A couple months ago, my wife Leah and I ventured out west to experience Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier National Park regions. I had reached out to my friends at Steiner Optics, who were kind enough to send out their Peregrine 10x42 bird watching binoculars for us to test in the field. We toured the Grand Tetons, searching for bird life for a few days, eventually running into a storm that seemed to ground all wildlife. So, we set off north to Yellowstone, where the weather had cleared and we got busy finding 12 red-tailed hawks, 1 red-shouldered hawk, 7 adult bald eagles, 1 osprey, 7 swans (a swimmin’), and oodles of ducks.
Steiner Optics’ Peregrine 10x42 Binoculars are known as ‘The Birder’s Binocular,’ and they’re outfitted with 10X magnification, 42mm objective lens, 326 feet at 1000 yards field of view, and a distance control system. After 10-15 minutes of playing around with the Peregrines, I fell in love with the ease of focus and how sharp the 3D images were returned. I’ve used many brands of binoculars but Steiner’s Peregrine 10x42’s are my favorite, mainly due to the sheer quality of the visuals, but also because the build is high quality, the glass is awesome and crisp and clear, and because of how high-contrast and bright the images are.
The 10x magnification reveals greater long-distance detail, which is a particular feature that brings me the greatest joy, because it opens up my ability to see more from farther away. So, when I am stuck to the main roads and dedicated trails in Yellowstone or on a kayak going along an Ohio river, I can still birdwatch with optimal versatility. The focus is rated to be razor-sharp as close as 2 yards away, so even when I’m hiking, I can spot nearby birds and enjoy an image so close and sharp as if I’m sitting next to them. After much testing, I have nothing negative to say and no constructive criticism. These are awesome binoculars that I will continue to take on may adventures for years and decades to come. The only issue I came across was that when attaching the strap to them, the plastic clip broke, but their customer service is awesome and took care of it with relative ease.
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(Eagle photo by lens-cap via Flickr)