The business of optics has been in the Suddarth family for Three generations. Jack Suddarth,
Cory's Father, served in the Army as an Opthalmic Technician in Okinowa during World War II.
From the late 1940's to the early 1990's he fabricated lenses for eye wear and engineered many
machines to ease and innovate the process.
In 1975 Cory Suddarth continued that trend when he joined the Navy as an Optical Technician.
He was One of Two people in that class who had selected that field of work as a primary skill. After
Four years in active duty and Eight years in the reserves he continued his work in the field of
optics. In the mid 1990's he built several telescopes including a 10" F/6 reflector and an 80mm
Today, his son Daniel Suddarth is working along side him as an Optical Technician carrying on a
trade that has been in the family for decades.
Binocular and telescope repair and restoration since 1975
|Cory A. Suddarth
Daniel C. Suddarth
A History of Suddarth Optical
Astronomers, Birders and Collectors
Suddarth Optical Repair doesn't cater to an individual breed of optics enthusiasts. Our services
are extended wide. From avid collectors and extreme astronomers to casual birders and new
comers alike. We offer a wide arrange of services to a wide arrange of customers. S.O.R. is here
to help answer any questions you might have about your optics and to make any repairs needed
to bring you optics back to life.
Debating on whether to repair or replace? We get a lot of 70's binoculars, and in some cases,
the owner is almost embarassed to inquire about repairing. In most cases, it is well worth the
money. Here's why. Most (but not all) were made in Japan. Japan very quickly "caught on" to the
optics industry, where they not only imitated, but started inovating. Ever hear of companies like
Canon, Nikon, Fujinon, and endless others? They have become quality bench marks and
household words. I'm not suggesting that one of these companies made your glass, but I am
implying that Japanese optics have a known, proven quality.
Older binoculars used metal for parts, not plastic. Inexpensive current models are covered with
plastic, literally. I prefer metal for longivity.
Made In U.S.A. spoken here. Have an old military piece? We do tons of Navy Mark 28's, 32's,
41's, and 43's made in the U.S. by Baucsh & Lomb, Westinghouse, Square-D, Lionel, Sard and
Wide angle? You may have a treasured wide angle glass. They don't make those anymore.
Spare glass, back-up glass. Got kids? Grandkids? Neighbors? Anyone you might want to share
astronomy or birding with? Send us your fixer-upper for a spare, or guest glass.
Donations. Last but not least. If you have a confirmed "road kill-dead" glass, we'd love to take it
off your hands for parts. You may be helping to keep someone elses old glass in use. A Good
Still not sure? Send it in. If it is beyond repair, we'll tell you so.
Repair or Replace?
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