IR- Bushnell NatureView Binoculars- Ralph Ditton
- Hello Gail,
Attached is the text version for your edit and a copy is in the test folder
I look forward to your edits.
Bushnell NatureView Binocular
Test Series by Ralph Ditton
Initial Report: 21st August, 2013
Long Term Report:
Name Ralph Ditton
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Location Perth, Western Australia. Australia
My playgrounds are the Bibbulmun Track, the Coastal Plain Trail, Darling
Scarp and Cape to Cape Track. I lead walks for my bushwalking club and
they consist of day walks and overnighters. My pack weight for multi day
trips including food and water, tends to hover around 18 kg (40 lb) but
I am trying to get lighter. My trips range from overnighters to six days
On day walks my pack weight is around 5 kg (11 lb) including water.
Bushnell Outdoor Products
NatureView 6 x 30mm
Year of Manufacture
Light leaf green
490 g (17.3 oz)
484 g (17.07 oz) without strap and lens cover
Measured weight of strap
20 g (0.70 oz)
Measured weight of caps
38 g (1.34 oz)
Measured weight of case
82 g (2.89 oz)
Snapshot Specifications for 6 x 30 mm
Magnification X Objective Lens
6 x 30mm
Close Focus (m/ft)
2.74 m/9 ft
Field of View m@ 1000m/1000 yds
Adapt to Tripod
Exit Pupil (mm)
The binoculars are a compact unit measuring 120 mm (4.72 in) long x 134
mm (5.27 in) across the front lenses when closed up and a height of 80
mm (3.14 in) in the same configuration when the lenses are pushed up as
close as possible together.
Protecting the front and rear lenses are lens caps. The front lenses
have individual plastic caps and the eyepiece lenses have a joined cap
arrangement that is flexible so that when the lenses are pushed apart or
together the centre of the lens attachment flexes. The caps can be seen
in the top photo.
The eye cap lens have a twist up arrangement. To activate I twist each
surround in an anticlockwise direction. This position is best suited for
people who do not wear glasses and cuts out side light. As I wear
glasses I use the binoculars with the cap lens down. To achieve this, I
twist the surround in a clockwise direction.
There is an excellent handbook written in five languages, English,
French, Spanish, German and Italian.
The most important section is headed "Focusing". The instructions give
good instructions in how to adjust each lens for each eye using the
diopter ring and the -/+ scale. I found it very easy to understand and use.
There is a neckstrap provided with the binoculars but they are not
attached to the unit. I had the greatest dfficulty in trying to pass the
end of the strap through the strap lug on the side of the binocular
because they are just a fraction too wide for the slot. In the end I
used the needlepoint pliers on my Leatherman to pull it through.
This model is not compatible with a tripod.
Also provided were a cleaning cloth and a carry case. The photo below
shows the contents of the packaging. contents of box
When I opened up the box I had no surprises as the binoculars were as I
expected from the photo on the web site.
Needless to say, I was very keen to go outside and try them out.
The first thing that I did was adjust each lens to each of my eyes so
that I had the best clarification available. As I wear glasses, I made
sure that the eye caps were down.
I was truly amazed at the clarity of the objects that I was observing. I
looked at homes being built across the highway, traffic stopping at an
intersection and I was able to read their number plates, a bus stop
information board and magpies in trees a block away in the tops of trees.
For close up viewing of insects and flowers I found that anything under
about 3 metres (9.8 ft) was a bit blurry, so the manufacturer's claim of
close focus of 2.74 m /9 ft to be about correct.
Following birds in flight I had both of my middle fingers on the centre
focus knob rotating it like mad, back and forth to try and keep focus
and on the birds. I need more practice to lock on to birds in flight.
The caps are a bit loose on the lenses. Not a snug fit, so I'll have to
be careful and not lose them when I take the binoculars out of its carry
Things I like
* Good size and weight
* Very sharp images
* Centre focus knob easy to rotate quickly
Things I did not Like
* Trying to fit the strap to the binocular. Very tight.
* Caps could be a bit more of a snug fit.
Thanks to Backpackgeartest.org and Bushnell for providing the
opportunity to test this item.