Sideview. The first “compacts” of Yukon

30.09.2008

     As all binoculars, compact binoculars have their followers and opponents. We can discuss a lot the fact that a desire to reduce the weight and the size of the binocular strikes an optical efficiency (in fact small weight and size rates in compact binoculars are reached by reduction of the size of lens optical diameter first of all), but it’s no doubt that in conditions of stalking the binocular weight should be inversely proportional to a supposed distance.

     Obviously, the weight is regarded as of paramount importance not only by hunters. The compact binoculars are chosen by those who want to have a light device for observation with a good magnification, including tourists (all their army: from the lovers of getting out into nature’s lap to “sightseeing hunters”), ornithologists and etc. And we do not forget the sport fans.

     New, and the first compact at the same time, binoculars Yukon Sideview are presented by 8x21 and 10x21 modifications, and are the typical representatives of daytime optical devices (anyhow, it is problematic to use a compact binocular during deep twilight).

     In Sideview product line there are two options of magnification – 8x and 10x, they are optimal for the binoculars of compact class. On the one hand, the magnification is enough for most targets that mobile observation requires, and on the other hand, having 8-10x magnification a “hand-held” comfortable (I do underline) observation becomes possible, because having higher magnification the observation turns into an agonizing torture at least to catch and freeze the image.
The field of view angles of 8x21 and 10x21 Sideview binoculars are 7 and 6.5 degrees accordingly – they promote effective searching and observation of fast moving objects. In my opinion, “wide angle” feature in optical devices, which are being used in the field, is a necessity same as small size and weight.

     The binoculars have a classical optical scheme (Porro prizm). The distance focusing is central; the lever mechanism of diopter compensation between the eyes is built into the right eyepiece. The 8x21 Sideview as well as 10x21one are less than 200g in weight – you can carry them the all day long, and they are equipped with a comfortable tight case which can be set on the neck or belt strap. The case has an external pocket for casual small things. The binocular in itself has only a little hand strap to carry it on the wrist. 

     In general, the Sideview leaves an impression of a device which has been thought over the fines. A green-and-black body has a soft-touch coating. Benefits of that special discovery appear during the device holding in wet hands - it prevents a slippage. In general design of the body can be characterized by a phrase “the binocular fits hand perfectly”. A beveled rubber eyeshade protects both eyes from the side illumination during the observation (especially it is noticeable in sunny weather, during sunset and sunrise). The lenses of device are covered by thin, rigid, plastic caps. The caps are fixed on the body of device – it is the best way not to lose them. During the observation the caps turn up, and take place in a special “niche” on the body of device. They adjoin the device in the way you stop even noticing them.

     The main specifications of Sideview binoculars have been mentioned, in my opinion. But I want to underline again their utility and comfort during the work. There is a term in English “user-friendly” – that is about the Sideview binocular.

Alexander Smirnov