17 i 4 h
Weight (binoculars only, without
case and packaging):1360g
Nitrogen filled. Metal body.
M22 style measuring range Mil-Reticle: the reticle is built in the binoculars
right half and is adjusted to be parallax-free. It is suitable for all
military and government services.
REVIEW BY RAFFI KATZ
This review is based on the experience of myself, Raffi, as regards the optical quality, and also the advice of an optical dealer who specialises in boating binoculars, who evaluated the compass and sighting graticule.
QUICKTEST imports these from the manufacturers in China who say they are 'military' - they even have "military binocular" printed on them, and the manufacturers do quote an impressive array of military standards, supposedly rugged enough to survive a short drop onto concrete (but don't try it!) and supposedly waterproof (but best not to drop it into the sea…just in case).
The compass works very smoothly and can be easily read to the nearest half degree. It also has an illuminator so that you see it in the dark. The sighting graticules are to measure the distance of object of known size, or the size of objects of known distance.
Rainguard to protect against rain /splashes; lens caps are tethered so that they can't get lost; rubber armoured so it should be fairly rugged; exceptionally nice heavy-duty carrying case included.
I lent this to an optical dealer who is also a boating expert. His verdict: the compass is 5 degrees adrift by his measurements, but that's of no great consequence if you are aboard a boat, where the rocking of the boat means that your readings will only ever be to within 10 degrees (even with the most accurate compass in the world). Similarly, the sighting graticules are fine if you want to know the approximate distance or size of a wild animal, but not to be recommended for judging the size of a target in the battlefield.
For me, this is THE important factor, I am really not interested in 'features', I'm only interested in the optical quality. And my verdict? - really very nice! There is no doubt that the optics are nowhere as good as the top models of Zeiss, Swarovsky, Fujinon, Nikon etc, however, the sharpness and brightness of the image is good enough for even myself (very fussy) to take on holiday. That IS a recommendation.
If you want a better-than average binoculars, far better than you would find in your local high street photographic store, then this is good, and it has the added advantage of the compass and the 'military' specification.
If you are a binoculars enthusiast
and you already have 7X50 binoculars worth hundreds of pounds, you might
want to buy one of these just to leave in the car, and not be too worried
it if gets stolen or broken.
BY BRIN BEST
This nicely built medium-sized binoculars is a good example of the plethora of models now emerging from China which originate from, or are inspired by, military designs, and are both well-built and have pleasing optical performance. Its high specification – incorporating both an integral compass and a rangefinding graticule – makes is especially attractive for marine use, hence its English name. It is an unbranded model that bears all the hallmarks of an instrument that has been made in China, and inspired by a military design. In physical appearance it resembles similar models made by Steiner (the Observer Compass Marine model, new price c.£400) and Bushnell (Tactical model, new price c. £200).
The binocular are listed on the box as waterproof and is of the individual eyepiece focus design, which helps to preserve the watertight nature of the instrument.
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