Original German WWII Flak D.F. 10 x 80 Binocular Optics by Emil Busch AG in Luftwaffe Blue
Original Item: Only One Set Available. This is a great German World War Two Doppelfernrohr (double telescope) 10 x 80 German gun sight binoculars, produced by Emil Busch AG optics. These were used for direction sighting on the German Flak 36 (88 mm) Gun and are offered in very good condition. They painted a lovely deep gray blue finish, the typical color for Luftwaffe equipment. There is some wear, so the correct red primer can be seen in areas.
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 WWII. 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 filters still move, but the mechanism needs lubrication and can get stuck.
The Steel Sun Shades are still present and in good condition, and are removable if so desired. The right shield does have some damage on the bottom and side, and the left shield is missing the stop screw for the attachment. This set also includes the original padded head rest/shade, which is still soft, with minimal cracking.
The right side of the binocular body is marked:
D.F. 10 X 80
X cxn O
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 "cxn" stands for Emil Busch AG of Rathenow, a maker of lenses and optical sights, and under that the set's serial number is given. The colored symbols indicate the type of lubricants used on the set.
This set is fully operational, with partly clear optics, and fully functional focus and width adjustments. They are in very good condition, and do not appear to have been altered post war for attachment to a non military tripod, like many have been.
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