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Old 08-05-2018, 02:02 PM
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i wasn’t sure where to post so figured be safe and go dockside. I have always wanted a pair of Steiner binoculars but price usually kept me from pulling the trigger since I always had a couple of pairs of good hunting binoculars and inherited my fathers matching pair to mine. I didn’t want to risk using or ruining either of those since they aren’t really for marine use.
Some random post on here sparked my interest again and I was able to find a deal on a pair of Warrior 7x30 which are the military issue version of the Military/Marine Binos.
does anyone find the internal compass useful and do you find yourself using or at least making use of the compass bearing being presented on the binoculars?

Im excited to finally receive them as I have always wanted a pair but could never justify it. Now I def need to have a pair in my CC. I keep a cheap pair of Bushnell 10x50 in my blind bag for waterfowl hunting but something as simple as a killer deal on a pair of Steiners has made my day.

What is your experience with them?
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Predator 10x42 have been my go to hunting binocular for years. I would not hesitate to recommend them. Outstanding value
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Steiner is the best low high end binoc. A little pricey but nice.
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I have the Steiner 7x50 marine. Work great and they are priced right for the quality. I didn't get the compass. I wouldn't usr it where I fish.
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7X50 or 8X30? 7X50 probably better for on the water. Well made, I have a set of Military/Marine that have been kept on various boats since the 80s. Still work great. Compass could be useful if you want to take bearings to determine your position. Best thing about the Steiners is that you only have to focus them once. Set them for your eyes and the will stay focused from 30 feet to infinity.
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I have a pair with compass and range finder. Excellent glass. Worth the price.
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I have an old set of 7x50 Military Marine with Compass and ranging reticle, German made in the '80's that I bought surplus sometime in the 90's. They just keep going. Have the floating neckstrap. They are big and heavy and old tech and I'd never use them on a hunt. I've had them in the cold and wet in Alaska, and in the heat in Arizona. Never a fogging problem, never really any problem.

The compass was very useful back in my (pre-GPS) sailing days. Take a bearing to two or three marks and plot your location on the chart. Today it's useful for when you hand the binocs to your mate and say "birds at 327 degrees". They can get right on it and you can direct the boat to 327 to get on the birds. Only other use would be if my MFD and my helm compass both crapped out for some insane reason. Not the greatest for telling your heading but better than nothing I suppose.
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Love the once you set the focus, you never have to do it again. I have both the 7x50 and the 10x50. 7x50 for the boat.
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Steiner makes West Marine Brand Binocs
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Originally Posted by cdrhoek View Post
7X50 or 8X30? 7X50 probably better for on the water. Well made, I have a set of Military/Marine that have been kept on various boats since the 80s. Still work great. Compass could be useful if you want to take bearings to determine your position. Best thing about the Steiners is that you only have to focus them once. Set them for your eyes and the will stay focused from 30 feet to infinity.
I have the cheap o 7x50 Bushnell in my blind bag but the Steiners I bought are the Warrior 7x30.
They seem to be called the Navigator 730c with compass or
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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
Steiner makes West Marine Brand Binocs
where do you get that info from? Steiner would have to make a special one-off casing just for WM since they don’t share any of their tooling for cases. They don’t seem to use floating Porro prisms. About the only thing I can find in similarities is they both use Bak-4 prism glass.

Usually house brands will share the tooling with the name brand with minor cosmetic differences, materials often downgraded, but the styling is generally very close. If you have a pair do they say “Made in Germany”?
Old 08-05-2018, 03:45 PM
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The 8x30 is the best deal going. Under $300 if you shop around. I bought one of the first pairs that came to the US when they opened up a small import office in Hadonfield ,NJ. That had to be 30 years ago. Im on my second pair of 8x30. You can almost see in the dark through them. I lost a pair for a year in a frozen swamp. Found them a year later when the strap hooked on my toe walking into the same tree stand. Washed em off and still use them.
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Originally Posted by DuckBack View Post

where do you get that info from? Steiner would have to make a special one-off casing just for WM since they don’t share any of their tooling for cases. They don’t seem to use floating Porro prisms. About the only thing I can find in similarities is they both use Bak-4 prism glass.

Usually house brands will share the tooling with the name brand with minor cosmetic differences, materials often downgraded, but the styling is generally very close. If you have a pair do they say “Made in Germany”?
Years ago I worked at West Marine. We had to attend "West Marine University" it was a product knowledge training school. In the class they told us about the binoculars. This may have changed now as it was 17 years ago.
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
I have the Steiner 7x50 marine. Work great and they are priced right for the quality. I didn't get the compass. I wouldn't usr it where I fish.
Same here. You can't see chit at about 20 yards but the unlimited focus and clarity is pretty awesome for a set of $200 binocs.
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Originally Posted by phillipgo View Post
Love the once you set the focus, you never have to do it again.
Steiner Mariners are excellent binoculars. Ive had a pair forever. Most who use them are surprised at the clarity
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Originally Posted by JiminAZ View Post
I have an old set of 7x50 Military Marine with Compass and ranging reticle, German made in the '80's that I bought surplus sometime in the 90's. They just keep going. Have the floating neckstrap. They are big and heavy and old tech and I'd never use them on a hunt. I've had them in the cold and wet in Alaska, and in the heat in Arizona. Never a fogging problem, never really any problem.

The compass was very useful back in my (pre-GPS) sailing days. Take a bearing to two or three marks and plot your location on the chart. Today it's useful for when you hand the binocs to your mate and say "birds at 327 degrees". They can get right on it and you can direct the boat to 327 to get on the birds. Only other use would be if my MFD and my helm compass both crapped out for some insane reason. Not the greatest for telling your heading but better than nothing I suppose.
Ive got the same pair. Pricey but very well made.
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I have 7x30c. I don’t really use eyes but wanted a nice pair on board. I got these on sale at defender few years ago. I like the compact size of the 30’s. Easy to toss in a backpack and take with.
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Had a pair of Steiner 7X50's for almost 30 years. They include the lighted compass.

Over 10,000 miles offshore and 28 years of boating and they are still amazing.

But here is the best part. After 25 years the rubber housing that covers the binoculars including the built in lens covers were ragged and one cover had torn off. Additionally my compass light had stopped working.

I sent them back to Steiner for a refurb and in a couple of weeks they came back with a new rubber housing, flaps included, the compass lamp working and best of all the price for service, NO CHARGE.

My family and I are Steiner customers for life.
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Love my Steiner.
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Originally Posted by doradohunter View Post
Years ago I worked at West Marine. We had to attend "West Marine University" it was a product knowledge training school. In the class they told us about the binoculars. This may have changed now as it was 17 years ago.
I researched this quite a bit. The Steiner mariner 7x50 is the same as the west marine 7x50. Only difference is the outside rubber casing is blue and labelled wm for the wm brand.

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