Kriegsmarine Deck Mounted Binoculars Carl Zeiss Jena 10×80-20



A pair of German ex-Navy observation binoculars mounted on a modern aluminium cradle and gimbal with a vintage adjustable wooden tripod. These binoculars are the creme de la creme of World War II optics.

The dimensionality of the optic picture is unbeatable. They were used throughout the German Navy and are very rare due to the fact that most found their fate at the bottom of the sea.

The binoculars have been fully serviced and hand polished to show off the original steel and brass metals. They are the most sought-after WWII optics.

The need for the Doppelfernrohr 10×80 – 20 ° arose from a military requirement to have a view that would allow the detection of enemy aircraft in the distance with extreme readiness and precision. Thanks to a field of view of 122 meters at a distance of 1000 meters, as well as to the 20 degrees of inclination of the eyepieces (unlike the 80 degrees of the previous version) it was possible to have a pair of binoculars that allowed not only high performance in the visual field, but it gave the operator a more natural observation position, designed to prolong viewing times without getting tired easily. They were produced from the early 1940’s and clearly demonstrate why Carl Zeiss is known as the preeminent lens-maker.

An outstanding set of Binoculars, Excellent optics and Excellent Engineering.