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I recently acquired a danish military marked galilean binocular. Same type as shown in Dr. Seegers book abb7 ( picture 7)

  As I already had a german version of this binocular, I have taken some pics and put it all on a page, with comments.


  Let me know, if you can´t see the pics, then I will have to look into it.

  Btw..I got the german bino through eBay, one of my very few purchases on eBay...astonishing 6 weeks delivery time, at a postal rate of $ 2.-From the Appalaches in the US. Seems the local post only comes by, once a week.       Maybe Lil Abner´s granddad brought it back home in WW1?

Michael Simonsen   Mikedenmark@___ele.dk


Also check out the other unusual binoculars on Mike's site



Subject: USN Bigeyes

From: "Steve Stayton" <sstayton@___ink.net>

I ran across these two nice US Navy pictures recently. I don't how long they will be posted so get a look while they are still there:



Steve Stayton


Subject: Optical equipment repair

From: "Rolf Penzias" <penzias@___l.com>

  I have not written to the list in awhile, but have been following various items of interest.

  On the subject of repair it very heartening in a world of the pervasive throwaway mentality, goods, gadgets and electronics, to still have old school technicians like Bill Cook and others around.

Regards,    Rolf Penzias   penzias@___l.com


Subject: American Optical

From: Peter Abrahams

  There is a very large web site on the history of American Optical company:


  There is nothing on binoculars or telescopes on the site; and I emailed the author, who replied that he didn't have any knowledge of AO binoculars.

  An American Optical catalog from 1935 'Optical Specialties' has 13 pages of prism binoculars & Galilean field glasses, but they very much appear to be imports.

  Also in 1935, AO acquired Spencer.

  During WWII, a very large quantity of 'Spencer' binoculars were manufactured, though I have no production figures.   Some are noted to be 'from commercial stock', but this is unlikely; they are military form & no ads or other notes about a commercial model are known.  Some are unusual models, all are very well made.  US Navy models include 6 x 30, 7 x 35, and 7 x 50 configuration, and some were sold to consumers after the war.  The Spencer 7 x 50s are distinguished by their prisms - oversized objective prism & undersized eyepiece prism, a larger eyepiece, and a field of view that is wider by one half a degree than the standard WWII 7 x 50, with an apparent field of view of 7 degrees, 39 seconds.  The 6 x 30 has also been found marked USMC.  A previously unknown Mark has recently been found, the Spencer Mk 18 7 x 35  USN Bu Aero.

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