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systems. That’s why they get the big offices and big dollars while we just hang out on the web and form mutual admirations societies like the bino list. ;-)

Just a thought,

Bill Cook

PS Of course, guys like Dick get to be mutually admired while getting the big bucks, anyway.

Also, if you do not hear from me for a good while, it may be because I am in jail. If one more turkey brings in his plastic paperweight telescope—which he didn’t buy from me—so that I can show him how to focus the darn thing, I may snap and throw him through a window. Frankly, if I could orchestrate it, I would have Mars blown up!  I LOVE to offer good customer support, but some of the folks I have been trying to help lately slept through 5th grade science . . . and 6th grade science . . . and 7th grade science . . . and 8th grade science . . . . . . .


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From: Binofixer@___m

>>PS If there is a scientific name for that which I call "Conditional Alignment," I would like to be advised. I have no need to be original at the expense of plagiarism.<<

Bill, I looked through my manuals, and went back through your letter. The term "conditional alignment" as described in your letter means "not collimated." So conditional alignment = not collimated, unless you look on a particular web site selling big binoculars. They have a section describing collimation (do it yourself using a tree @___ards) as "perfect collimation."

So, CONDITIONAL ALIGNMENT = NOT COLLIMATED= PERFECT COLLIMATION. See how that works? All folks need is a jewelers screw driver to pass among themselves to re-tweak a glass for each individual, and get perfect collimation. No unsightly collimators or trained professionals to deal with. A sentence at this web site says you must first determine which side is off. Meaning, is your left swing barrel off, or your right stationary barrel off? Without a collimator, nobody knows. Here comes the double snake bite! Opps, sorry, I meant "perfect collimation." To think we have been struggling all these years to achieve only "Mil-Spec" tolerances for folks, when we could throw out our collimators and get a glass in "perfect collimation" using a tree at only 100 yards!

Cory Suddarth

Suddarth Optical Repair

Servicing Optics Since 1975

U.S. Navy Trained Opticalman

Former Senior Optical Technician - Captain's Nautical Supply

Former Senior Optical Technician - Orion Telescope and Binocular Center


Subject: Collimation

From: <mikedenmark@___ele.dk>

I like to comment on William Cooks: Collimation Revisited

In those reports, I recently translated, regarding the Norinab Company, I omitted several very technical parts.

One of these omitted parts was describing an instrument that included, what the danish army officer called a "monocular, suspended like a pendulum", used for collimation of binoculars.

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