Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 marine binoculars - Extremely rugged, sharp images, 5m water proof - Outstanding viewing quality for beginners and professionals, Blue
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I guess you would include the relatively long minimum focus distance as a weakness of this type of instrument that does not have a single focusing mechanism and so if you need to observe objects from close range, this will not be the binocular for you. My two most memorable encounters with models of similar size/magnification could hardly be more different from each other. In addition to a firm grip, the new, wave-like rubber armouring texture also offers the special ability to repel water to ensure non-slip and safe handling, especially in heavy rain.
Caused by chromatic aberrations, color fringing is generally more difficult to control with high magnifications, so even though the Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 Binoculars does not have ED glass (which is designed to reduce chromatic aberrations), the level of observable color fringing, even under extremes like viewing a black telephone wire against a bright blue, sunlit sky only showed very little amounts which is impressive and they compare very favorably even against the very best in this area. The fact that they use Porro prisms means these Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 binoculars do not require a number of specialist coatings on the prisms and thus the list of optical coatings is shorter than that of most high-end roof prism binoculars, yet I would still expect them to deliver an equal if not better quality of image. In the past, I have always used a full compact binocular (usually around 26mm lenses) when either canoeing or kayaking, and thus before receiving this mid-sized Steiner with its wide Porro prism shape, I must confess to being a little worried that they may not be quite as compact as I would have preferred. The "always in focus" system and not having to adjust the focus is an excellent feature in this context of using it on a canoe/kayak and certainly made the binocular much easier to use in one hand and ensured I didn't miss out on seeing that kingfisher darting about. everything from about 60m-70m up to infinity is perfectly“sharp and clear”; below, everything is increasingly blurred as you observe objects at shorter distances.Anyone who looks through Steiner binoculars can sense the passion and the fascinating success story behind the traditional company, founded by Karl Steiner in 1947. Today, Steiner is recognized worldwide as the brand that combines German optical quality and superior ruggedness in the form of innovative products combined with the best service in the industry. The lightweight housing of Steiner binoculars is made of high-strength Makrolon, making the construction highly shock-resistant.
Its image is not as contrasty, bright and brilliant as the Commander's (the reason for the lower brightness: lower quality of the AR coatings, reflections on the objective lens surfaces are clearly brighter than in the Commander) and it has less FOV, but the Navigator costs less than half than the Commander. Cover the left objective with your hand or the objective protection cover and look through the binoculars. My initial thoughts before trying it were that it would not be very attractive to amateur astronomers but now I'm thinking it is actually quite useful and would be a handy small binocular to use as a spotter along with a telescope. Really useful in with my job when I have to grab them to quickly read a license plate or identify a suspect.
With this high-tech solution from STEINER, fogging or condensation inside the binoculars is completely eliminated. For small units or just to save space on board with the guarantee of the Steiner brand, but somewhat less visual comfort compared to other models. The children’s binoculars come with adjustable features to ensure an optimal image for a wide range of different vision needs. As is the norm, the included instruction booklet looks substantial, but includes a number of languages and so only includes some basic information like naming the parts, how to attach the strap, adjusting the IPD, focussing as well as cleaning and maintaining the instrument.