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Binocs with compasses?

I''m wanting/needing a new pair of binoculars and I''m just how useful is having binocs with a compass?

I suppose it''s got to be handy for some cases but how reliable/rugged are they? How many have compass binocs and the compass doesn''t work anymore (etc.).

Are they a bit of a gimmick (like binocs with a digital camera)? Would I be better served putting the difference in cost into superior optics?
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i have a pair of nikons with a built-in compass. I find it quite usefull and dont feel like i sacrificed optics quality to get the compass. Personally, I would pay up for image stabilizing binoculars if I were to buy new.
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Have to agree w/Ham. Very useful as a hand-bearing tool to see if you''re crossing (or not) converging traffic, (if the bearing changes...or not). Also great for telling the helmsman where to look to find marks, buoys, etc, that you can see with the binocs before he can.
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Hi mmccoy,

Let me reference an old post by Jack,

Date: Jul. 23 2002 2:51 PM
Author: WHOOSH
Bullseye, hidden in your question is the often-advised but not always followed advice that you shouldn''t depend solely on one form of navigation. Binoculars with a lighted, in-built compass are extremely useful both for coastal piloting and for collision avoidance. Whether they are in fact used for such purposes - and therefore considered "useful" in someone else''s eyes - speaks to habits and not the functionality of the gear.

The additional cost of this feature seems to me like one of the high-value purchases available to sailors.


I coudnīt agree more with Jack.

20 years ago I owned a US$ 6,000 boat. I spent US$ 600 in a Steiner binoc w/cpass. I Carry any longer the boat, but still the Steiners.

I do also have two pair of Tasco 54, almost cost a third of Steiners. No so rugged but continue to be acceptable after 3/4 yrs

All compasses & lights are still working


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