Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinder Binoculars Preview

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Vortex surprised me with the announcement of the new Fury HD Laser Rangefinding Binocular recently. Claiming to be two devices in one (high definition binocular + angle compensated rangefinder) it certainly got me excited. With optics that compare with the Viper HD range, you just know this will be a high performance bin. According to Vortex, this compacyt reflective targets will give accurate readings up to 1600 feet, while distance readings on large animals will be accurate up to 1200 feet in good conditions. The rangefinder controls are situated on the right hand side, making it easy to carry your rifle or bow in the other hand. C:\Users\dss\SkyDrive\0000. Niche Sites\0. TheBinocularsGuy.com\0. Content\Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinding

Vortex Fury HD 10x42 Specifications

The 10x42 comes with a field of view of 314.4ft @ 1000 yards with a close focus of 20 feet. Weighing in at 31.8 ounces, it measures 5.75 in x 5.9 in.   Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinder Binoculars Specs

How good is the rangefinding capability?

We will have to wait and see how good the built-in rangefinding really is, but from the distance ranges mentioned, it sounds like the Fury is going to be a beast. It also comes with a intuitive display with a simple-to-use menu (unlike so many other rangefinders), and the display is clean and easy to read. It features HCD (horizontal component distance) and LOS (line of sight) modes. HCD is for angle compensated ranging, while LOS will display the actual line of sight range to your target. A very handy scan mode will show continous ranges as you scan across an area or when you are tracking a moving animal. Ranges can be set to display in yards or meters.


The Fury HD comes with standard Vortex VIP warranty, which is, in my opinion, one of the best warranties by any optic company. You can rest assured that if something goes wrong with your Fury HD, Vortex will repair or replace it at no cost to you. What makes this warranty ever better in this case, is that the Fury's electronics are also fully covered.

Launch Date

The Fury HD is not available in stores or online yet. The expected launch date is in the summer of 2017.

Where to buy at the best price?

As mentioned above the Fury HD Rangefinding Binocular is not available yet, but it will be on sale at the usual outlets, from Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops to any reputable outdoor store in your area. As in most cases, I would recommend checking out the Amazon pricing. I typically find Amazon offer good prices on optics and with the service levels and free delivery, they are my recommendation when buying the Fury HD.


While pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, I believe this rangefinder binocular will be in the $1599 price range.


Let me know if you are as excited as I am about the upcoming launch of these bins.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 (Codename: Huey) Preview

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Vortex Razor® AMG® UN-1 Huey Vortex Optics have revealed a sneak peek of their Razor® AMG® UH-1. Code-named Huey, this holographic piece of technology is weapon mountable, and on the right is the first picture publicly released. The Razor AMG UH-1 sight consists of an aluminium chassis and features far fewer moving parts when compared to more traditional holographic sights. This makes for a more durable piece of technology. Power comes from the included CR123A battery, but can also be from running LFP CR123A's. What I really like, is how these can be recharged on-board, through the use of the waterproof micro-USB port that can be found on-board. What makes this sight stand out even more, is that there is virtually no forward signature meaning the shooter is the only one to see the new EBR-CQB reticle. This is unlike any other holographic or red dot sight on the market. Keep your eyes on this page for more updates on launch dates, pricing, where to buy and reviews on the Vortex Razor AMG UH-1.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Digiscoping 101: What is it, and how does it work?

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what-is-digiscoping-and-how-does-it-workDigiscoping is taking photographs with a digital compact camera through the eyepiece of a telescope. This method wasn't - as you might believe - developed by photographers, but was discovered accidentally by nature observers. The development of high-quality compact digital cameras since the late 90s makes it possible to take high-class pictures through high-end telescopes using quite a simple technique. The main aim is in "freezing" and storing wonderful moments, which have previously "only" been observed through a scope. Easy documentation of different species is just as important an application. Thanks to long focal lengths (high magnification factors) it is also possible to photograph sensitive species from a great distance without disturbing them, or to take close-up photographs of distant objects that are difficult to reach. With a great deal of practice, some test runs and time spent studying the theory in depth, it will also be possible to take exceptionally sharp images in a quality which comes close to images taken with expensive professional photography equipment (SLR cameras with tele-converters).

Why is digiscoping so interesting?

  • Added value for your telescope: not just viewing but taking photographs too.
  • Quality images of very distant subjects.
  • No need to buy film ever again - storage media is reusable.
  • Images can be checked and enjoyed immediately after capture.
  • Very cost-effective compared to expensive SLR cameras and tele-converters
  • Presentation of the images on TV or using a data projector (slide shows)
  • No loss of quality when copying and transferring data.
  • Editing images later is easy.
  • Prints can be produced and photos sent via email immediately.

Why does Digiscoping Work?

A telescope scope has the basic function of bringing a magnified image to the observer's eye. Light enters the large objective lens at the end of the scope and comes out through the eyepiece as a round column of light called the exit pupil. It is this column of light that the camera will be photographing so it must be centred exactly over the light column or a condition called vignetting or shadowing, which spoils the picture, will occur. The digital camera mimics the human eye to a certain extent in this manner. Related reading: Digiscoping Equipment | Tips and Tricks | Digiscoping Cameras

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Digiscoping Equipment: What you need, and what you don’t need starting out

Digiscoping Equipment: What you need, and what you don’t need starting out Read more on: The Binoculars Guy website

In addition to a digital camera, a digiscoping kit comprises a spotting scope with eyepiece and advisably an adapter and a tripod with a balance rail.


vortex-razor-hd-spotting-scopeThe Vortex Razor HD with good light-gathering qualities is a favourite with digiscopers. Your telescope should have a good optical system with bright and true-colour image reproduction - don't forget that the image which comes out of the eyepiece is stored on the digital camera's CCD sensor! A smooth focusing ring allowing fine adjustments will be particularly important when capturing images with high magnification. Please also ensure that your scope is waterproof, robust and lightweight and that there are some adapters suitable for digiscoping available for it. Your decision regarding the type of eyepiece and the magnification power may also affect the quality of the images you will capture. Most digiscopers use a zoom eyepiece with 20x to 60x magnification, as they also use the scope for observation and want to be as flexible as possible with respect to magnification. As digiscoping becomes more difficult as the magnification increases, some digiscopers use fixed wide-angled eyepieces with 20x or 30x magnification as these have a larger field of view and may possibly have a slightly better optical system, given that it is designed for a single magnification rather than for a specific range of different magnifications.


Adapters should be matched perfectly to your scope and its eyepiece. Aligning the camera with the spotting scope is the main purpose of a digital camera adapter, but the adapter also has two other functions - to attach the camera securely to the spotting scope and to limit stray light from entering the camera lens and interfering with proper exposure of the image. Test the adapter to make sure you can use it quickly and easily. When out in the field you might have not much time to get your camera in position and take the shot! Swarovski Optik's digiscoping products combine the superior optical performance of Swarovski Optik telescopes with the advanced features of your digital camera. The innovative DCB Digital Camera Base, the tried and tested DCA Digital Camera Adapter or the TLS 800 telephoto lens system for digital or classic SLR cameras which connect the ATS or STS telescopes to your camera form the ideal system for taking true-colour photographs.

Digiscoping Tripod

The tripod is an important requirement for sharp, contrast-rich images when taking photographs, much more so than when observing. Optimum stability makes a significant contribution to image quality. There are different types of tripods available for different applications. At high magnifications the image is very sensitive to motion and the slightest shake will result in a blurred picture. Keep the tripod legs and centre column as low as possible when shooting, so that they absorb what is known as microshake (vibrations) more efficiently. A wooden or carbon-fibre tripod will absorb vibrations more efficiently than an aluminium tripod although the two drawbacks here are weight and cost respectively. Another alternative is a weight bag - an accessory that hangs below the centre column and may be filled with rocks, sand, etc. to provide additional cushioning of vibrations. The tripod head plays an important role. The smoother the movements the tripod head makes, the easier it is to frame and lock on the shot. The Swarovski Optik balance rail ensures an optimum centre of gravity for the telescope, eliminating camera shake. Related reading: Digiscoping 101 | Tips and Tricks | Digiscoping Cameras

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Digiscoping Cameras: What to look for when buying

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The market for digital cameras is large and ever-increasing. There are almost 300 different brands and models of digital cameras available and though many of them will work for digiscoping, some work far better than others. There is an easy way to check and see whether your digital camera works well for digiscoping: Set up a telescope with your preferred adapter for digital cameras (if you do not own one yet use a friend's or ask your friendly dealer), turn the camera on, centre the camera lens behind the eyepiece of the scope, look at the scope's image on your digital camera's LCD screen viewer, press the shutter button half way down to focus the image and then take the picture.

Choosing a camera for Digiscoping

Does the camera fit on adapters which are optimized for your spotting scope? A threaded connector on the objective lens is required for using the Swarovski Optik DCA adapter, a threaded connector on the tripod is required for using the Swarovski Optik DCB adapter. Is the camera's optical zoom able to get rid of vignetting? (From experience it is advisable to use compact cameras with a 3x zoom.) Cameras which meet these criteria are generally fine for digiscoping. Other important criteria to be considered:
  • Does the camera have a remote control for the shutter release?
  • Does the camera have a short self-timer (2 or 3 seconds)?
  • Does the camera have a large LCD screen (at least 50 mm or 2 inches)?
  • Is the LCD screen pivotable (to prevent frontal sun-light on the screen)?
  • Does the camera have a good power supply for long use?
  • Is the camera programmable or are all features automatic?

Digiscoping with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras)

Some of the large digital reflex cameras can be used with a 50 mm standard objective lens, the heavy weight does, however, cause additional problems in terms of stable attachment. It is also impossible to guarantee that the filter thread of the camera's objective lens will take a system that is as sturdy as one for a smaller compact digital camera. The main difference between a digital SLR camera and a compact digital camera is that the SLR camera has interchangeable lenses like a traditional film camera, is larger and a bit heavier but - depending on the model - offers more professional features like higher ISO, a wider range of different shutter speeds, the ability to shoot in RAW and also the ability to shoot a larger number of frames before the image buffer becomes full, etc. Related reading: Digiscoping 101 | Tips and Tricks | Digiscoping Equipment

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Digiscoping tips and tricks for novices and experts

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Digiscoping is an activity that young and old, inexperienced and experienced can take part in. There are however some digiscoping tips that will make your experience much more enjoyable. Here are some of the tips I have come across.

Preventing vignetting

A spotting scope has the basic function of bringing a magnified image to the observer's eye. Light enters the large objective lens at the end of the scope and comes out through the eyepiece as a round column of light known as the exit pupil. It is this column of light that the camera will be photographing so it must be centred accurately over the light column to prevent a condition known as vignetting or shadowing. Try zooming the camera's zoom lens (if it has a zoom lens - most do) to see if you can eliminate the black areas. Very important: Please do not use the digital zoom feature to accomplish this! Stay in the optical zoom range because if you use the digital zoom, your image will suffer a loss of quality!

Preventing blurring

There may be several causes for blurred digiscoping images. The following points are important when digiscoping: - Adjust the spotting scope's focus correctly (focussing) - Select the right camera settings (exposure time, ISO) - Use the camera's self-timer or a remote timer - Create a steady position for the equipment (tripod) - Take up a position out of the wind and - Practice, practice, practice...

Adjust the scope's focus correctly

Basically the camera captures every image reproduced through the scope. The more accurately the scope's focus is adjusted (focussing) to the subject, the better the result.

Select the right camera settings

Aperture size, exposure time or shutter speed and ISO sensitivity have a major effect on the sharpness of the image in digiscoping. The risk of blurred images is much greater due to the high magnification of the scope combined with the camera. The aperture is the opening which lets the light in to get to the CCD. By using a lower aperture number (i.e. f2.4), the aperture size is increased and allows more light into the camera. To achieve the correct exposure of the image, it is necessary to increase the exposure time when the aperture is small, or to increase the aperture if the exposure time is short. Basically: The shorter the exposure time, the lower the risk of camera shake and of ending up with a blurred image. Hence it is advisable to use the camera's automatic exposure setting for "Speed" or "Sport" or "S". This means: the setting with the fastest permissible time at the moment when the shutter release is pressed. A short exposure time must be selected manually if none of the settings mentioned are offered as standard in the camera's programs. The camera automatically selects the most favourable ISO sensitivity for the prevailing light conditions although this may also be adjusted manually. A low ISO number, e.g. ISO 100 or 200 is suitable for good light conditions. The poorer and darker the environment, the higher the ISO number should be set to, e.g. to ISO 400 or 800. So if the most suitable ISO sensitivity is selected (usually the sensitivity pre-selected automatically is exactly right), along with the "Speed" program setting, then nothing should go wrong. At most, one can alter the ISO number if the light fades or if one wishes to photograph subjects in motion.

Use the self-timer or a remote timer

The motto is: avoid all unnecessary movement. Literally holding one's breath when photographing or taking a moment to relax beforehand can have a decisive effect. Often, just the pressure of the finger on the shutter release button is enough to cause camera shake. Therefore the self-timer offers an excellent opportunity for overcoming this problem. There are two ways of doing this. One can use the camera's built-in self-timer or a remote control (not available for all cameras). The camera itself provides the first option; the second allows the shutter release to be operated without having to touch the camera at all (and the camera, therefore, remains perfectly still).

Create a steady position

Ensure that at the time of taking the photograph the spotting scope combined with the camera is in a very steady position and not exposed to any shaking. The tripod is an important requirement for sharp, contrast-rich images when taking photographs, much more so than when simply observing. Optimum stability is a significant factor in image quality. Keep the tripod legs and centre column as low as possible when shooting to absorb vibrations more efficiently. A wooden or carbon-fibre tripod will absorb vibrations more efficiently than an aluminium tripod but the two drawbacks here are weight and cost respectively. Another alternative is a weight bag - an accessory that hangs below the centre column and may be filled with rocks, sand, etc. to provide additional cushioning of vibrations. Related reading: Digiscoping 101 | Equipment for Digiscoping | Digiscoping Cameras

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Backyard Birdwatching: Getting started without leaving the yard

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What exactly is bird watching? If you go walking through the forest and spy a bird, are you bird watching? Do you have to be knowledgeable in the study of birds before you are considered a bird watcher? Bird watching or birding is basically defined as the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or through a visual enhancement device like binoculars for birdwatching. Though some may disagree, bird watching and birding is essentially the same thing, both are the observation of birds in the wild.

Backyard Birdwatching vs. Birding

In the birding community though, there is some disagreement about grouping the two terms into the same category. Many deem bird watching to be different than birding on quite a few levels. They feel that mere bird watchers deem it more as a past time and don’t pursue it with the same enthusiasm as a birder. It is felt that bird watchers are more content to observe more locally and don't invest in the same grade of equipment as that of a birder. In short, birders don’t tend to rank themselves in the same category as bird watchers.

Birders Methods

Birders feel this way because they tend to invest in higher technology equipment and are dedicated to study birds for more than general observation. Many birders will purchase optical equipment such as spotting scopes. They may even invest in auditory equipment in order to identify the species by year. They take note in moult, distribution, migration patterns, and habitat. Birders are also more prone to travel in order to pursue their passion of birds. It’s basically the same sport; one group just takes it a notch higher than others.

What Does Birding Entail?

So what do you do when you go birding? Birding is a little more involved than merely looking at birds, though you do observe them. Birding also included learning to recognize the birds and identify them. As with any subject you study, you begin to understand the birds and gain knowledge of what they’re doing while in nature. Many people outside the birding world don’t seem to realize that there are over 800 different types of birds. Obviously everyone has to start somewhere when they begin a new hobby or sport. You aren’t going to automatically know everything there is about birds without researching them. For many it takes years before they gain a firm understanding of all the aspects of birding, and all are still learning as new information emerges. Just for clarification purposes, going to the zoo and looking at birds is not birding. Birding is the observation of birds in the wild or natural habitat, not in cages or captivity. So do you have to be some retired person with loads of money in order to go birding? Not at all, anyone who has an interest can watch birds. It’s something that you can start out young and continue through adulthood. It’s an activity that can involve the whole family. There is no encompassing age or demographic when it comes to birding. It’s actually proving to be one of the fastest growing activities in America and is also extremely popular in Britain as well.

Why get involved in Backyard Birdwatching?

So why should I observe birds? Why do other people sit and watch birds? Birds are a beautiful species that are absolutely amazing, especially while in flight. It’s breathtaking to just sit and watch them soar so high above the earth, so effortlessly in the clouds. In ancient times, the bird was considered a foreseer of the future. Now in or world of technology, they can still let us know what we can expect in the environment. They can often help us build a stronger bond with nature. Are there any the benefits that come with birding? To the beginner and novice in birding, there are a variety of benefits that you can benefit from. First and foremost is the fun and pleasure that can be found in birding. There is also a certain satisfaction that comes from searching for the different species of bird. It’s almost like hunting without harming your prey. Birding can also be a fun family activity that helps to strengthen the bond between children, parents, and grandparents. Also it helps introduce children to nature and aid them in gaining a respect for it as well. Birding is a versatile sport that can be either done with or without others. If you are seeking companionship, then birding can be a great social activity. You can share your interest with friends, family, or even join a birding club. If you seek the chance to get away from everyone for some well deserved solitude, then that is also an option. It’s perfectly acceptable to go birding alone. You can go explore nature with the only sounds coming from the birds you are observing. So now that you have an interest in birding, where do you go? For beginners it can be as simple as stepping out your front door. Start with your own neighborhood; observe the birds in your own backyard, so to speak. Watch their behaviors, look at what they’re doing. Once you’ve done that, try to start identifying the birds you see. Start paying attention when you travel, especially if there is a change in environment. It’s likely that you’ll see new species of birds when you travel quite a ways from home. This is just the start of your birding experience.

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Bird Watching Basics: How to get started

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Bird watching or birding is a very popular hobby that includes the observation and study of birds. Because visual observation of birds is complemented with auditory observation, the term “birding” is more accurate. Birding is the second most popular outdoor activity in America, second only to gardening as the number-one recreation. For many people watching birds is an opportunity to feel close to nature. They also enjoy the relaxation and peacefulness by watching birds.Some bi… Bird watching or birding is a very popular hobby that includes the observation and study of birds. Because visual observation of birds is complemented with auditory observation, the term “birding” is more accurate. Birding is the second most popular outdoor activity in America, second only to gardening as the number-one recreation. For many people bird watching is an opportunity to feel close to nature. They also enjoy the relaxation and peacefulness by watching birds.Some birders,however,will travel long distances just to see a rare bird. These birders are known as twitchers. Twitching is popular in Britain and several other European countries. Most birders start out by watching and attracting birds to their own backyards. Bird feeding can benefit birds and also provide great bird watching. You can attract a variety of interesting birds to your yard by selecting and offering the right kinds of food. The common types of food offered in bird feeding are seeds, nectar, suet and fruit. Early morning is the best time for bird watching since many birds are then searching most actively for food. Once you start feeding birds, you’ll probably want to identify who is coming to visit. Equipment used for birding includes binoculars, a blank notebook, and one or more good field guides. Field guides are books with pictures and descriptions of the birds. A field guide shows birds of just one country, or one region of a country, or one habitat. Binoculars are described by two numbers: 8×32 for example. The first number tells you the magnification power of the binoculars. The second tells you the size of the objective lens at the end of the binoculars in millimeters. Most bird watchers think that 7 or 8 power is about right for most birding. The next step is to broaden your birding experience beyond your own backyard. Plan a trip to a bird sanctuary, national park and other locations where you can see birds in large numbers. Wherever you go, never harm the birds and always respect other birders. And don’t forget to join a local birding club. Clubs organize field trips, show films of good bird watching destinations and some of them are involved in local environmental projects. Also visit your local library and check out books on birds and ornithology. I would also recommend checking out some birding magazines and visiting some websites for more information.

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Best Night Vision Binoculars 2016: Reviews, Comparisons and Buying Guide

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Finding the Right Night Vision Binoculars and at the Right Price

Best-night-vision-binocularsNight vision is a technology that has been at the forefront for both safety and stealth since it was first widely used by the US Military in World War II. These devices use infrared technology to amplify any available light- starlight, moonlight, or nearby ambient light- into specialized optics and lenses. Decades of innovation and widespread popularity has made night vision gear more useful to law enforcement, the military, hunters, or casual optics enthusiasts. Everyday consumers shopping through Amazon.com, Cabelas and many other hunting, or home defense outlets have access to gear that not only has the power to enhance light, but also to bring their field of view closer to a subject as well. All this power can vary in affordability, but the old adage of “you get what you pay for” still rings true. Getting this technology that to also utilize binocular vision is a feature that isn’t cheap.

Cheap Night Vision Binoculars for under $500

[caption id="attachment_1482" align="alignright" width="300"]Night Owl Pro Nexgen Night Vision Binocular (5x) Night Owl Pro Nexgen Night Vision Binocular (5x)[/caption] However, the prices for night vision binoculars are not insurmountable. Amazon.com has great a entry level set made by the Russian company Night Owl. This model, under the product name Pro Nexgen Night Vision Binocular 5X, is basic, using very straight-forward features; everything necessary in magnified night vision binoculars for a less-than $450 price. As the number in its name indicates- the night vision binoculars magnify 5 times from light entering 50mm lenses. Infrared illuminators turn total darkness viewable using a single 3 volt 123-type lithium battery which will last 40 to 80 hours, depending on IR usage. Amazon.com customers have given this device a 4 star rating out of 5. Many customer reviews call this “Well worth the money” (by Amazon.com shopper “wolfman”- and that is the screen name of a hunter, if there ever was one). Other reviews point out product faults like the lack of a tripod mount, or difficulty focusing. To summarize this product, these are the night vision binoculars with the casual, or entry level user in mind. Though that model might be great for those watching coyotes prowl on acres of land in the night, they’re not for defense or protection. Serious home defense enthusiasts and law enforcement officials won’t settle for less- and shouldn’t. Even big game hunters can find themselves needing something with more features and better options in order to not find themselves fumbling with controls or having to hold night vision binoculars in one hand, and their weapon in the other. You want both hands free. With the risk of losing an object, the hunt, or your life, things becomes less about the money and more about reliability.

Tactical Night Vision Binoculars

Those with the funds to shell out over $700 have the luxury of buying night vision binoculars with specially coated optics, 445 ft viewing range, and let’s not forget, headgear to keep it hands-free. Night Owl has those more serious customers covered with their Tactical Series G1 Night Vision Binocular Goggles (available at Amazon.com). With defense and tactical applications in mind, this model features a comfortable head mount, and a push button flip-top to raise up the night vision binoculars when not in use or the option to detach them completely. Durable aluminum housing encloses an infrared illuminator for use in complete darkness or to improve target recognition, and is powered by two 1.5 volt Type-N batteries. Users can keep their subjects in sight in total darkness for 40 to 80 hours depending on their IR usage. The real eye-opener is the grade it receives from customers on Amazon.com, as it scores at only 2 stars: A D-minus in the school of night vision binoculars. One customer noted that its head mount is cumbersome and hard to adjust. Others noted the hard-to-find battery type, as it is a power cell most often used in medical devices and isn’t widely available. Perhaps these night vision binoculars’ manufacturer wanted to really push the feature of a head mount, but cut back on the comfort, so if that is important to you, skip this set. Shopping for night vision binoculars can be a lot like shopping for cars; the richer you are, the more you can get. Those on the lookout for the Cadillac in night vision binoculars need not look any further than the ATN PS15-4 GEN 4 Night Vision Goggle System, made by the ATN Corporation. If features like waterproof construction, intensifier tubes, 40 degree field of view, and resolutions that allow users to read maps in total darkness sound expensive, you are absolutely right. Sticker shock for these night vision binoculars can raise eyebrows at Amazon.com at just under $8,300. It might go without saying that this set is used mostly by the military and the serious customer that doesn’t play around with home defense. As to be expected, it also includes a head mount with flip top articulation, as well as the option to quickly remove the unit, if needed. Power demands are kept as simple as most other night vision binoculars, as it only requires 2 1.5-volt AA batteries (which are available anywhere) or 3-volt CR123A type (play it safe and head to Radio Shack for those) which power these night vision binoculars for 40 hours. Thus far, only a couple of reviews are listed for these night vision binoculars on Amazon.com, 1 of which outlining the “impressive clarity and depth perception”. Despite the high price, one would assume greater expectations from night vision binoculars that are at the cost of a good used car, but most of the positive boons from the device come from sharp image clarity and near unbreakable durability. Other options in night vision binoculars are out there, and features can vary from head straps to image stabilization, but the most well-informed shoppers should always look hard for what their needs require. If you’re a hunter, you’ll need to keep it light and easy, because $400 to $500 is still worth it if you got your prized game trophy. Those that demand the convenience of hands-free, as well as clarity and sharpness will expect to spend at least 50% more. However, if your life is at stake, you will need all those bells and whistles of durability, depth perception, and even range finding in a set of night vision binoculars- no matter what the price.

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Steiner Binoculars: Why you have to consider them for your next binos

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Steiner-binoculars-300x196With minimal experience with top binocular brands like Steiner one can be quick to conclude that all binoculars are generally similar. While that might be true for their functions, binoculars have important differences in performance, usually between manufacturers as well as the models of the binoculars. That being said as an adventurer, there is some basic classification you have to be familiar with in terms of the types of binoculars.

Mini Binoculars

As you might have gathered from the name, these are the most basic class. This class is defined by the dimensions of their lenses and their performance consequently. These are usually simple in design comprising of a lens less then 26mm. The design is that of a straight line prism roof design, and can be easily folded for ease of transportation. The basic class has binoculars that are simply diverse in their uses. Most people give these as gifts and as such have served very well over the years in this regard. Most of the basic binoculars are hardly used for high resolution activity like birding or other related nature activities.

Compact Binoculars

The main difference from the basic type of Steiner binoculars is the utilization of porro prisms. These basically have a lens that views inverted and towards the eye piece are two more lenses which convert the image. They are often compact as their name suggests and as a result you find that they are easier to handle. They are also 26mm in diameter and some even less although the lens is compact also. These are often utilized for sporting events, like at horse racing, as well as other basic purposes like travel. These are very popular because they are a balance of performance, weight and cost.

Standard Porro Prism Binoculars

In this class we find some of the most general binoculars that are utilized for general purposes. Most binoculars that are defined as general purpose often have standard porro prisms. Their objective lens is most definitely larger and at times exceeding 35mm in diameter. These have a wide range of uses and are equally effective in these areas. They are increasingly popular with wildlife, especially high resolution bird viewing. When you acquire a standard high quality porro prism you can easily use it for these activities and many more. These Steiner binoculars can be found in dimensions like 7 x 35mm 10 x 50mm and so on, depending on what you are looking to use them for. These are some of the basic types of Steiner binoculars any adventurer should familiarize them self with. It is important to carry out some extensive research on the many other types so as to find the right type of binoculars for your desired purposes. All in all, Steiner makes some of the best binoculars for hunting, tactical and marine use. See more information from Steiner Optics on their Facebook page, or on their very cool Youtube channel.

Steiner eOptics Video

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Steiner XC Series Binoculars Video

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Steiner Wildlife XP Binoculars Video

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Why Leupold binoculars are rated so highly

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Leupold binoculars are one of the best binocular brands you can find on the market. Some might disagree, but that is the personal taste of each individual. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is on the market for over 100 years and the company continue making excellent binoculars that are able to withstand the test of time. Leupold-binoculars-300x197The company began with making of binoculars with pure focus on survey equipment but they soon started to look after other uses such as shooting, outdoor sports, animal observation and hunting. Even the US military and other law enforcement facilities adopted Leupold binoculars as their way to zoom into the world around them and see things more clearly. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. proved themselves during WW2 when they designed and made fully functional binoculars for United States Army rifles and other devices used by the US Navy. Today, binoculars by Leupold serve many, many purposes and they excel in each and everyone of them. Sportsmen and sportswomen are certainly happy to use such precise and quality equipment which allows them to enjoy their hobbies to the fullest. Moreover, US Secret Service and Special Forces use Leupold binoculars as their standard equipment, which tells how good they actually are. So, what makes them so desirable and good? The outstanding attention to detail is definitely on top of the list. Moreover, flawless engineering and superb construction gives every user the feeling of holding something of great value in their hands. Few more of the excellent properties are absolute waterproof reliability and amazing durability. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. proves how good they actually are by providing their users top-of-the line customer support and lifetime guarantee. Leupold-binoculars1And their guarantee does not stop there. They will make sure that the image you see through their scopes remains crystal clear throughout the time that binoculars are used. To help you protect your investment they designed a signature brown casing, which is extremely durable and hardy. If you have troubles finding most suitable binoculars from Leupold & Stevens you shouldn’t hesitate to visit their astounding website and navigate through their beautifully done menus and listings and choose your preferred binoculars based on specifications and comparisons. It is important to know what do you want to use Leupold binoculars for, so that you can choose your perfect product much more easily and ensure that it will serve your purpose well. All Leupold binoculars are waterproofed and with their recent improvement of using argon and krypton in their casings they make sure that they offer greatest protection possible.

Leupold Gold Ring Guarantee

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Leupold Factory Tour

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Review

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Vortex Optics Viper HD 10x42 Roof Prism BinocularToday I'm taking a closer look at the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binoculars. Just how great are these optics? What's included with them? And how do they stack up against the competition? There are plenty of choices out there for quality binos, whether you're into bird watching, wildlife viewing, hunting or even astronomy. Getting the results you're after is all about selecting the right pair for your hobby.

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You can use the links below to navigate to your most pressing question about this product, or you can continue reading the review. So in my Vortex Viper HD 10x42 review, I'll also touch on what these binoculars are best for. That way, you'll know if they're a good fit for you.

What's in the Box?

This is always an important question; besides the product itself, what do you get with the Viper 10x42 Viper HD binoculars? Well, these binoculars come boxed with an all-important rain guard, tethered objective lens covers, a comfortable neck strap and a deluxe carrying case. Also included with the purchase is a VIP unconditional lifetime warranty, which Vortex tends to do an excellent job of standing behind. If at any time something happens to your binoculars, they will be repaired or replaced by the company at no cost to the customer, with no questions asked.

Best Features: Outstanding Performance and Imagery

If you're making the upgrade from a more budget-priced pair of optics to the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binoculars, you'll quickly notice the difference. Two of the features I most appreciated about the Vipers are how well they perform in a variety of adverse conditions and how crisp the view is through them. vortex viper hd 10x42 specificationsThe XR lenses in these binoculars are fully multi-coated, and O-ring seals within prevent moisture, dust and debris from getting inside and ruining your view. Whether you're spending the day sitting in a chilly bird hide, perched in a tree in a spring shower or caught on a dusty adventure, nothing will penetrate these binos. What's more, argon gas purging within makes the Vipers fog proof and waterproof, so that sprinkle or rain or early morning fog won't come between you and the focus of your attention. Because there's full XR mamazing resolution and true to life colour qualityulti-coating on all air-to-glass surfaces of the Vortex Viper HD Binoculars 10x42, they have  over otincreased light transmissionher models. Dielectric prisms help to provide clear, crisp and colour-accurate images. The HD extra-low dispersion glass also helps deliver . It's this clean view with accurate colour that I've appreciated in checking out Vortex Viper HD 10x42 for sale.

Vortex Viper HD: 10x42 or 10x50?

If you've been looking at both the 10x42 and the 10x50 models and debating what to pick, my comparison of both pairs might help you make your choice. For one, it's worth noting that the 10x50s are in a slightly higher price range. On Amazon, they'll cost you just over $600, whereas the 10x42 are usually just under $600. If you're concerned about size and portability, while one isn't significantly larger than the other, the 10x42 model is slightly more compact and easy to bring during your travels. On the other hand, the 10x50 binos offer a wider field of view and do a better job of gathering more light in low-light situations. For these reasons, they may be better suited to hunters, offering earlier opportunities to see targets.

Vortex Viper HD vs Nikon Monarch 7

In contrast with one of Nikon's current offerings, you'll likely find that the Vortex Vipers are slightly less expensive, especially if you're purchasing online. Other than that, many of the key features are similar. Both pairs use dielectric prism coating and extra-low dispersion glass, and both benefit from roof prisms. They're also similarly protected against the elements, featuring O-rings to keep out dust and moisture. However, while the Vortex Vipers use argon gas purging to stay fog and waterproof, the Monarch 7s rely on nitrogen. When it comes down to it, both are a fairly decent pair of binos, but it depends on what you want to use them for. While the 10x42 Vortex Vipers might be best for hunting, the 8x42 Monarch 7s are likely better suited to birdwatchers.

Vortex Viper HD vs Vortex Razor

Going back on-brand, I also took a look at these binos against the Vortex Razors to see what the difference is. I can tell you, one of the main differences you'll notice immediately is the price. While the Viper HD will likely run you just under $600, a pair of the Razor model will cost you more than 1000 dollars. So what do you get for the extra cost? Both have the standard features that you'd expect from Vortex; the quality O-ring seals, roof prisms and quality lenses. The Razors, however, are built on a sturdy magnesium chassis that while exceptionally light and durable, is actually 0.2 ounces heavier than the Vipers. In the Razors you'll enjoy a wider 6.9 field of view, while the Vipers are limited to 6.1. The Razor model also has a greater minimum focus distance and wider range of interpupillary adjustment, making them better suited to some users. Choosing between these two models will likely come down to how much you want to spend. Both are excellent for hunters or anyone who prefers a wide field of view, and feature the same quality construction.

Where to buy at the best price?

vortex viper hd for sale best priceIf after reading this Vortex Viper HD binoculars review you're thinking of investing in a pair, you'll be able to find them quite easily. They're widely sold in shops worldwide as well as online. One of the most reliable places to pick up a pair is Amazon. They usually have some of the most affordable pricing, shipping is often free and they have a good returns policy if for any reason you're unhappy or change your mind. It's worth noting you can also shop for Vortex binoculars on Ebay, but I will say that I haven't received original binoculars from any sellers as yet. Beware of imitations and knock-offs! If you do choose Ebay, just make sure you read the fine print before you bid or buy. Ensure you're getting the latest model that you're expecting to, and find out whether what you're buying is a factory refurbished or slightly damaged product. You should also check out the seller's shipping options, with insurance, and their returns policy.

Downsides of the Vortex Viper HD 10x42

I haven't heard many complaints about these binoculars. They're widely praised for their quality and value for money. However, the eyecup cover can be hard to use initially, tight and sticky during moments when time is of the essence. Users with glasses have expressed a desire for more eye relief. And few people have also remarked that these binos aren't as light as they were expecting, with similarly priced pairs being easier to hold. Whether those pairs offer the same crisp imagery is another story.

Vortex Viper HD Product Videos

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The Final Verdict

Minor complaints aside, overall these optics are great quality. Hunters and wildlife viewers can take a step up from a budget model to something superior without having to spend thousands of dollars. It's easy to appreciate the crisp vision you'll have with these binos, including their natural colouring and light transmission. Vortex's excellent warranty and customer service are also great to keep in mind, as you know should something happen you won't have any hassle. When it comes down to it, the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 is a an exception pair of binoculars that offers great value for money.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Best Binocular Harness Reviews: Buying Guide and Top-Rated Revealed

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It's exhilarating and exciting to go out hunting for the first time. There are many firsts in hunting. I recall going out for deer opener my first time and the memories are good, but tainted by the binoculars. My binoculars were not the problem. It was that I had them in my pack, and kept having to put everything else down, pull of my pack, and go in search of them. Every time I reached for them, I had to fumble around to glass my view. I was genuinely excited about this first in my outings, and considered myself a more earnest hunter, who was becoming serious about my sport. It was that day that I realized how outmoded my old equipment situation was. I needed an answer to my problem. The answer was a binocular harness. It would serve me well from then on out in my many seasons of long days spent hunting. We all make an investment in our binoculars, or optics. The harness gives an optimal performance of the binoculars. From my experience, the harness is as important as binoculars. Without a harness the binoculars have a built in handicap because it they become half hindrance and half useful.

Position For Optimal Effectiveness

Having the binoculars on a harness is excellent. Even better than that is making sure to position the binoculars to easily and effortlessly reach them. Have respect for wear and tear on the body. No one wants to wear out their neck and eyes by having to shoulder an ill-fitting harness and binoculars. Instead, over the years, I learned to put the weight of the binoculars onto my shoulders. There are three main types of harnesses. They include the low profile, full size, and basic. There are best of harnesses for each of these categories. Read on to learn more about the different types of harnesses.

Best Of The Full Size Harness

The full size harness includes all of the greatest features of the low profile harnesses. Though, the wearer enjoys the advantages of having full-sized pockets to protect the lenses. Pockets that accommodate the optics without becoming bulky or a hindrance are available in most cases. That means no performance needs to be sacrificed when investing in a full size harness.

Badlands Mag

The Badlands Mag is a top harness that professional guides choose for their binoculars. The Badlands Mag puts a premium on keeping the bino safe, and that is what makes it a top choice for the pros. The Badlands is known for high-quality products that are both reliable and also durable. They stand behind their products with one of the best product warranties that exist. It fits all 8 x 32 bino and many 10 x 42 as well, and weighs 1.5 pounds and includes 200" cubic of space. The fully enclosed case remains close to the wearer while staying out of the way of the bow. Check out the model prior to buying to ensure that it will fit the binoculars. It includes full shoulder straps that make for comfortable wear for hours on end. The breathable fabric straps fit comfortably and allow air to flow. That means nothing will be digging into the shoulders or while preventing trapping in of body heat. The hydration bladder rolls out from the rear center pad to ensure the heat does not get trapped against the body. The case is designed smartly. It is both water tight and dust proof and employs  magnets to secure rather than noisy zippers. It also prevents mishaps with the binoculars as well. The product case comes with four pockets in addition to the binocular hold and a convenient built-in lens cloth. My favorite part is the bow string hanger or hook. It gives me the ability to look with both hands, while ensuring my bow is close by and secure.

Low Profile Harnesses

A low profile harness costs a bit more but includes even better straps for greater comfort and better protection for optic safety.

S4 Gear

The S4 Lockdown System models include wider straps that are both padded and substantial. It is better than the basic harness. It is a better way to keep the harness. It employs a Lockdown %u201CX%u201D strap system that re-distributes the binocular weight across the body. Its back panel and the straps are crafted from a breathable fabric. That means there is no constant discomfort from having to hunt with a sweaty back. The partial enclosure for the binoculars provides quick access and ideal protection. The binoculars are secured to the chest without sweating and without that uncomfortable and unnerving bounce of a cheap harness. It is possible to forget you are wearing this harness, and that is considered a great characteristic. The flaps conform to the lenses to prevent dust and debris from invading the optics. It includes a front-facing bungee that holds and releases flaps to grant access to the binos. The two included shock cords attach to the optics. The tensionless glassing prevents bouncing.

The Basic Harness

A basic harness employs a strap system. There attachments made from ties or clips to hold the binoculars. They are within financial reach for any budget. The basic harness still beats having to rifle through a pack while trying to hunt. The basic harness will keep them on the  chest to make them readily available.

Butler Creek's Bone Collector

The Bone Collector is made for a wide variety of hunting outings. Its shoulder straps are an elastic X-shape on the back. It is supportive and flexible while shifting the weight off of the neck and the back. The binoculars are at the ready on the chest.

Bushnell Deluxe

The Bushnell Deluxe is another X-shaped back harness. The wider, elongated straps sit lower for better support, a snug fit, when used with heavier binos. They keep the bino just below the chin for quick access. The truth is that having any harness is better than no harness at all. That's the number one rule. I never go hunting without them. Even a basic model will serve you better than no harness at all. Though, if you get the itch to hunt more seriously, investing $500 on the Badlands harness is the way to go.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Telescope Collimation – Collimating Your Telescope

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Since the introduction of the telescope in 1609 by Galileo, it has been the most important instrument in astronomy. When you want to spend an evening stargazing, exploring the moon’s craters, counting the stripes of Jupiter or seeing whether Uranus has rings, you will pull out your telescope. Sometimes, however when you wish to make an evening of viewing the heavens the images in your telescope will appear fuzzy. This is common problem with every type of telescope. Telescope collimation is extremely important in order to keep your instrument operating at peak efficiency. It will allow you to be able to see the spectacular objects that are resident to our solar system and perhaps even beyond.

Learning About Your Telescope

telescope collimation1So what exactly is telescope collimation and what does this terminology mean to the average amateur astronomer? To put it in the simplest language for all to understand telescope collimation is the proper aligning of the optical components of your telescope. These components are your lenses, mirrors, prisms, eyepieces or any combination of these optics. It does not matter what type of telescope you have whether it is a refractor, a Newtonian, or a Schmidt-Cassgrain telescope collimation is an important process to learn.

Factory Collimation and Self-adjustments

It is an industry practice for manufacturers to do telescope collimation before they even leave their warehouse, so you may wonder if you should change their adjustments. After all, shouldn’t the telescope makers know more about this process then the average person? Where as the builder and distributors of your instrument perform telescope collimation for you for you before hand there is a lot that can happen to your telescope between the time it is shipped and it shows up on your doorstep. telescope collimation2Any amount of shaking or jarring during transport can send your optics out of alignment. This will most likely be the longest trip your telescope has been on since assembly and this can throw off any previous telescope collimation that were made to your product. Another problem that arises is if you move your telescope on a regular basis to places where the skies may be darker. All of this makes it important for you to learn how make these subtle adjustments of telescope collimation yourself. So take the time to review the instructions in your instrument to learn proper telescope collimation. It will be sure to enhance your view of the night sky and enable you to have years of an enjoyment as an amateur astronomer. This guide on astronomy telescopes forms part of my stargazing binoculars posts.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nikon Monarch 7 10×42 Binoculars Review: As good as they say?

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nikon monarch 7 10x42 for saleLet's take a closer look at the Nikon Monarch 7 10x42 binoculars. One of Nikon's most popular optics, we wanted to investigate just what they're best used for, where to get them and how they stack up against the competition.


What stands out the most with the Nikon Monarch 7 10 x 42 is the image quality. Crisp and bright, with low chromatic aberration, they feature extra low dispersion glass for a natural image. Also, while they have the capability for large image magnification, they don't give the impression of a narrow horizon. Another great feature of this binos is their quality and durability. Solid and well built, they're still light and easy to use. They're even coated with non-slip rubber so you won't lose your grip if you're out in humid conditions. The lenses are scratch and water resistant, with tight O-ring seals and nitrogen gas to ensure no dust particles or moisture will seep in and spoil your view. Finally, these optics are adaptable for different circumstances, as they can be fixed to a tripod with an adaptor if you need your hands free.

Nikon Monarch 5 vs Nikon Monarch 7

When we compared the Monarch 5 to the Monarch 7, we noticed a few differences. Most of them were actually quite subtle. For example, there are slight changes to the overall construction and design. While the bodies are virtually identical, the angular field of view is displayed differently on the focus wheels, making for easier identification if the front view of the binos is obscured on the 7. A more significant change in appearance is that the Monarch 5 model is slightly taller than the 7 and weighs slightly more. For many people, these changes aren't enough to be considered significant, but if you need to be quite particular about the size and weight you may notice the difference. In our Nikon Monarch 7 10x42 test we noticed that it has a wider angular field of view to the Monarch 5, at 8" compared to 6.3". Also, on the 5 model the field of view started to blur at 64% of the radius, while the 7 model didn't experience the same issues until 71%. Finally, the brightness and low light viewing is similar for both pairs are the same and the rain guard and lens covers are identical. When it comes down to it, the main difference between the two pairs is the price. The Monarch 5 is generally two-thirds the cost of the new Monarch 7 model, and the upgrades are not terribly significant.

Nikon Monarch 7 vs Vortex Viper HD

Next, we compared the Monarch 7s to the Vortex Viper HD binoculars to see how they stacked up. The Vipers seem to catch the light a bit better; they also have more useable field of view, which is excellent for scanning the wider landscape for birds or other animals. In contrast, the Monarch 7s have superb lower light contrast for their price point. Despite their having slightly less useable field of view, some users have stated they feel they're better for hunting. Of course, the Nikon 10x42 Monarch 7s also cost half as much.

Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars vs Zeiss Conquest HD

Of course, no Nikon Monarch 10x42 binoculars review would be complete without looking at their quality next to a Zeiss product. In fact, when we looked at the Monarch 7s we discovered that they may have a slightly wider field of review than the Zeiss Conquest. On the other hand, the minimum focus distance for the Monarch 7 is 8.2/250m while the Conquest HD is at 6.56/2m. We also noticed that the Monarch 7 binoculars are lighter and easier to hold than the Zeiss Conquest, at 23.6oz compared to 26.4oz. If you're a stickler for weight then this might be a deciding factor for you.

Nikon Monarch 7 vs Zeiss Terra

In comparing these two models, it's worth noting that Nikon used to have two classifications of binoculars. There were the regular line and the ATB line, or "all terrain binoculars." They were far more rugged, dustproof, waterproof and fog proof for challenging conditions and inclement weather. These days, all the Monarch binoculars are ATB, so it's not a distinct classification any longer. Instead, Nikon have rolled those great, rugged features into the product line as standard. The Nikon 10x42 Monarch 7 ATB binoculars and the Zeiss Terra are actually fairly similar in their fit, finish and how easy they are to use. Both provide a smooth and precise ability to focus. However, the first noticeable difference is the colour aberration. With the Monarch 7 there is virtually nothing, just a little around the edges. The Zeiss Terra has slightly more aberration overall, especially when it comes to the edges of the image. If you're not put off by a little colour aberration then you'll likely find the Zeiss Terra view is fine. They are certainly good value. However, if having as crisp and natural an image is important to you and you can afford to spend more, the Monarch 7s are worth the expense.

Comparing the Nikon Monarch 7 vs Bushnell Legend Ultra

When looking at these two pairs of optics side by side, it's worth noting that price is a considerable factor. The Legends are a decent pair of binoculars, but even Bushnell's higher end Elite HD costs less than the Monarch 7. While these two pairs are very similar in weight and size, the differences are centered on the quality of the image. The Monarch 7 produces a clear, natural image with little distortion. They also have a better field of view than the Legend Ultra. Furthermore, the Monarch 7 benefits from Nikon's dialectic optics, while Bushnell uses their PC3 coating. The difference is noticeable if you're used to quality binoculars.

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What's not to Like

Overall, the Nikon Monarch 7 10x42 binoculars are great. They produce an excellent image and are of the high quality construction you'd expect from the brand. The only case that we think could be made against them is in relation to price. There are other binoculars of similar quality, which are less expensive. However, many people are either committed Nikon fans or find the image quality and durability of these optics worth the investment.

Where to Buy the Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars

Looking for the Nikon Monarch 7 10x42 for sale? Amazon is often a good place to check. They typically offer the best prices and ship to many different countries including Canada, the USA, UK, Australia and South Africa. What's beneficial about Amazon, too, is that if you have any problems with your order or want to make a return they have good customer service and return policies. You know you'll be safe making a big purchase through them.

Should you Buy Through eBay?

You may also be able to find the Monarch 7s on eBay, though there are a few important things to keep in mind if you go this route. Because it's up to each individual seller, the quality of the packing materials might not be as great, meaning there is greater potential your order could arrive broken. You also might not have quite as easy a time making a return or tracking a late delivery. Finally, the most important factor when purchasing through eBay is to ensure you're actually getting what you'd paid for. Some sellers will use popular, similar words and phrases to attract buyers even if they don't accurately represent the product. In short, there is a small chance that you might not be getting the latest model of Monarch 7 you think you are.  Amazon, however, will tell you if you're looking at an older model and a newer version is available.

Overview of the Monarch 7 Binoculars

In this Nikon Monarch 7 10x42 review, we looked at some of the best features of the optics. We also checked out how the binoculars compared to other popular models by the competition, as well as a less expensive Nikon model. We found that the Monarch 7s have many great features, which make them a real contender in the market, though they don't come cheap. Those who are looking for a decent pair of binos but want to save a little money might opt for the Nikon Monarch 5 or even the Zeiss Terra. Finally, we investigated the best places to buy the Monarch 7s if you're shopping around online, with a few recommendations about what to watch for so you make a safe and informed purchase.

The Verdict

Overall, this is an excellent set of binoculars. The low colour aberration and crisp imagery is excellent and worth paying for if you're especially particular about the accuracy of colour. However, if you're going on a hunting or bird watching trip and are looking for a decent pair of optics that will do the job, there may be other, less expensive options available – even within the Nikon brand. If you want to invest in a truly rugged, all terrain set of binoculars that will do the job for years to come, you won't be sorry with the Monarch 7s. While they may cost a little more, there is much to enjoy about their design and the quality of view they provide.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Carson Binoculars: 25 Years of American Quality and Ingenuity

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If you're considering investing in a new pair of binoculars but aren't sure which brand to choose, have you taken a closer look at Carson? Combining quality and innovation with affordability, they make some excellent products that are worth considering.

Company History

carson binocularsFounded in 1990 by former Wall Street banker Richard Cameron, Copitar USA (as it was known then) sold unique electronic binoculars made by Copitar Japan – out of Cameron's mother's basement on Long Island. As the company grew, it became Carson Optical and expanded to offer different brands of highly rated binoculars and other, related products. While Carson grew and moved out of that basement on Long Island, it continued to place emphasis on products that would help to improve the overall customer experience. After 25 years, that focus on quality and customer happiness seems to still be apparent. Today, Carson's team of engineers and designers are dedicated to creating innovative products with3d trademark ingenuity and craftsmanship. The company has already registered over 100 patents yet while managing to balance quality with affordability.

Innovative Product Offering

Carson offers several different ranges of binoculars, for all kinds of hobbyists and budgets. One line is their 3D Series, which features nine different pairs of binoculars. Some have ED glass to offer the clearest image possible, and all are lightweight and ergonomically designed. This makes them great for long hunts and all-day bird watching excursions where both the wide view and the weight of the optics tend to matter. Carson also offers the VP Series, featuring five different pairs of more affordable binos. They're versatile and excellent for the majority of outdoor activities, such as hunting, bird watching, hiking and fishing. Different pairs offer different magnification and diameter, so someone who's after a wider view can differentiate from someone who'd prefer to see more fine detail. Carson's XM series also offers some pairs for hunting and bird watching, as well as those for outdoor activities and sporting events. In contrast, the JK series is ideal for hunting, bird watching, hiking and fishing and the RV series is designed for casual outdoor activities and events like watching racing, outdoor sports and even festivals and concerts. Within each line, the company features both full size and compact models, giving options to those who want to power of a large set of optics or those who crave both performance and portability. They even have a range of mini-zoom binoculars that are compact and can zoom in to see little details at sports and cultural events. In addition to their binos, Carson also makes monoculars, rifle scopes, spotting scopes, night vision glasses, telescopes, microscopes and magnifiers. If that isn't enough, they also have related accessories and a range of optics designed for children.

Where They're at Now

While they're not in Cameron's mum's basement any longer, Carson still has its headquarters in Long Island, USA. Though they are known as the number one manufacturer of magnifiers in America, it is worth noting that many of their components are produced in China. This process has been considered carefully, according to Richard Cameron. It's subject to strict quality control and a careful arrangement with a top optical manufacturer in China. While some might be hesitant to purchase anything labeled "made in China," such products are proving to be of increasingly high quality. In Carson's case, outsourcing some of their manufacturing may not have put their craftsmanship in jeopardy.

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Do you own a pair of Carson binoculars? What has your experience been of their quality, and what do you use them for? We'd love to hear from you.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Awesome astronomy wallpaper for your computer

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I recently started stargazing with binoculars, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I just can't get enough of looking at the Milky Way and the Northern Lights. I have been following a couple of blogs on stargazing, and really like the http://www.space.com daily wallpapers. I just saw this one, and put it up on my computer. bosom buddies astronomy

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

3 Best Wide Angle Binoculars of 2016 Revealed

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Attracting birds to your garden year-round

Attracting birds to your garden year-round See more on: The Binoculars Guy website

Don't have the time to go out for some birdwatching? Perhaps your nearest spot is too far for a quick spotting session? Why not attract more birds to your garden? Every day of the year. The British Trust for Ornithology recently released a video guide on how you can do exactly this. [embed]https://youtu.be/289VikFDbrA[/embed] This article forms part of my recent birdwatching binocular reviews I wrote.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Big hame hunting with air rifles might be coming to NY soon

Big hame hunting with air rifles might be coming to NY soon Find more on: http://www.thebinocularsguy.com/

I came across this very interesting article on Field and Stream earlier today. While this has not been approved yet, I find it fascinating to see the debate around the issue.hunting and binoculars There are people who are opposing this game law, on the grounds that the air rifles might not have enough power to kill big game in a humane way. I, for one, believe that it might be very dangerous hunting big game with air rifles, as you do not want to run into an injured big game animal. As a side note, remember to check out my top picks for hunting binoculars of 2016.   In late December, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it is considering amending the state’s game laws to allow big-game hunting with air-powered rifles beginning with the 2016 season. “The popularity of air-powered firearms is growing, largely because of technological advancements," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos told The Poughkeepsie Journal. "These modern firearms produce the force necessary to efficiently harvest big-game animals. In addition, because big-bore air rifles are not as loud as conventional rifles or shotguns, allowing their use may make hunting more acceptable in locations with higher human densities, including areas where deer are overabundant.” Source: http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes/new-york-considers-big-game-hunting-with-air-rifles-0

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