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  1. Ruskie glass tends to be excellent quality in my opinon, I was told that after WW2 when Russia took over east Germany, The Zeiss factory was in eastern Germany so thr Russian bino's suddenly became superb!! (Don't know for sure if this was the case but sounds feasable!!).. I found some Komz /Tento which are super clear, As good as my Jena and the 8x30 look identical in size and build!! These were knocked about but working superbly, They had the orange filters on the ocular lenses and seemed to have been attached for years!, I had to buy a cheapo set of broken Halina bins too as they were in the case that these should have been in!, Only cost a tenner for both bins and the case!! These also came from a bootsale for £10 These have some mould/fungus on the lenses but are still very bright and crisp, Need a clean on the outside though!! Hmm, I have some marked 'Tento' and made in USSR but can't seem to find pics of them! John
  2. I recently found a sunagor 15-70x25, These are shocking at the higher mags but passable as a 15x binocular!! In all fairness though, I couldn't be bothered to dig the tripod out to mount them on!! John
  3. WOW!! I thought it was the rear end of the Starship Enterprise!!! John
  4. Thos Greenkat look superb!! Have to say, I've had several sets from charity shops but most from carboot sales and a few off fleabay!! These Tecnar 12x50 were my latest find around two weeks ago at a local charity shop for £10, Alas they came with no lens caps and neither of the straps were present!, The lenses are crystal clear though with no fogging or mould and perfect collimation, Also, I don't think this case is what originally came with the binocular as it's a couple of inches taller and they just seems lost in the case even though they are quite large bins! I won these 7x50 Greenkats frpm Ebay back in 2016 for £9.99, Can't remember if there was postage to pay too but again, They're lovely glasses! I think £25 is the most i've paid for a bino' although my bestest bargain was an 8x42 Nikon Monarch for £20 at a bootsale from a nice old gent!!, A friend of mine was looking through them and told me to have a squint!!, He wasn't buying them so I did! I've picked up loads of really nice binoculars over the years but also bought some tat too that made me go dizzy trying to view through them!! Just remembered I paid more than £25 for these Celestrons but I can't for the life of me remember how much I actually did pay! Happy new year all!!! John
  5. I recently bought a Celestron 25x70 binocular, After not being able to focus through the Strathspey, These seemed very well colimated and lovely and bright (Still wish i'd brought the 100mm Strathspey home with me though! ) A Japanese CitatioN 8x30 binocular that I picked up today at a local St Lukes hospice charity shop for £8, They quite nice and bright, Made in Japan.. Cheers, John
  6. I have an ETX70, Wold love this but alas, I'm more than 150 miles away Good luck with the sale.. John..
  7. I'm afraid I came home without them
  8. Hi Doug I went today to buy them, I took a tripod and fixed them on but I don't know if it was my eyes or the binoculars but everything I looked at was double imaging, I have a few sets of bins that are the same, I read that it's the collimation that's out (Prisms out of alignment), I also have loads of bin's that are perfect for my eyes! From there I went to try a set of Celestron 25x70's, Perfectly crisp images on those so I brought them home with me for £30, They were boxed and unused and even came with the bracket to fix them to a tripod!! I was gutted when I couldn't use those big boys Here's a pic with my Nikon 8x42 Monarchs!! These are light enough to be hand held, I found that if I hold them slightly further forward than normal, They seem to be very steady with no shake!!! Cheers, John
  9. Hi I have a set of Nikon Monarch 8x42 and really can't fault them, I think they're the best binocular i've ever owned Good luck with whatever you go with John
  10. Hi all There was a set of these on Shpock for £100, I sent a cheeky £75 off and it was accepted!! I can seem to find a heck of a lot about them, I do know i'll need a pretty strong tripod for them and am hoping to make a parallelagram fitting and iron lifting weights for a counter balance!! I think i'll be getting a bargain but if not, It won't be the first time i've bought a Sows ear instead of a silk purse!! Has anyone ever used this model? I read a review online that says they're 45° bins, I presume that means that the eye bells are set at the 45°, These obviously don't looking at the sellers pic, Maybe they did more than one version!! EDIT- Just googled 'Strathspey 100mm 45 degree binoculars', The 45° ones are completely different!! Cheers, John
  11. I had a walk around the bootsales and bought a couple more Binoculars yesterday!! Boots 8x40, These are OK too!! And a small set identical to the ones the wife liked until I cleaned the lenses! The glass cleansing fluid somehow found it's way inside and destroyed them!! She's happy with them!! The Boots bins were a fiver, The 10x25's were £3 John
  12. Hi all I had a trip to a local bootsale and came back with a rather nice Japanese Super Zenith binocular for the princely sum of £4 I always was under the impression that Zenith were East German or Russian, Every set i've looked through have been mediocre at best but I couldn't believe how bright and crisp these were!!! I had quite a good outing, I also bought a Tasco Pro Class 4x30 pistol scope with 30mm tube and adjustable paralax and a couple of nice electric guitars!! Cheers, John
  13. Hi all I had a walk around a carboot sale this morning and came across these unknown bin's.. Despite appearing to be very cheap bins (Rubbish softcase and lens caps) they really are extremely bright and clear!! Also, They're auto focus! The ocular lenses can be adjusted to the individual then away you go!! I paid £15 for them which is quite a sum from the bootsales but the brightness and clarity made me stick my hand in my pocket!! Does anyone know what the '200x120' actually means as i'm only familiar with the max x object lens dia markings!! I've had Steiner bins before and still have a set of Steinheil bins but i've not heard of these before and there seems to be very little on the web about them! PS, I just did a search for 'Super view binoculars' and I found out they're Chinese make with Bak 4 prisms, Only 6 mag, They seem more powerful!! Cheers, John
  14. Hi I love bins but have yet to acquire any of those fab large ones!! Greenkat 7x50 Peerless 16x43 Komz 8x30 Nikon Monarch 8x42 Swift Ascot 8x30 Nondescript 8x25, I think it says France on the front! Very crisp and bright for such a small object! Swift Tecnar 8x40 Zeiss Jena 8x30 8x30 Super Glenton Swift 10x50 Lieberman & Gortz 20x42 Zenith 8x30 Scope overfield 9x35 Swallow 8x30 Prinze 16x50 Prinze 10x50 Bushnel individual focus (Think they're 8x30) Miranda 7x25 Aloma 12x50 (Tokyo) Japanese Omiya 10x50 Steinheil 8x40 I have some more but no decent pics , I'll look through the folders in my pc tomorrow.. John
  15. Can't remember exactly what I paid for this little scope but I think it was £8.. These were two or three quid for the lot!! The book is out of date now though!! John
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