Binoculars Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar Nedinsco's Venlo 6x30 military

Magnification: 6x
Aperture (objective diameter): 30 mm
Field of view: 8.5°
Exit pupil diameter: 5 mm
Visible field of view (eyepiece FOV): 50°
The closest focusing distance: 3.2 m
Width: 16.8 cm
Height: 11.6 cm
Weight: 610 g
Production date: 1932.

   In 1907, Carl Zeiss radically changed the framework and the design of his binoculars, replacing "civilian" models Feldstecher 6 Fach by Telex, Feldstecher 8 Fach by Telact, Jagdglas by Silvamar and Feldstecher 12 Fach by Telefort. The new devices’ detailed characteristics were published in the 74-th volume of Carl Zeiss catalog in August 1907. The optical characteristics were significantly improved in new devices (the field of view and the objective diameter were increased, optical aberrations were decreased), and the devices’ design was also changed: the central hinge and the “lugs” for a neck strap were not attached to binocular with the help of screws any more, they became integral with it instead, an eccentric objective alignment system appeared and its frame design was also changed, the prism covers spanned the binoculars’ carcass, and they were lubricated with a special compound at the joint points in order to improve impermeability. Moreover, the prisms inside the binoculars were no longer pressed by prism covers – they were fixed with the help of special flat springs instead. It helped increasing the device’s reliability greatly. Actually, the binoculars have survived in such appearance up to present days (see Hans T.Seeger. Zeiss-Feldstecher, Handfernglaser von 1894-1919, Modelle-Merkmale-Mythos, pp.399-414)
   Silvamar is the first binocular model having 30 mm lenses. The device turned out to be very successful, characterized by high aperture, plasticity and wide field of view, and therefore it became the “champion” in terms of production time: Silvamar was produced from 1907 up to 1969 with various changes. It is a “civilian” model; similar military versions are marked as D.F.6x30 and Marineglas 6x(30).
   After the end of World War I, according to Versailles Peace Treaty terms, Germany could not produce military optics in its factories. Therefore, Carl Zeiss founded the Nedinsco company (Nederlandse Instrumenten Compagnie) in the city of Venlo in the Netherlands on January 21, 1921 for military optics production (this country did not sign the Treaty of Versailles).
   The company’s Headquarters was located in The Hague (Gravenhage). The plant produced “civilian”, as well as military devices for export to various countries. The exported models had “civilian” marking rather often; however, they possessed such military features, as the goniometer grid, coffer with wide loop for wearing on a belt, etc.
   Our Silvamar 6x30 belongs to such binoculars. It has the goniometer grid (see photo), the coffer with a wide loop for attaching binocular to a belt and spots for color filters. The binocular’s delivery kit contains the rain protective cover (the “raincoat”) and a loop for attaching binocular to military uniform buttons. This specimen can be considered a military version.
   There is an interpupillary distance scale on the upper hinge disc.
   Compared to older version of this model (, this binocular’s field of view is slightly increased (from 8.4° to 8.5°), however, the eyepieces’ front lenses are decreased to 11.5 mm (this value was equal to 12.7 mm in the old version). The lens frame design is made with rounded objective covers (the old version was of the double-ring type). The lens frames became shorter; the prism covers are fastened with the help of three screws and are made of brass.
   This device is equipped with eyepieces having base diameter 24.5 mm and the top prismatic cover having width 52 mm (see photo). The eyepieces possess the diopter scale, the longitudinal knurling (the previous version had the diagonal knurling). The binocular’s housing height (including the upper prismatic cover) is equal to 78 mm; the binocular’s height without lens frame is equal to 67 mm.
   The binocular’s weight decreased by 35 g compared to previous version
   There are inscriptions “Nedinsco Systeem Venlo Carl Zeiss Jenna” on the left prismatic cover. There is also an inscription Silvamar 6x30 on the right prismatic cover. The inscription is made in block letters against Carl Zeiss Tessar photo lens schematic image background.
   The binocular’s serial number is “1591156” and it was manufactured in 1932 as a 600 pieces batch. The serial number is located on the lower hinge disk.
   The early binocular’s versions can be checked by the following link: and
   The binocular’s model with central focusing, namely Silvarem 6x, was produced in 1909