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National Geographic 10x42 Binoculars $35.00 (Was $99.99) + Delivery ($0 C&C/in-Store) @ BCF

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National Geographic 10x42 Binoculars $35.00 Was $99.99 @BCF

Product Info
Take a closer look at the wonders of the great outdoors with these National Geographic Binoculars. Featuring 10x magnification and a 42mm lens -this is the perfect gift or upgrade for enthusiastic campers and hikers. The pack also includes a carry case for protection and convenient storage, a strap for comfortable wear, lens covers and cleaning cloth to keep images crisp and with uncompromised clarity.

See the outdoors like never before with the National Geographic Binoculars!

Features

  • Pack includes Binoculars, Carry Case, Strap, Covers and Cleaning Cloth
  • 10 x Magnification, 42mm Objective, 12mm eye relief
  • Roof prism design
  • Central Focus
  • Blue Lens Coating
  • Approximate dimensions: 147 x 130 x 53mm

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  • +37

    Great for spotting National Geographics down at the beach.

    • +1

      apes together strong

    • +14

      Perv… perv… pervasive seagull antics are always good for entertainment. Up close… really close, I mean. Apologies for my stutter (I think it’s the keyboard)

  • I want to get a cheap set for my 4 year old but I'm unsure if the lenses would be too far apart.

    • +3

      Or too powerful.
      The more powerful the more difficult they are to use.
      Ie shaky.
      10x is about the max you want to make them easier to use. So may be a bit much for a 4 yo.

      • +3

        Yeah, they might be a little heavy, too. I have a set of Nikon 10x50 and I get a pretty decent bicep workout keeping them steady at eye level. I'm not sure how heavy these are but I assume it would be close.

    • +7

      Not sure if these would be better for your 4yo but I grabbed them for my nearly 7yo in the recent sale for $15

      https://www.target.com.au/p/stem-discovery-mindblown-8-x-21-...

      • Are they ok for star gazing? I was about to get a set of telescope for my 7yo to look at the stars. I was told get binoculars instead.

        • Dunno haven't used them yet

        • These would be very dark. For night work, 7x50 is much better. I can explain the math if you like.

    • +1

      Lots of people say they’d like to get a cheap set of enhancements, but they should probably be happy with the ones they have

  • +4

    Don't forget to check of you have the $10 BCF credit

    • +1

      Where can I check?

      • +2

        Just checked my email, found that I received $10 off voucher yesterday. You need to be the club member i guess

        • +1

          Thank you so much. I wouldn’t have found it on time without your comment. Got $10 in email as well. :)

        • I spent my last $10 voucher on stuff around the $12. Dont think I'' get a voucher any time soon.

        • I just checked my email and found they sent me a $20 voucher… but it expired two weeks ago. Damn.

    • Club member - no voucgher?

  • Would this be any good for viewing night sky?

    • +5

      It's affordable but might not be bright enough. The large side of the lens is usually >50 for stargazing. The right number like in 10x42 10x50, 10x75
      https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00008Y0VN/ref=ox_sc_sa...

      • +27

        From one of the comments, hilarious not to share

        QuintMc53
        5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
        A neighbourly question, satisfyingly answered
        Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 April 2019
        For the last 6 months my eyes have been tremendously sore, squinting furiously into the darkness through my bedroom window to determine whether or not my neighbour Deidre is doing her ironing in a skin coloured jumper, or is in fact topless. Now I have my trusty Celestron 71009 Skymaster 15x70 peeping goggles, I can happily confirm she is not merely wearing a skin coloured jumper. Tripod is recommended with the product to enable free hands during usage.

      • 10x50 or better 7x50 would give you about 40% more light as the amount of light gathered is proportional to the area. That's substantial. However they'd also be heavier, which will be an issue for some users.

        7x magnification instead of 10x is usually recommended because trying to hold 10x steady can be a challenge for some, and it causes more fatigue.

        However also note that even on known brands, sometimes the specifications aren't accurate.

    • I have 10x50 Nikon and they are pretty good for this, these would probably be similar. Don't expect them to be anything like a telescope though.

  • +3

    If you can find at your local Post office only $19.99

    • +4

      Auspost ones are only 7x magnification

    • +1

      Cheers, sounds good for the kids

  • No change of mind for clearance items?

  • +2

    I don’t need these but maybe just in case if my neighbour needs me to provide some surveillance.

    • Wish I had nice neighbours.

  • Got 1. Thanks OP

  • Thanks O.P
    The reviews on the BCF site are quite good …

  • +5

    FYI these aren’t very good if you actually want to use them for something (birdwatching or sports etc). Professional bird researcher here + I own around 6 different pairs of binoculars ranging from $300 to $2500.

    I’ve tried these, they are fine for a toy or for the novelty but that’s about it

    You have to spend at least $2-300 to get even an average pair of bins I’m afraid. There’s a reason the good pairs cost $2k+

    • +6

      Which binoculars do you recommend for occasional star gazing, for around $200-$300?

    • +1

      Nikon Monarch M7 8x42 or die!

    • +2

      I disagree. I have 10x50 Olympus and Nikons and have done plenty of birdwatching with them - I am quite an enthusiastic bird photographer. I bought a pair of these. These are great for the money. They are certainly way more than a toy and a novelty. They are a very decently constructed piece of equipment with very good specs - including being roof prisms, waterproof, multi coated and have a decent angle of view. They are not quite as sharp, bright or clear as the Nikons, but are better than I expected - and would be great for someone beginning in birdwatching. I'm sure they would be really good for sports too. People buying these are interested in buying their first pair of binos and wouldn't be enthusiasts like yourself. There's no point comparing these to binos for 10 times the price and more. You're just putting people off who would otherwise potentially be developing a new interest - with a very decent piece of equipment for all the purposes - at an excellent price. If I didn't have 3 other 10x50's I would have bought another pair of these - we are a family of 5 and are going on safari in Africa at the end of the year. I have done a significant amount of that in my life as well - and these will be great for wildlife too. It is just that if I am going to buy another pair of binos I would like to try an 8x rather than another 10x. I will be using my camera more than my binos on our trip, so 4 is enough for the wife and kids to have their own on this trip - but if that wasn't the case I would definitely be buying another one of these.

      • Not sure why you are using 10x50 for birdwatching in the first place though? 10x50 is universally accepted as being pretty rubbish for birds.

        With Binoculars you get what you pay for. For $35, sure these are useable and good for kids. You have to consider the field of view too, and the FoV on these is really bad. If you want a true budget pair of bins you should probaly be going Porro prism (Nikon Aculon is probably one of the best true budget pairs). Or just spend a few hundred and get a pair of Celestron Trailseekers or Nikon Monarchs.

        I would argue that using a crappy pair of bins is far more likely to put someone off the hobby due to frustration. :)

  • I like those robot shorts!
    I had to say “by-knockers” when i married my old lady!

  • -1

    I don’t seem to have the $10 emailed to me not sure why. Does anyone have the $10 code they don’t want pm me thanks was thinking of getting this for my older kid

    • Because it's targeted.

      Good luck getting the free $10, they're linked to the BCF account

  • I am also looking for a $10 in case someone is not planning to use it. Thanks :)

  • +1

    Thanks OP. Got 1. Looks like a good deal, my son will be happy.

  • 42mm objective is a bit dark especially for night sky. Minimum >50mm.

  • +4

    Stores have been directed to go hard to clear their clearance stock, so don't be afraid to push for a better price. ;)

    • +1

      Nice work :-)

    • Any clearance items you've noticed that look like a great deal?

      • +2

        The Stanley pressure washers for $85 would be an easy way to go for some car cleaning, house window cleaning, etc.

        Another banger I noticed is the Oztent Redgum XL HotSpot sleeping bag for $120, rrp is $249.99. It comes with 3x Hotspot reusable heat pouches, which sell separately instore for $29.99, so you're getting a really nice sleeping bag for about $30 if you excluded the pouches. I reckon a bit of a bargain there.

        Been a long ass busy day so I can't really think about what else, but yeah some decent stuff to be had I think.

  • It looks like this requires focussing using both the one eyepiece and the focussing knob - rather than just the focussing knob. (?). If so this adds a degree of complication for young children.

    • +2

      It's a very easy skill to teach kids. Cover The right eye and focus with the center knob, then cover the left eye and rotate the right knob.

      If you don't have these controls you can end up with one eye misfocused when the other is perfectly in view. "Focus free" binoculars are awful.

      • Centre knob focussing is much easier for younger kids. However, I did pull the trigger on one of these for delivery. Thanks. Have an Olympus 10x50 and 2x Nikon Aculon 10x50's and will have these now. One short of a pair for everyone - family of 5. Going on safari in South Africa in December. I'll be using my camera mostly - and now the wife and kids can each have their own binos, which will be good. The weight of these should be more manageable for the 6 year old, but the focussing a bit tricker for him than the Aculons.

      • I bought these. Very happy with them. Great deal. Regarding binos for kids. My 6-year old couldn't manage to use them to see a kookaburra in a tree 3m away. That is more about him, and his age, than the binoculars though. He can't use my Nikon Aculon 10x50's either - which are just a centre focussing knob. Young kids don't have much patience or perseverance - or the finger length and strength to do the focusing on their own. I'm sure I could teach him with more practice - but that would require having things to look at that he is really interested in seeing, and happy to persevere for a bit. Since they are roof prisms they are much smaller and lighter than my 10x50 porro prisms - so I think that on balance they are probably more suitable for kids than the heavier, bigger 10x50s. I haven't had a chance to let my 12 and 10-year old try them, but I'm guessing they'll prefer them.

  • +6

    If you want to learn about what to look for when buying binocs, here are the slides from a talk I gave to my local astronomy club:

    https://manualzz.com/doc/22735709/adventures-with-cheap-bino...

    The notes on specific models are well out of date now, since they are old models that are no longer available. But the general advice on what to look for, and what to expect is still good.

    • That was an enjoyable and informative read. Thanks!

      • +3

        You're welcome. Glad something I did about a decade ago occasionally still gets some use. Funny that I end up pointing to a web site that ripped it without permission lol. But I don't really mind. It's worth nothing if no one sees it. I do have it on my Google drive.

    • Thanks. love this sort of detailed info even though I've got little to know idea what most the items are. I've got a small pair that are virtually useless, so you've got me thinking I might try and see if I can manually adjust the prisms to fix or at least open it up for curiosity tinker.

      Also, do you have any recommendations on budget binos now? Do you think these ones in this deal are suitable for general use? (nature walks, birds not too far away, night time, etc.)

      I will go through your slides in more details, but interested in your thoughts. Much appreciated if you care to share.

      • Sorry for the late reply. I missed this somehow when you wrote it.

        I use to be able to say wait for a special on Tasco or Celestron Cometron 7x50 or in a pinch 10x50 binocs but unfortunately Amazon US and UK sellers, which were a good source, seem to have restricted a lot of their physical items from sale to Australia. If you get a pair that is collimated these 2 are pretty good for the price. Before Covid I'd see them come down on special for $40=$60 but it is what it is.

        My pick at the moment would be Celestron COMETRON Ultra Light 7X50 Binoculars Skywatching 71198 - $54.59 on Ebay if you're a plus member or $69.99 if you're not. Unfortunately seller has 99% feedback which isn't great.

        www.knifesupplies.com.au has the Tasco 7x50 essentials for $70.95 plus shipping

        Ryda do have the Celestron UpClose G2 10X50 Porro Binoculars (71256) for $77.10 + $5.95 postage on Ebay if you're a plus member. Not a great bargain..

        I'm not in any way affiliated with any of the sellers or either brand. I just own both of these bincos.

  • +3

    Just picked up a pair, nice and comfy, solid and nice image. I'm impressed at 35 bucks!

  • Perfect way of using up credit. Got $10 recently for doing a survey, and then the $10 free credit as well. $15 for a decent pair of binoculars, very happy!

  • +1

    I have a pair of these, and they are excellent. Thinking of grabbing another pair, at this price. As I usually manage to
    break/bend binoculars after a few years.

  • +2

    I've had a pair of these exact binocs for 10 years, they are fantastic inexpensive units. these days I use them for watching my kids playing footy when they are on the other side of the ground. Recommended.

    They work pretty well for looking at stars at night too, if you want to blow your kids minds about how many stars there are in a tiny patch of sky on a clear dark night!

  • I grabbed a pair for daughter who will turn 10 few months but what do you recommend for my son so he does not feel left out.
    He just turned 6 few months back.

    I was thinking the target ones anyone own them or recommend anything else

    • I get my daughter to use binoculars with only one eye, much easier for her. TBH cheap binos are pretty trash, I'd be tempted to get another pair of these ones and get him to use it with one eye.

      • I ended up getting the target ones for son it’s not for now but stick away as a stocking filler for son.
        Daughter will get these bcf ones and so he does not feel left out I got him the cheaper ones.
        After reading some comments I think he might just be to young for the bcf ones as only just turned 6.
        They was on sale from $19 to $15 and used a flybuys $10 off so only $5 yes they will not be the quality of the bcf that’s for sure but I’m sure ok for him.

        I did buy a few extras of the bcf so I can always give him one of them later.

  • These look like the full specs from the manufacturer. https://www.bresser.de/en/Sport-Optics/Binoculars/NATIONAL-G... If they are in fact waterproof and multicoated they are even more of a steal.

    • These are not the same. The bresser ones are of an updated model. I've checked these binoculars and they use BK7 and not BAK4 prisms unlike the new ones.

      These ones are at least multicoated though.

  • I bought a pair of these and am very happy with the purchase. I have 3 other binos - all 10x50. One is Olympus and the other 2 Nikon Aculon. These are excellent for the price and a massive discount on what they seem to be available for everywhere else. They aren't quite as sharp and clear as the Nikons but I didn't expect them to be and if you weren't comparing you wouldn't know. Looking at their full specs (I posted earlier), including waterproofing and multicoating, I think they are even more of a steal. Their big advantage is their small size and weight - being roof prisms. Their field of view isn't much less than the Aculons (101 vs 114m at 1km).

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