old binoculars

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Subject: old binoculars
From: "Gregory Little" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 11:38:50 +1000
Gooday birders
I was recently in a shop that sold surveying equipment, telescopes and
binoculars etc and repaired these. A customer had a not so old and not
so expensive pair of binoculars and was asking if these could be
repaired. Apparently the collimation was out and they needed an internal
clean. The shop owner responded that they certainly could easily repair
them but that it would be much cheaper for him to buy another pair of
binoculars and he would probably get a better quality pair into the
bargain. This is probably realistic as the repairer has to charge for
the service. I suppose that the person then buys another pair of
binoculars and puts the old ones into the top of the wardrobe. I have an
older pair of Nikon Travelites that also need cleaning and recollimation
and that are simply sitting in a cupboard. 
Is there someone out there who collects such unwanted binoculars and
sends them to countries that could cheaply repair them and then
distribute them to bird watchers who may otherwise be unable to afford a
pair of binoculars? They are welcome to have mine.
Greg Little
Greg Little - Principal Consultant
General Flora and Fauna
PO Box 526
Wallsend, NSW, 2287, Australia
Ph    02 49 556609
Fx    02 49 556671

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