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Steiner Observer 8x42

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Steiner Observer 8x42 Details

Made in Germany, these mid-to-high end roof prism binoculars are designed to be the perfect all-around companion according to Steiner and thus a binocular that you can simply use in your garden or take on just about any adventure and be sure that it won’t let you down.

The 8x42 configuration is ideal for a wide range of uses for a number of reasons, but to start with it produces a relatively large 5.3 mm exit pupil, which in combination with Steiner’s fully multi-coated, high contrast optical system they are able to provide you with bright, brilliant views with an accurate colour reproduction even in bad light conditions.

With a reasonably wide field of view (116m @ 1000m), these binoculars once again show their versatility as they make a good choice for those who need to scan wide open areas, but more importantly, at closer ranges, a wide view really helps to make it easier to quickly get  your subject in view and then follow it.

As for very close range observation of things like flowers, butterflies or other insects, this instrument has a good minimum close focus distance of around 2 meters and thus also makes them a good choice for this type of use.

100% waterproof, the housing on these Steiner Observer binoculars is made from the same extremely durable Makrolon polycarbonate material as used on their flagship ranges which is able to withstand huge forces and gives the instrument an operational temperature range of between -15°C to +55°C!

The outer surface is covered in a non-slip NBR-Longlife rubber which adds a further layer of protection to the optics and is more resistant to oil and acid than most rubber armours making it less likely to deteriorate over time.

These binoculars also feature what Steiner calls “cylindric rotation eyecups”, what this essentially means is that they have twist-up eyecups that enable you to accurately adjust the distance that your eyes sit behind the ocular lenses. This is especially important for those who want or need to use glasses as it helps to ensure that you are still able to maintain the full field of view when wearing them.

Steiner Observer 8x42 Specifications

Binoculars seriesSteiner Observer
Made in-
In production since-
Warranty10 years
Type of prism Roof - Schmidt/Pechan
Variable magnification No
Magnification. 8x
Diopter adjustment -
Lens size diameter. 42 mm
Exit pupil. 5.3 mm
Field of view - FOV... 116m/1000m
Field of view (angular). 7.4616°
Apperent FOV (angular).
Eye relief distance. 19.3162mm
Closest focusing distance. 2m
Twilight Factor 18.33
Light transmittance -
Relative Brightness 28.1
Lens coatings Fully Multicoated
Length.148 mm
Width.144.3766 mm
Height.73.3162 mm
Working temperature range-15 / + 55 °C
Filled with -
Focusing system Central
Diopter setting locationLeft eye-piece
Minimal interpupillary distance.0 mm
Maximal interpupillary distance.0 mm
Type of BodySingle hinge
Water proof Yes
Fogproof No
Tripod compliantNo
Built-in Compass No
Built in Range finderNo
Image stabilization (IS) No
Able to float No


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Very good for the price. I have one and I use every day hunting.

(Posted on 17/04/2020)

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