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    Been searching for a while. Kestral HR/5 Model 826

    they look in very nice condition, well done :-) I can't comment on how good they are as I've yet to land a pair but they should be good, look a bit like the Audubon range so should perform well.
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    Bino Thoughts

    I'd agree with John here Bill, you shoot from the hip and call out the myths out on the web, as well as impart your years of knowledge and skills for us lesser mortals to raise our game. I've read many of your posts here and elsewhere and do appreciate your words of wisdom. I'd like to think...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    Wow thank you Bill, from a true professional that's high praise indeed :-) I have read a bit on collimation and several of your posts here and elsewhere on the subject. Unfortunately I've not the equipment nor the space to set something like that up, sadly and being only a few years from...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    Hi Pat and thank you :-) I've read of that mode of repair too, one using kevlar fibres but as you say, I'd be thinking how much handling would they take on such a small repair area. I found this method on CN forum but someone who did similar and after exploring a couple options decided that...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    thanks Ed, chuffed to bits with the result and to crown it all, got my first sight of comet neowise last night and with these HR/5's at that so they've restarted life with a spectacular viewing session :-) The fun part of that repair tho was no machine tools to mill the metalwork, so I had...
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    My Audubons Arrived Today

    They are a lovely Bino for sure, the MK2's I have feel very solid like they'd last forever. I also now have the HR/5 which I've just repaired. Smaller body and while very nice, it's a shame they moved to plastic for the eyecups rather than the metal body ones of the older models. Still very nice...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    rest of the pics of the repair. Focus now runs smooth at all IPDs and alignment seems fine too so these are usable once again. Not a perfect finish on the paint but good enough I think and am please to have succeeded. Still to do a full strip down and internal clean of the optics and fix the...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    So coming back to this thread after a long gap... had a period of illness so everything stopped for a while I decided the large penny washer idea just wasn't going to cut it, not enough overlap. So I used a steel angle and modified the end to suit before trimming it down to size. Was following...
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    Simple steps for cleaning an old pair of binoculars?

    I'd be careful of unscrewing the objectives retaining rings and removing the lenses as without knowing if they use eccentric rings you could upset the collimation and then have a bit of messing about to align them again. The beauty rings may well unscrew if you're wanting to refresh the paint...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    Looking into the HR/5's a bit more, I'm thinking along the lines of a 2.5mm thick M10x30mm stainless penny washer to replace the broken section, cutting back into the solid arm and secured with a couple brass grub screws and epoxy. Meantime, trying the idea out but under both arms, used a steel...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    Hi everyone. So today arrived a pair of Audubon HR/5's, unfortunately the RH occular arm is broken at the hinge, and also the upper prism on that side has a slight chip at the end. Luckily the chip seems to fall outside the FoV. Seems that these have taken a knock or drop since there's a ding...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    thanks guys. I didn't remove the objectives sine they're eccentric rings so I figure leave alone if possible and not upset the collimation by much/any. Makes it harder to clean internal side of the objectives but achieved via cotton buds in the peroxide and the Zeiss wipes assisted by careful...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    Decided on Sunday as the weather was lousy that I'd take a look at doing a quick clean-up. So stripped the top end down and removed the prism carriers. (pics before cleaning) Dioptre ran fine after wiping down the grease so likely just a bit of grit. Inside the body looked a bit dirty, so with...
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    joined the Audobon club at last

    So I happened on a pair on the bay, in fair shape, paint wear but the body covering in good shape and case in very good condition. Reportedly focuses but one side always out. Stuck dioptre I thought so hit buy-now and nabbed them for a nice £25. Roll on Saturday and they arrived and exactly as...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    Hi B., yes it does have a slight smell, tho not the odour reported of some old russian porro bin cases, just a leathery scent. Don't think these had much use at all tho the case shows some wear, perhaps just a very durable finish to the bino? It is missing the strap for the bino but that's minor...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    adding to the hensolt dialyts, I decided to line the objective tubes with some black flocking material. Wow what a difference that made, pretty much no flare when the sun is close to on-axis and, maybe a placebo effect, image seems sharper too. I wasn't convinced the original smooth flat black...
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    Tiny, Miniature, Pocket instruments

    I have both the older 5x15 and 7x15 M-types single coated plastic eyecup and also a new 7x15 multicoated version with rubber eyecups. All very nice, tiny and solidly made. I find the view easy and relaxed but I don't wear glasses other than for reading so can't comment much re eye relief but...
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    Death by sharpness (8x30 W Habicht)

    is the aperture in the Habicht smaller than the EII's? DOF is affected by both magnification and iris aperture, higher mag and/or larger aperture result in shallower DOF, hence the 5x & 6x bino's I have exhibit a much deeper DOF and more relaxed view than the 10x+ ones. Not sure how much by...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    Hi Yarrelli took a couple pics to compare, not brilliantly done given I'm hand-holding both bino and phone and trying to get a workable image with the eye-relief etc, but I think it illustrates the difference in the scene. Should get a proper adapter one day, maybe... Dialyt uncoated on the...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    ok so decided to do an initial restore and will revisit when I figure how to get the beauty rings to release. So I've stripped the outer metalwork back with a small wire wheel in a dremel-a-like and then washed out the objective tubes to remove any dust. Repainted the inside of the tubes with a...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    yeah I know lol I've not been able to loosen off the objectives as that outer ring doesn't want to turn so far. have dropped some oil around the edge which will hopefully creep into the threads eventually. No rush, I'd rather it took weeks and came apart intact than try brute force and wreck a...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    ahh yes, I've quite a few of that type, always loved the design being I guess a bit mech minded I like the way the design shows how it works if you see what I mean, minimalist and functional. I've some old Nippon Kogaku (Nikon)'s, Perl, Simor ranging from 5x15 to 15x50, all coated and nice to...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    thanks for that Yarellii, hadn't come across that one so far. So that'd make these 1945-46 perhaps then, and maybe found their way to the UK from the US, interesting. The other oldest pair I have are these little J. Barkers Starlux Minim 6x20 reverse porro, likely 1930's-58 given they were...
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    Vintage and Classic Binoculars

    Hi Yarrellii, not had a chance to determine the Fov, but it looks around 5.5 or so. The view is very nice, relaxed and natural colours with good detail I find looking out at the trees etc, tho I've not checked how sharp they are toward the edge but in daylight they seem very good and a nice...
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    Looking for very small binoculars with low magnification...

    going the opposite extreme, I got my grandaughter a National Geographic 5x30 focus free pair at xmas, she was only 2 and a bit but was always picking up mummy's binos. She loves them and takes them everywhere even the bath. They seem quite durable and haven't filled with water so far. Can't say...
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