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Title: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on December 07, 2017, 05:28:59 PM
Hi everyone,

Among the French binoculars that I had the opportunity to try, what I have most appreciated is the uncommon S.G.O. (Huet 8x40) wide-angle for the navy.

Built for the first time in 1953, it was adopted by the navy especially on board submarines. The second batch of production dates to 1959. The two differ only for small finishing details. Mine binos, casually found in France, is part of the first lot.

The optical scheme is Abbe-Koenig with very impressive prisms that provide, together with the other optic parts and the coated lenses, a very bright image and practically free of distortion. In the right ocular is present also a graticule graduated "MilliƩmes"

The FOV of 192.5 / 1000, it's really impressive. Although there are also other large-angle binoculars: Zeiss Deltar (which I never got to try), S. Giorgio Mega and others, probably this one second only to that of the Sard 6x42.

The eyepieces are protected by two strong rubber shells that don't disturb the vision even for eyeglass wearers. Then, if you try to remove the shells, it even seems to "fall into the scene" displayed.

This binocular is a fixed focus, or better, it is possible to adjust the focus only with the help of a knurled lever wrench that is inserted on the knurled ring of the eyepieces (after removal of the protective shells). These are in fact sealed by a large o-ring that prevents any freehand rotation, and access to moisture.

The focus ranges from about 30 meters to infinity, so perfect for navy binoculars.

The binoculars are made entirely of metal and are covered with black rubber in the parts most subject to impact. The non-rubberized parts have a truly effective anti-slip rough sand coating.

Despite its strength, the weight is only 1300 gr. and its dimensions allow it to be transported without tiring the neck.

The leather case is very strong, and in the lid there is a compartment where are housed the colour filters and a spare rubber shell.

All the best.
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Niall McLaren on December 07, 2017, 10:38:21 PM
Great binoculars - I love mine but have to admit - nothing beats the Sard! ;)
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on December 07, 2017, 11:26:16 PM
Yes I think so too: the Sard is the best "WIDE ANGLE" of all ages  :D, but perhaps a bit heavy for a traveling use.  :-X
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: James Stewart on September 30, 2018, 03:46:57 PM
 Under the eyecups.
Which element to turn to adjust focus, the very top one or the larger second circular element into which the eyecups seat?
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Alex Lipton on September 30, 2018, 05:16:47 PM
It is a great bino, and arguably producing one of the wides angles - apparent field of view 88 deg.

Alex
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on September 30, 2018, 05:23:50 PM
Yes Alex,

In my opinion the best wide angle was the SARD 7x42, the HUET 8x40 and the rare San Giorgio MEGA 8,5x30.

The latter is very difficult to find and seems absolutely amazing. I hope, sooner or later, to be lucky enough to find one  ;)
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Alex Lipton on September 30, 2018, 06:48:45 PM
Hi Rodolpho,

You mean Sard 6x42?

In this case, I have all three, and can attest to the fact that they are ALL amazing.

Due to practical considerations, I use Mega in the field - it is stunning, indeed, but, a little surprisingly, the field of view is not that wide - 176 m/1000 m.

And it shows

Best

Alex
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on September 30, 2018, 07:17:31 PM
Yes Alex,

Sard 6x42 the fat boy :-[
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on September 30, 2018, 07:32:26 PM
Hi Rodolpho,

You mean Sard 6x42?

In this case, I have all three, and can attest to the fact that they are ALL amazing.

Due to practical considerations, I use Mega in the field - it is stunning, indeed, but, a little surprisingly, the field of view is not that wide - 176 m/1000 m.

And it shows

Best

Alex

Dear Alex,

Do you know exactly the FOV of the HUET 8x40 ? About the MEGA, do you have the data in any catalog or 176 m/1000 m is  an approximate evaluation ?





Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Alex Lipton on September 30, 2018, 08:49:14 PM
Dear Rodolfo,

I know that 8x40 has 11 deg field of view and measured the one for Mega accordingly.

But Mega just feels great

Best

Alex

Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Giovanni Pires on October 24, 2018, 01:04:04 PM
My personal opinion: I'll be honest, this is my absolute favorite binoculars. The immersion effect is superior to both the Sard 6x42 and the Huet Mirapan and to the 410 Tasco. If it plays on par with the Deltarem. I can not make a fair assessment with this last one because I have yet to put it into operation.

Of Sgo 8x40 I have both the '53 and '59 versions. The '53 I removed the reticule, the orings and I have 2 overpins to focus naturally. As soon as I have time, I take pictures.
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: James Stewart on October 24, 2018, 01:28:47 PM
Giovanni, look forward to seeing your photos, then 8x40 is a nice set.
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on October 24, 2018, 02:56:37 PM
Dear Rodolfo,

I know that 8x40 has 11 deg field of view and measured the one for Mega accordingly.

But Mega just feels great

Best

Alex

Dear Alex,

I have long understood that you are madly in love with San.Giorgio and in particular with the MEGA  ;). In evaluations, however, it should be impartial (though difficult)

Trying to be impartial, I made a document related to my test that puts in the race: Sard 6x42, Huet 8x40, San.Giorgio MEGA and Huet Mirapan 200.

I will post it as soon as possible. I hope you will be interested.
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Alex Lipton on October 24, 2018, 02:58:00 PM
Dear Rodolfo,

Sure. Looking forward. ;D

Alex
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Giovanni Pires on October 24, 2018, 04:06:21 PM
Wow Alex, I did not know this Huet .... here is an image of my 2 child, note the focusers of '53' ....

https://flic.kr/p/Jccz2r (https://flic.kr/p/Jccz2r)
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Alex Lipton on October 24, 2018, 04:44:23 PM
Hi Giovanni,

It is very rare :-)

Your 53 is great - I like the eyecups :-)

Alex
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on October 24, 2018, 05:55:52 PM
Wow Alex, I did not know this Huet .... here is an image of my 2 child, note the focusers of '53' ....

https://flic.kr/p/Jccz2r (https://flic.kr/p/Jccz2r)

Certainly useful Giovanni, even if I personally do not approve these reworkings on historical optics   :-\  Or course only my opinion !
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Giovanni Pires on October 24, 2018, 11:33:42 PM
Rodolfo I understand you.  I did not touch the '59. The 53 but now has new life, perfectly usable in all contexts with the focusers free to rotate and a clear image, free from the reticular, a real enjoyment.
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Eric Schleppegrell on December 08, 2018, 07:29:55 AM
Dear Giovanni,
I am impressed with your focusers on the modified huets! Did you make those yourself and or do you have drawings or such that could be transmitted for me to make them? I assume they are easy to remove and restore the unit to original condition? Thanks!
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Robert Forslund on December 08, 2018, 07:41:10 AM
I must confess; I never use  my Huet 8x40.  :(
It has this yellow tinting to the picture, just like the binoculars from the Warschaw pact countries
 used to have.

Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Rodolfo Peirano on December 08, 2018, 03:25:00 PM
Dear Robert,

are you sure that isn't some lens problem ? My Huet 8x40 (1953) give absolutely neutral image.
Title: Re: HUET 8X40 WIDE ANGLE
Post by: Giovanni Pires on December 09, 2018, 05:55:49 AM
Dear Giovanni,
I am impressed with your focusers on the modified huets! Did you make those yourself and or do you have drawings or such that could be transmitted for me to make them? I assume they are easy to remove and restore the unit to original condition? Thanks!

Hi Eric. Nothing difficult. The o-rings must be removed to make them mobile. Then these shells are made at the lathe and they are interlocking. At any moment it is possible to remove them and re-do everything.