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Nikon 8251 ACULON A211 8-18 x 42 Zoom Binocular (Black)

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4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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  • ACULON A211 8-18x42 Zoom binoculars are designed to be as light as possible along with excellent ergonomics.
  • Easy-to-reach Fingertip Zoom Control Knob allows for quick and easy adjustment of the binoculars' magnification from 8 up to 18-power.
  • Turn-and-Slide Rubber Eyecups allow for comfortable viewing during extended periods of use.
  • Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses deliver a bright and clear image in most lighting conditions.
  • A durable rubber-armored coating ensures a non-slip grip, even in wet conditions.
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Product Description

ACULON A211 8-18x42 zoom binoculars are built with multi-purpose functionality and a lightweight, ergonomic design. These binoculars are perfect for those looking for versatile, mid-to-high magnification zoom capability in an economically priced, quality optic. The ACULON A211 8-18x42 zoom binoculars deliver mid to high range magnification, adjustable by an easy-to-reach fingertip zoom control knob, in a compact design; and are light enough to be carried with ease to any outing or event. Built to last with eco-safe components and designed to perform in a variety of conditions, the ACULON A211 8-18x42 zoom binoculars are sure to bring you even closer to the action and give you an experience nothing short of incredible, all at a very affordable price.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00B7LQDI4
  • Item model number: 8251
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 29, 2013

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I needed something for the range and didn't want to buy a one dimensional spotting scope. These binoculars work great at seeing my shot on paper at 50 yards. I didn't try it at 100 yards, but I suspect they may be slightly underpowered to see a tiny hole at that distance. Overall great item. The adjustable magnification is smooth and clear. What I really like is I can use them without taking my glasses off!! The eye relieve is just right. I am happy with this purchase.
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I like to research things and know a bit about whatever I end up buying. But I found that information on buying binoculars was not as straight forward and simple as I expected it to be. It's not that information is not available. I simply found the information to be less informative than I should have liked. For example, learning what an 8x42 designation actually meant. Straight forward right? 8x magnification, and a 42mm objective lens. Great, but there are fifty eleven different combinations, with a wide array of options to choose from. Which is best for me? And furthermore, WHY is it best for me. That's what I wanted to know, and that information was a bit harder to come by. As much as I hate the trial and error method of learning, I had to fall back on that in this case.

Based purely on advice, I settled on Nikon as the manufacturer for their supposed excellent optics at comparatively excellent prices. Once I had decided on that, it was a matter of choosing the right glasses. My initial inclination was to go with a pair of zoom binos. But I noticed that out of a large range of binoculars, Nikon only makes like 3. Why so many fixed binoculars and only 3 zoom types? Research led me to think that the "Inerrant issues with zoom type binoculars" made them inferior. So I set about finding the right pair of fixed magnification binos for my application, but there were so many choices. I try when possible to buy "Middle of the road" items. Not the very best, but not crappy either. I’m a middle of the road kind of guy. So I settled on a set of Monarch 5 8x42’s for a decent $279 price. I tired these out for a bit at Gander Mountain and liked them quite a lot. Then I talked to my buddy at work that has a set of zoom binos and he sang me their praises.
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I bought these as a gift for my brother and now I'm going to buy a 2nd pair for myself!

I hate big binoculars that offer little magnification. This is a big pair of binoculars.... With their 18x ability, these binoculars offer you a fantastic zoom to let you get in close or birds, bullet holes in a target or just see something really far away, but you can also dial back to 8x to scan an area quickly. And with the 42mm objective lenses, you get a great field of view.
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I originally ordered two of these for relatives, one a grandson graduating from high school, so fast receipt was vital. Received both in a timely fashion from vendor in AZ and did some critical tests and found one totally unsuitable - gave double image in one side. Amazon handled this superbly - sent me return shipping sticker within minutes of my report to them and had credit posted to my credit card the next day and I shipped bad unit back following day at no cost to me. I then purchased third unit from a different organization in New York. This was my first experience with Amazon in receiving a defective product and they are amazing on handling such matters.

The good binocular from Amazon and the third from New York were superb and I am thinking of getting one for myself. However, if you get one, check the optics critically as soon as it is received. I used a bar code label on a bucket outside at a range of about 30 yards. There was printing just above the bars with the first word being "RED". with the good unit at full mag and supporting the glass stably I could just read the word. The bars were clearly visible. With the defective unit I could not read the word and the entire label gave a double image in the left lens. With my old Nikon binoculars - same class - that only go to 15X I could only tell that there was text on the label. All clearly resolved the bars of the bar code, except for the defective unit.
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I just generally feel good about such a brand name broducts as Nikon which only makes good or super good products.
In this specific binocular case I did not even realize what new features there are since I bought last pair 20...30 years ago.....ZOOM...that is really good and work really well
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The image quality is excellent. I found very little refocusing is necessary between the extremes of magnification.
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Sure beats the Bushnel version but still lacks the visual clarity and crispness of a fixed focal length. Optics don't quite focus the same in each eyepiece leading you to continually refocus seeking clarity.
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Bought it essentially new, from someone here in Caracas. Have just had it for 4 days. I am not an experienced user of binoculars
On the near side, this one can focus at 7.6 m - about 25 ft. to read the smallest print on a case of wine (letters about 1/10th of an inch tall). The main problem to reading it is keeping the binoculars stable - this is true for practically all the use at high magnification. Can focus using magnif. 18 - resting them on a balcony railing for stability - on buildings that are 11 Km - 34000 ft away (according to Google Earth), and see the shape of their roofs, balconies, exterior colors (brick and concrete), and maybe other things like antennas on the roofs. Can focus (magnif. 15) on a large decorative chimney that is some 470 m - 1500 ft away (Google Earth, again), and see the bricks that cover it and the white lines that separate them. Also (again magnif. 15), on another building that is some 800 m - 2600 ft away (Google Earth), and see that its walls are lined in brick and the white water stains on them, as well as the flowers on the balconies (not in detail, of course). Focusing on these distances at magnification 18 is more difficult.
For large magnification levels a tripod could make their use much more productive. For this model a tripod adapter is needed and has to be purchased separately.
We used it to watch the lunar eclipse, on the night of september 27-28, and could clearly see its seas and craters, again not in detail.
When using the zoom, focusing must be made at the highest magnification and seemed to need little correction as it is decreased. The other way aroung - focusing at lowest mag. - causes significant variation in the focus (this is mentioned in the instruction booklet).
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