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hello, I have a pair of manon binoculars that I received from my brother while he was serving in the army in Souel South korea around 1967. is this company still in business? thanks.
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As far as I know Manon is extinct.

You can ask further questions over at this website.

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During the days of the Japan Telescope Inspection Institute in the glory era of Japanese porro prism binoculars, there were binoculars on the market from a company called Mannon.  You see them from time to time on internet auction sites.  As far as I know, they are no longer in existence.

During that time there were hundreds of Japanese Optical firms and they produced binoculars for numerous brand names.

If these are porro prism binoculars and IF they have J-B and J-E numbers on the hinge, then the optical manufacturer that made the binocular can be found.
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

..there were binoculars on the market from a company called Mannon.
 You see them from time to time on internet auction sites.

Steve,

Did you mean Manon? Big Grin 




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I had a pair of Manon bino's my father gave me back in the '70's. I lost them about 20 yrs ago, don't know what happened to them, just one day, realized I didn't know where they were. I wanted to cry, still do.
They were excellent bino's for what they were, I remember they had an "amber " colored coating on them. They even had the semi-oval case as seen in some of the ebay ads above.
I would like to buy the 1st pair, they look so much alike. I'm just not trusting of ebay.
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Originally posted by HuntMaster HuntMaster wrote:


I would like to buy the 1st pair, they look so much alike. I'm just not trusting of ebay.

I've bought quite few binoculars of this type on the site above.  I had to learn how to fix porros myself because about half were in serious need of attention.  So you have to be prepared for the occasional burn when buying there.

The only one of those three worth consideration is the middle one.  The first is a zoom...stay far far away.  The third has a tiny field of view.
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regarding my Manon binocs. on the top of them near the eyepieces it has 8X30, Field 7.5 degrees, 393 ft. at 1000 yds. coated optics deluxe lens.    No. 388183. On the bottom lens area it has a number=E22. and another number that looks like B119. I don't know if this tells very much about the binocs or not. Thanks, Rickster.
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These names probably mean little to most people, but there were two companies that made your binocular.The body was done by Itabashi Kogaku Kikai Seisakujo Inc, this is indicated by the J-E 22 #.

The rest of the binocular, referenced by the J-B 119 #, was done by Nisshin Kogaku Kogyo Co.

I have no idea if either one is alive and well today, or if so if they have merged with others and are part of a different company, or simply have gone out of business at some point.  There were several hundred Japanese firms that were part of the old certification process of the Japan Telescopes Inspection Institute (JTII), these were two of them.


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