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Old 02-16-2013
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Re: which binoculars ??

We have tried a wide variety of binocs and have been very happy with our Fujinons. We carry a cheap set and the much better military grade. The cheap set float but are not nearly as clear as the higher end Fujis.

The reason we went with Fuji over Steiner is the field of view at the eyepiece (I forget the dang name for that!!) is better. Steiner also makes a great set though and I would consider them too and see which feels best. The only negative of the high-end Fuji is they are heavier than the steiners and larger as I recall.

Regarding the compass, yes, I would have at least one set with a compass in them. You can use it to take bearings and verify with charts. Because you have narrowed in on the object of interest, I believe they give a much more accurate reading than using the boats compass.

Do be aware, a good set of binocs are not cheap... I think our low end Fujis were around $200 and our Polaris were 600-700. Well worth it though (especially when setting on the deck and doing night viewing... really clear). They are also great at night. You can see things with them that otherwise are often too dim to see.

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