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!Anyone tried the Bushnell Marine Binoculars?
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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.Hi any advice about suitable binoculars ? Are the ones with built in compasses any value?