I am outdoors quite a bit, and when I decided to become more involved in maritime activities, I knew enough about binoculars to know that I needed a specialized item which would keep salt water OUT, and give me optimal foul-weather vision (my old Bushnell 7 X 50's are good and have given me years of service, but they are most certainly NOT marine-grade). Therefore, I did some internet research and narrowed my list to three companies, including OpticsPlanet.com.
After further guidance from customer service including reference to their educational pages and links (see http://www.opticsplanet.net/how-to-buy-binoculars.html for information on how to choose a pair of binoculars, and URL's for specific binocular categories and see http://www.opticsplanet.net/binmarine.html for Marine binocular specs), I narrowed my product list to five or six items.
Customer service then addressed my more detailed technical questions and I purchased this item, and its little brother, the Oberwerk 7 x 50 mm Mariner Series Binoculars (product code OW-BI-Mariner-7x50), as well.
These are EXCELLENT binoculars. They fully meet my needs for binoculars which fulfill the rigorous specifications for a MARINE binoculars.
The optics are FULLY BROADBAND MULTI-COATED (all external AND INTERNAL optic surfaces)and use BAK4 prisms, the best in both categories, so Oberwerk really goes all-out and does not skimp on or cut corners in quality with this product.
Another nice feature about this product i...