- I have very shaky hands and the stabilisation in these bins almost completely kills the shake . Looking at the stars even with stabilisation switched on is still a bit of a challenge, but for nature-watching distances it really does the job. I'm surprised how good the optics are too, although being non-ED there is some colour fringing on high contrast subjects - but get your eye position dead right and it goes away. They are surprising light as well.
- Me being used to non-stabilised 7x42s for many years, it's not a surprise that the brightness is a bit down because of the 30mm objectives, but they're brighter than I expected. Obviously, being x12s, the field of view is markedly down on my 7's. Handling is also different because of their slightly sci-fi shape too; I can see how the much more expensive Kites score on handling with their straight sides to accommodate the batteries. But these are lighter, in fact surprisingly so. The supplied case is generic and not tailored to fit the bins; as usual the case is in the box on a shelf and will doubtless go to its grave unused. I wish somebody would come up with a stay-on cover for bins in general...nylon thing like scope stay-on covers.
Published on: 09 April 2021