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Uh, what is that thing over there?
Sep 11, 2011 (Updated Sep 13, 2011)
by Chris McCallister
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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.
Recommend this product?
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
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.
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