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Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper

Joined: June/20/2016
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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I have a question about community norms and expectations in describing used binoculars.

I'm mid-way through selling off my father's binocular collection. When I list them, I try to describe their defects as forthrightly as possible. But I'm not always certain what's worth mentioning. or how I should describe them.

In particular, I wonder how you guys would think it fair describe different levels of dust/etc. inside the binoculars. Would you expect a seller to disclose a single small piece of dust? 

How would you describe different levels of dirtiness if they are undetectable through the eyepiece? Do any of you have a personal scale you use: like " 1. pristine; 2. nearly perfect; 3. a spot or two; etc. 

Thanks for your help.
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I think your hierarchy is just fine. Most bino "experts" ... aren't. So, just do the best you can and post a photo or two. Your honesty is commendable.

"Honesty is the first chapter in the Book of Wisdom."—Thomas Jefferson

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Pictures are worth thousands of words.  Pictures that show all of the readable detail on both ends and both barrels of the binocular.  Of particular usefulness is listing the J numbers on Japanese models.  These are either J-B or J-E and are usually found on the objective end of the hinge, although they may be found elsewhere.  The J may be tilted over to the right.  Those numbers indicate the makers of either the casing or the entire binocular.
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