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October 19, 2018

German Optical & Precision Instrument Three Letter Codes 1940
During hostilities, the German Government tried to hide the names of the factories still in production.
They issued every factory with a unique code which was engraved on the instrument
instead of the makers...

October 19, 2018

World War II Naval Optics: Kollmorgen 20x120

A brief history of Kollmorgen

Frederick Kollmorgen was a German skilled in optics who, after some time honing his craft in Vienna and London, came to New York in the early 1900’s. When the US Navy placed a bid for periscopes,...

October 19, 2018

On the 25th of July, 1917, three leading optical manufacturers (Fuji, Tokyo Keiki Seisaku Sho and Iwaki Glass) joined together to form Nippon Kogaku K. K. Though we know the company now as Nikon Corporation, famous for its professional photo equipment of the same name,...

October 3, 2018

10x80 Flak Binoculars

The 10x80 Flak binoculars are large observation binoculars made by Germany during the Second World War. They have a 45 degree angle between the eyepieces and the objective lenses. They were manufactured by 6 different manufacturers and between 150....

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