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Decent cheap optics, but focus problems are a pain
on November 9, 2005
I bought these for deer hunting a couple of years ago because they were inexpensive, small and had decent magnification. The size and the price were the main draw, and I knew that I would was not buying an excellent set of binoculars. My usual range for viewing is 75 - 150 yards, and these work well in that range. They work well enough in low light conditions, but I'm sure that more expensive models do a much better job.
For my two main needs - spotting animals and then judging the quality of the antlers - they do okay. But, for counting points on antlers I find that I have to brace them against a staionary rest. If I don't, then the involuntary shaking caused by breathing, my heartbeat and muscle movement makes it very difficult to do if I just hold them freehand.
The major detractor with these glasses is the continual need to refocus. In my experience the right lens always has to be refocused whenever I adjust the glasses as a unit. And they seem to get out of focus quite easily whenever I'm just handling them. It's for that reason alone that I am now researching my next purchase of a different set of binos.