Bushnell H20 Binoculars
Being out on the water requires a sharp pair of eyes that can spot buoys, other boats, and obstacles just below the surface. A good pair of binoculars can make all the difference, but not all binoculars are suited for use on boats. The 8×42 H20 Binoculars by Bushnell are specifically designed for use in the marine environment.
Most assume that the best binoculars are the ones that offer the most magnification. But on a rolling boat, focusing on a distant object with powerful magnification can mean a very shaky image. That’s why traditionally marine binoculars have lower magnification and a very wide objective, allowing for more light and a wider field of view.
Marine binoculars also tend to have a large exit pupil – the image one sees through the eyepiece. The larger the exit pupil, the larger and clearer the image through the binoculars. The H20 Binoculars fit these specifications perfectly; the 8x magnification means distant objects are larger but it won’t cause image shake, while the 42 mm objectives let in maximum light.
Multiple layers of coating on all lenses further increase image brightness while reducing glare. The H20’s feature a Porro prism system, which provides a wide field of view and depth of image.
A hard rubber body protects the binocular lenses and prevents slipping in wet conditions. Like all good marine binoculars, the H20s are waterproof and fog-proof, and can even be submerged underwater without damage. They weigh in at a mere 25 ounces, and the adjustable eye relief is great for any boater who wears glasses. A good pair of binoculars can get you out of trouble on the water before you’re even in it. Check out the 8×42 H20 Binoculars on bushnell.com, where you can also find a local dealer. Starting from about $100.