Ross Prismatic Binoculars

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Ross prismatic binoculars from Festival of Britain
Manufacturer (unknown)
Production years 1951
Production location (unknown)

Ross prismatic binoculars from Festival of Britain, 1951

Ross of London were makers of high-quality optical instruments and cameras. These binoculars, sectioned to show internal construction, were displayed at the South Bank Exhibition of the Festival of Britain, 1951.

How it works

Binoculars use an arrangement of lenses and prisms to make objects far away appear closer.


{{quote|This is Ross's budget model and most likely the Solaross model. They where 9x35 and average optically. Ross made other very high quality instruments at Clapham London until the 60's.}

"Ross carried on making the Solaross range until the 1960s.I believe the models included 8x35, 8x40, 9x35, 12x40, 15x40 and 16x60,some were designed for spectacle wearers and had a soft cushion between the eyecups. They also produced a 13x40 which was branded "Prinz" and sold through Dixons the high street photo chain. They combined good optical performance with a light ergonomic styling and extensive use of plastics. Today they are quite collectable with the 9x35 model being the easiest to find.I owned a pair of the 16x60s which were bought new in about 1961." Eddy Mayhew.

"There where other higher quality models made by Ross. The Stepron, Stepnada and Stepruva were well regarded as a match for the German civilian models of the same era. Larger Porro II designs include the Stepsun, Stepvue and Stepmur to name a few and all performing well" A number of the Ross range can be found here. British binoculars

In the Science Museum

Source: G A Read Inv. No: 1986-98

Dan Dare & the Birth of Hi-Tech BritainThis object is currently on display in the Dan Dare & the Birth of Hi-Tech Britain exhibition at the Science Museum, London.