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Binocs with compasses?
Let me reference an old post by Jack,
Date: Jul. 23 2002 2:51 PM
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