Product code: 13070108503761
Design was a key area of focus for Viking during the development of the ED binoculars. They incorporate an open hinge design with a narrow body (136mm x 129mm), meaning they are practical to hold even with one hand operation. The gently textured rubber wrap around body provides excellent grip regardless of the conditions required for use. Ergonomic thumb rests strategically placed underneath the body, make the binoculars comfortable and natural to hold even when viewing for long periods of time. A large, centrally positioned and grooved focus wheel allows for quick and easy access focusing, even when wearing gloves. The binoculars are constructed from an ultra light weight magnesium alloy, making them 30% lighter when compared with binoculars made from traditional alloys. The body is fully rubber armoured to help protect the internal optics. The rubber armouring accommodates for a good degree of protection when using the binoculars in demanding terrain. There are twist up eye cups which offer varying levels of height, allowing uncompromised use of the binoculars even when wearing spectacles. Purpose built external lugs allow for the attachment of a neck (included) or wrist strap allowing for extra comfort during prolonged use. Finally, a dedicated tripod socket enables the binoculars to be attached (with use of an L mount) to any tripod if you should require steadier viewing. Functionality One of the main functional features of the binocular is their Viking Oilphobic lens coatings. This type of coating helps the lenses to counter water, dirt and general grease build up. Due to the nature of the Oilphobic protective coating, cleaning and care of the lenses is especially easy as dirt and water find it difficult to settle and solidify on the lens surface and can therefore be easily wiped away. The other key functional feature of the binocular is their extra low dispersion ED glass. As a result of this specialist type of glass, light transmission has been proven to be significantly greater over more traditional types of lens glass. The ED glass gives a brighter and crisper image, especially when using the binoculars in poorly lit conditions. Furthermore, colour rendition and contrast is also greatly improved, giving the viewer a natural and lifelike image of their chosen subject. The 8x42 model, which enlarges a subject by 8x, is the most popular level of magnification and combined with the 42mm objective lenses, gives the binocular the perfect equilibrium between magnification and light transmission. 8x magnification also provides a wide field of view (7.8 degrees) for fatigue free viewing. Another functional innovation built into the binoculars is their centrally located locking dioptre adjustment ring. The locking mechanism prevents any accidental adjustment of the dioptre. Finally, the binoculars are 100% waterproof (field tested) and are nitrogen gas purged which prevents any level of internal fogging, making them excellent performers in damp or wet conditions.