Binoculars & scopes
8x42 binoculars: the most versatile binoculars
8x42 binoculars are medium-sized binoculars. These binoculars have a magnification factor of 8 and an objective diameter of 42 mm. The higher the number of this diameter, the more light will be captured and the brighter the image will be. 8x42 binoculars thus provide you with a clear image in poor light conditions.
8x42 binoculars are perfect when looking for birds or during a safari. All because they provide you with a steady image and a large field of view. As such they are perfect when following moving objects. Following a bird in the sky? With 8x42 binoculars it will be a piece of cake. Binoculars with a magnification factor of less than 8 would not allow you to get close enough to see the bird properly.
The objective diameter of 42 also influences the weight and the dimensions of the binoculars. In general the following applies: the higher the objective diameter, the larger and heavier the binoculars. 8x42 binoculars, however, are still compact and light enough to carry in your bag during your outdoor adventures.
8x42 binoculars provide you with a wide field of view. To observe a bird in the sky you need a wide field of view, otherwise you will quickly lose sight of it. The field of view depends on the magnification, but also the construction of the binoculars. For 8x42 binoculars a field of view of approximately 130 meters at 1000 meters is good and a field of view of approximately 140 meters is really good.
The best 8x42 binoculars
What the best 8x42 binoculars are depends, of course, on the situation. After all, when you go hunting you have different demands than when you go hiking. Popular binoculars in this category are the Eden 8x42 binoculars, the Swarovski 8x42 binoculars and the Leica 8x42 binoculars.