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Nikon 8244 ACULON A211 7x35 Binoculars (Black)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
I'm a long-time stargazer, and I enjoy viewing the sky with binoculars. Astronomy is demanding on optics, and defects will show under a night sky that aren't a problem in the parking lot. Aside from my 8 inch Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope, I have a pair of 11x80s which I love for deep sky viewing, some 50mm binoculars, and a 20x50 monocular, along with a gaggle of less illustrious optics. I hadn't bought any optics for at least 25 years, but I recently bought a pair of Nikon's Aculon 7x35's for their 9.3 degree wide field of view. I had plenty of things to go deep, I wanted something to go wide... I really didn't expect much, since large aperture tends to overshadow most everything else in astronomy. As it turns out, I LOVE THE THINGS! No, they don't replace my beloved 11x80's for viewing individual objects, and I wouldn't recommend them for someone wanting only one pair of binoculars for astronomical viewing. But the wide field views are excellent, there are no annoying internal reflections like I've seen in cheap binoculars, and I can pick up many of the famous "M" objects through moderate light pollution with very little dark adaption. I like using them so much for casual stargazing that I've built a little cabinet just for them by my back door. Also, unlike my enormous 11x80's, these things would be very practical to take to sporting events, vacations, hunting, birdwatching, etc.
No, the wide field of view isn't perfectly flat, which shows when panning around rapidly. There's some fuzziness and distortion at the edges, but it isn't noticeable with casual use since one tends to concentrate more toward the center, and the wide field makes it easy to find things. No, I wouldn't use them to pound nails or take them under water, but for the price, one doesn't have to be afraid to USE these things. You'd have to spend MUCH more to do better. Taking price into consideration, I'm giving them 5 stars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
I bought these binoculars for an Alaskan trip as well as for bird-watching. I wanted an inexpensive set and after reading the bird-watchers internet page, I purchased these. I find them easy to use - little movement and good range and clarity. The only thing I do not like are the lens caps - seem cumbersome to get off and on.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
The 9.3 degree wide field of view is great for finding stars in constellations. Great for spotting stuff to view in my telescope later. The optics are great quality with no internal reflections. BAK-4 prisms improve brightness too. I considered the Aculon 8x42 binoculars, but their field of view is 8 degrees vs 9.3 in the 7x35s. 8 degrees is still pretty good though. I also considered the Aculon 7x50s, but their field of view is only 6.4 degrees. For me, anything less than 7 degrees is WAY too narrow! Hey Nikon, isn't 7.1 degrees supposed to be the "Standard" for 7x50 binoculars?

Some people think 7x35 binoculars are not good enough for astronomy. These have a 5mm exit pupil vs 7mm in the 7x50 binoculars. The 7mm exit pupil would let more light into your eyes at night. People over 40 might not notice the difference, because your pupil size shrinks as you get older. These work just fine at night for me. These are also lighter and less bulky than the 7x50s. The 8x42s would also be a good choice for astronomy, but the 7x35s fit my needs better and they were $10 cheaper.

These binoculars are very easy to hold steady. I tried different 10x50s, 12x50s and 16x50s, but higher magnifications are difficult to hold steady without shaking. 7x to 8x is just about right for handheld viewing without shaking. The lenses are made from Eco Glass, which doesn't contain any lead. This helps reduce the weight too.

These are rubber armored to absorb minor shocks. They are not shockproof or waterproof like the Nikon Action Extreme ATB binoculars, which cost more. These have twist eyecups. I prefer the rubber fold up eyecups, but these seem to work just fine. The case and strap are nice, but the included lens caps fall off sometimes. I can live with that.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2013
My purpose: Nature-watching & astronomy during camping.
My expertise: Next to zero. Did online research on what to look for. I own a 12" dobsonian telescope.
Pros: inexpensive; light weight; easy to use; doesn't require a tripod to hold steady; not amazing, but decent magnification; small enough that it's not a hassle to take everywhere.
Cons: Slight distortion when object is not in center of view; color is not accurate (slight blueish tinge); barrel alignment slightly off
Conclusion: These are good entry-level binoculars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
I have a Nikon scope and knew the glass was clear and bright so I was pretty sure the binoculars would be the same and they are. I have several binoculars and this one is so clear I could pick up objects the others could not with greater magnification.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
This was a purchase that started as a gift for a nine year old grandson. We decided that to get this one based on a review by an avid astronomer. The choice was made based on the power (7) and size of the objective lenses and the actual weight as he would need to be comfortable with the heaviness of the binoculars. We found it to be such a good buy, that my husband wanted one for our sun porch to view the birds feeding. Once we received the package my husband opened his. He felt that the quality was worth the price. Some of his comments on why he liked it so much included: the quality of detail, and brightness of the the image. We would highly suggest this binocular for anyone wanting close detail without unnecessary weight. He is extremely happy to have his new binoculars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2014
I had faith in Nikon to begin with....having an early start with photography, I knew their lens tech is second to none. However the wide range of models and specs on offer meant only one thing. Do my online homework coupled with a lot of soul searching before I could put my finger on one model which would satisfy my needs without breaking the bank.

Amazon delivered my set of binoculars 5 days later than their estimated delivery date. I almost gave up....thinking they had forgotten all about my order. Then it arrived and what I received made me overlook the 17 days waiting period.

Guys...this one has the crisp edge to edge clarity which we look for plus all the magnification you could possibly use. Don't ever think that 7x is too little. Infact after using it I feel that it is even more than I could need or use in a real life setting. This fact alone should put your mind at rest. My other consideration was an unobtrusive overall weight and handling package. While at the same time letting in the required light, so essential to conjuring up the closeup detail that we look for. My Aculon which reminds me of a sawed off shotgun, truly succeeds in giving me the best of both both worlds. Minimum weight and maximum clarity. What more could I ever ask for. To top it all off, the adjusting knob is well damped and smooth; resulting in a one finger operation. I must confess that among the many binoculars which I have peeped through till date, this one is the best and by a huge margin. Thank you Nikon. My search for my own extra pair of eyes....ends here and now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2014
I wanted a pair of binos for the one Auburn game I would be attending this year (against TX A&M) and for casual wildlife observation in the backyard. I purchased these based on the very positive reviews and specifically the wide field of view. For the football game, I was little skeptical that 7X magnification would be good enough from 25 rows up at the goal line in Jordan-Hare Stadium. I had contemplated purchasing a different pair a few days before the game, but never made up my mind.
These guys were excellent. While perhaps a stronger magnification might have been nice the 7X mag along with the wide field of view allowed me to follow plays with the Binos easily. Seated at the northeast corner of the stadium I was able to see clearly to the far goal line (the southeast end) when Auburn fumbled on the 1 yardline. I knew what happened before anyone else around me. Observing that play (though heartbreaking for me at the same time) develop and its (sorry) outcome proved these binos' worth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
Just could not be happier with these binocs.. I got them to watch a bird feeder at approx 30 yrds range out in the back of my home and the view out of these binocs is just stunning.. Good F.O.V and focus plus it makes the view look almost 3D-ish also nice and bright.. I'm no binoc wonk but for the money I didn't spend on this pair that just came quickly and exactly as discribed from Amazon I just don't know why I would need more for my given task..

As others have stated the lens caps are a pain to hang on to (not attached to binocs) and seem to try and get lost but a small con and I would buy these binoculars again in a heart beat..I only recieved them today and will update if need be as time tests them.. They feel very sturdy and should last a long time if treated properly IMO..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2015
These binoculars are very, very clear and bright. I was pleasantly surprised when I received them and put them to the test on a few birds in and around the back yard. I have a couple of other pair of binoculars that cost much more than this pair that are not nearly as clear, sharp or bright. I wanted a pair with a wider field of view, hence the purchase of a pair of 7x35's. For the price, I don't know how I could be more pleased with them.
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