The Boating Forum - Gyro Binoculars-Is 16x40 okay for spotting fins?

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03-30-2006, 07:19 PM
I was searching the internet for gyro stabilized binoculars and found two sets made by NewCon. Both are 16x40 and and are gyro stabilized.

The price is certainly better than Fijinons and Fraser-Volpe. ($2,500 - $3,000)

The question is, is the 16x40 magnification suitable for fishing. I plan to use these on the boat, in California looking for fins, specifically Marlin and Broadbill?

Has anyone used the NewCon binoculars at all?

My brother has the Fraser-Volpe. These work great but cost $5,000.00.

03-30-2006, 08:36 PM
A 16x binocular is a prett powerful magnification and will give you a very narrow field of view. The difference in price may be due to the more expensive binoculars having wide angle lenses that give you a larger field of view at a given magnification. Even so, the field of view is still small. Of course, I don't know much about spotting fins with binoculars because I have never been fishing for surface fish like that. I use a 6x for spotting squirrels when I go hunting, you would probably be happy with something between 8x and 12x.

03-30-2006, 09:40 PM
I recently bought 12X32 Fujinon Techno-Stabi's from Consumer Marine Electronics (base on a THT post). $448! I am VERY pleased... on my last three fishing trips we've been able to spot birds diving on glass minnows that we would never have seen w/o the stabilized binos. Result, 32 Red's in the boat from 34-40" (all released). A LOT of fun. The bino's eat batteries pretty quickly... plan on 4-6 AA's per trip but WOW! what a difference over my Fujinon 7X50's.

I don't have experience w/$5000 bino's ... my (not cheap) 12X32's are getting the job done. Tom.

First Light
03-30-2006, 09:58 PM
16x40 gyro-stabilized binoculars made by Fujinon are the best of the best in every day gyro-stabilized binoculars unless you want to purchase the very best which are gyro-stabilized Fijinon's that cost +/- $25.000.00.

NewCon? Who knows? You pays your money and you takes your chances with a company that no one has heard of.

03-31-2006, 12:30 AM
16x magnification is too much for marine use, 10-12x is maximum recommended. I have 12x40 military stabiscopes and that's more than enough. The 14x40 techno stabis are excellent as well and are true Fujinons, where the 12x32 technostabis are not, just the lens are. I had a pair and they are very cheaply made, uncomfortable, and have an insufficient field of view, they are usually marketed as Seabowlds and sold thru west marine as cheaply as $399. You get what you pay for. Keep an eye out on eBay for the 14x40 technostabis and you can occasionally get one for around $650-$700 used.

03-31-2006, 09:39 AM
Really depends on an honest evaluation. The Canon stabilized bino's I got are only 10 x 30 and work excellent for me, but I'm on the Potomac just wanting to read a boat name or day marker up the river. My dinky 20 footer rocks and rolls in the chop but these seem to adapt to repetitive motion really well. I only spent 280 bucks for mine, on sale from a photo shop in the area. You can probably find em for slightly more or used slightly less. At any rate for my use, I can drop them over the side, and get another pair without too much pain, couldn't say the same if I were butterfingering a pair that was ten times as expensive 2800, and I would be scared as H E double hockey pucks to handle the exotics.... Check around and see if you can't borrow a pair for your evaluation.


03-31-2006, 01:25 PM
Any thougts on the Nikon IS binocs?

03-31-2006, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll contact NewCon and see if there is a west coast distributor that will lend me a pair for a trial.


03-31-2006, 02:02 PM
I don't know where maxadvance is coming from - I'm diggin' my 12X40 Techno-stabis.

Super nice on a rocking boat in the Chesapeake - waterproof, easy on batteries.

03-31-2006, 04:46 PM
The 12x40's are true Fujinons as well, it's the 12x32's that I have an issue with

First Light
03-31-2006, 08:54 PM
The Nikons' are made for Nikon by Fujinon. They are cheaper price wise, and a good buy. :thumbsup:

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