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Magnification 8x / Re: BEH 8x60 337042
« Last post by Peter Schmoll Jr. on Today at 01:10:31 PM »
Hello, everybody,

I stumbled across this old article by chance, which is really interesting.
I also like the opinion of Niall concerning the quality of the Zeiss or Leitz in Porro I or Porro II construction.

And of course there was a "Hoheitszeichen" on the depicted binoculars of Alex. The omission of the eagle is connected with the year of construction and that is here clearly 1941. In this year the "Hoheitszeichen" was still absolutely usual.
Apropos year of construction and serial number:
The shown binoculars should be checked again by the serial number. The given serial number #337042 does not seem plausible to me in relation to the N-number (the beh 8x60 with serial number 337022 has N 1570)
I suspect here rather a #337642 or perhaps even a #337842 ?
Please check !

All in all these 8x60 Porro I binoculars from Leitz are mostly still usable today.
An impressive sign of the manufacturing quality at Leitz !

...for lovers of the 8x60...another beh with case from the estate of a german Kriegsmarine commander in the appendix

 HPS
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Other manufactures / Re: 1920s Ruhnke Rathenow 6x Televist.
« Last post by Winfried Tuerk on Today at 12:10:45 PM »
Very nice addition Zbig :)

Never seen this interesting 10x(40?) Televist. 1920s? Congrats
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Other manufactures / Re: 1920s Ruhnke Rathenow 6x Televist.
« Last post by Zbig Fiema on Today at 01:01:19 AM »
I guess it will fit to post here also Ruhnke 10x Televist
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Magnification <6x / Re: CZJ 4x Galeo
« Last post by Zbig Fiema on June 14, 2019, 09:12:51 PM »
Hello Junior, yes, I do agree with what you say. As for the fact that Galeo has never appeared in official Zeiss catalogs, it is perhaps because it was supposed to be mass-produced specifically for the army, no need to advertise then...? Regards, Zbig
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Magnification <6x / Re: CZJ 4x Galeo
« Last post by Peter Schmoll Jr. on June 14, 2019, 07:16:40 PM »
Hi Zbig,

I think your idea is good. Photos regularly appear, in which German soldiers still wear Galilean models (for example, the C91). This is also supported by the fact that the field-gray models of the Galeo have no K-stamp, although they probably come from around 1915. However, what speaks against it, is that the Galeo never appeared in official Zeiss catalogs. If you really wanted to build a pair of binoculars for the masses, you probably would have quickly stirred the drum. But still: the design can only speak for the intention of "mass production" ... as you say. I think that Zeiss wanted to produce a competing product for binoculars 08 (which had been successfully built by Busch / Goerz for 3-4 years). The 4x magnification should probably open the field of application "cavalry" (this is the 6x binoculars 08 not suitable). One will probably have seen quickly that the attempt has not started. I think the supremacy of the now established binoculars 08 (especially Goerz had best relations with the German military) was too big to find a place in the market.

greetings
Junior


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Magnification <6x / Re: CZJ 4x Galeo
« Last post by Rodolfo Peirano on June 09, 2019, 11:51:51 PM »
Nothing is excluded Zbig, Who knows, in the future we will be able to find the true explanation. :)
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Others / Re: Italian rangefinder shoulder support
« Last post by Rodolfo Peirano on June 09, 2019, 11:27:37 PM »
Very true Zbig  ;)
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Others / Re: Italian rangefinder shoulder support
« Last post by Zbig Fiema on June 09, 2019, 11:10:49 PM »
Very heavy indeed but it was not uncommon for soldiers of WW2 to carry 30 kgs of equipment...not mentioning Roman legionaries.... :P
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Magnification <6x / Re: CZJ 4x Galeo
« Last post by Zbig Fiema on June 09, 2019, 11:08:40 PM »
I think that Junior has a point here - a cheap model that could be produced in large quantities. Indeed, from the optical point of view, this model is nothing to write home about but its very robust design is an asset. I would even venture a silly idea that it would have been a perfect model for thousands of German NCOs, almost a symbol of military status. After all, many came from not so wealthy family and could possibly not afford a decent Zeiss 6x
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Others / Re: Italian rangefinder shoulder support
« Last post by Rodolfo Peirano on June 09, 2019, 11:07:58 PM »
Very very heavy; I have seen some time ago the corresponding rangefinder (unfortunatelly very incomplete). Many parts in casting bronze.

Can you imagine the poor soldier whith thw harness on the shoulders ?

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