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Tasco Essentials 10x50 WA, Zip Focus Binocular

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  • Zip-focus binocular with 10x magnification and 50mm objective lens
  • Porro-prism design; 367-foot field of view @ 1,000 yards
  • Fully multicoated lenses optimize clarity and brightness
  • Rugged, weather-resistant housing coated with rubber armor
  • Tripod-adaptable; fold-down eyecups; weighs 26.4 ounces
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  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 9.5 x 5 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0000A0AEO
  • Item model number: 2023BRZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004
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Third in line to food and shelter, a quality pair of binoculars is one of life's necessities. Enter the Tasco Essentials 10x50 zip-focus binocular, a bright, high-power workhorse that offers a great wide-angle performance. Essentials porro-prism binoculars are ideal for a variety of activities, from remote camping trips to Sunday drives. The binocular includes fully multicoated lenses that optimize clarity and brightness, along with a rugged, weather-resistant housing coated with rubber armor. The Essentials line of roof-prism binoculars are tough, weather resistant and, most importantly, affordable. So whether you’re big-game hunting or stopping off to see the world’s largest prairie dog colony, there’s an Essentials binocular just right for the occasion.


Specifications

  • Magnification: 10x
  • Objective lens: 50mm
  • Size class: Standard
  • Focus system: Zip
  • Prism system: Porro
  • Lens coating: Fully
  • Field of view: 367 feet @ 1,000 yards
  • Exit pupil: 5mm
  • Eyecups: Fold down
  • Waterproof/fogproof: No
  • Tripod adaptable: Yes
  • Weight: 26.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Very clear and crisp image.
Brandon Scott
If you are looking for good binoculars, you will need to spend some money and get something else.
Robert Moore
They work great for how I use them--watch the bird feeder in my back yard from inside my house.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

118 of 118 people found the following review helpful By John B. Goode TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 31, 2011
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Face it, at this price point, for any 10 X 50 under $100, you aren't going to get superior optics, but I'm blown away with this pair of binocs.

First of all, look at the price. This is the cheapest pair of 10 X 50's which isn't a toy. Tasco doesn't have a great reputation for great optics and ironically part of that reputation comes from selling binoculars which are under $100! But then, you can't expect budding enthusiasts to shell out $1000 for a new pair of binocs for something they don't know if they'll like or not.

What I can say is that I've tested this against a few pairs of binocs under $100 and this is definitely the best pair so far, bar none, and it's the cheapest pair. The optics are sharp, it was easy for me to focus and it isn't too heavy. It comes with a thin neck strap, a cleaning cloth (which I won't use) and a nice but thin case. I won't worry about the accessories too much because they're just extras.

Update: I continue to be very happy with this pair of binocs, using it for anything from stargazing to birdwatching. First, for stargazing, this is 10X power so I'm mainly using to it look at constellations and the optics are very sharp. There is no reflection of any kind inside, even with lights outside, so it's very good for that. For birdwatching, I'm amazed at the clarity and sharpness of the lens. It brings the objects in view very close and without any distortion. I just love this pair of binocs, I strongly recommend this for anyone looking for a 10X50 pair of binocs.

Update, July 2014: 3 years later I'm still loving it. Mainly using it to look at wildlife now. Was using it to look at fireworks on July 4th! I've taken good care of it and everything still works great.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Heinz Hammerling on November 19, 2010
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We own a pair of very compact ZEISS 8x20 binoculars, with all plastic housing,
but the optics, in comparison to the 10x50 TASCO, is "all glass", so we hope.
The price ~ $450.-

The TASCO "10x50" at less than 10% of that price, beats the compact ZEISS for both
night-time viewing (which is to be expected with 4 times more light coming into the eye)
and for daytime viewing. It beats it "HANDS DOWN". Note though, the TASCO "10x50"
is of course much heavier and larger.

We have not (yet?) seen any problems with the TASCO plastic parts. Alignment of the optical
axis is good, the focus drive is smooth. The lenses show no disturbing chromatic and
spherical aberration. The field of view, 122m at 1000m, is exceptional!
(For comparison on older "East German Army" surplus which we had
previously owned featured the same 122m for an 8x (not 10x) magnification.)

I am giving the TASCO only 4 stars because of the expected lack of "field-worthiness".
But then we do not expect to do alligator watching in a humid Northern Australia swamp.
For $2,000, i.e. the cost of professional quality binoculars, I can buy decades' worth
of 10x50 TASCOS. Good enough for us.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2011
The key phrase in my review title is "for the price." They are not really that great overall. If you are looking for good binoculars, you will need to spend some money and get something else. But if you want some quite decent binoculars that you can toss into a bag and not worry too much about, this will do the job. I wanted some super cheap binoculars and the 10x25s worked great for me. The great thing is that for the cost of children's play binoculars I was able to get some that a grown up could use. Are the optics perfect? Nope. I notice some mild distortion along the edges, but nothing impossible to work with. I liked these well enough that I might consider getting the 10x50s.

These are what they are: nice but very inexpensive binoculars. If you want serious binoculars there are lots of good alternatives, but they are all going to cost a heck of a lot more money.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Wing on May 18, 2013
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Well...mine look slightly different than the binocular pictured. But the specifications, description and model number are all the same. Hopefully, what is pictured is a vast upgrade from the junk in my possession.
These are very poorly constructed. The eyepieces can easily be wobbled around with the touch of a finger. In fact, the whole eyepiece assembly is slack. Lubricating grease oozes from where moveable parts are joined; you can even hear it when you adjust the inter-pupillary distance. The lens covers come off too easily.

Focus and the diopter adjustment work well enough, and there is decent eye relief. The lenses are fully coated (which sounds better than it is), but they could be brighter. They do have a wide FOV, 367'. They're lightweight and comfortable to hold. But none of this matters if the slightest bump throws them all out of whack. If they weren't so shabbily manufactured, they would be adequate for casual use. They come in a blister pack, so there is no way to test them out.
I have to give these a grade of about D, and suggest they belong in the $15 to $20 price range. They were a gift, or I would not own them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ChazzyT on December 20, 2010
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I am new to backyard astronomy, so definitely not an expert on binocualars or using them for astronomical viewing. So take my comments as coming from the average Joe. That said, for the money, it's hard for me to imagine anything better than these binoculars. For terrestrial viewing, these are suberb - the detail and clarity is amazing. The focus mechanism is simple and really allows you to hone in on your subject. For astronomical viewing, I would probably give them a 4 on a 5 point scale. They work great - but they may not produce as bright an image as some other binoculars (still - you'd have to pay LOTS more in order to do so). My first night using them I swear I saw Mars as a big bright red spot on the horizon in the early evening sky - and I would point them to what I thought were barren areas of the sky and suddenly see clusters of stars not visible to the naked eye. This is impressive, as I live in suburban Chicago, so it's hard to really get a dark night for the stars to pop at all, binoculars or not. I'm guessing in the countryside away from the city's big lights they would produce stunning vistas of the sky on a clear night. I can't wait to find out. I'm sure you could find better binoculars (at much higher price tags mind you), but overall I am giving them a 5 based on the fact that they are very good quality for such an affordable price - opening up the world of astronomy to those on a budget. What a gift.
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