I purchased a pair of these and a pair of the longer version. Both excellent binoculars although I like the convenience of the smaller ones a little more. Very good quality. Easy to use - fortunately haven't had to check out how waterproof they are!
We purchased these for an afterschool program for elementary-aged students, so we wanted them to be sturdy, but not terribly expensive. These absolutely fit the bill. They arrived quickly and were far better than we expected for that price. The magnification is excellent, allowing us to see a great distance, and they seem very sturdy...no small parts or delicate tuning pieces that can be easily broken. The kids have already had them outside several times to enjoy some of the local wildlife and they are holding up well. I'd definitely recommend these!
Pretty much what I was hoping for. Optics are adequate and the wider lens gathers more light for evening and early morning viewing. The best part is the pistol grip. It's light enough to hold by hand with a brace or walking stick to steady you and that is how I mostly use it as I don't have a full sized tripod. Those small table tripods have limited application. A nice deal for the cost.
This spotting scope works great, very clear and easy to focus. The eyepiece jiggles just a tad but thats what happens I suppose with lower priced scopes. Other than that, it gives a nice image of the target (used for spotting prairie dogs at long range) Its a tight fit in its carrying bag, and I would reccomend purchasing a separate tripod. The one provided is too small unless you are lying prone on the ground or have it on a table while seated.
I like the product but it may be a bit over powered. The field of view is small and the depth of focus is limited. I just wish it had listed the case and tripod that come with it. I ordered a tripod because it appeared to not have one.
I'm not well versed in the termanology so I will tell it to you strait. I wanted these to get a closer look at the Moon, as well as some stars. I also use them for Bird watching and what not. The Bino's are very powerfull. I have 10x50's and they are perfect for most viewing applications. These really get me close "Real close" to the things that are far away. There is another review on here that states after you zoom you lose some light and that is true. However it was not an issue for me at all. I have zoomed these all the way out to 140x and have NO complaints at all. You also lose some feild of view when you zoom but again for me that is not an issue. They are not as heavy as I thought they might be, but the will need a tripod for when you zoom. I had a cheap tripod that fit the the Bino's built in mount, so it worked out well there. Once you have your triopd you will be able to zoom out like I said but you will need to try and keep the Bino's on the tripod tight so when you start to view you limit as much gittering as possible. In ending this review I will state that they are a bit spendy but the quality is top notch. From the prism's, mirrors lens coating and over all build. When you try anything new you must have an open mind and reasonable expectations. I do recommend these :)
Love this item! It was very accurately described, reasonable price, and has been durable so far!! I just use them around the farm, for watching birds, cattle in the field, unknown animals on the hillside, etc. I would recommend them as a great value for the price.
I needed binoculars to monitor the play of my grandson as he moved around an island 1/4 mile across the bay at Orange Beach, Al.
Your customer service is tops and your product is exactly what I wanted!
This binocular is better than advertised! The photo of the binocular makes it look possibly like plastic. It is not. It is a rubber armor-coated deep black.
It is compact and elegant. It is under six inches long and under 5 inches wide.
The statistics state the minimum focusing distance is 30 feet. It is not --mine focused down to only 15 feet --crystal clear! What a pleasant surprise!
The binocular case is perfect for this binocular. Unlike many other binocular cases this one allows you to simply drop the binoculars straight in without having to fold the binoculars closed.
I can use my binoculars with or without eyeglasses. I tested this for both ways. It is better suited for someone without eyeglasses, but can be confidently lent to your friends or spouse with eyeglasses. They can see adequately, but I would not recommend it as primary binocular if you must wear eyeglasses. It is small and light enough to lend to a younger person to view. This is a very versatile pair of binoculars!
I chose the 10X30 size for a day at the beach, seaside, riverside or whatever water-related activity. The 10X feature is better suited to view distant ships or lighthouses. If you want a wider angle for viewing sporting events, or a play, I recommend try the 8X Floatmaster.
I plopped the binoculars in a bucket of water to test its ability to float. I really hesitated doing this ! I never submerged a pair of binoculars in my life. I was delighted to find that it floats! No, it did not leak. It did not float like the image on the website. The large lenses pointed up vertically. This is important to know. When I take it to the river or ocean I shall wrap bright yellow tape around the end so I can ACTUALLY SEE the binoculars if they go into the water. I suspect trying to spot black binoculars in the ocean or river may not be easy.
All in all, I highly recommend these binoculars, either the 8X or 10X may just be the only pair of binoculars you may ever need in any weather!
I have purchaced the Barska for myself and more than a dozen photographers I work with. We use it for volume portrait photography. The simi-fluid head works great if you add a Bogen flip bracket for vertical/horizontal work. The handle kind of gets in my way so I remove it. The final result is a super quick to adjust head that stays where you put it.
For the price paid, it would be hard to find a comparable spotting scope in my opinion. I recently took the scope to the range and had no problems seeing where my bullets were hitting at 100yds. shooting a small .17 cal rifle. The focus adjustment is easy to operate, and is located on top of the scope for easy access. The carrying case is very well made and provides excellent protection for the scope, but yet is compact and light weight. The only negative I would find with the scope is the fairly lightweight bench top tripod. All in all, Iam very happy with the scope and it's functions.
I purchased these binoculars after I moved into a Florida condo facing a lake. They have allowed me to get up close and personal with my wildlife neighbors which include a huge turtle, an alligator, and an amazing array of birds that hang around the lake. A useful and economical purchase which has opened up new vistas for me.
My Barskas arrived within the expected time of delivery to Melbourne, Australia. I was kept informed of delivery process and I will be a returning customer when searching for a possible purchase, Postage and handling to here were much more reasonable from another firm.
They arrived in good order.
They are lighter than I expected, and are able to be used by hand for short viewing that does not require total stability, e.g bird watching. However they are intended for use with a tripod and for astronomical viewing that is best. They appear robust enough, despite their lightness.
I haven't had binoculars of this size before but on use they appeared to be adequately collimated, with minimal chromatic distortion, Able to use with glasses. Focus, joins and lens were firm but not too firm'
I viewed Jupiter and its disk and moons were observable, but was unable to distinguish any banding. I have a 4 1/2" reflector telescope and the image was comparable, but very slightly smaller.
I am still awaiting really good viewing sky and hope to be able to make out the bands. A fuller test awaits but thus far I would be happy to recommend them as a value purchase of good quality.
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