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Kowa 32x82 High Lander Observation Binoculars - Top-class Waterproof Large Observation Binocular Telescope
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Kowa High Landers, expensive, but worth every penny!.

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, MN Written on May 10, 2014
Ive been an avid birder for nearly 40 years, but Ive never been a fan of one-eyed viewing through a spotting scope. I have always used giant binoculars for studying distant birds. The 3-D effect of binoculars cannot be duplicated with a scope, and there is none of the associated eyestrain. Ive had my Kowa High Lander Prominar Binoculars a year now and I continue to be very favorably impressed. I use them strictly for birding (primarily long-range waterfowl study) so I cannot speak to their value for astronomical use. Optically speaking, these are the finest giant binoculars I have ever used. Images are bright, razor sharp from edge to edge, and the colors are true. These are essentially two 82 mm fluorite scopes fused together. Each eye is individual focus, and they each turn the opposite way (one clockwise, the other counter-clockwise). At first, I thought this focus arrangement would be a hassle (all my other giant binoculars had been center-focus) but after a few minutes of using them, it becomes second nature. The focus is fairly slow and gradual, providing a very accurate and sharp focus. At relatively close range (less than 100 yards) the High landers have a pretty small depth of field, requiring constant focus adjustment as you move from bird to bird. At longer range, much less focusing is required. I use the 32 power eyepieces that came with the set, which is a more than adequate for most of my needs (I can identify ducks at two miles). Additional eyepieces in 21x and...
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