Subject: Sold at Christie's
If we have any subscribers to the instrument catalogs issued by Christie's auction house, I would be interested in a scan of the catalog entry for the following; perhaps we could have a translation made:
"Christies....maritime sale in May....included a large pair of bridge binoculars removed by a Royal Navy boarding party from a Japanese destroyer which surrendered in Penang harbour in September 1945. In the box, a document in Japanese dates them to 1929, a period when Zeiss of Germany was supplying optical instruments for the Imperial Japanese Navy." --Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society #78, September 2003, p30.
Subject: 98 degree apparent field
Orion telescopes, in California, www.telescope.com , is advertising an 'Expanse 7 x 32' with 14 degree field or 98 degrees apparent field, at $119. They look somewhat similar to the Bushnell 7x32 Xtra Wide, which is 13 degrees = 91 degrees AFOV. I like this binocular, though the outer portions of the field of view are as fuzzy as you'd expect & eye relief is minimal; but distortion is quite low, close focus is about 8 feet, and they are comfortable to use. The Bushnells use a mirror immediately behind the objective, then a prism, then a mirror to the eyepiece, resulting in a very compact system with major problems with stray light. It is easy to remove the objective lens to see the optics, and I'll look forward to hearing about the 'Expanse'. --Peter
Subject: Zeiss Conquest
From: Arthur Tenenholtz <tenenholtz><at><adiglobal><dot><com>
Does anyone have any information on Zeiss Conquest binoculars? A web seller is advertising them as being available in December, with a price point between the VictoryII and the Diafun lines. The Zeiss USA web site does not seem to have any information. Arthur Tenenholtz
http://www.binoculars.com/series.asp?SID=2962 8x30, 10x30, 12x45, 15x45
Just a short question. Does anyone know a "cyclop" type binocular made by Hamica.?
Large single objective tube and two oculars. Sharpness or magnification is motor driven. Most likely late 1970ies.
Michael Simonsen Mikedenmark@___ele.dk
Subject: Fw: 7x50's
From: "Mike" <mike@___heoptik.com>
I thought your readers would find the following of interest. The first is a new wide field 7x50 that Miyauchi is in the process of completing. It's a rather stubby design and I don't know how it will work in the hand, but first samples should be available shortly. The other is a new ED eyelenses and a Chinese-made biocular spotting scope, are being imported by a long-time British optical distributor. In particular, the spotting scopes have already achieved some distribution here, but their miserable mechanical quality has made them a difficult sell. However, a re-design is underway and next year might see a kinder gentler model.
Also incoming from Sweden: some interesting WWII Panzer tank sights by Carl Zeiss-Jena. More on those shortly.
best/ Mike Rivkin Deutsche Optik www.deutscheoptik.com