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Do you have to continue to hold down the stabilizer button or can you push and release and have it continue to work? Jul 8, 2014
You have to hold it down.
Yes, it has happened to mine after about 5 years. I have taken pristine care with these, especially because of the price, and I have loved them. Now I can hardly use them because of the sticky, slime effect of the "rubber" coating, or what ever it is.
do these stabilize both lenses? in other words, are these just a "two lensed monocular" Aug 20, 2013
Both lenses are stabilized. You can look through either lens alone (as a monocular system) and the field seen is stabilized. In my opinion this is undoubtedly a great product. In the past I have tried to find information on how the system works but haven't been successful. I've had a pair for over five years and love them. No complaints, except I would not describe them as "Ultra-Compact".
what is the optical zoom numbers Sep 17, 2013
The 10 is the magnification number - that means that what you're looking at seems 10 times bigger. Or stated another way, like you're 10 times closer to whatever you're looking at. The 30 means that the light-collecting lens, the one in the front, is 30 millimeters (3 cm, or about 1.2 inches across) -roughly speaking, the larger this number, the more light the binoculars can gather, with the result that you can see more detail in low light situations, such as dawn, dusk, or night. The most important feature of these "stabilized" binoculars is that they remove the vibration when looking at a distant object, allowing you to see the details of whatever you're looking at much more clearly than with non-stabized binoculars.
How well these work for people who wear glasses? Feb 27, 2013
I wear glasses, thick ones, -14 diopters, and cannot focus binox without my glasses. I love my 10x30 IS. They have plenty of eye relief, and you can fold the rubber eye cups down. (I wonder if Mr. Petree folds his eye cups down?) I've been folding them down and back up for nine years, and the eye cups are still in good shape. The whole pair is in good shape, and I've carried these all over the world. You can buy better optics, but these optics with the IS feature works better for me than Swarovskis without IS.
My old pair of these weighs 1.5 pounds. The weight given here is 2.4 pounds. Is that accurate? Would someone please weigh theirs? :) Oct 28, 2013
I just weighed these this morning and with the batteries installed they weigh 1.7 pounds