Seeking info on WWII ship Binocular/Telescope
US NAVY-BU. OF ORD
MARK 91 MOD. 0
WT. 40 SER. NO 212
BAUSCH & LOMB OPTICAL CO.
They also have another series of numbers on all the different parts of the binoculars. The numbers are set up like this: 41549#- _-1
One tube of the scope has a 2 in place of the second # symbol and the other tube has a 3 in the same place. The underscore _ is representing a raised box or square. All the numbers and symbols are raised and like they were put there by the forge that formed the tube. They have lens guards for the front lenses that are aluminum and have a flip piece in the front of the cap. Rubber eye guards.
Any information about these binoc's, their value, or where I may be able to find out about them would be appreciated.
These will have a value principally for a collector, since optical technology has come a long way since then in terms of coatings and other features. It appears to be a submarine binocular. I found one listed on E-bay at http://cgi.ebay.com/WWII-BAUSCH-LOMB-MA ... dZViewItem selling for $4000
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opticschief wrote:The Mk-91 and Mk-93 were left up in the sail of the the submarine all the time. We used to pressure test them to about 300 ft. They sat on top of a TBT (Target Bearing Transmitter) that directly sent the direction the binocular was pointing down to the control room to be fed to the fire control computer (old days, all gears). There were two models, one was 7x the other was a 6x. They are NOT what was refered to as "big eyes", which were 20x120mm.
Would opticschief or anyone else happen to know what voltage was used for reticule lighting?
I was just teasing. Not to worry.
Yes, I am now a free-lancer, semi-retired (and loving it). Bob is always a good contact, though, especially on astronomy.
I will go to E-bay and have a look and, who knows, maybe bid.
Do you know if there is any way to track down which vessel these were on, and maybe when?
Very interesting, especially that mount.
Military history is way out of my league, but I'd start by contacting someone in military history at a local college or university or even the navy, itself. Good luck.
I can't believe I have to beg for bids.....I have a TON of interest, but people are scared to bid, I guess.
I think the a lot of that interest is in the fact that these are unique and also historical. I'm sure you'll do fine, though, on the bidding.
We don't deal in collectible or vintage binoculars, here, but hopefully someone will be bale to supply a bit of info for you. Best of luck and welcome to the forum.