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02-24-2013 11:52 AM
jrd22
Re: which binoculars ??

My buddy Steve (seeyalatermoonglow here on SN) posted a thread about these Bushnell permafocus binocs a few years ago and they are the pair I keep in the cockpit.

Bushnell Permafocus 7x50 Binoculars 175007 FREE S&H 17-5007. Bushnell Binoculars.

They aren't great binocs, but for a quick view of something one handed they are great. No focusing and at $60 if they go over the side it's not the end of the world. Surprisingly good optics too, but they don't work well for close in objects (inspecting the spreader lights, etc). We also carry a pair of Fujis with compass (Laurie hates them) and Canon stabilized which are incredible but go through batteries like crazy (we use rechargeable).
02-24-2013 10:51 AM
PCP
Re: which binoculars ??

Yes I agree that on a boat a 7x50 is better than a 10x50. Also with a bigger enlargement you get always less light on the image.

I have choosen this ones precisely by its superior quality with low light.

Nexus Marine Catalogue 2012 - Nexus - Page nį 56 - PDF Catalogues | Documentation | Boating Brochures

It is quite surprising, you actually seem to have a much brighter image at dusk through the binoculars than without them and that is odd. It takes also haze away. At night the image is also surprisingly bright, also brighter than without them.

I have posted already the model without compass, by mistake. I have the one with compass now and I owned one without compass for many years. I think the image quality is very similar, compass or not.
02-24-2013 09:05 AM
regatta Best binocular? With Any binocular along the day you can see similar but when the light go down with a 10x50 you'll not see nothing with an 7x50 you still see something. About power ..in the sea rock'n'rolling ! More power more unstable less power more stable. So the best choice is a 7x with lens diameter as much as possible. Brands? Many! Steiner, eschenbach regatta, Swarovski, and many others. last...the price depend the quality of the lens..( is similar at lens for camera. Cheaper bad photos.. expensive good photos) and almost choose any binocular filled by gas so no water entering.... Ps: is almost 25 year that I sell binocular....
02-24-2013 06:53 AM
JohnnyChristo
which binoculars ??

Lots of useful info there thanks all. I now havea good starting point for research. Thanx again
02-20-2013 09:45 AM
SailingJackson
How to test binoculars.....

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Originally Posted by JohnnyChristo View Post
Hi any advice about suitable binoculars ? Are the ones with built in compasses any value?
Thanks
If you go night sailing at all, transmission is a big deal. The all look fine in broad daylight, but I've learned that there is a good way to compare transmission in a store or boat show. Find a store cabinet or closet far away, at least 60 feet. Open the door and make sure it's dark inside. The difference between a 95% transmission and 92% transmission is quite evident, as long as the thing you're looking at is really quite dark.

Compass is good, but in my experience the usability depends a lot on your dominant eye. If you shoot a rifle, do you shoot left handed or right handed? If the compass is on the correct side for you, it works great. If it's on the wrong side it's just sort of distraction and very difficult to read.

GJ
02-20-2013 08:25 AM
copacabana
Re: which binoculars ??

I have a pair of Steiner Commander binoculars with the compass. They came with the boat. They are excellent quality and the optics are nothing less than spectacular, but at USD900 for a new pair, I'd be reluctant to buy them. They have stood up well to abuse though.
02-19-2013 11:38 PM
shanedennis
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They are fantastic binocs for the money.
Thanks Schock. You've sold me. A dollar saved is a dollar earned.

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02-19-2013 04:24 PM
tdw
Re: which binoculars ??

Schock .... ref the lens caps .... I cannot believe that any pair of binos have those stupid loose caps. Our cheapos have captive yet the Canon ISed don't. Price doesn't seem to come into it.
02-19-2013 12:59 PM
Sanduskysailor
Re: which binoculars ??

I have an older high end mil-spec Fujinons with the illuminated compass. Bought from a friend getting out of sailing for $100. Best $100 I have ever spent on the boat. Optics are spectacular and low light capability is great. I have a back up pair of Canons. Never use them.

Fujinon Polaris 7x50 FMTR-SX (Mil-Spec) Armored Binoculars - Optics4Birding.com
02-19-2013 10:10 AM
SchockT
Re: which binoculars ??

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Originally Posted by shanedennis View Post
Anyone tried the Bushnell Marine Binoculars?

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I shopped around very carefully, and compared a lot of different pairs. I was prepared to shell out the money for some Steiners, but I ended up going with the Bushnell 7x50 with built in illuminated compass. They are fantastic binocs for the money. They are waterproof, rubberized for shock resistance, and have excellent coated optics, for half the price of the Steiners. The only thing I wish they had is the attached rubber lens caps instead of the cheapo loose plastic ones, but for under $200 I guess you cant have everything!
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