The Carl Zeiss Conquest HD 10×42 binoculars are a nice step up from past models produced by this manufacturer. The binocular’s smooth matte finish with soft grip makes them a more comfortable model that can easily be used for hours on end. Designed for high visibility in order to view wildlife out in the thick brush, these binoculars are by far the most popular model to date and include a number of impressive features that will have you ordering your pair ASAP in order to get them in time for your next adventure. Keep in mind that if you have difficulty focus on spotting a bird when you first start using these binoculars that it’s pretty common, especially if you’re new to birding. Read the user’s manual before using in order to learn how to correctly adjust the binoculars for the best viewing experience.
Carl Zeiss Conquest Binoculars Product Overview and Top Features
The Carl Zeiss Conquest binoculars rated well with consumers thanks to the impressive resolution. This model gives birdwatchers the ability to enjoy a full-sized high quality pair of binoculars at an affordable price. The Conquest is also considerably lighter than other models. Featuring 18 MM of eye relief, this model is perfect for user’s who wear glasses. Waterproof, this pair is coated with the Lotu Tec water repellent coating.
These binoculars include a lifetime warranty and a five year no fault policy. This policy is a must-have and covers the cost of repairs for binoculars that have become damaged during normal use, or total replacement of the product if the damage is extensive. This policy is for original owners only and is not transferrable. To qualify for this policy the buyer will need to register with Zeiss within two months of purchase.
These binoculars come in a variety of magnifications. This waterproof model was specially designed for hunters, but it can also be used by individuals who need a high quality pair of binoculars while observing wildlife, or when hiking or sightseeing.
The Zeiss Conquest HD Performance out in the Field
Make sure you always use a neck strap, but avoid carrying your binoculars around by the strap. The strap is what keeps the binoculars safely around your neck, against the chest and makes them easily accessible. Some birdwatchers prefer to use a binocular harness. A harness uses straps across the back and over the shoulders and works by distributing the weight of the binoculars evenly.
Magnification & Focusing
Begin using the Conquest by adjusting the distance between the barrels so they’re positioned at the right width for your eyes. If you adjust them too closely together or too far apart you’ll see the edges of the binoculars in the field of view. The correct spacing means your view should be a perfect circle. Next, you’ll need to pick something to focus on such as the sky, a dark tree branch, overhead wire or a street sign. Focus by turning the central wheel and remember to keep both eyes open.
When it comes to fine focusing, use only your left eye, closing your right eye as you adjust the focus wheel. Then, use the dioptre adjustment and close your left eye and bring the view into sharp focus. Open both of your eyes and see if the focus is sharp and clear. If the image is still not clearly focused then you’ll need to repeat these steps and make small adjustments.
If your eyes feel strained when looking through the binoculars or if you get a headache, there may be an issue with the binoculars. If the binoculars are out of alignment, the manufacturer will be happy to service the optics.
A common problem that most birdwatchers encounter is having trouble getting their binoculars pointed directly at the bird. This can be an issue even if the bird is sitting still. In order to overcome this problem look with your naked eyes and find a distant tree or bright leaf and lock your eyes onto it. Without removing your eyes from the focal point, bring the binoculars to your eyes and into alignment. Practicing binocular alignment really works and can make it easier to find birds when using your Conquest.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Very comfortable to hold
- Small form-factor
- They feature lockable twist up eye cups
- Excellent for users with glasses
- Lightweight and durable glass-fiber construction with rubber armour
- Very easy to use
- The hinge that controls the optical tubes, allowing the user to move them in order to adjust the interpupillary distance is often sticky or stiff.
- When the user applies the right amount of force to adjust the hinge it gives too suddenly, causing it to move more than you intended.
- The mechanism that controls the adjustment of the eyecups allows you to place them in four different positions that lock in place with detents. These detents require strong hands to contract or extend the eyecups in the desired positions. Which results in the user being unable to extend the eyecups properly. Another issue involves the lens covers. The covers can become easily dislodged and they’re designed to engage the neck strap which makes replacing or removing the covers feel somewhat clumsy.
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