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Old Wednesday 7th August 2013, 14:02   #1
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Minox model designation

Is there a binocular cheat sheet somewhere that differentiates all of the different letters Minox uses in their model descriptions?

When shopping binos, especially used models, I have purposely avoided Minox because of the hodge podge of model designations. Is there a pattern that I am not seeing?

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Is there a binocular cheat sheet somewhere that differentiates all of the different letters Minox uses in their model descriptions?

When shopping binos, especially used models, I have purposely avoided Minox because of the hodge podge of model designations. Is there a pattern that I am not seeing?

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It is interesting that you "purposely avoided Minox because of the hodge podge of model designation" . Do some search. There are some info regarding Minox's abbr.

If memory serve me right, "B" = roof, "L" = light "V" = value, "HG" = high grade.
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Old Tuesday 13th August 2013, 12:01   #3
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What does the D stand for?
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. Would it be Dach for roof prism?

Mind you why is a Dachshund so called?
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They once assisted chimney sweeps on the roofs of houses?



I don't think the B is roof as their BD BP model was a porro.
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Don't mean to be a killjoy, but looked it up Binastro. Apparently "Dachs" is a badger (dog used for badger hunting). Me O level German didn't stretch to that.

B traditionally meant long eye relief on German binoculars.

Agree the Minox naming does look confusing.
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There is a thread here that explains it if my memory serves me right, but I haven't been able to find it so far.

I have noticed that the designation BR is never used 1st. It always follows the 1st two letters or it is given after the size of the binocular.

The 1st 2 letters seem to designate the series of the binoculars. You can see that in the way Camera Land has them listed on it's website. It starts out with the BD BR series which I believe has been discontinued. For instance, I have a BD 10x32 BR Aspheric binocular.

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I tried a search on Minox+confusing and got swamped by the results Here was an effort from BinoBoy to sort things out :
http://www.birdforum.net/showpost.ph...3&postcount=11
Some of those lines only contain compacts now.
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Thank you normjackson that helps.
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The "B" stands for "Binokular", while an "M" marks "Monokulars".
"D" is correctly mentioned above as short for Dach, which is the German word for "roof".
I am not so shure about the other letters, but I am confident, that L is for "Leicht" (lightweight).
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. Would it be Dach for roof prism?

Mind you why is a Dachshund so called?
It's called a Dachshund because it stands as high as your roof! Not!

Is this a wonderful example of that wicked German sense of humour?

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Is there a binocular cheat sheet somewhere that differentiates all of the different letters Minox uses in their model descriptions?

When shopping binos, especially used models, I have purposely avoided Minox because of the hodge podge of model designations. Is there a pattern that I am not seeing?

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Here is a link to the current tech sheets for Minox Sports Optics products:

http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=1140&L=1

Hopefully you can work out what the designations mean by comparing the different products.

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