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Comments about Pioneer Research Steiner 8x42 Peregrine Binoculars:
The first thing you probably notice about these binocs is their excellent ergonomics. They feel so naturaly well balanced in your hand (and I have, literally, long fingers) that just to hold them is pure joy! The weight is so well distributed that they offer a secure grip. Very pleasent! Focusing is smooth and effortless. Their famous optical transmission? Compared with my old Nikon 8x21 you would be hard pressed to see the difference in good light conditions. However, you will notice the difference immediately in low light conditions! The difference IS there.
The close focus distance, yet another plus, was one of the reasons I bought these binocs. Of course, at the closest distance you see two intersecting vision circles but that is normal(due to the parallax) and fully acceptable. The eyepiece
surrounded with rubber eye protection foggs easily in could weather with your breath vapor - you can fold the rubber pieces down though, it helps. Overall impression after 1 month of use? Addictive!
Q1: I am wondering what the interpupillary distance is on the Steiner Peregrine 8x42 and 10x42 is.
A: Surprisingly the interpupillary distance is very close for these models. 51-70mm (8x42) and 53-74mm for the 10x42
Q2: Will you tell me the the differences between the Steiner Peregrine 8x42 and the 8x44 Peregrine XP? And is it worth the $500.00 price difference? What would you say is better for birding 8x or 10X?
A: The Peregrine XPs have a field of view that's 23 feet wider than the Peregrines and an incredible 22mm of eye relief vs. 17mm for the Peregrines. The big difference, though, is in the optics. Steiner made its name on optics, and particularly optical coatings. The XPs take the art a step farther. They offer just about the brightest, crispest sharpest views around, and what they do in dim light has to be seen to be believed. Yes, we think the XPs are worth the added outlay; they easily rank among the very best in the world. There's a debate as to which is the better birding binocular, an 8X or a 10X. As far as I'm concerned there's no question, though. An 8X binocular gives a wider field of view and less image dance than a 10X. That translates into easier bird location and flight tracking, as well as just plain steadier views.
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