United 20x40 Spotting Scope

Length of Objective Barrels of Binoculars or Telescopes . Länge der Röhre von Fernglas. Longueur du Tube de Jumelles. Длина трубы бинокли.  双眼鏡 の管の長さ Längden på Röret Kikare. Longitud del tubo de Prismáticos.  Lunghezza di Barili Obiettivi di Binocoli o Telescopi.

Miniature Binoculars with Sports Organization Endorsement. Miniatur-Ferngläser mit Sport Endorsement. Jumelles Miniatures avec Endossement Sport. Миниатюрные бинокли со спортивным одобрения. スポーツエンドースメント付きミニチュア双眼鏡. Miniatyr Kikare med Sports Endorsement. Prismáticos en Miniatura con Aval Deportes. Binocolo in Miniatura con L’approvazione Dell’organizzazione Sportiva.

tasco 12x40 NFL binoculars with box Tasco 8x20 NFL Binoculars with orig box

Companies distributing and selling consumer products have long known that the obsessive self association of fans with their chosen sports organizations can be exploited quite effectively by licensed affiliation. Around 1971 Tasco Sales licensed an NFL (US National Football League) “approved” endorsement for their binoculars. The boxes were marked with the NFL logo and “approved” marking. The binoculars themselves were normal models without any special markings, so the consumer sports fans really didn’t get much that was special other than a pasteboard box. In fact the 12 x 40 # 505 ringsider model pictured above left and sold with the NFL endorsement were actually Tasco’s German and European model binoculars that were not really intended for the US market, complete with their German markings. But perhaps the sports fans thought “ VOLL VERGOTET” mean “Go Team”  and “WEITWINKEL” meant “Quarterback Special?’ Actually, it is likely Tasco Sales saw it as a perfect opportunity to sell slow moving stock from one market in another market with that NFL endorsement and if the NFL saw the “VOLL VERGOTET” marking they just assumed the deal was “fully coated” in extra profits for them.

Tasco NFL licensed 12x40 binoculars Collection of  Mark Ohno

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Japanese External Reverse Porro Prism Binoculars. WEBSITE MUSEUM

 

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Even the most casual observer of binoculars will have noticed the wide variation in the overall length of binoculars. The design of binoculars always involves an interaction between prism arrangement and distance between lenses and lens diameter and the resulting magnification and width (angle) of view) and amount of light passed. With design aspects subject to practicality of use. The intuitive assumption is that longer is more powerful. Usually this is so, but not necessarily proportionally. Above left are Japanese WWII ship’s 15x80 binoculars (15x magnification) whose length illustrates the double telescope origins of binoculars and are of a size that is normally mounted and not hand held. Above right are Japanese post war 6x15 (6x magnification) binoculars designed to be small. If all other design factors are the same (they aren’t above) then a simple, inexpensive, and common way to increasing magnification is to increase the objective barrel length to allow an increase in the distance between the prisms and the objective (furthest) lens. The relationship of objective barrel length to magnification can be illustrated by the following examples, which are quite similar in design and in components except for the objective barrel length and objective lens diameter.

Man with Japanese Warship Binoculars Man with Japanese miniature binoculars United Falcon 20x40 binoculars

The United Falcon 20x40 (20 x magnification) binoculars have an extended  objective tube of around 125.7 mm

Dollonds 8x20 Binoculars
Dollonds 8x20 jumelles.
Dollonds 8x20 fernglas.
Dollonds 8x20 binocolo.
Dollonds 8x20 binoculares.
Dollonds 8x20 prismaticos.
Dollonds 8x20 kikkert.
Dollonds 8x20 verrekijker
Dollonds 8x20 kiikarit.
Dollonds 8x20 kikare.
Dollonds 8x20 dylbi.
Dollonds 8x20 dvogled.
Dollonds 8x20 dalekohled.
Dollonds 8x20 binoklis.
Dollonds 8x20 ziuronai.
Dollonds 8x20 lornrtka.
Dollonds 8x20 binoclu.
Dollonds 8x20 durbun. 
Dollonds 8x20 ong nhom. United 10x20 binoculars.
United 10x20 jumelles.
United 10x20 fernglas.
United 10x20 binocolo.
United 10x20 binoculares.
United 10x20 prismaticos.
United 10x20 kikkert.
United 10x20 verrekijker.
United 10x20 kiikarit.
United 10x20 kikare.
United 10x20 dylbi.
United 10x20 dvogled.
United 10x20 dalekohled.
United 10x20 binoklis.
United 10x20 ziuronai.
United 10x20 lornetka.
United 10x20 binoclu.
United 10x20 durbun
United 10x20 ong nhom.

By comparison United 10x20 (10x magnification) binoculars have an objective tube length of around 40 mm

Dollonds 8x20 (8x magnification) binoculars have an objective tube length of around 38 mm

United 7x18 binoculars.
United 7x18 jumelles.
United 7x18 fernglas.
United 7x18 binocolo.
United 7x18 binoculares.
United 7x18 prismaticos.
United 7x18 kikkert
United 7x18 verrekijker.
United 7x18 kiikarit.
United 7x18 kikare.
United 7x18 dylbi.
United 7x18 dvogled.
United 7x18 dalekohled.
United 7x18 binoklis.
United 7x18 ziuronai.
United 7x18 lornetka.
United 7x18 binoclu.
United 7x18 durbun.
United 7x18 ong nhom. Fata Morgana 4x binoculars.
Fata Morgana 4x jumelles.
Fata Morgana 4x fernglas.
Fata Morgana 4x binocolo.
Fata Morgana 4x binoculares.
Fata Morgana 4x prismaticos.
Fata Morgana 4x kikkert.
Fata Morgana 4x verrekijker.
Fata Morgana 4x kiikarit.
Fata Morgana 4x kikare
Fata Morgana 4x dylbi.
Fata Morgana 4x dvogled.
Fata Morgana 4x dalekohled.
Fata Morgana 4x binoklis.
Fata Morgana 4x ziuronai.
Fata Morgana 4x lornetka.
Fata Morgana 4x binoclu.
Fata Morgana 4x durbun.
Fata Morgana 4x ong nhom.

United 7x18 (7x magnification) binoculars have an objective tube length of around 25.5 mm

Fata Morgana 4x12 (4x magnification) binoculars have an objective tube length of around 14.4 mm, one of the shorter objective  tube lengths

Telescopes, Spotting Scopes, and Monoculars of a Similar Design to the Miniature Binoculars. Teleskope, Spektive und Monokulare Ähnlicher Bauart wie die Miniaturferngläser. Té.lescopes, Longues-vues et Monoculaires d'un Design Similaire à Celui des Jumelles Miniatures. телескопы, прицельные прицелы и монокуляры аналогичного дизайна для миниатюрного бинокля. 望遠鏡、 スポッティングスコープ、ミニチュア双眼鏡と同様の設計の単眼鏡. T eleskop, Spottskalor och Monokulor av liknande Design till Minikikaren. Telescopios y Monoculares de Diseño Similar a los Binoculares en Miniature. Telescopi, Cannocchiali e Monocoli di un Design Simile al Binocolo in Miniature.

The components used in the Japanese reverse external poro prism miniature binoculars were suitable for use in compact spotting scopes, telescopes, and monoculars, and various scopes and monoculars appeared under a variety of brand names in various markets around the world at around the same time as the binoculars.

Greenkat 30x60 Spotting Scope

Greenkat 30x60 telescope or spotting scope missing tripod yoke.( UK market).  Collection Mark Ohno

38 mm

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125.7 mm

25.5 mm

Mayflower 6x15 monocular distributed in the USA by Colonial Optical Co of Englewood California, with JB 231 manufacturer code indicating manufacture by Tochihara Optical Co of Japan, a prolific contract manufacturer. Collection of Mark Ohno

Palley 20x40 Spotting Scope

Palley Hy Power 20x40 spotting scope or telescope with yoke (USA market). Collection Mark Ohno

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Tasco NFL licensed 8x20 binoculars Collection of Mark Ohno

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What is the Value of Specific Miniature Binoculars? Was ist der Wert der Spezifischen Minifernglas? Quelle est la Valeur de Miniature Spécifique Jumelles? ミニチュア双眼鏡の特定のペア の値は何ですか? Какова величина удельного Миниатюрные Бинокль? Vad är Värdet av Specifik Miniature Kikare?¿Cuál es el Valor de Específico Prismáticos Miniatura? Qual è il Valore Dei Binocoli Specifici in Miniatura?

I get asked about this frequently. I won’t normally estimate values. Miniature binoculars are worth what someone is actually willing to pay you for them at a particular point in time, and place, for whatever reason. I like low start competitive auctions to determine a real value. Demand and supply and perception and selling region and condition are factors, but actual rarity not so much. I have paid a relative pittance for some of the rarest binoculars at auction because nobody bid against me and or desired them (lack of demand). And there are so many nonsense “rare” descriptions attached to fairly common things that actually rare or obscure items or brands often generate minimal interest or value. My perspective is that vintage miniature binoculars are normally bought by people wishing to use them, and/ or for personal reasons such as wanted one as a younger person but couldn’t afford them or friend has one; and/or for their novelty or show off value; and/or because someone likes the recent production new Nikon Mikron 6x15 or 7x15 binoculars but not the fairly high price of those. So full functionality is important. Conversely, I believe that few miniature binoculars are purchased for purposes of collecting, as I have only ever heard from, or am aware of, a very small handful of other collectors making any effort to collect any quantity of these. So the plentiful miniature models of really common importer brands produced in comparatively large quantities that most people have heard people of (Bushnell, Selsi, Binolux, Swift, Tasco ) probably have more demand than uncommon or obscure brands. I used to tell people to watch auction end results of items started low on auction sites like Ebay ® as a method of determining actual demand and real world value. As Ebay ® changed to strongly discourage auctions in favor of a “buy it now or offer” site business model, for collectables that became a largely stagnant pool of collectables priced well above what anyone would pay in a competitive auction, and with a very high percentage of that stuff never selling (Like all those common Binolux, Selsi, Bushnell, Swift and Tasco miniature binoculars worth around $25 or $30 at most listed at $125 or whatever delusional price). I’ve watched one pair of miniature binoculars of a brand I wanted but priced at around four times their worth get re-listed for well over six years and still counting. So looking at on-line miniature binoculars “buy it now” asking prices is mostly an indicator of what nobody is willing to pay, since those priced right and with credible full functionality just sell quickly and disappear. And of course the overpriced asking prices just influence other sellers to do the same, and at the same time it discourages collectors from continuing to bother to look very often. My option on value (what people will pay) is based on having  been the HIGH BIDDER in COMPETITIVE BIDDING on 900 or so pairs of miniature binoculars with bids of UNDER $30 + shipping in the past 6 or 7 years, and of a huge range of brands for the collection, and from auction sites all over the world. So I think that this is probably a pretty good real world demonstration that $25-$30 or so is around the real market value of most functional miniature binoculars. Sure there are a few miniature brands that may get a bit more as being a premium brand (Nikon, Pentax), or in circumstances that increase value (such as being like-new and/or with original retail box), and a few markets (like Germany that have always had higher optical goods prices). Conversely my opinion that binoculars that are beat up, corroded, missing eyepieces, with collimation issues (double vision), cracked prisms, dirty inside, or frozen adjustments are worth maybe $10-$15, if that. I may not care all that much about defects, as I can fix them, and/or I just wanted spare parts. From huge experience for buyers I have a cynical pessimism of miniature binocular functionality and listing transparency. If you are a buyer you probably want to see a lot of non ambiguous specific condition statement claims like “clear lenses”, “no double vision”, “focus freely”, “work great”, “function like new”, etc. Statements like “may need some cleaning” should be read as “internal lens surfaces probably too dirty to be usable without a skill based servicing which if you have to pay for will be many times  more than the resulting binoculars will be worth. Likewise I view vague and incomplete descriptions limited to  “used” or “previously owned” with no additional statement addressing functional condition as usually being a red flag of known issues like double vision, dirty lenses and prisms, cracked or loose prisms, seized focusing mechanisms/ oculars, or free spinning ocular rings. I think there are so few collectors of these because the vast majority arrive with some functionality problem: I’ve done some sort of repair on the vast majority of the ones in the collection, and to the degree that when one arrives needing nothing I am a little surprised.

Keeping Track of Miniature Binoculars? Nachverfolgen von Miniaturferngläsern? Отслеживание миниатюрных биноклей? ミニチュア双眼鏡の追跡? Håller koll på miniatyrkikay listed lyre? ¿Mantener un registro de binoculares en miniatura? Tenere traccia del binocolo in miniatura?

When a collector has accumulated a really large number of whatever item they collect, it becomes hard (and then impossible) to remember exactly what variations you have or don’t have, compounded by the number of ones offered for sale that you look at. This results in purchasing items that turn out to be duplications, which makes you feel foolish. Sometimes you see collectors pouring through paper lists of what they have or need, or looking on tablet or computer lists. Somebody asked how I keep track? I don’t know any other collectors who do it exactly the same way that I do. I just go on line to this website and look at the listing of what I have ( X marked)  on my lists of known binoculars of this type (the six BINOCULARS BY BRAND scroll down pages). I don’t think it so odd to do this by website, but other people seem to think it is strange or funny.

Paws, Jaws, Claws and Miniature Binoculars . Pfoten, Klauen, Krallen und Miniaturferngläser. Pattes, Mâchoires, Griffes et Jumelles Miniatures. Лапы, челюсти, когти и миниатюрные бинокли. 足、顎、爪 およびミニ双眼鏡 . Tassar, Käkar, Klor och Minikikare. Patas, Mandíbulas, Garras y Binoculares en Miniature. Zampe, Mascelle, Artigli e Binocoli in Miniature.