APPLICATION- NatureView Binoculars- Ralph Ditton
Please accept my application to test the Bushnell NatureView Binoculars. I
have read and understand the entire BackpackGearTest.org Bylaws v0609
including Chapter 5. I agree to comply with all requirements. My signed
tester agreement is on file.
Height: 1. 76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight: 74 kg (163 lb)
Email: rdassettsAToptusnet dot com dot au
City: Perth. Western Australia. Australia
I assist with Introductory Walks for new people wishing to join our club and
I also lead walks for club members which are a mix of day walks and
I have evolved from being a heavyweight backpacker of approximately 28 kg
(62 lb) including all my water and food to a mid- weight backpacker
averaging 15 kg (33 lb). I am still trying to get lighter with better
equipment. My trips range from overnighters to five days duration.
In July, I will definitely be going on a four day, three night backpack to
explore a region East of the Wellington Dam which will mainly be off track.
Wild water will then start to flow as it is the start of the rainy season.
In August I will be in Fiji, so I would like to test the binoculars in a hot
I have no set location but I range all over the Darling Scarp and the
Coastal Plains leading day walks and assisting walk leaders with new people
who want to join our
For overnight events I tend to either go further south into Wandoo/Jarrah
country or north of Perth into Melaleuca country which is very sandy.
Elevations range from sea level to 583 metres (1912 ft).
We are now into our fully blown winter period which has had plenty of cool
days and cold nights averaging a minimum of 3 C (37 F) and I will be out on
average 2 weekends a month with
a mixture of day and overnight activities.
Temperatures can range from 3 C (37 F) to 18 C (64 F).
By the time this test is completed it will be into the start of our spring
if the item ships immediately.
Over the test period I plan to be out in the field for close on 14
days and at least 8 nights.
I am interested to see if these binoculars are easy to use with glasses
(i.e. Can I see through them properly or do I have to take them off). My
current binoculars are not glasses friendly. As I will be in Fiji the
glasses will get a good workout to see if they are indeed water/fog proof
due to the high humidity there. As I do a lot of off track walking I like to
use binoculars to scout distant terrain for ease of access or what obstacles
that be encountered. At and around camp I like to do bird watching through
glasses. How easy is it to quickly adjust the focus to follow a hopping
bird. Do these glasses cut through haze when viewing distant landscapes or
do they magnify the haze making it difficult to view the landscape clearly.
As these glasses are handheld with no tripod option, is the view stable or
does it jerk about when breathing and shifting off what is being viewed at
such as the moon/stars, close up flora and fauna
Link to previous test:
OR's completed last year -Nil. Done 14 overall.
Brownie Points. 6.
Outstanding applications- Nil. I will be applying for the Bushnell Solar
charger and 25L Backpack. Applications yet to be submitted.
Additional Roles for BGT. Director, Monitor.
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