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Vintage Bushnell Featherlight 9x35 Binoculars

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#1 rccgrant

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 12:20 AM

I was wondering if anyone is familiar with this particular binocular and provide any details regarding it.

 

Thank you.

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#2 SMark

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 12:55 AM

Made by for Bushnell by Kowa Japan in the mid 1950s. Considered as a high quality binocular at that time. It has BaK4 prisms to support the wide 65° AFOV. Still a great binocular by any standard. Coatings are best quality for the time period. Super compact and lightweight. Definitely a keeper.


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#3 MisterDan

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 01:33 AM

-And by all means... dive into the "Vintage and Classic Binocluars discussion" forum:

 

Current page of third "installment":  https://www.cloudyni...part-3/page-160

First page of first installment:  https://www.cloudyni...s/#entry3042691

First page of second installment:  https://www.cloudyni...cussion-part-2/

 

Enjoy the rabbit holes... grin.gif

 

Best wishes.

Dan


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#4 Neil Sanford

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Posted 29 January 2023 - 02:07 AM

This appears to be the same optical formula as the following:

Nikon   9x35   7.3 degree   center focus

Leupold   9x35   7.3 degree   individual focus   (the later shorter improved model)

These seem universally reported as variously excellent, outstanding, fantastic or world beating. 

 

I am quite familiar with the Leupold.  It was made well into the 90s with quite good coatings.  One fellow at birdforum wrote that his beats any alpha he has tried.  I am embarrassed to kinda agree, because it means I have been leaving at home my Swarovski 8x30 Habicht (late model, best coatings), except when I (rarely) need center focus.  Oh, and my Leupold seems to punch way above its specs on the night sky. 

 

This Forum has several threads regarding the Nikon and the Leupold. 


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