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Bushnell H2O 8x 42 Waterproof/Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular $77.17 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Price dropped to $77.17 which is the lowest I could find at the moment.

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Plenty of reviews on Amazon.

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  • If anyone is after a decent set to watch birds from high rises, like an example at the Gold Coast get a set of 10-30x50. Thank me later.

  • Have they diversified from just making tea & coffee?

  • The description says HD quality. I would hope that binoculars have a lot higher than HD quality.

    • It sounds like old technology, they need at least FHD or better still 4k or 8k.

  • are these good for pretending to be a lifeguard at the beach? i always have this gut feeling those ladies in skimpy bikinis will need help at any moment. best keep an eye on them.

    • +1 vote

      are these good for pretending to be a lifeguard at the beach?

      No, you need 10x50's for that.

    • I have an attention to fine detail, esp when there are camels at the beach, get the 10x70s.

      • How is 10x70 going to benefit you over 10x50?

        • Magnification.

          • @Damonator84: The second number isn’t the magnification. You want 12x or 20x etc for greater magnification.

          • @Damonator84: SMH

            Please don't use them to perve. I don't want to see them regulated the way lasers got regulated. (I'm into astronomy).

            FirstXSecond
            First number = magnification.
            Larger means a closer view, but hard to hold steady. Small change can have a big impact. 7x is comfortable. 10x is managable. 12x is the absolute limit unless you're a saddist. New users will be happier with 7x or 8x.

            Second number = size of each objective lens.
            Larger means more light gathering at night. You want 50mm if you're doing astronomy but much bigger gets heavy to hand hold. For birdwatching in good light, opera glasses etc you can go smaller. It really depends on how faint what you're looking at is, and how much you need to resolve it well (though a lot of other factors have to be good for you to hit resolution limits).

            Lots of other things to consider.
            - Eye relief is how far you can hold them while still seeing a clear image (Especially important if you use your binocs with eyeglasses)
            - Exit pupil is how wide the beam of light is at the back. Important at night especially when you are younger and your pupils still dialate alt he way. Small pupil makes it harder to hold still without losing the image.
            - Degree to which you can adjust inter pupil distance - if the 2 sides don't spread far enough for your eyes, they're no good for you.
            - Field of view - related to magnification but also how big the image is. Generally the more the eye relief the less this will be as there's a trade off. (Specially optics not withstanding)
            - Type of glass used if it uses a prism. Affects the transmission of light and the shape of the exit pupil.
            - Coatings. You want fully multi coated, and no extreme green, red, orange, or blue colour tinge (which is usually used to hide colour fringing from glass with lots of chromatic colour fringing. You don't want to see artificial colours and miss colours).
            - Are they waterproof
            - Sharpness. This is where going with a brand that has a good quality control reputation can be worth it. Steer clear of "focus free" or "fixed focus binocs.
            - Zoom. Steer clear. They're less sharp, have more compromises in the optics and break a lot more easily.
            - Build quality. Well aligned glass that shifts won't stay well aligned. No one likes things getting sticky or falling off when the glue goes bad.

            • @syousef: All I'm saying is the optimal set for Bird watching is 10-30x50, I'm not interested in stars.
              Usually a person will only but and use just one set.

              • @Damonator84: Usually a person will buy one set and not use it. That's not the point.

                The point is that different binocs are useful for different things. Similar to cars, there is no one best binoc.

                A lot of what I said will apply to bird watching too. You don't want nasty colour casts, or binocs that you can't get comfortable using.

  • No-one has mentioned how long your eyes can tolerate using binoculars.IMHO for wildlife or even bird watching I've found 10x50's to be a happy compromise.I've owned a pair of Zeiss in this magnification for 35 years and used them in Africa for extended periods.I know bird watchers prefer smaller sized binoculars as the 10x50's are weighty.

  • Be careful of cheap knockoffs of brand name binocs. Bushnell knock offs were floating around online and at certain Sydney markets for years. They weren't terrible but they weren't Bushnell.

  • The page also says that you can get an extra $10 off by buying on the Amazon mobile app. So even better value?

    *EDIT No, apparently it doesn't apply to this purchase. Damnit.

    *EDIT EDIT Err, so apparently it did apply. Unluckily, I'm on my last beer.

  • price back to 13x