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Tripod adaptors, lens openers

Lens rim opener, 2-prong with locking mechanism

Lens rim opener, 2-prong with locking mechanism

Ref: OPEN-LENS-2B


Locking mechanism so that once the size is set, the prongs can't slip.

There original prongs are approximately (they vary slightly) 3mm wide X 1.5mm thick, the outer edge is tapered, they are supplied by the manufacturer in the Far East, designed for opening watch backs.

There is an optional pair of fittings made by us out of hard steel, they are approximately (they vary slightly) 2mm wide X 1mm thick. We made these because we thought the original weren't the best quality or fine enough for lenses (if it slips, you scratch the lens!).

Minimum diameter 15mm, maximum diameter 45mm.


Price: 15.00 Including VAT

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Tick here to add fine steel tips, £4.80
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Lens rim opener for binocular objective lenses (LOC P )

Lens rim opener for binocular objective lenses (LOC P )

Ref: lens-rim-opener


These are for removing the rims that hold the objective lenses of binoculars.

These rims have very fine slots, you can't use tweezers (you'll break the tips), you can't use watch back openers (the prongs are far too thick), you can't use pliers (they will slip, there will be an accident!).

I asked a binocular repairer what he uses and he said he makes his own opener for each type of binocular.

So I asked an engineer to make some. It turned out to be more complicated than a simple 'forked' piece of metal with fine tips - it requires a 'blade' (which won't slip) which is thin enough and which is made of hardened steel, and a sturdy casing with grips so that you can undo a tight thread.

MEDIUM SIZE. These will not fit every binocular, because the size and exact positioning of the slots vary, but the two large sizes (see picture) will, between them, fit most 50mm lenses. I've tried the smaller one on a random selection of stock including REL (Bausch & Lomb) 7X50, Zeiss 7X50 (I had a Binoctem, I think Jenoptem is the same), plus some modern binoculars (Zenith, Swift and Commodore) - it fits all of them. If you want to see if this fits your particular binocular,measure the diameter to the outermost point of the slots, the blade is 57mm long, so this won't fit if your measurement is less than 57mm.

LARGE SIZE. Some 50mm military binoculars have rims far outside the lens, If you want to see if this fits your particular binocular,measure the diameter to the outermost point of the slots, the blade is 59mm long, so this won't fit if your measurement is less than 59mm.

SMALL SIZE. I had this made for a Zeiss 20mm (e.g. 6X20, 8X20, 10X20). I noticed that the lens stood slightly proud of the rim, hence the slight curve in the middle of the blade to stop it scouring the middle of the lens. If you want to see if this fits your particular binocular,measure the diameter to the outermost point of the slots, the blade is 22.5mm long, so this won't fit if your measurement is less than 22.5mm.


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Size
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Small
27.50 Inc. VAT
Medium
37.50 Inc. VAT
Large
37.50 Inc. VAT

Lens Rim Opener

Lens Rim Opener

Ref: OPEN-LENS-2


There fittings are 'prongs' approximately (they vary slightly) 3mm wide X 1.5mm thick, the outer edge is tapered, they are supplied by the manufacturer in the Far East.

There is an optional pair of fittings made by us out of hard steel, they are approximately (they vary slightly) 2mm wide X 1mm thick. We made these because we thought the original weren't the best quality or fine enough, and we recommended these for opening the rims of binoculars and telelscopes. It is, however, not guaranteed that these fittings will fit your particular binocular or telescope. If you want to give it a try and really don't want to spend more than £10.00, then give it a try.

Minimum diameter 15mm, maximum diameter 42mm.


Price: 9.00 Including VAT

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Tripod Adaptor, light duty

Tripod Adaptor, light duty

Ref: tripd-adapt-soho


There are two sizes of tripod thread, one (the larger size) was used before the 1960s in Europe and America, and in Russia until the 1990s, and on most military equipment; the other (the smaller size) has now become universal. The problem is when you have an old (military or Eastern European) item, you rush home fit it onto your tripod and it doesn't fit.

This is a light duty adaptor, suitable for small items such as cameras and small binoculars. the it fits INSIDE the thread of the item thus making it smaller...and the correct size to fit a modern tripod.


Price: 3.06 Including VAT

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Tripod Adaptor, heavy duty

Tripod Adaptor, heavy duty

Ref: tripd-adapt-qtst


There are two sizes of tripod thread, one (the larger size) was used before the 1960s in Europe and America, and in Russia until the 1990s, and on most military equipment; the other (the smaller size) has now become universal. The problem is when you have an old (military or Eastern European) item, you rush home fit it onto your tripod…and it doesn't fit.

This is a heavy duty adaptor, suitable for large items such as brass gunsights, heavy binoculars etc. the hole screws onto the item (old / large size), then the hole fits your modern tripod.


Price: 5.10 Including VAT

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