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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 18:01   #1
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Ashai Pentax

I have an old set of Ashai Pentax 8x40 widefield binoculars that I purchased in an USAF BX in Izmir, Turkey back in 1973. The only thing I don't like about them is the short eye relief, as I wear glasses. Last night I was playing with them looking across our living room watching a couple of raccoons feeding outside. Looking through the window, a storm window and screen I was amazed at the clarity. I think back in those days I probably paid $40-50 US for them. They have not been used much and are in almost new condition.
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 18:14   #2
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I had a pair of these - purchased in the early 80s. I found them really good - though as you say, rather short eye relief. I sold mine to upgrade to some fancy, roof-prism binos in 1987. Frankly, although the roofs had many advantages, they weren't as clear and sharp as my old Pentax 8x40s. I recently re-purchased a nice, clean pair from ebay for a modest amount of money - just for old times' sake - the feel of them and the view through them is a real nostalgia trip. To be fair, the view in the centre of the field of view is tack-sharp - even if it gets a bit soft at the edges. I just use the edge of the view for "navigation", and the centre for real observing. Enjoy yours.
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MandoBear, thanks for your comment. At least I was spot on in my assessment. I am by no means an expert, nor have I tried any others to compare. When I got them, 46 years ago my eyes were much better, although even then I needed to remove my glasses to use them. We did quite a bit of camping over in Turkey, often spending a weekend at beaches on the Aegean shore, and could look out to nearby Greek islands. They sat in a closet for years here until I recently upgraded some other optics and got interested in them. I have always kept the lens covers on them and store them in their case and doubt if I have ever touched the lenses to clean, and they still look clean to this day. Like I said the only shortcoming from my point of view is the short eye relief. I upgraded from and old B&L Discoverer spotting scope, gave it to my 8 year old grandson, to a Kowa TSN 664 and got one of the 27x long eye relief eyepieces which I prefer to the variable.
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