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Postby chunder on Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:58 am

Hi, I have been given a pair of Quantum 25/62x100 Observation Binoculars,in mint condition apart from, both 100mm object lenses are smashed, are they worth repairing? Thanks, Tony.
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Re: damaged lenses

Postby PhilR. on Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:17 pm

Is it the Helios brand? If so, it might be worth it, but I don't know where you would go to get that done.

When you wrote "25/62" does that mean a zoom-type of binocular, such as would be commonly written as 25-62x100? If so, then I would say that I'm not fond of zoom binoculars, and would recommend that instead of putting money into your damaged one, you might consider putting the money towards a good set of fixed-powers. You will get a better overall view that way......
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Re: damaged lenses

Postby chunder on Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:14 pm

Yes they are Helios (£1300.00) English pounds, and they are in very good condition, apart from you know what.Thanks for your time, Tony.
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Re: damaged lenses

Postby PhilR. on Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:28 pm

That brand seems to have a good reputation, so they might well be worth the money to fix. However - as I am on the other side of the big pond from you, I could not tell you where to go to get them fixed.

I would bet that even if you did find a place to fix them, that like most other complicated things, it would cost almost as much to fix as it would to just buy a new set. It they are zoom binoculars, then I would definitely spend the money elsewhere.
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Re: damaged lenses

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:29 am

Hi

Not familiar with the brand, but they sound like a typical Chinese 100mm Observation bino and these have been sold under many names - over, here, Oberwerk and also Barska.

The 25/62 on the Oberwerk binocular indicates a turret eyepiece with two lenses - allows you to select 25x or 62x by rotating the turret. You can see the setup in the pic of the Oberwerk 25/40. Not a zoom, thank heavens. I agree totally with Phil - zooms binos are indeed optical trash.

Sorry, but very unlikely you can get the objectives replaced and even if you could, it would likely not be cost effective. The objectives are, by far, the most expensive component in a binocular.
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Re: damaged lenses

Postby chunder on Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:37 am

Thanks to all who replied, armed with your advice I shall bin them, thanks again Tony.
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Re: damaged lenses

Postby Jne_K on Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:19 am

You are very welcome.
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