Bushnell 132514 (8x21) Binocular

1 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Uh, what is that thing over there?

Sep 11, 2011 (Updated Sep 13, 2011)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Viewing quality, within range; lightweight but durable

Cons:A bit pricey, sticky focus and spacing adjustments.

The Bottom Line: For good viewing over shorter distances, these are good compact binoculars.  They are a challenge for anyone with impaired hand mobility.


We bought this product many years ago, and have always referred to it as "field glasses," as they are smaller than what we picture as "binoculars."  Now, from the manufacturer's website, I find out that they are indeed compact binoculars.

These binoculars are sturdy and have a black rubber-like coating. As we have dropped them a few times, that coating has been a plus.  They came with a nylon carrying case, and a neck-cord resembling a heavy-duty shoestring.  Power-wise, they are rated at 8 X 21, with a visual field of 387 feet at one thousand yards.

Facts and figures (from Bushnell‘s website):

Magnification: Obj Lens 8 x 21
Close Focus (ft/m): 21/6.4
Lens Coating: Fully
Field of View (ft@1000yds /to:m@1000m): 378/126
Adapt to Tripod: No
Eyecups: Fold Down
Eye Relief 10
Focus System: Center
Exit Pupil (mm): 2.6
Prism Glass: BK-7
Water/Fog Proof: No
Prism System: Roof
Weight (oz/g): 7/195
Model 132514
Size Class: Compact

Personal take:  I have no fine motor strength or control in my fingers, and I struggle with two aspects of these compact binoculars. The focus adjustment requires good fine motor control, as it is a bit sticky. Also, it can be adjusted to fit your eye-spacing, but that is also a bit sticky. If it were too loose, you could not keep the right adjustment in place.  These binoculars go a bit too far the other way, and getting them into the right spacing is a challenge for me.  However, my father uses them without difficulty.

These binoculars are quite small, and they partially collapse.  The end result is that they can easily be stored in a car's glove compartment.  I would compare the size to a man's stuffed wallet, or about three inches by five inches by two inches.

The viewing quality, within the specified range, is excellent, with great clarity, light-gathering, and resolution. The image is sharp, with no waviness. There is a slight rainbow-like aura around the edges, but I did not find it distracting.

If you want to stargaze, use a telescope. But, if there’s a bird in your tree in the backyard, and you’re not sure whether it’s a red-headed woodpecker or a Northern Flicker, these glasses should do the trick. If there is a car parked on the road behind your house, and you’re not sure whether it’s a motorist in distress or a young couple who mistakenly think they have privacy, these glasses should answer the question. 

By the way, is that a small deer or a big dog in the neighbor’s yard? Time to take those Bushnell glasses out of their nylon carrying case.


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (4)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Compact Binocular

Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Compact Binocular

The Bushnell PowerView 8 x 21mm Binoculars are designed to provide a bright, crisp and impressively magnified view of everything you want to explore. ...
Walmart.com

$14.20

+$4.97 shipping
Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Binocular With Roof Prism, Clamshell Packaging, Black

Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Binocular With Roof Prism, Clamshell Packaging, Black

1.888.209.5772 About me Contact Us Shipping Payments FAQ Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Weather Resistant Roof Prism Binocular with 7.2 Degree Angle of Vie...
eBay

$12.19

+$5.75 shipping
Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Binocular With Roof Prism, Black 132514

Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Binocular With Roof Prism, Black 132514

1.888.209.5772 About me Contact Us Shipping Payments FAQ Bushnell 8x21mm Powerview Weather Resistant Roof Prism Binocular with 7.2 Degree Angle of Vie...
eBay

$12.19

+$5.75 shipping
Bushnell H20 Binocular - 8x 25 Mm - Armored, Fog Proof, Water Proof, Shock Proof

Bushnell H20 Binocular - 8x 25 Mm - Armored, Fog Proof, Water Proof, Shock Proof

Use the Bushnell H20 binocular under any seasonal conditions as the o-ring seal makes it waterproof, while the nitrogen-purged protects it from fog. W...
eBay

$47.99

FREE Shipping
Bushnell 10x50 Binocular Gift Set W/ Bonus 8x21 Bino

Bushnell 10x50 Binocular Gift Set W/ Bonus 8x21 Bino

Bushnell 10x50 mm Binocular Gift Set with Bonus 8x21 Compact Binocular Features: EXTRA HIGH 10X POWER MAGNIFICATION FULLY COATED LENSES FOR BRIGHT IMA...
eBay

$39.99

+$12.95 shipping
Bushnell H2O Compact Binocular 8x 25mm Roof Prism Armored Black

Bushnell H2O Compact Binocular 8x 25mm Roof Prism Armored Black

The Bushnell H2O Compact Binoculars are the most versatile pocket binoculars on the market to date. If you can handle a rainy day in the field, your g...
MidwayUSA

$41.80

FREE Shipping
Bushnell 138005 H20 Waterproof 8x25 Black Binoculars + Binocular Accessory Kit

Bushnell 138005 H20 Waterproof 8x25 Black Binoculars + Binocular Accessory Kit

Use the Bushnell H20 binocular under any seasonal conditions as the o-ring seal makes it waterproof, while the nitrogen-purged protects it from fog. W...
eBay

$49.95

FREE Shipping
Bushnell PowerView Zoom Binocular,7-21 X40

Bushnell PowerView Zoom Binocular,7-21 X40

Bushnell PowerView Zoom Binocular,7-21 X40. Zoom magnification makes these versatile, bright and clear.
Bushnell Binoculars Spectator 5-10 x 25 Dual Power Porro Prism Binocular 1751030

Bushnell Binoculars Spectator 5-10 x 25 Dual Power Porro Prism Binocular 1751030

Shop for Outdoors at The Home Depot. With an extra-wide field of view and a PermaFocus design that never needs adjustment to be razor-sharp, you'll ne...
Home Depot

$129.99

FREE Shipping
Bushnell H20 Binocular - 8x 25 Mm - Armored, Fog Proof, Water Proof, (138005)

Bushnell H20 Binocular - 8x 25 Mm - Armored, Fog Proof, Water Proof, (138005)

Use the Bushnell H20 binocular under any seasonal conditions as the o-ring seal makes it waterproof, while the nitrogen-purged protects it from fog. W...
eBay

$44.24

+$8.19 shipping