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    Posted: January/09/2021 at 17:37
Whatevermanon binoculars - from the Vietnam era. Seeking name of manufacturer for a 7x50 Manon Deluxe Lens, # A-6841. # on hinge: J-B119 & J-E15. Need repairs if possible. Thanks. 
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I've got an old pair of Manon 7X50s....they're in a closet right now so I'm not going to dig them out. But I think you should simply get on ebay and find yourself another one for cheap rather than try to fix yours up. 

I used to find all kinds of stuff on eBay by looking up:

      Vintage binoculars
      Vintage Japan binoculars
      Japan 7 X 50 binoculars

                   ....etc...


Those Manon binoculars are reasonable and they are common...mine are in great shape and I got them cheap....I can't remember what I paid....maybe $25!!   







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OK, thanks.  Sounds like good advice. Still interested in knowing  who actually manufactured mine.
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That JB number you found is the code. Somewhere ( on this site as a matter of fact ) someone once posted the entire listing of the manufacturers according to that code. There are about a hundred manufacturers listed. You wouldn't know any of them because they simply built stuff to spec and someone else's name was put on the binocular. 


Actually, you could start a new thread here on binoculars entitled: "The Japanese Binocular Code list" and some of these Binocular experts will pull that list up for you. I just saw that list about six months ago on here....

But like I said you won't recognize any names....some name like 'Kawazuki Glass" or something. Back in the Golden Age of Japanese binoculars ( 1950s - 1970s ) hundreds of companies made thousands of binoculars that got branded Tasco, Bushnell, Manon, Jason, Sears, Montgomery Ward, etc, etc....but you won't recognize the name of any of those manufacturers....


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Or ... you could buy my first bino book which has all of the codes in there. JB 119 is Nisshin Kogaku Kogyo Co. Ltd. Tokyo.

I have repaired MANY Manon binoculars and every one was worth repairing. Some people will point out that it is not an “Alpha,” which is a designation the over-the-top stackers of BBs came up with to sooth their egos. If the optics are clean and it is collimated, it’s a keeper. That is, if you’re more into observing than keeping up with the Jones’.

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I purchased WJC's book... it is one of the most informative books on binoculars I have had in hand and I am glad to have it in my library as a reference.  One of my valued possessions.  

So Bill, you said "first book"... is there a second???
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So, you’re the one who has been withholding my $3?! Understanding & Achieving 3-Axis Binocular Collimation has been on Amazon.com since last February. The Collimation Vs. Conditional Alignment vignette in the first book was (at 18 pages) the largest down-to-earth treatise in the English languages. The second book offers 68 pages on the same subject, making it the new LARGEST. It has many graphics and examples and has a 64-item glossary. 

I priced it well below its value in an effort to help stem the tide of that idiotic, “all you have to do is ...,” which I have been fighting for 44 years!!!

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The assembling manufacturer for your Manon binoculars (JB119) was Nisshin Kogaku Kogyo Co Ltd, which is Nisshin Optical Industries Co Ltd in english. Manon was the brand name of the Japanese exporter Miura Shoji KK, which in english is Miura Trading Co Ltd, who held the Japanese trademark #407,661 for Manon from 1952, and held the US trademark #72197837 for Manon 1963-2006.If you want to look at period Manon binoculars catalogs I have 2 posted for anyone to see in my Binoculars Catalog Research Library in Binoculars Catalogs #3. The Binoculars Catalogs Research library as of 1/13/21 has posted 3,590 pages of 211 binoculars catalogs in 8 languages covering 173 brands, and is part of my not for profit binoculars research website miniature binoculars, at www.miniaturebinoculars.com. Information on Miura Shoji KK is in the section on period binoculars distributors at Distribution #3. Hope this helps
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Please see my post of 3 days ago.
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Thank you.  Ordered.
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NO ... THANK YOU!

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Book arrived today.  I read the Foreword, Introduction (fully agree with and appreciate your points) and Chapter 1 in between felling trees (I'm trying to clear everything that grew up while I was "on duty"...).  Looks really good to me, so far.  Glad to have gotten it.  
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