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Meopta Optika HD 8×42 Binoculars: Our Overview

These snug, well-constructed binoculars ship a brilliant, colourful picture that loses some sharpness on the edges. We rated them a Stable Alternative.

At A Look

gray/green binoculars with black eye rings, ends and focus wheel
Meopta Optika HD 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Marc Devokaitis.


  • Stable building
  • Snug, no-nonsense aesthetics 
  • Vibrant picture with good distinction


  • Noticeable softness on the edges of the picture


  • Worth: $450 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so test with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed as 8.2 ft (250 cm). In checks, we might focus these binoculars all the way down to about 7.6 ft (230 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 7.5° (394 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 27.4 oz (776 g)—that’s about 1.7 oz (47 g) heavier than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our assessment
  • Eye reduction: 17 mm

Viewing Expertise: We loved birding with these snug and solid-feeling binoculars, although we did discover some softness on the edges of the picture. Watching a feeder at a distance of greater than 150 yards, the comparatively tiny patch of rose-pink on a male Home Finch flashed clearly and brightly. With a horde of American Goldfinches at a a lot nearer feeder, on a February morning, we loved seeing the primary hints of approaching spring within the brightening of the males’ yellow plumage and even one or two black cap feathers molting in. The picture distinction made it simple to understand the various tones of grey, brown, buff, and yellow on show. Nonetheless, when shifting the binoculars simply sufficient to shift a hen from the center of the view to the sting, we observed the picture shedding sharpness. These binoculars have a large discipline of view, however this edge blur makes it really feel narrower. When learning one hen at a time this received’t be a lot of a difficulty, however when making an attempt to understand a flock or watch a fast-moving hen it could compromise your viewing a bit.

Really feel and Construct: These binoculars are solidly constructed, snug, and nicely detailed. The eyecups and focus wheel are black with olive-green barrels, coated in a fine-grained, grippy however mushy armoring. The main target wheel is agency however with a gradual, reliable movement. The eyecups click on satisfyingly into three positions. In accordance with the producer, the eyecups are steel and the body is product of a magnesium alloy—a light-weight and sturdy mixture. The neck strap might virtually be referred to as luxurious, with a protracted, huge, thick, padded strap that attaches with quick-release buckles.

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full assessment of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

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