I am sorry that it has taken me a while to post the IR. I had unavoidable work travel that snuck up on me and had me out of town for the better part of the last week. Anyways. . . here is my initial report for the Bushnell NatureView binoculars. The html is in the test folder: http://tinyurl.com/mhul392
and the text version has been pasted below.
I look forward to testing these great binoculars!
Bushnell NatureView Binocular
Test Series by Kathryn Montovan
INITIAL REPORT <#IR>: July 27, 2013
Name: Kathryn Montovan
I have been backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and winter
camping for over 12 years. My excursions are mostly weekend and
occasionally weeklong backpacking and kayaking trips in the wooded
and often wet, rolling terrain of western New York, and the
mountains of western New England. I usually tarp camp with a small
to large group and love to cook fun and delicious foods on my trips.
In general, I strive for a compact and light pack and value
well-made and durable gear.
Location: Groton, New York USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)
Product Information and Specifications:
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: http://bushnell.com
Listed Weight: 17.3 oz (490 g)
Measured Weight (binoculars with strap and lens covers): 18.9 oz (536 g)
Measured Weight of Case: 2.8 oz (79 g)
Measured Size: 6.625" x 5" x 1.875" (16.8 x 12.7 x 4.8 cm)
Magnification X Obj Lens: 6 x 30mm
Close Focus: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View: 419 ft at 1000 yards (140 m at 1000 m)
Exit Pupil: 5 mm
Included: Binoculars, lens caps, neck strap, slightly padded fabric case,
The Bushnell NatureView 6x30mm Binoculars are small but highly effective
binoculars. Included int he package is a neck strap that attaches to the
side of the binoculars, lens caps (the ones over the viewing end attach
to the neck strap), a lightly padded fabric case, and a soft lens
cleaning cloth. These binoculars have an adjustable distance between the
lenses to account for different interpupillary distances. According to
the manufacturer directions I moved the barrels closer together and
further apart until I saw a single circular field.
The eye caps twist-up to adjust the length for "comfort and to exclude
extraneous light". The directions recommend that glasses users adjust
the eye caps to their shortest setting to decrease the distance between
the binoculars and the eyes. The NatureView binoculars have a diopter
setting feature which adjusts for individual eye strength. To set this
properly, the manufacturer recommends covering the lens with the diopter
adjustment, then using the center focus knob to focus on a far away
object. When focus is achieved, cover the other side of the binocular
and adjust the focus using the diopter adjustment to make the same
object clear for the other eye. Once I did this step I was able to look
through both sides and adjust the focus for objects at different
distance by only adjusting the center focus knob.
The NatureView binoculars come with a neck strap that inserts into strap
lugs on each side. I found that the strap was difficult to insert into
the strap lugs because it is slightly too wide. I needed to use a strong
needle to catch the end and pull it through and then it was difficult to
move it through the lug to get the proper strap length. The version of
NatureView binoculars that I am testing (6 x 30mm) is not compatible
with a tripod.
The NatureView binoculars have a good weight and nice rubberized
textured grips that make the binoculars easy to hold securely. They
appear to be carefully designed and constructed. The included carrying
bag fits the binoculars well and seems sturdy enough to hold up to a
fair amount of use. It also has an adjustable strap for easier carrying.
The size is small enough to easily carry along on a hike and the carry
strap and protective case help make the binoculars more portable. The
view through the binoculars is clear, crisp and well lit.
Trying It Out
When I was younger I remember trying to use binoculars and being very
frustrated when I could not focus them and could not find what I was
looking for through the binoculars. I have never successfully used
binoculars before and have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with
how easy these NatureView binoculars are to setup and use. The image is
very clear and I was able to focus on and clearly see everything within
sight of my house. The level of clarity, detail and image size are all
highly impressive to me. I inspected the pine needles and peeling paint
on the house across the street and down the hill, looked closely at the
bark of my neighbors trees, and could also focus clearly on objects
fairly close to myself. The images were crystal clear and the focus was
very easy to adjust. I need to go to a more open area to test out the
longest distance capacities of these binoculars but so far am pleased
with their performance.
I am very excited to use the NatureView Binoculars. They are clear,
crisp, easy to focus and fun to use. I look forward to observing
wildlife from afar in a way that feels much closer. I also think that
these binoculars could be very helpful when scouting on camping trips to
help identify faraway markers and landmarks.
I would like to thank Bushnell and BackPackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to test the NatureView Binoculars. Please check back in 2
months for my field report.