German WWII Kriegsmarine Flak D.F. 10 x 80 Binocular Optics by Josef Schneider & Co.
Original Item: Only One Set Available. This is a great German World War Two Doppelfernrohr (double telescope) 10 x 80 German Kriegsmarine Naval Painted gun sight binoculars, produced by Josef Schneider & Co. optics. These were used for direction sighting on the German Flak 36 (88 mm) Gun, and come complete with head rest, offered in excellent condition.
Most commonly seen being used by the KRIEGSMARINE (German Navy) on Ship Bridges and on Conning Towers of U-Boats, these are the giant 10 x 80 Binoculars so much favored in WW2. There are adjustments for eye relief, width and a selection of various tinted filters, which rotate into place using the control on the left side. The dial is labeled klar (clear), hell (light), mittel (medium), and dunkel (dark). In a typical example of German WW2 era (over)engineering, the control actually controls a mechanism that swings each individual filter in place on both sides simultaneously. A more modest implementation with filters that were fitted over the eye pieces would have probably been more economical.
The Steel Sun Shades and padded brow piece are still present and in great condition, the latter still being soft after more than 70 years.
The right side of the binocular body is marked:
D.F. 10 X 80
"Green Triangle" dkl "Red X"
D.F. Is the abbreviation for Doppelfernrohr (double telescope), with 10 x 80 indicating the magnification power of the optics. The German wartime three letter code dkl stands for Josef Schneider & Co., of Kreuznach, a specialist lens maker, and under that the set's serial number is given.
This set is fully operational, with clear optics, and fully functional focus and width adjustments. They are in overall excellent condition making this nothing short of an extraordinary find. Also included is a threaded steel rod, which can be screwed into the bottom dovetail for mounting.
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