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Old 06-03-2020, 10:24 PM   #1
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question regarding strenth of binoculars

As i am waiting for the boat to be ready my wife and i were talking about some supply's we need to get. Our current binoculars work good for our rv travels at 10X30. Do you guys find when in open water with such long distances 10 power ok or should i look to go up.
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Old 06-03-2020, 10:37 PM   #2
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Because of the movement on boats it is very difficult to use higher powered binoculars.
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Old 06-03-2020, 10:58 PM   #3
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Get a good pair of stabilized binoculars. We love ours. 10 power unstabilized are probably going to be difficult to control.
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:14 PM   #4
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Ours are canon stabilized and work slick. I was just unsure if 10 power was enough.
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I think ours are 12 or 14. 10 would be ok but higher is better.
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:51 PM   #6
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7 x 50, as I understand it, is best for marine binoculars. One reason, steadiness of image stated above, and the other, 7x provides better vision when its darker than even 8x. Perhaps this is nothing new to you, but I'm providing this from West Marine: https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvis...ine-Binoculars
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The size of the objective lens determines whether they see well in limited light, the more power they have the larger the objective lens needs to be to see well in limited light. That's why 7X50's were so popular, a good combination of lens size and power...
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Yes, 7x50 was the standard until stabilized binoculars came out. We have both. My wife used to insist that the stabilized ones were too heavy, too complex and too whatever until she used them a bit and found out that she could actually hold them on target and with the extra power actually read the numbers on the bouys way farther than with the regular ones, now we have to fight over the stabilized ones. The 7x50s never get used anymore. Until you have used a stabilized set for a period of time, you don’t know what you are missing.
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Been using a 7x50 Nikon bino for many years, big, heavy and excellent.
BTW, calling binoculars a "pair" of binoculars is redundant.
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Yes, 7x50 was the standard until stabilized binoculars came out. We have both. My wife used to insist that the stabilized ones were too heavy, too complex and too whatever until she used them a bit and found out that she could actually hold them on target and with the extra power actually read the numbers on the bouys way farther than with the regular ones, now we have to fight over the stabilized ones. The 7x50s never get used anymore. Until you have used a stabilized set for a period of time, you donít know what you are missing.

So what power are your stabilized?

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I would have to go look but they are either 12 or 14s. Love them. And ours are old, maybe 18 years old back when they were really expensive, but still worth it.
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I was just looking on Amazon at stabilized binoculars. They have some 18 power ones. I wonder how they would be on the boat...
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I understand that age and the ability of the eye to see brightness plays a part in the choice (e.g. here). For example, at 50 you may not be able to tell the brightness difference between 50mm and 40mm lenses - so 7x42 may be the same to you as 7x50. Depending on your age, and personal to your eyes, it may be that the cheaper pairs are actually all you need!
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Yellow, floating, nitrogen filled autofocus 7x50 for $100 on eBay.
Good enough for marine rescue and lifesavers, good enough for me.

Second pair I've bought , previous set served me for 30 years on the water.

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7x50s are a good choice. If you've got steady hands and can live with a tiny loss of light transmission, 8x50 is fine as well. For most people's eyes, the difference in light transmission between the 2 shouldn't be particularly noticeable. You definitely want a much larger exit pupil than a 10x30 would give. With 7x50s, for example, things will actually look brighter through the binoculars at dusk than they do without them.

Personally, I find it fairly rare that I need more magnification than the 7x50s give.
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As i am waiting for the boat to be ready my wife and i were talking about some supply's we need to get. Our current binoculars work good for our rv travels at 10X30. Do you guys find when in open water with such long distances 10 power ok or should i look to go up.
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7x unstabilized is about as high as I can use (Steiner 7x50s).

Wifey uses a Fuji 12x stabilized compact binoc and she likes it. Would have gotten her the 14x stabilized version but it's way heavier.

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7 X 50, nothing stronger. I have a pair of "Steiners" which I LOVE, they are great. I also have a pair with a compass , I think they are West Marine. Nice but quite heavy.

Save your pennies, get stabilized with a compass from Steiner. The price is slowly dropping.

DON'T BUY CHEAP BINOCULARS!!

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In the budget realm, the Fujinon "Mariner" series are quite good. But if you can handle the cost, their "Polaris" series or a good set of Steiners are better, and pretty much as good as you can get. IIRC, the Fuji Polaris have been standard issue in the Navy for a while at this point. Higher end Nikons should be good as well.
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I have 18x stabilized Canons and 14x stabilized Fujinons and the Fuji’s are far superior. The range of stabilization is much greater. I use the Canons on the ICW where things are calm to read or find markers and the Fuji’s when we are at sea or in a sound or inlet. If I had to have just one it would be the Fuji’s.

BTW I bought both used, one on eBay and the other from a pawnshop for 50 cents on the dollar. I once dropped the Canons knocking them out of alignment and had Canon USA service them for around $200. Now they are like new again.
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Does anyone use a monocular?
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