I love the looks of classic Zeiss binoculars. I've come to this hobby late and it's now exceedingly hard to find good specimens of classic Zeiss models. Since I need to wear glasses due to moderate levels of astigmatism in both eyes, my options are even more limited.
Here are some of the Zeiss models of old that I've got in mind:
1) Zeiss 10x40 B T*P (West Germany). <-- Is this one a Dialyt ?
2) Zeiss Dialyt 7x42 B GA T
3) Zeiss Victory FL 10x56 T*P
4) Zeiss 15x60 B GA T
Of the 4 models listed above, I can't find #4 at all. (Well, I've found it on a Japanese site only for it to be the non-B type, which wouldn't work with my glasses.)
I saw #3 once a few months ago and it was responsible for starting my whole interest in Zeiss binoculars. I was a bit too slow in putting in a bid and then it was gone.
#2 can be found readily, for somewhere between 1500 and 2200 USD.
#1 can be found quite easily too, though not in great conditions. Researching it, I have seen lots of favorable reviews / comments on birdforum, not much on CN. Is it mainly for birders and not stargazers? Is it "special" enough to be worth searching for today, or would one be better off sticking with a modern mid-range 10x? (Note: I already have four 10x pairs, three Nikons and a Fujinon. I am just hopelessly attracted to the deep-purple coatings of Zeiss binoculars.)
Last but not least, are there any other classic Zeiss models that you would recommend for someone who needs to wear glasses?
Edit: The 10x Nikon not listed in my signature is the Nikon MHG 10x42. It is very nice for daytime use, but on the night sky I've found that it is too narrow and too lightweight for me hold steady. I have no problems handholding my Nikon SE 10x42 or Nikon Ell 10x35. Looking at pictures of the Zeiss 10x40 B T*P, I think it should be easier to handhold than the Nikon MHG 10x42.
Edited by MT4, 29 July 2021 - 08:30 AM.