|Publication number||USRE30665 E|
|Application number||US 06/026,686|
|Publication date||Jul 7, 1981|
|Filing date||Apr 3, 1979|
|Priority date||Apr 5, 1973|
|Also published as||DE2316955A1, DE2316955B2|
|Publication number||026686, 06026686, US RE30665 E, US RE30665E, US-E-RE30665, USRE30665 E, USRE30665E|
|Inventors||Erwin Altenheiner, Volker Donn, Joachim Hornschu, Walter Jachan, Artur Jung|
|Original Assignee||Carl Zeiss-Stiftung|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (2), Classifications (7), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation of our copending application Ser. No. 376,896, filed July 5, 1973 (now abandoned).
This invention relates to a binocular telescope with an articulated connecting bridge between the two individual telescopes, to enable selective adjustment, for use conditions and for compact storage.
Binocular telescopes with adjustable use and storage (packing) features have long been known. They have been devised in order to comply with the need for small handy pocket-size telescopes which in their packed condition have minimum space requirements.
Various solutions for the manufacture of a packing condition of small space requirement have become known. Thus, in German Pat. No. 230,064 a binocular telescope has been disclosed, involving telescopes which are rotatably connected with a frame-like center piece such that they can be fitted completely in the frame. In British Pat. No. 178,415, two individual telescopes are arranged for pivotal movement about two parallel axes which are disposed in the plane of a plate which connects the individual telescopes, and the individual telescopes can be pivoted either together to the same side of the connecting plate or else individually to the front and rear side of the plate. Austrian Pat. No. 286,672 discloses a binocular field glass having a double-articulated connecting bridge between two individual telescopes, offering the possibility of a Z-shaped collapse of the field glass within an unusually small space requirement, while simultaneously having a precise parallel position of the articulation axes. Also, binocular field glasses with a single articulated bridge between two individual telescopes, as shown in Austrian Pat. No. 297,364, have a handy form in their packed condition, the rotatably supported telescope being articulated to the bridge which is fixed to the other telescope. All such telescopic, pivotably, or collapsible binocular telescopes, however, suffer from the shortcoming that focusing must be effected individually at each of the eyepieces or at each of the objectives.
In addition, pivotable binocular telescopes with a drive button for the common focusing of two individual telescopes are known from French Pat. No. 450,592 as well as from the U.S. Pat. No. 1,428,478, however, the focusing disclosed in these patents suffers from the shortcoming that it is connected with a change in the longitudinal dimension of the telescope. And the disclosed embodiments of these patents are inherently insufficient with respect to sealability and are very expensive and complicated regarding their mechanical design.
It is an object of the invention to provide an improved articulated binocular-telescope construction which avoids shortcomings of prior devices.
It is a specific object of this invention to provide a binocular telescope requiring minimum space in its packed condition and providing common focusing of the two individual telescopes, in such manner that no change in volume of the telescope is involved by reason of focusing adjustment.
The invention achieves these objects by providing optical systems wherein the optical parts used for focusing each telescope are contained within the respective telescope tubes, being mounted for coupled axial adjustment by means of an external drive mechanism. The drive mechanism imparts axial displacement to the mount for each focusing element, and a longitudinal guide for each focusing element assures correct optical alignment regardless of the adjusted condition of the binoculars. In a preferred embodiment, the axially movable focusing mount includes an offset or control arm with a boss slidably guided by the pin or shaft by which the bridge is articulated to the particular telescope tube, and an elastic cuff or sleeve is used to seal the drive connection to the mount, where it extends through an opening in the telescope housing.
In manufacture of the binocular telescope, it is advantageous to equip the eyepieces by means of invertible eye cups for spectacle wearers. Thus, correction of a visual defect at the telescope can be omitted; also, either both eyepieces or both objectives can be mounted nonadjustably, and for focusing either both objectives or both eyepieces can be moved together axially by means of a drive button.
Advantageously, plates of glass or transparent plastic may provide fixed closure of the housing in front of the objectives, thereby protecting the objectives without limiting their axial focusing movement.
Coupled focusing of the two telescopes can be effected via a central drive, offset to one side of the objective or the eyepiece, the central drive to each focusing mount including a connection comprising a member mounted on the associated articulating pin or shaft.
It is also possible to effect common focusing via a drive button which is eccentrically mounted on the articulating pin for one telescope, the focusing drive to the other telescope being by way of a member mounted on the articulating pin for said other telescope.
Of course, it is also possible to correct a visual defect of non-spectacle wearers by adapting an eyepiece or an objective for an individual adjustment.
This invention further permits the objectives and eyepieces provided with invertible eye cups to be mounted non-adjustably, all focusing being accomplished with a focusing lens axially movable between the eyepiece and the objective.
In another practical embodiment, the articulating pivot axes of the connecting bridge are designed as hollow shafts and are used to guide the longitudinally movable bar, while the longitudinally unmovable bar protects the mounting against rotation.
In a further illustrative embodiment, each of the articulation pins of the connecting bridge is used as a longitudinally unmovable guide element, to retain optical-axis alignment of the mounting of the optical parts used for focusing, while a bar or rod parallel to the articulation pin is longitudinally movable and is used to couple the drive element to the particular focusing mount.
In an advantageous embodiment of this invention, common focusing of the two telescopes is effected via a drive button arranged in the connecting bridge, the axis of drive-button rotation being parallel to the articulating axes of the bridge, while axial movement for the focusing mounts is derived from a screw connected with the drive button.
In a further advantageous form of the invention common focusing of the two telescopes is effected via a drive button arranged in the connecting bridge, the axis of drive-button rotation being perpendicular to the plane of the articulating axes, while axial movement of the focusing mounts is derived from drive-button rotation, via a radially and a longitudinally movable connecting element.
The connecting elements for transmission of movement can be a gear and a rack, or also a cam disc and a follower pin.
The advantages obtained by the invention particularly reside in provision of a collapsible binocular telescope, with minimum space requirement in a packed condition; the common focusing of the two paths of rays provides a high degree of comfort and ease of handling; and a harmonious appearance is achieved for the telescope, by the central inclusion of the drive button in the connecting bridge.
The binocular telescope of the invention thus permits construction of a binocular telescope of high optical capability, while requiring smallest space, in that the hitherto conventional individual eyepiece focus is replaced by extremely compact focusing mechanism whereby the comfort and ease of use may approach that of much larger binocular telescopes.
A few illustrative embodiments of this invention will now be described more fully with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is an enlarged longitudinal section through a binocular telescope with a double-articulated collapsible connecting bridge, and with central drive focusing of the invention, using hollow articulating-pin connections and a drive button arranged paraxially in the connecting bridge;
FIG. 2 is a slightly reduced plan view of the binocular telescope illustrated in FIG. 1 in an unfolded condition;
FIG. 3 is an end elevation of the binocular telescope of FIG. 2, as viewed from the objectives end;
FIG. 4 is a plan view of the binocular telescope of FIG. 2, in a collapsed condition;
FIG. 5 is an end elevation, similar to FIG. 3 but for the collapsed condition of FIG. 4;
FIG. 6 is an enlarged fragmentary longitudinal section through a binocular telescope with double-articulated collapsible connecting bridge with hollow articulating pin connections and with a drive button mounted on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the articulating axes;
FIG. 7 is a slightly reduced plan view of the binocular telescope illustrated in FIG. 6, in an unfolded condition;
FIG. 8 is an end elevation of the binocular telescope of FIG. 7, viewed from the objectives end;
FIG. 9 is an enlarged sectional view through the bridge of the telescope of FIG. 6, taken along the line XV--XV;
FIG. 10 is a view similar to FIG. 9, being a section through the bridge of a modified telescope construction in which the transmission of movement of the drive button is effected via a cam disc and follower pin;
FIG. 11 is a sectional view taken in the plane XX--XX of FIG. 10;
FIG. 12 is a fragmentary longitudinal section through a further embodiment in which the bridge-articulation pins serve as stationary guide elements, serving a longitudinally movable guided element which is moved paraxially by a drive button; and
FIG. 13 is a fragmentary longitudinal section through a still further embodiment, involving stationary bridge-articulation pins and a longitudinally movable guided element which is connected with a longitudinally movable bridge part.
In the embodiment of FIGS. 1 to 5, reference numeral 1 designates the left one of two telescope housings which are of identical mechanical and optical design as far as to the central drive. Reference numeral 2a designates a hollow articulation pin, for connection of the left telescope half to the connecting bridge 3. The drive button 4 carries a lead screw 32 and is axially located by end-bearing means 31-33-34; drive motion is picked off by the threaded engagement of yoke 5 to screw 32 and is transmitted by a rod 30 to the focusing mounting 6 of each telescope. Rod 30 is slidably guided by the bore of the hollow articulation pin 2a, and a separate guide pin 9 serves to maintain optical-axis integrity for the focusing element 70, regardless of the extent of focusing adjustment. As shown, rod 30 is secured to the offset of mounting 6, and rod 30 is pivotally connected with the yoke 5. The mounting 6 includes a cylindrical annulus or boss where it surrounds and is connected to the bar 30; mounting 6 also includes a connecting offset arm to a conical annular formation by means of which the focusing lens 70 is positioned in desired axial-offset relation with eyepiece, objective and other parts of the telescope system. The eyepiece 13 is shown equipped with a flexible distance cuff 14 for spectacle wearers. The end bearings 33 and 34 are screws used for positional adjustment of the drive button upon initial assembly. The bridge 3 is of two-part design, being separate upper and lower halves (see 3-3a in FIG. 3), connected by the screws 35-36-37-38. Reference numeral 59 designated recesses in the bridge parts, which enable a friction-free rotation of the hollow articulation pins when the instrument is being unfolded or collapsed. Reference numeral 81 (FIG. 2) designates suitable recesses in the tube housing, for nested reception of exposed parts of the drive button 4, when the instrument is folded in the collapsed condition.
FIGS. 6 to 9 illustrate an embodiment of the invention in which the drive button is arranged such that its axis is perpendicular to the plane of the articulation axes, e.g., perpendicular to the general plane of the bridge which connects the two telescope halves, and parts which correspond to those described in connection with FIG. 1 are given the same reference numerals. The gear 41 is a fixed component part of the drive button 40 (not visible in FIG. 6) and is meshed with a rack 42 carried by a focusing yoke 43. When button 40 is rotated, gear 41 moves rack 42 and yoke 43 in a longitudinal direction. As shown (see FIGS. 6 and 9), yoke 43 is a composite of two bifurcated halves, secured by bolt 45. The right-hand of these parts bears the designation 43 and includes fork elements 46 deriving guided positioning support from the right-hand hollow articulation pin 2a. A guide tongue or rail 50 is an integral longitudinally extending inward formation on the upper bridge half 3 and extends into longitudinally stabilizing guided relation with a corresponding groove or channel 50' in the yoke member 43. The other yoke half is the rack portion 43, with similar fork elements 44 deriving guided positioning support from the left-hand hollow articulation pin 2a. Longitudinal, rack-driven yoke displacement is conveyed to the respective rods 30 by means of bolts 47 which engage opposite adjacent faces of each of the bifurcations, there being a suitable locally milled slot 48 in each of the hollow pins 2a, to permit the necessary travel of bolts, in the course of focusing adjustment. To complete the description, numeral 49 designates a ring having threaded engagement to the drive button 40, to retain the same rotatably assembled to the bridge part 3; and reference numeral 51 designates a serration provided on the drive button 49, for better finger engagement upon focusing.
In the embodiment of FIG. 10, a follower pin 62 is fixedly carried by a connecting yoke 43, having tongue-and-groove longitudinally guided relation at 50--50 with the lower bridge half 3a. A spiral-cam disc 60 is connected with the drive button 40. The cam profile is a recess 61 of width to locate the pin 62. Upon rotation of button 40 (and, hence, disc 60), pin 62 tracks the cam advance, to drive yoke 43 in longitudinal focusing displacements, the motion being imparted to rods 30 and to the focusing optical elements by means as described for FIGS. 6 to 9.
The variation of the inventive idea in FIG. 12 illustrates the possibility of transmitting focusing displacements longitudinally via a rod 90 which is longitudinally guided in the telescope housing 1, being secured at one end to the focusing mounting 7 and at the other end to an offset actuating arm 68, having stabilizing engagement with the adjacent articulation pin 2. Within the connecting bridge 3-3a, the yoke member 65 is longitudinally guided and is adjustably positioned, by rotary adjustment of the threaded end of drive button 4; forked ends of yoke 65 engage the respective arms 68 so that they may track longitudinal adjustments while also permitting bridge-to-telescope articulation.
FIG. 13 is similar to FIG. 12 but illustrates that it is also possible to develop the focusing movement by directly longitudinally moving the sliding yoke 65 and connected parts 68, 90, 6, it being understood that in such case a finger engageable portion of yoke 65 is exposed externally of one half, e.g., the half 3a, of the bridge.
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|International Classification||G02B7/06, G02B23/18|
|Cooperative Classification||G02B7/06, G02B23/18|
|European Classification||G02B23/18, G02B7/06|
|Jan 23, 1984||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: CARL-ZEISS-STIFTUNG, HEIDENHEIM/BRENZ, DBA CARL ZE
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Effective date: 19840110