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Old 07-08-2017, 09:20 PM   #21
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We havea pair of Cannnon 17X or 18X image stabilized.

Great binocular, after having them for a decade or more
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:59 PM   #22
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I have a pair of Fujinon 12x stabilized-they are large.
I've used the Canon stabilized-they are smaller.

My every day, use all the time are 10x40 Zeiss
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Anybody got any of these:?

https://www.houzz.com/photos/4578997...nal-telescopes

Don't think our boats are stable enough to use them often.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:20 AM   #24
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Steiner 7-by-50 binoculars work well for us.



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Old 07-09-2017, 06:27 AM   #25
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Before a purchase for the bride , why not get a cheaper set , that can be left around for guest use ?

Under $50 or so can get very a useful pair that wont give you a heart attack if dropped or dropped overboard or left on deck in the rain..

When the bride uses them and complains that she requires a better set , by all means get the 7x50 in a lightweight variety.

Looking for day marks at dusk , is a different requirement than looking over at another boat in the harbor .
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For your wife I suggest you get a stabilized binocular. Fuginon and Canon both make good ones....... If you buy stabilized binoculars, your poor wife won't get to use them because you'll grab them first.
i bought my wife the Canon binocs and you are right! I love them!
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Old 07-09-2017, 07:56 AM   #27
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I have a pair of Canon stabilized binoculars that I inherited from my Dad. They are very old. I absolutely love them. Unfortunately, the stabilization system is starting to go and the optics have gone South. I need to either replace them, or better yet, see if I can have them repaired somewhere. Having stabilization is incredibly useful.
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i bought my wife the Canon binocs and you are right! I love them!
You have the life. I bought stabilized binocs for me and my wife grabbed them exclusively. She loves them, I love her.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:09 AM   #29
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You have the life. I bought stabilized binocs for me and my wife grabbed them exclusively. She loves them, I love her.


Sounds to me like you are the one living the dream. A woman you love AND a boat. Everything else is just fluff. :-)
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Sounds to me like you are the one living the dream. A woman you love AND a boat. Everything else is just fluff. :-)
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:01 PM   #31
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Loving my bushnell stabilized binos. Everyone loves to use them. They get so much more use than the regular type, because they allow you to see more than brief glimpses of your subject. Well worth the extra cost, and a lovely relatively inexpensive way of living the life of a millionaire.

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I've got a lovely old pair, which came with the boat. No idea what magnification....but when I want to identify something, I get my Canon Eos out, it's always on the console with a 250mm lens. I take a quick look, and snap it if it looks interesting.
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I've got a lovely old pair, which came with the boat. No idea what magnification....but when I want to identify something, I get my Canon Eos out, it's always on the console with a 250mm lens. I take a quick look, and snap it if it looks interesting.
Great idea. If that's not the best way now to get the details on buoys or "wild life" it likely will be in the future. Post-capture digital stabilization and enhancement is pretty amazing these days and is only getting better. You've just got to have the patience to wait a moment for the camera to do its stuff. Am going to try this.
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Loving my bushnell stabilized binos. Everyone loves to use them. They get so much more use than the regular type, because they allow you to see more than brief glimpses of your subject. Well worth the extra cost, and a lovely relatively inexpensive way of living the life of a millionaire.

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I love my simple Bushnell 7 35 Permafocus.
I'm amazed how well it works.
Also I find them good to use at night.

I'm reading all the above, I think I will look at getting a stabilized pair.
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We bought a nice pair of Canon binoculars (forget the power level) for an Alaskan cruise on a big cruise ship. We loved them as they worked great. Let lots of light in and offered a pretty wide field of view. These were purchased before I bought our boat 6 months ago.

Fast forward to using them on our boat for the first time, and they sucked. The movement of our 44 foot boat made it nearly impossible to clearly see objects at a reasonable distance. Sure, at a quiet anchorage they would be fine. But when we were out in seas where the boat was moving around even a little bit, it was frustrating trying to use them.

At some point I'd invest in stabilized.
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Okay, so the people who have used stabilized binoculars all seem to consider them to be worth the price. What about a built-in compass? Are those worth the extra that they cost? Are there even any stabilized binoculars that include a compass? Quick search on Amazon didn't turn up any.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:33 AM   #37
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Okay, so the people who have used stabilized binoculars all seem to consider them to be worth the price. What about a built-in compass? Are those worth the extra that they cost? Are there even any stabilized binoculars that include a compass? Quick search on Amazon didn't turn up any.
I'd agree with this too! Stabilization is nice but compass would be an unbeatable combination. Last pair I had included the compass but no stabilization, so both would be much better!
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Check out Fujinon.....rated with the best, usually less expensive.

Bought mine when they first came out , half the price but jumped up when popularity and tests showed them as equals.

Even with all the binocs I used in the military and commercial marine work, the Fujinons hang with or better the best.

Only ones better but way more expensive were the Fujinon stabilized.
We carry Fujinon stabilized. First stabilized that I ever used. They spoil you. I wouldn't want to be without them.
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We have the Weems & Plath 7x50 Explorer binocs and really like them. Excellent in low light, and are not a big heavy binocular. They float, are waterproof, and have a compass and range finder. At $299 they are not necessarily cheap, but not too expensive, either.

Weems EXPLORER 7 x 50 Binocular w/ Compass
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We have the Weems & Plath 7x50 Explorer binocs and really like them. Excellent in low light, and are not a big heavy binocular. They float, are waterproof, and have a compass and range finder. At $299 they are not necessarily cheap, but not too expensive, either.

Weems EXPLORER 7 x 50 Binocular w/ Compass
While I do boat at night, more in the winter than summer, I don't recall using binoculars all that much at night. I recall using them at night in a sailboat trying to spot the channel markers going into Olympia one night, and Poulsbo last year, but that is about it. How often do you take advantage of the light gathering ability of the 7x50?

OTOH, I use the stabilization all the time.
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