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Old 05 July 2006, 10:25   #1
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Waterproof Binoculars

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Does any one know where to get a decent set of waterproof binoculars or a monocular i am thinking it would be good to have one on the boat.

Does any one else carry them on board

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Old 05 July 2006, 10:36   #2
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Binocs very usefull to carry on board. 7x50 traditional porro prism types are the best - optimum light gathering and you don't want over 7x mag as you will never hold them still.

I have a lovely pair of Steiners with a built in compass - never use them though cos they are so expensive!!! Tend to use my cheapies instead - no compass but then again I have my Raymarine.....
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these are good value for money, stay on the boat all the time and so for no probs, had them for three years Des
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Thanks Des they look good Reasonable price too. What does everyone think to these. I like the look of the ones with a built in compasses as i have not got one on my boat yet. http://www.force4.co.uk/ProductDetai...b-08b3973bad9e

I really like the colour
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All gadgets are great to deal with - had my steiners from them.
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Thanks Des they look good Reasonable price too. What does everyone think to these. I like the look of the ones with a built in compasses as i have not got one on my boat yet. http://www.force4.co.uk/ProductDetai...b-08b3973bad9e

I really like the colour
Look rather exspensive to me - would go for the ones Des has suggested.

if you are paying that sort of money you may as well get these.

http://www.allgadgets.co.uk/ag/produ...pf%5Fid=AG3902
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I have these:

http://marinestore.co.uk/Merchant2/m...t_Code=PL40562
was given them as a present (after destroying a set of non waterproof ones), they do the job, and are about the cheapest you can get that are waterproof and float.

to be honest was a little sceptical about the need for bins - but have used them several times to work out what that bouy in the distance is!

wasn't convinced they needed to be waterproof - but destroyed a perfectly good set of bins the first trip out when salt crystalised on the inside of the lenses.
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these are good value for money, stay on the boat all the time and so for no probs, had them for three years Des
Plenty in stock - go on support another RibNet member!

Also have the yellow ones that Polwart suggested: here

Also stock the Bynolyt SearRangers as used by RNLI.

Whatever you get, I strongly recommend you get a float strap if there's not one included in the box.

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if you 7x50 and cheep and don't mind yellow

don't float but use the neck strap and you should be fine
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IMHO Steiner are the best, eg:

http://www.compass24.com/cgi-bin/abn...rnliste=114450

However, I bought these as they are much cheaper and ideal for my use:

http://www.compass24.com/cgi-bin/abn...rnliste=658806
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Plenty in stock - go on support another RibNet member!

Also have the yellow ones that Polwart suggested: here

Also stock the Bynolyt SearRangers as used by RNLI.

Whatever you get, I strongly recommend you get a float strap if there's not one included in the box.

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Ok Mike, does this mean that you might sell a float strap separately, as your website says that you only sell it with a pair of bins!

I've seen something similar for handheld VHF as well, do you stock them?

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Also stock the Bynolyt SearRangers as used by RNLI.

Whatever you get, I strongly recommend you get a float strap if there's not one included in the box.

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Go along with that. Bynolyt SeaRanger. Nice bright image, inbuilt compass, rangerfinder (probably will never use this bit), waterproof, rubber armoured & plastic caps for both ends. Mine came with a float strap.
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Ok Mike, does this mean that you might sell a float strap separately, as your website says that you only sell it with a pair of bins!

I've seen something similar for handheld VHF as well, do you stock them?

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Tim,

Generally don't sell the Steiner straps separately but can do. There's 2 types - one is a standard loop through and the other is a clic-loc plug-in thingy.

I do have a couple of non-Steiner ones knocking around - drop me a line if you need one for a modest sum!

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Tim,

Generally don't sell the Steiner straps separately but can do. There's 2 types - one is a standard loop through and the other is a clic-loc plug-in thingy.

I do have a couple of non-Steiner ones knocking around - drop me a line if you need one for a modest sum!

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I could do with a flotation strap for my Steiner 111 if you are OK to sell me one please?

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I bought a pair of Plastimo 7x50 self-focusing binoculars and I can honestly say they are fantastic. You see them around in chandlers, boat-shows, websites and they are incredible value at around 30. Sounds too good to be true but they are amazingly good. Rubberised construction so very tough. I find the self-focusing feature really handy. It means that subjects closer than around 30m can be a bit out of focus but binoculars are generally used for a lot longer distances than that. Really excellent product. I bought a padded case for mine for 5 from a binocular stand at an agricultural show.
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