Polaris Optics Spectator Binoculars Review
- DIMENSIONS: 5.9 X 5.7 X 2.6 INCHES
- WEIGHT: 1.4 POUNDS
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 1.4 POUNDS
- MANUFACTURER: POLARIS
- FIELD OF VIEW: 362FT/1000 YDS
- FIELD ANGLE: 6.9 DEGREES
- EXIT PUPIL DIAMETER: 4
- OBJECTIVE LENS DIAMETER: 32 MM
- EYE CUPS TYPE: TWIST UP
- EYE RELIEF: 14.8MM
- MAGNIFICATION: 8X
- PRISM TYPE: BAK-4, ROOF
- LENS COATING: FULLY MULTI-COATED
- CLOSE FOCUSING DISTANCE: 3 M
- SUITABLE FOR: BIRD WATCHING
- COMES WITH: NYLON MESH CARRYING CASE, LENS COVER, NON-ABRASIVE MICROFIBER LENS CLEANING CLOTH
- WARRANTY: LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY ALSO 30 DAYS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
- OUR RATING: 4.7 OUT OF FIVE STARS
- PRICE GUIDE: $70+
Perhaps during the course of your birding adventures you need to lean in a little bit closer, to see the actions of our feathered friends, but you don’t really want to haul around a leaden weight with you, and you don’t quite need to summon up all the strength of say, the Hubble telescope in order to look at some nesting starlings.
What you want is a high quality pair of binoculars, but in a slightly lower price range than the Polaris Wideviews. Well, the Polaris company offers the Polaris Optics Spectator Binoculars that come with a lifetime guarantee. In short, you are looking for a reliable set of binoculars for less than $100, and Beach Baby is here to help you decide whether these might fit the bill.
Compact High Quality Birding / Gaming / Outdoor Sports Binoculars
So, what exactly do we have here? Well, at only $69+ these are comfortably under budget for those seeking the less-than-$100 price tag. Now we know that, of course, there are plenty of other binoculars out there that still cost less than this pair, and in some cases, by a considerable amount.
However, they are not all as high quality as these binoculars. If what you are looking for is a fine balance of quality, with a good sturdy feel to boot, then we think this set fills the bill, nicely.
Durable, Easy Grip Binoculars
They have a pleasingly decent grip on them, and will not slip easily from your hands. We have it on good authority from actual buyers who have used them, that they are pretty tough, and have withstood the odd calamity here and there. Obviously, you don’t want to go about dropping them, but should they meet with the occasional tumble, it ought not be the end of the world.
What we liked about this pair of binoculars, was the mixture of high resolution image, with a degree of compactness, that meant they could be utilized singlehandedly. This may be important to anyone using these aboard a boat for example, where you may need a hand to steady yourself, as well as handle your binoculars (or any other situation where it may be useful to need only one hand to hold the binoculars).
Lightweight And Perfect For Birding
Because using them is not some sort of weight lifting event, these may be more suitable for the smaller or lighter person, a pensioner or someone more petite, possibly even a child.
They are also perfect for more casual use – slip them on and slip them off. They don’t weigh a ton, and can be carried around the neck without being cumbersome or uncomfortable. They should also fit into larger sized pockets and medium sized purses and bags.
At 1.4 pounds they are not feather light, and certainly smaller pairs exist if you really want them, but they are definitely portable.
In terms of performance, these are pretty impressive. You can quickly flip from the wide angled view, to locate an individual bird in a flock.
Eyeglass wearers seem satisfied that these are compatible with their spectacles and vision needs, as we all know some binoculars are not so great for people with glasses.
Great For Close Ups
Whether you are using these to watch birds at the beach this summer, or just in your backyard, these offer great close ups for the wearer.
So what is the difference between this and the more expensive sideview set? Well, obviously, this pair is smaller and lighter, and generally more compact. These will slip more easily into a pocket or small handbag. Of course, from a technical point of view, they are not exactly the same. Also, these do not claim to be fog-proof like the other wideview binoculars.
Comfortable Neck Strap
This pair of Polaris Optics Spectator Binoculars comes with a comfortable neck strap. They also fit comfortably around the eyes. Adjusting them is quick and easy, and you don’t feel like you need an instruction manual in order to be able to achieve a perfect view.
Are there any gripes about them? Well, one or two people think that they aren’t quite as light as they might have liked. This is probably just a personal reaction, and certainly can’t be blamed on the product, as the weight is listed. In comparison to the more high powered binoculars, these still score pretty high on the portability scale.
Overall, how do we feel about the Polaris Optics Spectators? Would we recommend them? The key to this is to see what the consensus of the people who have bought them think. With an average feedback score of 4.7 out of five stars, this is an encouraging sign that most people are highly satisfied with these binoculars.
Generally, people think that they focus clearly with a nice crisp view, and do it quickly too! They combine a sturdy feel with being just light enough not to strain your neck when wearing them.
With a limited lifetime warranty, the manufacturers are pretty sure you will love them too!