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Roy Finn View Drop Down
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About a week ago, I started testing these new Steiner Nighthunter XP's in 8x42. I am going to continue to use these in various lighting conditions as will be dictated by the weather. So far, I am very impressed by how sharp they are. Colors are nice and vivid without any unnatural appearance. The FOV is listed by Steiner to be 400 ft @ 1000 yrds and the sweet spot is very comfortable with imagines being sharp and clear in approx. 75-80% of the field of view. I'll be reporting more on these when I get the chance to use them in a rainy/overcast enviroment, low light and at night.

One of the reasons I will use these in the rain is that they are equipped with Steiner's hydrophobic lense coatings called "Nano Protection". According to Steiner, these coatings help repel water and are resistant to dirt, fingerprints and are scratch resistant as well. These 8x42's felt very comfortable in my hands and have a nice rubber armoring that provides a non-slip surface. On the back or underside are thumb rests as can be seen in the pictures above. Located on either side are click lock type fasteners for the supplied neoprene neck strap that allow the bino to rest flat against your chest. The focus wheel is smooth, without any detectable backlash and goes from lock to lock in 1 1/2 turns, the same as the Peregrine XP's. The eye cups have fold down "wings" which block side light from coming in and help prevent glare as well. The eye cups are adjustable for eyeglass wearers and have detents for various positions. Included with these bino's are a nicely padded carry case, carry strap and a neoprene ocular lense cover to keep things dry when not in use. Lastly, these new Nighthunter's are manufactured completely in Steiner's factory located in Bayreuth, Germany and carry a 30 warranty. Street price looks to be about $850.

Edited by Roy Finn - May/11/2011 at 22:23
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