The Swarovski Optik 58131 10×30 CL Companion compact waterproof binoculars feature enhanced optical coatings and delivers crystal clear images. With an ergonomic design, easy to handle, non-slip focusing wheel and eyecups that can be individually adjusted, this device by Swarovki is one of the leading models of binoculars on the market. Also included is a limited lifetime warranty on all optical components and a ten year guarantee on the mechanics of the Companion. This type of extensive coverage will definitely give consumers who hesitate to purchase due to the steep price tag, a gentle nudge towards a product that will last them for several years to come.
If you’re a bit of a daredevil when it comes to finding the best birding spots, then an extensive warranty is essential. Even if you’re careful, dropping your binoculars can happen. These delicate instruments can need to be realigned if this happens and it can be a costly problem if it’s not covered under warranty.
Swarovski Optik Prism Binocular Product Design and Features
Compact, lightweight and very reliable, you can use this model that’s equipped 373 feet/124M field of view to get the clearest images while out in the wild. With the device’s eight times magnification, you’ll enjoy a steady and smooth viewing experience. Weighing in at only two and a half pounds, with dimensions of 6 x 8 x 8 inches, this model can be comfortably used for hours on end.
Materials & Construction
This Swarovski model’s twist-in eye cups are made out of allergy tested material. The roof prisms and P coating work to eliminate aberrations and color fringing in order to promote maximum contract and color fidelity. Each lens has been coated with Swarobright, Swarodur and Swarotop, which are designed to enhance optical quality, viewing accuracy and light transmission.
Because this model is waterproof and fog-proof you can go birding in any type of weather. Waterproofing is also essential for birders who enjoy sighting on the beach or lake or for those individuals who live in an area that experiences a high amount of rainfall throughout the year.
Other Birding Supplies
Birdwatching requires more supplies than a good pair of binoculars. In order to enjoy the best birding experience possible, you need a collection of supplies that can prepare you for sighting and identifying rare birds in a wide variety of habitats.
Birding can be a year round hobby, depending on where you live. A wide variety of species inhabit forests, mudflats and suburban areas. Whether you enjoy traveling into nature or attracting wild birds to your backyard, there are a few pieces of key gear that can maximize your viewing experience.
First, get a field guide. Field guides contain extensive information on local and rare birds, their habitats, behaviors, photos and plumage patterns.
A smartphone is a handy tool you can use to download field guides, and birdwatching spots. Smartphones are also equipped with GPS which is important to have if you’re birding in a forest or other type of unfamiliar territory.
Depending on where you’ll be birding you may also want to bring a lounge chair and one you can sit in comfortably for several hours on end.
Spotting scopes are optional, but are devices that are commonly used by people who enjoy birding in mudflats or hawking. Scopes have a reputation for allowing the user to sight and ID birds that cannot be identified with binoculars. These devices provide impressively clear and sharp images and can be handy in rural or heavy coverage areas. A major downside of scopes is the high price tag and the fact that most models require the use of a tripod for viewing stability. Lugging around this extra equipment can be inconvenient if you’re hiking to different birding spots.
Bring a small notebook or journal to take notes and keep track of all the birds you’ve identified or had trouble identifying. Also be sure to document the areas you’re birding in, especially if there is a ton of activity in that particular area.
Birding photography is pretty popular these days and it can really compliment any birding experience by providing you with memories of your trip and snapshots of some of the rare birds you’ve sighted.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Features a thin, compact bridge
- Very comfortable to hold and carry around
- Has non-slip rubber coating
- Very durable
- Good price-to-value ratio
- Some consumers noted that the focus wheel has some play in it, which can be pretty common with models in this price range. The optics are described as very good, but for some the price was too steep for the quality offered.
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