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Good evening.  While, I just receiveed my Bushnell Discoverer 7 x 42 binoculars tonight.  Here are the quick specs

 

7x42

XTR Technology Coating

BAK-4 Prisms

PC-3 Phase Correcttive coating

Fully multi coated

Rainguard coating

Center diopter focus adjustment

Good rubber armoring

Made in Japan

 

I think a real world press a year or 2 ago was about $475.  They can be found now for around $300.

 

Well, I looked through them quite a bit this evening around dusk.  Light was very flat as it was snowing andd we have heavy cloud cover.  They seemed perfect as far as clarity and ability to achievee perfect focus goes, but I did notice the outer 10% or so of the lens is not in focus at exactly the same time as the center.  Still, they offered incredible resolution.  They also did a good job of extracting color out of a distint gray color that I could see with the naked eye.

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It sounds like you are happy with your new bins. The Discoverers in question do indeed offer very good image quality for the price. That 7x42 format and its subsequent specs provide quite a panoramic view with very good depth perception. Have fun with those new bins.
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I would definately agree with that comment.  I have bnever had binos of this quality before.  My last binos were Pentax 10 x 50 porros.  They were $300 about 12 years ago.  They were good, but I struggled some with resolution and maybe more so with color resolution.  I say that because that is what sticks out with these new binos.  When I look into greyish brown woods, I can easily seperate the whitetail deer in there.  Also, when I look in the general direction of the setting sun, I can see clearly without tracers and odds light relfections or odd colors. 

 

I don't have the experience to say if this is a price thing. . .good or bad visual quality, but I am very impressed so far.  

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I have been using the discover 7x42 for many years and they are incredible for that price point.  You need to spend 2-3 times what they cost to see a noticable improvement. 

 

IMO, they are the sleeper in the binocular world.

 

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I would agree.  I bought them because I was having trouble telling the difference between "big 3" binoculars. . .excuse my ignorance. . .and great mid level binos like the Nikon Monarch 8x42 ATB.  The biggest difference I was finding were ease of focus, availability of 7x, and center diopter adjustment, and non-Chinese manufacturing.  In the $300 range, that led me straight to these.  I tried a pair out and thought great. . .they are as good or maybe better than the Nikon's, but they have these other nice features.  Plus Bushnell was promoting their super duper full multi coating and phase coating.

 

I just thought I would try them out.  I can say am pleasantly surprized.

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Has anyone done a direct comparison between these and the big 3?  Where does the Discoverer fall short?  Just interested.

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They dont fall short in any respect.  I compared all of the big three against the Discoverer at a shop that allowed me to take them outside. 

 

Hopefully that shot is still there, it was in Toronto Canada.  Its difficult to find a shop that stocks the big 3 along with all the other brands plus they let me view them outdoors and I remember feeling very lucky to be able to look thru so many.

 

Of the big three I liked the Leicas the best and focused more on them and the anything else that was more affordable.  The particular Leica that I liked had a very wide fov which is probably why I liked it over the other 2 big brands. 

 

The sales person ended up showing me the 7x42 Discoverers because the also had the very wide fov, 420' fov.  I was very impressed with them especially knowing the price difference betwen them and the Leicas. 

 

I bought the Discoverers and when I got home,with the money I bought a riflewith the money I had saved.

 

For me and I'm suspecting that may be the same for most of hunters and occasional bird watchers, the difference is hardly noticable especially considering the huge price difference.

 

To sum it up, consider the huge fov along with very good glass and they are very easy and pleasant to glass with. 

 

Go to go,

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The only significant optical difference I noticed between the Discoverers and similarly configured binoculars from Zeiss, Swaro and Leica was the level of image out of focus around the outer edge of the image. The Discoverers exhibit a bit more than the top tier bins but not excessively so.
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The only negatives to these binos are that they could have better, tethered lens caps.  The twist up eye cups could lock up a little better and winged eyecups would be nice to keep your eyes from watering in a cold wind or to keep light from behind you from getting on the eyepiece.

 

Does anyone know where I could find some kind of universal fit winged eye cups for these?  Does SWFA, have these kinds of accesories?



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