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Re: scratched lense on 8x50, any idea where i can get (im...
The good news is that as your binoculars are a premier brand, there is extensive after-sales care and spares support so almost any fault can be repaired.
Scratched lenses can only be remedied by replacing the damaged lens; due to surface coatings on the lenses (both optical and Swarovski's exclusive non-stick coating) it's not possible to polish out the damage. Even if you could, it would alter the shape of the lens and therefore adversely affect it's optical properties.
The bad news is that a scratched lens is not covered by the manufacturer's 30 year warranty so you'll have to pay, and it won't be cheap! But it's definitely worthwhile in view of the extremely high price of the product when new.
You should click on this link to find out how to get the repairs done (or use this link if you're in the USA). Basically, the repairs are usually done by the Austrian factory except if you're in the USA .
Before having the binoculars repaired you need to consider whether the damage is functional or merely cosmetic. If it's the latter, then there's no need to have them repaired unless further damage occurs. If the damage actually affects the viewed image then it may still be acceptable if it's only infrequently evident (e.g. due to bright objects in the dark, or only when the Sun is at a particular angle).
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Carefully clean your binoculars
by firstly removing any dirt or dust from the main
body and straps using a soft microfibre cloth.
Avoid the lenses at this point using any form of
cloth on the lenses before removing all dirt and
dust particles first could destroy
Gently remove all traces of grit,
dirt or dust particles from the lenses using a soft
lens brush or canned air specifically designed for
Waterproof binoculars can be
rinsed gently under a tap but be sure to use on
lightly running water, avoid high pressure water as
it could damage your
Gently remove any remaining marks
using lens cleaning tools such as a lens pen or
lens cleaning fluid and lens tissue. Do not be
tempted to use kitchen towel or anything else lying
around that is slightly rough and may scratch the
surface of the lens, only use a lens pen, lens
tissue or a lens cloth. Gently wipe the lens using
a circular motion working from the centre of the
lens to the outer edge. NEVER apply lens cleaning
fluid directly onto the glass (always apply to the
cloth) and always ensure that the lens cleaning
fluid you are using is recommended for the type of
lens coatings that have been applied to your
binoculars (Do not use general
household glass cleaning products or products
designed to clean computer screens or glasses. Such
products could destroy the lens coatings of your
binoculars if used).
There are couple of materials in which sunglassess are made of. 1. Glass Lenses - it's has number of advantages: -Exceptional scratch resistance (don't need scratch resistant coating). -Excellent optical clarity. -Anti-reflective (AR) coating adheres to glass very well.Disadvantages are:-At least twice the weight of plastic or polycarbonate lenses. -About 25 to 40 percent thicker than polycarbonate and high index plastic lenses. -Can shatter or chip easier than lenses made of other materials. -Require a special coating to provide 100% UV protection Second type is Plastic Lenses:Advantages:
Lightweight - About half the weight of glass lenses. Plastic lenses accept tints easily. More shatter - resistant than glass lenses.
About 20 to 35 percent thicker than polycarbonate or high index plastic lenses. Require scratch-resistant coating for added durability. Require a special coating to provide 100% UV protection. Another type is Polycarbonate Lenses:Advantages: Safest lens material - 10 times more impact resistant than other lenses. Thin - About 20 to 25 percent thinner than plastic or glass lenses. Lightweight - About 20 percent lighter than plastic lenses. Blocks 100 percent UV rays without needing a special coating. Disadvantages: Requires scratch-resistant coating for durability. Peripheral vision may be slightly less clear in strong prescription powers. More lens reflections than glass or plastic lenses (AR coating recommended). High Index Plastic Lenses-Advantages:
Lightweight - Between plastic and polycarbonate lenses in weight. Thin - About 15 to 30 percent thinner than plastic lenses. Better peripheral optics than polycarbonate lenses (for prescription sunglasses). Disadvantages: Requires scratch-resistant coating for durability. More lens reflections than glass or plastic lenses (AR coating recommended)
Binoculars are often refered to as "N x NN" which typically refers to the magnification and the size in millimeters of the front lenses (called the "objective" lenses). 6x20 refers to 20mm front lenses (about 3/4 inch) with 6x magnification. These would be useful as opera glasses, or for spotting birds in a small backyard.
The "N x NN" designation doesn't say anything about the quality of the binoculars - just the physical size and magnification.
im sure it can be cleaned. before you send it for repair why not try a qtip to clean outside lenses.. breathe on lense and softly remove moisture with a qtip...both ends..gl...email@example.com
On the whole, I'd advise against dismantling binoculars yourself. Unlike most other optical devices, alignement is really important because you need to feed the same image into both eyes. If you're going to end up paying someone to realign the instrument, you might as well get them to do the cleaning at the same time.