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Old 3rd August 2019, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default Help...do you know what this is?

I thought I would try this forum as there are so many people from all over the world that take part.


Does anyone know what this is and in what capacity it was used?


This item was owned by my dad. It is an optical device of some sort. It appears to be of German origin manufactured by Carl Zeiss (or at least it has Zeiss glass in it). It has markings from the German Military circa WWII as per the pictures. I believe it was used in some type of outdoor visual sighting and for looking upward. I think this because it has 4 filters (clear, slightly tinted, red, and almost opaque). There are no graduated markings (degrees etc,) through the field of view. As a kid I used to look at the sun via the opaque filter. It has a slide to mount it along with a screw to lock it into the mount. I know most Flack cannons had a binocular type scope but Iíve never seen a single type unit as this. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 3rd August 2019, 04:30 PM   #2
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Angled binocular?. Pretty handy in combat situations in City's for example
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Old 3rd August 2019, 04:56 PM   #3
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Maybe part of a periscope:


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WW11 ZEISS FARBGLASER U-BOAT RANGEFINDER MONOCULAR | #28959195


my google-fu is iffy on this one
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Old 3rd August 2019, 05:01 PM   #4
Galu is offline Galu  Scotland
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It could be a 'right angle' telescope eyepiece adaptor which makes it more comfortable to view the image produced by a telescope compared to looking directly along the axis of the telescope.
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Old 3rd August 2019, 05:05 PM   #5
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Well the military insignia speaks to its provenance, and most likely phredrick has nailed it.


I can remember one of my early employers showing me a pair of what he described as Zeiss U-Boat Binoculars in the mid 70's -he was an RCAF radio tech veteran, and had some interesting paraphernalia collected during his service during the mid to late 60's. They weren't pocket-size, but geezus the optics on those things was scary good.
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Old 3rd August 2019, 06:59 PM   #6
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Help...do you know what this is?
Before reading Phredricks response, I had the same two thoughts. I see that Chris is on board and if you wanna talk about someone in the know, talk to Chris. I sure he'll know someone who does.
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Old 12th August 2019, 06:31 AM   #7
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Bloody socialists at Carl Zeiss going round making excellent optics!

For the last 130 years Carl Zeiss has been owned by a foundation which stipulates that no one can earn more than 10x of the lowest earning employee. The Foundation is administered by a committee made up of 50% employees, 50% management. Once a year management has to go before it and justify their actions with regards to how they benefitted the work force and the communities Carl Zeiss/Schott operates in.
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Angled binocular?. Pretty handy in combat situations in City's for example
They were often used in trench's so you didn't get your head shot off !
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