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Binocular suggestions

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by CTdave, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. CTdave

    CTdave Senior Member

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    A friend's wife just called and asked for a suggestion on binoculars with stabilization. I have been looking online but am lost with all the choices.
    They are average boaters & aren't traveling the seven seas but she wants to give her husband a nice pair.

    So, what's a good mid/upper range (not a crazy top of the line $5000 pair) with stabilization?

    Thanks!
    David
  2. Lenny

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    NOT stabilized but more than you will ever need. The finest and mid price.
    Fujinon 7x50 FMTR-SX. Try Baker Marine in San Diego. They not only sell them they fix all types for the US Navy!!! I have NO financial interest of any type in Baker. I have used them many times for sales and service and highly recommended.
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    I've been very happy with my Fujinon 14x40 stabilized binocs. Just don't leave the batteries in for extended periods of time.
  4. Capt Fred

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    If you are fishing go stabilized, I have only used Fujinon and they work great.
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    Ormond Bert54 Senior Member

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    My Nikon StabilEyes Water Proof 14x40 4 degree binoculars are amazing. They are 5 years old and still amaze me every time I use them.
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    I purchased Canon 12X36IS as a compromise between power and size and cost. I looked at higher power, but they become physically much larger and heavier. 12 power seems a good compromise. Runs on 2AA batteries and because you use stabilisation only for a moment (only when you press the button), the batteries last a long time. The binocs not particularly waterproof, but have taken them travelling to the poles (on small cruise ships) and they have survived well.

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