BINOCULARS TODAY is host of the PINACOLLECTION, a private collection of modern binoculars, mostly from the last 30 years.
Beside some of the very best premium instruments available today, you will find a very wide range of binoculars of all quality levels, except the lowest quality segment. Produced in more than a dozen countries, about fifty different brands are represented:
APM / Astro Hutech / Blaser / BORG / Bushnell / Canon / Carl Zeiss Jena / Celestron / DDoptics / Docter / Eschenbach / Fujinon / GMC Admiral / GPO / Hartmann / Hawke / Helios / Hensoldt / IOR / Kahles / Kasai / Kenko / Kern / Kite Optics / KOMZ / Kowa / Leica / Leupold / Lunt Engineering / Maven / Meopta / Minolta / Minox / Nikon / Noblex / Oberwerk / Olympus / Omegon / Opticron / Optolyth / Orion / Pentax / Ross / SIG-SAUER / Steiner / Swarovski / Vanguard / Vixen / Vortex / William Optics / Zeiss / ZRAK
They come in many different sizes:
20-50×80, 40×80, 30×80, 28×110, 25×100, 20×80, 20×70, 20×65, 20×60, 20×56, 18×70, 16×80, 16×70, 16×56, 16×50, 15×60, 15×56, 15×50, 12×60, 12×50, 12×45, 12×36, 12×32, 12×30, 12×28, 11×45, 10×70, 10×56, 10×54, 10×50, 10×42, 10×40, 10×35, 10×32, 10×30, 10×25, 9×63, 9×45, 8.5×44, 8.5×42, 8×56, 8×54, 8×50, 8×45, 8×44, 8×43, 8×42, 8×40, 8×36, 8×33, 8×32, 8×30, 8×25, 8×22, 8×21, 8×20, 7×50, 7×42, 7×40, 7×35, 7×30, 7×28, 6.5×32, 6.5×21, 6×30, 6×24, 6×15, 5×15, 4×20, 4×10, 2.3×40, 2.1×42, 2×54, 1.8×40
Looking at the image erection systems used, the following types are included:
Porro I Reverse
There are marine binoculars (with or without compass), military binoculars (with or without reticle, and with or without laser filters), astronomy binoculars, binoculars for leisure and hiking, for hunting (with or without laser based range measurement), for birding, for twilight or night use, for surveillance; there are opera glasses, compact binoculars, pocket binoculars, large binoculars for mounted use, binoculars with variable magnification, binoculars with image stabilization, binoculars that can be split into two monoculars, and binocular telescopes with exchangeable eyepieces.
Overall, the collection should give a good impression of the current “state of the art” of worldwide binocular technology and a representative overview of today’s binocular markets.
The binoculars in the collection shall be presented here over the next few years, together with brief descriptions and, in some cases, reviews or at least ratings. So for a long time to come, this will be “work in progress”.
Please contact us in case you would like further information, additional details or if you would like to make comments or observations of your own.
At some point in the future, the PINACOLLECTION will be donated to one or several public institutions active in astronomy, birding / wildlife / nature protection, or to an optics museum.