Binoculars like this Hawke Nature-Trek, with their mid-sized 32mm objective lenses offer an excellent compromise between light gathering ability and achieving a small lightweight instrument that is both easy to carry as well as pack away in either your daysack or luggage.
The moderate 8x magnification makes it easier to maintain a steady image, even during long observation periods which reduces eye strain and allow you to take in every tiny detail of the image. It also facilitates to the wide field of view, which most wildlife observers and especially birdwatchers will appreciate.
Whilst not specifically designed as a close focus binocular, these have a minimum focal distance of only 2 meters and thus a good option for those who like to occasionally observe things like butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and even birds a very close range.
These main features make these the ideal binocular for the nature loving hiker or for those going on a wildlife or birding holiday and who want a small easy to pack instrument that will perform better than a compact binocular when the light conditions are not optimal.
Also worth noting is that the 18mm of eye relief is excellent and particularly impressive for a mid-size binocular and thus a great choice should you need or want to wear glasses when using your instrument.
Hawke Nature-Trek binoculars received an award for all-round 8x42 model as being the best low cost binocular in 2014. Previously produced with open-bridge design, the Nature-Trek series now integrates single-hinge design build between the top of the barrels, which still gives you enough space for a proper grip. They are ultra-lightweight, waterproof, fog-proof and have great optical features with fully multi-coated system, phase correction and prism coatings as well. They are perfect for everyday use of birdwatchers, hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts.
Nature-Trek binoculars are build out of a polycarbonate body that makes them extremely lightweight. This helps you with comfortable handling for longer periods of time. The portability is less fatiguing and top-hinge design also helps with a better grip, since they leave more space to wrap your hands around. This body is tightly sealed and helps to prevent the water to enter and damage the construction. It also helps to eliminate corroding with the help of nitrogen gas filling, which also prevents internal fogging and occurrence of the mold in a long run. Nature-Trek binoculars are enclosed in rubber armouring, which is very thick and hard. They also integrate a tripod adaptable screw to mount them on a tripod and make steady images. Focusing gives very fine results due to large central focusing wheel, but is less smooth due to little resistance in the mechanism. There is also right-eye diopter below the eyecups that is tightly set on the barrel and won’t move by accident.
Nature-Trek offers binoculars with great optical performance, due to BaK-4 glass and fully multi-coated system. This significantly improves light transmission levels and prevents major distortions to occur such as chromatic aberration or inner reflections. The applied silver coatings and phase corrected coatings on the prisms help with incredibly vivid and crisp images. The series offers wider field of view for quick tracking of the subjects such as big birds. Generous close focusing distance allows you to observe the objects up close, from plants, flowers, insects etc. Nature-Trek binoculars offer multi-positioned eyecups with two click-stops to position your eyes to the proper distance from the ocular lenses without vignetting.
The Nature-Trek comes in a soft case to store binoculars with its own strap for carrying and a belt loop in case you want to carry them around the waist. There are also objective lens covers and eyepiece lens covers against scratches added. For comfortable carrying there is also a neck strap in the box.
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Hawke offers 10 years of warranty for Nature-Trek series. The warranty claim is non-transferable and the proof of purchase must be presented. You can register your Hawke binoculars here and avoid the further complications in case the proof of purchase might get lost in the future. The company repairs or replaces damaged products without charge. However, it doesn’t include No Fault Policy – doesn’t cover damages due to mishandling, misuse, neglect or accidental damage. Wear items such as lens covers are not covered.
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|Binoculars series||Hawke Nature-Trek Compact|
|In production since||-|
|Type of prism||Roof - Schmidt/Pechan|
|Lens size diameter.||32mm|
|Field of view - FOV...||129m/1000m|
|Field of view (angular).||8.2919°|
|Apperent FOV (angular).||0°|
|Eye relief distance.||20.4615mm|
|Closest focusing distance.||2m|
|Lens coatings||Fully Multicoated|
|Working temperature range||-|
|Diopter setting location||Right eye-piece|
|Type of Body||Single hinge|
|Built in Range finder||No|
|Image stabilization (IS)||No|
|Able to float||No|