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You are bidding on a VERY NICE example of a WW2 German Luftwaffe / Kriegsmarine Doppelfernrohr (D.F.) 10×80 Flakfernrohr Spotting Binocular Tripod!


In 1936, Emil Busch AG of Rathenow won a contract to produce a 10x binocular for air observation for the German military. Leitz and Möller each produced competing prototypes, but the Busch model was chosen for its lighter weight (6.5 kg vs. 9.25kg for the Möller and 8.5kg for the Leitz) and greater field of view (131m at 1000m vs. 105m/113m for the Möller/Leitz models). Production began soon afterwards and continued through the war, when the Busch design was also produced by other firms in Germany and occupied Poland.  All models have identical optical systems: 80mm cemented achromatic objectives with 280mm focal length, 70-deg eyepieces, 45-deg Schmidt roof prisms. Due to allied bombing, the 10x80s were primarily used for identifying attacking aircraft and directing the large 4m rangefinders, searchlights and cannons of the anti-aircraft batteries around German cities. They also proved useful on the battlefield, and a version with 20-deg inclined eyepieces was produced for use at sea. A single half of the 10×80 binocular served as Z.F. (Zielfernrohr) 10×80, a sight for the 8.8cm artillery.

The D.F. engraved before 10×80 stands for Doppelfernrohr (double telescope). Only the early Busch models will have the manufacturer’s name, others will have the three letter code beh (E. Leitz, Wetzlar), dkl (Schneider, Bad Kreuznach), cro (R. Fuess, Berlin Steglitz), bpd (C.P. Goerz, Vienna), eug (Optische Präzisions-Werke, Warsaw) or cxn (E. Busch, Rathenow).


Made of a large tooled alloy and aluminum and steel construction, this 10 x 80 power range-finding FlaK binocular Tripod is in EXCELLENT used condition!  Manufactured by cll (Baumgart, August, Feinmechanik und Praezisionsmaschinenbau, Rathenow), they have been re-painted black, so one could re-paint to their own needs if they wished.  All adjustments and knobs work as they should, however there are some marks, wears, and scratches, due to the age.   All original data and manufacture information is also present.  Has the original retaining strap, and all adjustments function 100%!  Some slight dirt and corrosion due to the age.  This was original to the 10×50 Kriegsmarine Binoculars I currently have listed.  Would make an EXCELLENT addition to any collection or display!

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Most of my items are vintage, and as such are AS-IS, so you must therefore expect a degree of wear due to age and/or usage. I will describe each auction to the best of my knowledge and take as many photos necessary to ensure you are pleased upon receiving your item. All sales are final, so please make sure your questions are answered to your satisfaction before you purchase.

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Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.


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