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Russian Binoculars

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A few days ago, I walked into a charity shop and saw a pair of binoculars in a black hard leather case. I asked to examine them. I looked through them towards the street and they were powerful and the image was crystal clear. I couldn't read the writing on them except 12x40 made in USSR. I paid the £10.00. They felt heavy and weighed them on domestic scale the screen showed 2 lbs. After some google research I discovered they are ZOMS 6N61 12x40 SN:711862.

Being 12x40 they are powerful but very bright. They look new though they were made many years ago. Sturdy solid and nice to handle.

Any thoughts on this type. I always read that above 10x50 is not recommended for manual handling. This pair is 12x40 yet easy to use and the image is sharp?

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I've had several Russian binoculars over the years including the 8x30, the 12x40 and the later "Tento" range, all have been of excellent quality and had a nice leather case with distinctive aroma. Good find for £10.    :icon_biggrin:

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A few years ago I also found a Russian binocular, a KOMZ 8 x 30 while looking for Astronomy books in a charity shop, the optics are very good. Price was the same, £10.oo but the case was British made. There is a certificate in English which is dated 1963, and the eyepieces are focused individually, are yours ? 

12 x is about the limit in power I would want for a terrestrial binocular, especially if you are likely to be venturing to a hot climate, as anything with stronger magnification would suffer from mirage as the temperature rises past the mid 20's C. 

So, congratulations on a nice find !  :thumbsup:

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Great find and at x12 worth mounting in a light tripod to get the best from them, even though they can be handheld.

My Opticron 8.5x50s are great handheld but even better mounted - I've seen all 4 main Jupiter moons when mounted, but there would be no way I could hold them steady enough to see them cleanly by hand☺.

Dave

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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!!

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These also came from a bootsale for £10

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These have some mould/fungus on the lenses but are still very bright and crisp, Need a clean on the outside though!! ☺️

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Hmm, I have some marked 'Tento' and made in USSR but can't seem to find pics of them! 🙄

 

John 🙂

 

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Great find. Always worth a browse around the charity shops.

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