View Full Version : My Grandpa's Russian Binoculars

13-07-2010, 02:58 PM
For quite some time, I was looking for a nice pair of binoculars (I don't know when and where the idea caught me; I just figure us gun types have an interest in these things). Unfortunately, all I saw were either too big, too bulky, or I just didn't want to pay up :P

Recently, my Nana shifted his house. During the cleanup, this Russian was found hiding in a dark corner... and since Nana knows of my interest... the Russian's mine now :D




These 'things' fit at the eye-cup... don't know whether it is a clarity filter or a scratch protector... in any case, one of them is pretty loose and needs to be taken off for comfortable viewing...


I think this is denoting the angle of view or something...

Focusing Ring

Diopter Setting on Eyepiece




Hope you like the photos...

13-07-2010, 03:10 PM
As usual KF bro.........amazing pictures !
You really have a knack of good photography :)
The binoculars are well preserved , judging how old they might be , there seems to be hardly any wear and tear and only minor scratches.
Such gifts from grandparents are to be treasured and cherished !!

13-07-2010, 03:19 PM
@KF, very nice photography indeed, and very well preserved binoculars. You captured your own photo very well in the third last pic.

Mangloo Ramzani
13-07-2010, 03:33 PM
Excellently preseved Binoculars, KF bro you are one lucky dude! ;) Congrats!!
... and Nice photography (as usual)!!

13-07-2010, 03:44 PM
Thanks for complementing, guys :)

Given the condition of these binoculars, I think that they have seen little to no use at all, knowing my Nana :D He may have taken it out on a picnic or something... but that would be about... will surely ask him about it some time...

@HammadArshad: I know :D Noticed it while editing the pics...

Did I mention that the image is pretty crisp? The lens of this pair is truly Russian, as it shows no fogging, scratches or any kind of image degradation which is expected from older glass. Being a hobbyist photographer, I was surprised to see the clarity and contrast of these binoculars. It can focus down to a pretty close distance too, a feature which I've found lacking in cheaper Chinese scopes and binoculars...

Amjad Ali
13-07-2010, 03:57 PM
dear kagefox OLD IS GOLD your great NANA is very lucky to have this type of slection , if you try to buy it from local market , i think it`s impossible , so try to use & safe it like your NANA .

13-07-2010, 04:00 PM
Nice stuff brother........

13-07-2010, 04:04 PM
Nice find KF its so much fun finding old things and then be allowed to keep them...

13-07-2010, 04:22 PM

ur really lucky that u got this beauty

13-07-2010, 05:26 PM
Nice find KF its so much fun finding old things and then be allowed to keep them...

How true... :D

13-07-2010, 11:46 PM
brother KF not a lot of people know the feeling of actually going through old stuff and finding something old and forgotten and then have it for your own i once found my late uncles cap collection old and lost but then i was allowed to keep it i know what it feels like brother

14-07-2010, 12:59 AM
Exactly bro. The feeling when an elder entrusts you with one of his possessions is unmatched... and as Amjad Ali said, "OLD IS GOLD"...

14-07-2010, 01:06 AM
i have also these ussr bino but a bigger in size from 16m to 1km rANGE AND IT BELONGS TO MY MAMU ITS CURRENTLY WITH ME WILL TRY TO UPLOAD THE PICS!!!! ITS AN AWESOME PIECE BUT ARE QUITE HEAVY TO HANDLE.... I have also these yellow extra lenses these r fore sun protection... and plus covers for lenses

14-07-2010, 01:14 AM
This one's pretty heavy too. When I picked it up the first time, I felt that it could be easily used as a melee weapon, without incurring damage to itself... staying true to the legacy of robust Russians...

14-07-2010, 01:14 AM
Used them they are superb 8*30 i think

Once I asked Ilyas Sahib about there availability in Peshawar

14-07-2010, 01:18 AM
AGREED +1 KF and Amjad

14-07-2010, 01:31 AM
Very well preserved Binoculars and great photography.. thanks for sharing KF brother.. :)

14-07-2010, 02:29 AM
It is marked as 8x30. Really don't know how to check...

Thanks for the comments, gentlemen. Really appreciate it.

14-07-2010, 02:44 AM
This one's pretty heavy too. When I picked it up the first time, I felt that it could be easily used as a melee weapon, without incurring damage to itself... staying true to the legacy of robust Russians...
as in movie 2012 the old boxer says upon seeing the huge plain "its russiuan" well a fine piece it is he also once had an old antique gramophone. my another mamu gave me his S.T.DUPONT lighter and a french medal made in 1889. for completion of 100 years of Eiffel tower an exhibition took place where ppl from around the world were invited and the medals were distributed to the guests.

14-07-2010, 06:23 AM
As always, Excellent photography, KF!

Now a little bit about the Binoculars. I saw the very same pair of binoculars in Lahore Market the other day. Instead of USSR, they were marked "Russia". Guessing that this particular piece was built under the communist regime. The interesting thing is that the shopkeeper was demanding 10,000 for these Binoculars. :o

Whatever the case may be, they sure are a keeper! I had a chance to check out its resolution on the spot and I gotta say, it was beyond superb! :)

Take good care of them. :)

14-07-2010, 05:45 PM
Kagey you are one sly fox :)
Congrats, truly retro. You are one interesting kid. Love the photography

14-07-2010, 10:55 PM
...Once I asked Ilyas Sahib about there availability in Peshawar

Salams Bro! ... and what had I said? Don't remember but if I missed that post, I'm extremely
sorry for that. If you still need the info, I'll try to check it out for you by Sunday :)

15-07-2010, 12:52 AM
great photography.. thanks for sharing KF brother

15-07-2010, 01:56 AM
oh congrat kage bro, u must be happy by having it free of cost
by the way what are the parameters of a good binocular

15-07-2010, 04:29 AM
great photography.. thanks for sharing KF brother

15-07-2010, 10:40 AM
nice set of binocular.... pure vintage piece

15-07-2010, 12:13 PM
great thanx for sharing brother

24-07-2010, 02:46 AM
I got same one but thats polish(poland) made

24-07-2010, 02:58 AM

Haider Shah
01-08-2010, 12:40 AM
Beautiful Bino , credit goes to the person who kept it so well, very well done

01-08-2010, 11:51 PM
The bino is a porro prism type, mostly used by military as it is strong and bright. It has Bak 4 prisms as written on it in russian.
It has 8 times magnification and 30 mm is the diameter of its objective lenses.
This is probably made in East germany , before the unification.
This is a fairly good binocular and you can use it very effectively for mountain hunting in bright day light; at dusk and dawn it is a bit handicapped because of the small dia of objective lenses but then it is that much lighter and easier to carry in the mountains where ounces become pounds when you carry up hill.
Enjoy it, use it, and keep it safe as it is your grand fathers bino

16-08-2010, 03:26 PM
from the markings it looks that it has come out of the famous Kazan Optical-Mechanical Factory... a true soviet collectible...never lose it or if u intend to, lose it to me :)

for a little knowledge: http://www.baigish.ru/eng/about_comp/