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  1. Doh!!, My grey matter is dying off at an alarming rate!! No idea why I put Celestron!! John
  2. Hi all I put a bid on these (Edited) Opticron Polarex II 8x40 and won them for £17+ £6 P&P They came cased and with a silica bag to keep the moisture off them, I had to unbutton the strap to fit the oculay lens cover to it, It's the softest plastic i've ever had, Undid really easily! I can't believe how clean they are, The rubber is still nicely sft even after 30 years!!, The view through them is very bright with no fungal bloom and really clear as collimation is spot on, It's still hard to swallow that only one other person bid (£16!)
  3. Hi again In regards to a smaller binocular, I bought this Russian 8x30 Komz porro for just £10 at a local carboot sale, Have to say, It's every bit as good as my Zeiss 8x30 Jena, The Komz bins turn up on fleabay for a little more usually, They're small but not tiny! Smaller are these Nikon 9x25, Again, Out of production but turn up frequently, Smashing li'l pocket sized glasses! (Lost their badge at some point in the past!) John
  4. Hi all I went and bought these Zeiss Dekarem 10x50 today for a tenner, They're really cosmetically challenged but boy!- They're nice to look through and are dated between 1965 and 1969 according to the serial number When I got them through markentplace on facey the eyepiece lenses were really dirty, When I looked rthrough the objective lenses it really showed, I thought it was internal but when I cleaned the eyepiece lenses the bins became really bright and clear, They have a fabulous smell to them too, Several of my bins have the same smell, Not sure if it's the lubricants!!
  5. I've several zoom bins, I was warned off them years ago by an old friend that has forgotten more about optics than i'll ever know!! Have to say, He was right, I thought I would focus in and low mag then zoom in! In reality, Once zoomed, They had to be refocussed and sometimes even balanced again for my eyes!! I eventually learned my lesson and skips traigh past 'Zoom' in the binocular listings!! By the way- The big massive zoom bins (I have some that I think are 15-70x zoom- They're worse than useless!! This is about the best zoom bin I have, Still has
  6. A few recent additions! I got these off ebay and described as 'Working well', In truth they were far out of collimation, I messaged the seller, Then again a week later and gave another week but no reply so I left negative feedback and put a claim in for my money back, It happened a couple of weeks later, Last night I was pondering putting them in the bin but had a look through my loupe to find the adjisting screws, Found two and uncovered the black plastic from them, I couldn't find the other two on the underside but I noticed that there was a slight gap where the left objective bell screws
  7. Well! I had a go and they were still doing it with the shaft out!!, I put a small amount of oil on the tube and it seemed to do the job! For five minutes!!, It needs the whole tube taking apart! I'll wait until East Coast repairs are taking work again although i've had OptRep recommended recently so may have to get in touch with them!! Regards, John
  8. They look identical, I nay have a go now!! Thanks, John
  9. Hi Dave Both parts look to be nicely tight and moving squarely fore and aft, They will actually get past the tight spot with a bit of extra umph but I dislike forcing them!, It appears that the shop I found has actually closed down, I looked on the google maps and it's just not there any more (Signs are removed from the shop front), Couldn't even find the website when I looked for it again! - If it wasn't for bad luck i'd have no luck at all!! I'll wait and find someone else as I opened a set up years ago, They went in the bin!! I used to take watches apart, Clean them in a parts
  10. Hee hee!! Sounds good Ash I can reacall when I was quite young using copydex on sofas and chairs that had got damaged in the warehouse although they had a hot welding contraption for vinyl but no one knew how to use it!! It always did a good job, I wonder if it's been changed now due to COSHH or something, It was in the mid 70's I worked there!! Regards, John
  11. Hi all A couple of weeks ago I bought a Swift Audubon Mk2 binocular locally, I tried them at the house and they were bright and crisp, The focus was very smooth but as soon as I arrived home and looked down the garden, The focus developed a stiff spot which became quickly to a full on jam!, It seems to me that something is stuck in the threads of the shaft, maybe a bit of muck held in the grease! Has anyone split binoculars on the shafte before?, I'm wondering if i'll do them in completey if I try to clean and re grease the shaft!! I found a shop locally that say they repair binoculars b
  12. Hi Ash Glad you didn't use the cammo tape as if you put them down in the field, You'd probably never find them again!! Years ago I worked at a furniture shop, Carpets and fabric repairs were glued with Copydex, I just googled it and it was also stick metals so it's safe to say that it will probably stick fabric to the aluminium tubes!, Also, I wonder if the leather used for book binding is thinner than the stuff you bought?, May be easier too apply, That said, I think you did a good job with the black tape John
  13. I have a Skymaster 25x70, Whilst it's quite lightweight and easy to hold, The 25x mag is hard to keep still enough to hand hold!! I also bought a Swallow 15x80, These are quite heavy compared to the Celestrons but a little more steady, The image is much less lively! John
  14. I think someone may have messed with these as the nearest focus is around a hundred feet! Beyond that they're fine!! Cheers, John
  15. Hi all Had an amble around the local bootsale last week and dropped on these Swift Trilyte 8x40 for the princely sum of £10 I feel sure they've been in the case for most of their life as the condition is very good!! John
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