTERS,

 

 

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Best,

JG

Nice to see binos from diferent periods of time and origins waytogo.gif

 

Both of your pictures are dangerously inspiring me....

 

Carlos


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Posted 01 July 2021 - 11:32 AM

I just bought a lightly used Leica Ultravid BR 8x20 to add to my small collection . Wonderful little binocular and though it is a tiny pocket sized bin  it is my first alpha . Paid a little over half the going price for a new one . Works well with my glasses too which is a bonus.

 

In the pic from left to right the four smaller bins : Celestron Regal LX 8x42, Pentax Papilio 8.5x21, Leica Ultravid 8x20 and Nikon Monarch HG 8x42 . The big one is an Astrophysics (BA8) 15x70 .

 

 

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 04:23 PM

Had 7 at one time, sold a few gave away some and down to one.

Swarovski El 8x32 field pro.

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Posted 01 July 2021 - 05:42 PM

I found a 10x25 Trinovid in a pawn shop a few years ago for $35.00 including tax and I just love it. It is my vacation and day trip binoc and kept in a small pouch with my camera.  A few years prior. at a different pawn shop, I had picked up a W German Zeiss 8x20 for $12.50 , but for reason I don't like this one at all!   


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Posted 07 July 2021 - 07:57 AM

I love your signature line quote, Brentwood. Wonderful! grin.gif


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