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Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars

Item# PENT006
 
4.5

(14 Ratings)

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Eye Lens Caps, Case, Strap

Description

Pentax 8.5x21 Papilio


Need to get up really close in a hurry? You can. The PENTAX Papilio 8.5x21 binoculars incorporate a new mechanism that can offer a minimum focusing distance of just 18 inches. That's waaay shorter than the 6.5 feet offered by other PENTAX models currently on the market.


The 8.5x21 binocular is part of an optics series called Papilio, the Latin word for butterfly, because it was specifically developed to satisfy the need for close-range observation of butterflies and other insects. All members of the series also feature go-anywhere portability, making them ideal for spectator sports, travel and hiking.


Features

  • Multi-coated, aspherical optical elements and BaK4 prisms to produce a sharp, clear image
  • Long Eye Relief of 15mm
  • Rubber, shock-resistant housing that provides a firm, comfortable grip
  • Dual-axis eye-distance adjustment mechanism
  • Extendable helicoid-type eyepiece rings with pop-up mechanism
  • Diopter adjuster with click-stop lock mechanism


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Supplier Sku:
62216

Dimensions & Specifications

Dimensions

4.6H x 4.3W in.

Weight

10.2 oz.

Size

Compact Binoculars

Eye Relief

15 mm

Waterproof

No

Magnification

8.5 X

Brand

Pentax

Objective Lens Diameter

21 mm

Field of View at 1000 Yards

315 ft.

Exit Pupil

2.5 mm

Focus Type

Center

Close Focusing Distance

1.5 ft.

Relative Brightness

6.3

Binoculars Series

Pentax Papilio Binoculars

Prism Type

Porro Prism Binoculars

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Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (11)
  • Close focus (10)
  • Quality lenses (10)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Strong construction (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bird watching (11)
    • Wildlife viewing (9)
    • Sporting events/concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Super for Backyard Birding!

    These binoculars are a good value for the price. Very lightweight - only about 8 ounces. Easy to fine-tune, once you have adjusted them for your eyes. Bright, clear image. Watching the...Read complete review

    These binoculars are a good value for the price. Very lightweight - only about 8 ounces. Easy to fine-tune, once you have adjusted them for your eyes. Bright, clear image. Watching the birds at my feeder, 20 feet away, is a treat. I've never seen such detail!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    overrated

    It is VERY difficult to see without black occlusion spots; It takes a great deal of adjusting of the width and eye position to not see occlusion spots.

    It is VERY difficult to see without black occlusion spots; It takes a great deal of adjusting of the width and eye position to not see occlusion spots.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Glad I ordered them!

    By David

    from LEESBURG,VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Close Focus
    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Sporting Events/Concerts
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

      Very pleased with the optics. Seems to be very easy to use.
      The ability to use it for close-up magnification is a great extra benefit. Don't know how they do it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great & lightweight

      By ARinGA

      from Georgia

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

        Very lightweight. Easy to focus and follow birds. Great close-up focus too. Easy to switch from long distance focus to close-up. These will work great for hiking to see a whole range of things close and far.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Totally pleased with this purchase

        By Jim

        from Cleveland, Oh.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

        • Case very snug

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

        Have used at the local zoo and will use on vacation. Especially like the ability to view up close. It's amazing how much more you can see within 10' by using these binoculars.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pentax 8.5 x 21 Papilio Binoculars

        By Jenny

        from California

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

            Looking forward to my next nature hike when I will have the fun of seeing hundreds of things with a new appreciation.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            wow!

            By sirlaurence45

            from beaumont,texas

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Good quality
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • no cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Hunting
            • Sporting Events/Concerts
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

            casual use

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing. Almost like a microscope

            By Wingmagic

            from Ithaca, nu

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Focus
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

              These binoculars bring close things into such amazing focus and detail. Scales on a moth's wing, bees' eyes, every part of a flower. Better than your own eyes.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exceeded expectations

              By Ranger Rick

              from Blue Ridge Mountain Foothills

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Close Focus
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Works Well With Glasses

              Cons

              • Not waterproof

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

              These work up close where regular binos don't. As a master naturalist I use them to view and identify dragonflies, butterflies, insects where my loop and binoculars are not very effective. I do wish they were waterproof.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bring nature into focus as never before!

              By Nancy the birder/butterflyer

              from Barefoot Bay, FL

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Close Focus
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction
              • Works Well With Glasses

              Cons

              • Too small storage case

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Bug watchng
              • Plant Id'ing
              • Sporting Events/Concerts
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

              My only complaint is the way too small storage case it comes with. I find it difficult to get it inside the case with the straps and all. I would like to see a slightly larger case with at shoulder carrying strap that is easy to remove the bins at a moments notice and put back in easily.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very Neat !

              By Kathy

              from Guerneville, Ca

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Close Focus
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction
              • Works Well With Glasses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

                Beginner bird watcher, was steered to this product by veteran bird watcher.

                Can be mounted on tripod for spotting !

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Purchased on a whim, but glad I did

                By sandbender

                from Warner Robins, Georgia

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Close Focus
                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Lenses

                Cons

                • Needs longer eye relief
                • Not waterproof

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Butterfly watching

                Comments about Pentax 8.5x21mm Papilio Binoculars:

                I bought these at the last minute to do the North American Butterfly Association annual count in my area after reading reviews online and looking at ads in magazines. I was impressed by the performance from a binocular that is less than $150. I own more pairs of expensive binoculars and the glass in these Papillos is pretty good. Close focus is the most impressive quality and it is as advertised and works well. This is a perfect take-along binocular that does not tire your neck from wearing all day. Observing wildlife is not always a fair weather occurrence however, and the greatest fault that I have found with these binoculars is that they are not waterproof. That would make them just about perfect for the price.

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