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I'm not WM's biggest fan but I have a pair of their Tahiti's. They were on sale @ $229 and at that price I think they're the best bang for your buck. Optics are good and the compass is handy. They're waterproof and they claim they float ( haven't tested that).
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I have a set of the WM binocs for the deck grunts to use. Believe they only float if they have the stock flotation strap on them.
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I'm not WM's biggest fan but I have a pair of their Tahiti's. They were on sale @ $229 and at that price I think they're the best bang for your buck. Optics are good and the compass is handy. They're waterproof and they claim they float ( haven't tested that).
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Looking for Binoculars with IS & Compass

Sorry if I should not have revived this old thread but I have searched the threads on binocs and then the internet and could not find what I want.

Are there any manufacturers of binocs with
(i) Image Stabilization, and
(ii) a built in compass, and
(iii) waterproof, and
(iv) around 7x50 (or more powerful), and
(v) a simple rangefinder (not laser).

Seems amazing since IS & compass would be an obvious match on a boat.

My old binocs (no frills but ok) are a bit beat up now.
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The problem with getting IS binoculars is that if the batteries go out, they're pretty useless on a moving boat. Most IS binoculars suffer in low light, since they're higher magnification without an increase in the objective diameter....like 10x50 vs. 7x50... which means they have about half the light coming out the eyepiece.

7x50s are about the best compromise between low-light capability, magnification and size.
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Matt2:

No personal experience, but was intrigued by the Leupold RXB-IV Range Finding Binocs with Compass which seem to meet 3.5 outta your 5 requirements. I've read some cruisers who have found rangefinders to be very handy in anchoring situations where they need to bring a line ashore.

Meanwhile, I have the WM Tahiti's and have been fairly pleased with them, that is, until I tried the Captain's Fujinon Polaris 7x50's on a recent sail. Wow.

I tried hyperlinking to the Leupold site page but had some problems, so just search for

"Leupold RXB-IV"
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The problem with getting IS binoculars is that if the batteries go out, they're pretty useless on a moving boat. Most IS binoculars suffer in low light, since they're higher magnification without an increase in the objective diameter....like 10x50 vs. 7x50... which means they have about half the light coming out the eyepiece.

7x50s are about the best compromise between low-light capability, magnification and size.
S.D. is right about stabilized binoculars eating up batteries. For a small price, you can buy two sets of NiMH rechargable batteries and a small charger to keep on the boat so you always have a fresh set of batteries. I loved my 7x50 Fujinon binoculars until I got my 10x42 stabilized binoculars. The stabilized binoculars are my primary binoculars now.
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Marine Binoculars

I have had good luck for the '08 season with Celestron Oceana 7x50 WP-IF/RC Binoculars. Price is reasonable, sharp optice, excellent light gathering, wide field of view (important for glasses wearers - or with sunglasses on) and no fogging. Copy this link in your browser.

Oceana 7x50 WP-IF/RC Binocular (item #71189) / Celestron.com - Telescope | Computerized Telescopes | Microscopes | Binoculars | SkyScout
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The IS binoculars have about a 4 mm exit pupil, which is considerably smaller than the 7 mm exit pupil on the 7x50s and will limit your low-light capability significantly. At night, it will be much harder to see clearly through the IS binoculars, regardless of the IS features or greater magnification.

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S.D. is right about stabilized binoculars eating up batteries. For a small price, you can buy two sets of NiMH rechargable batteries and a small charger to keep on the boat so you always have a fresh set of batteries. I loved my 7x50 Fujinon binoculars until I got my 10x42 stabilized binoculars. The stabilized binoculars are my primary binoculars now.
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Ok... honest question:

For those that have switched over to the stabilized, did you like them that much better? Honestly?

I have used them once, but have no real experience with them. I have found that I can make a good set of binocs work really well (the better the eye relief, the better the binoc to me). The trick is to stabilize yourself and hold the binoc slightly away from your eye in a sea. Let your hands float up and down with the object. Keeps you from losing your balance and helps to aquire a target better as you simply watch the target then pull the binocs up to your eye (but not touching... very important). I was taught that a binoc should never touch your face. That is where the large eye relief really helps.

I have also found the Fuji's to have the best relief, though I almost went for a set of Steiners (which kinda seemed to me more marketing than actually better). My parents agreed, incidentally. I have both the "cheaper pair" and the high-end military spec (thanks mom and dad for a great Christmas Present). For a "cheap" binoc (around $200 IIRC) the Fuji's are great. However, once you go to the high end Fuji's or Steiners, it is hard to go back. I will admit that the high-end Steiners I looked at (around $1000???) are as good as the high end Fuji's (around $700-800 iirc). The high end specs are also awesome for laying on the deck at night and star/moon gazing.

Anyways, there is all my thoughts and experience.

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