Kern 8×30 Swiss Army (single hinge)

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Objective diameter:  30 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 3.75 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 13 mm
IPD:  38 –  73 mm
RFOV:  8.6  degrees = 150 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 65 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 4.6 m
Focus type:  IF
Prism system:  Porro I
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 598 g
Made in: Switzerland



Introduced in the mid 1980s as the new main binocular of the Swiss army (its predecessor: see separate post “Kern 8×30 (double hinge)”×30-army-double-hinge/). It featured a revolutionary single hinge which made life easier for the logistiscs and repair departments: in a repair or replace situation, any left and right tube could be put together without the need to recollimate. The new Kern had the same optical qualities as its double-hinge predecessor, but was lighter and came with a laser filter that gave the image a green hue. After Wild-Leitz took over Kern, this binocular continued to be produced unchanged but was now labelled “Leica” (see separate post “Leica Swiss Army 8×30”×30-single-hinge/).


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