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Canberra Binocular Repairer?

By postmanpat - 17 August 2009 3

I broke my brother in law’s parent’s binoculars whale watching and need to get them fixed.

So far the two places I have checked (Ted’s and Camera House) both send them to Melbourne to get repaired involving a quote fee – pretty much locking you into proceeding….

Does anyone know of a Canberra based repairer that can give me an idea of whether they are worth fixing or whether to cut losses and buy a new pair?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra Binocular Repairer?
postmanpat 7:16 pm 17 Aug 09

Thanks spoono and coffeegeek – the binoculars do have the collimation problem with the double image. I will try the astronomical society, and if no luck there then maybe even the drop them on the other side trick 🙂

CoffeeGeek 2:52 pm 17 Aug 09

Try contacting the Canberra Astronomical society. They would be in touch with all the optics people in the region, and binos are frequently used for stargazing.

Here is their website:

http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/cas/

Otherwise, if it’s an alignment problem, like double images, have a go yourself! There are only a few screws that control collimation on most binoculars, but they can be hard to find.

IMO, unless they’re Image stabilised canons or Nikons, or something particularly exotic, it isn’t worth sending them away.

If you decide to replace them, and they weren’t a particular brand name, andrews communications in sydney carry some excellent binos without a huge price tag.

http://www.andrewscom.com.au/site-section-11.htm

Coffeegeek

Spoono 11:45 am 17 Aug 09

I had the same issue and I couldn’t find one in Canberra. What did you do to them?
I dropped my Nikons from a small height and knocked the lenses out of aligment (collimation) so I saw a slightly double image which was intolerable. Ted’s and Camera House mentioned it would cost nearly same to fix as to buy a new pair. I didn’t have much to lose so I tried knocking the lenses back into alignment by dropping from a height on the other side of the binoculars, end up working, lol.

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