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Steiner 8x42 Peregrine Binoculars

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Objective Lens Covers, Rain Guard, Protective Case, Neck Strap, Cleaning Cloth, User Manual, Warranty Card


Unbelievable brightness and very wide field of view. This is the best model for viewing moving wildlife – whether in flight or on the run. In the shade, under trees, or even in the darkness of night. The Peregrines offer the highest measured broad band transmission of any birding binocular with light transmission over 95% throughout the entire visible color spectrum.

8x42 Peregrine - Extremely bright and probably our best all-around birding glass. Wide field of view and excellent close focus.

Designed specifically for the most natural color reproduction and the highest possible light transmission over the visible color spectrum, the new Peregrine from Steiner brings birds and wildlife perched in the shadows into a sharp, bright image. Phase-corrected and fully multi-coated with Steiner exclusive broadband HD (High Definition) lens coating. The optics, of course, are only top shelf, and are ground, polished and prepared for your binoculars by Steiner-Germany's master lens makers.

Steiner-Germany has developed the new Peregrine binocular, a new record in light transmission that allows faster discovery and location of birds hidden in foliage or shadows.

Since birds are often visible for only a few seconds, seeing their true colors in bright contrast and clearly identifying the most subtle color differences is extremely important.

The optics of the Peregrine measure higher in spectral light transmission across the entire visible light range, on average, than all of Steiner's closest performance competitors. This means you see colors more vibrantly and you can discover and identify species in more difficult settings and situations.

The optical glass is manufactured at Steiner's new state-of-the-art roof prism glass production facility in Bayreuth, Germany.

The focus is Steiner's rapid close-focus system with left hand diopter adjustment. The precise central focus wheel will go from a close focus of less than 6 feet out to infinity in just one full turn. Any less - the focus would be to sensitive and not precise enough. Any more – the focus could be too slow. The focus of the Peregrine was designed to give you this perfect balance of speed and precision.

As you may already know, Steiner has been in the binocular business for over 55 years, and has developed numerous innovations which makes binoculars last longer in unfriendly conditions. Early on, Steiner pioneered the use of rubber armoring, and most recently developed a dry nitrogen purging and pressurization system that absolutely prevents binoculars from fogging internally. Steiner built this purging/pressurized dry nitrogen system into the Peregrine binoculars. They meet and exceed the US government’s waterproof /shockproof specification (Mil Std 810 E).

About Steiner
From its humble, post-WWII beginnings, Steiner has become one of the largest manufacturers of high-quality optics. Optics pioneer Karl Steiner established Steiner Optik GmbH in 1947, offering products from small cameras to binoculars and special lenses. As the company grew, it increasingly focused its production on professional high-quality binoculars. Steiner innovations include rubber armoring, the first binoculars ever with an integrated compass, the first binocular with special optical coating to protect against harmful UV radiation, the pocket-size binocular, and the new Predator lens coating to increase contrast of animals against wooded backgrounds.

Today, Karl Steiner's son Carl continues to strengthen and develop the company's position as a world leader in binocular production, utilizing the highest level of technology and setting high standards for future products with all binocular manufacturers. Steiner is located in Moorestown, N.J.

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Dimensions & Specifications


24 oz.


Full Size Binoculars







Objective Lens Diameter


Field of View at 1000 Yards

367 ft.

Exit Pupil


Focus Type

Center Focus

Prism Type

Roof Prism Binoculars

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Pioneer ResearchSteiner 8x42 Peregrine Binoculars

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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!

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Customer Q & A

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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