Features of this binocular . . .
Classic Z-body porro prism design with center focus.
Rugged die-cast body with black rubber armoring to protect the binocular
from accidental bumps. The armor has thumb grooves underneath and two molded ridges on top to
provide a secure and comfortable grip in all temperatures and climates.
Fully multicoated optics for high light transmission.
Costly BaK-4 prisms precision-polished for high contrast as well as high light transmission.
The NatureView Plus 8x42mm has 17mm of usable eye relief, so there will be very little image vignetting for those who must wear eyeglasses when observing.
Rubber eyecups twist up and down for quick changes between eyeglass and non-eyeglass use.
A diopter adjustment on the right eyepiece lets you individually
match the binocular eyepieces precisely to your eyesight for the best view.
Only one and a quarter turns of the comfortably-large ribbed focus knob moves from a good 11’ near focus to infinity.
A tripod adapter socket in the center hinge allows you to mount this
Bushnell on a photo tripod for hands-free observing by using an
optional tripod adapter.
The Bushnell NatureView Plus 8x42mm comes with an eyepiece rainguard, objective lens covers, a padded soft
vinyl case with shoulder strap, and a binocular neck strap.
A note on our eye relief figures: Quite
often, our eye relief figures will differ from those of the
manufacturer. This is because we measure the “usable” eye relief, while
the manufacturers specify their usually-longer (but technically correct)
“designed” eye relief.
The eye lens of the eyepiece is normally
recessed below the rubber eyeguard or rubber rim of the eyepiece to keep
the lens from being scratched during use. An eyepiece might have a
“designed” eye relief of 15mm (and the eye relief will truly measure
15mm from the eye lens to where the image forms). However, if the eye
lens is recessed 3mm below the eye guard, the Ramsden Disk forms only
12mm above the eyepiece body (the 15mm “designed” eye relief, less the
3mm of eye relief made unusable by having the eye lens recessed into the
body of the eyepiece). This “usable” eye relief of 12mm (measured from
the rolled-down eyeguard – the closest point you can get your eye to the
eye lens – to where the image forms) is the eye relief figure we would
measure and list in this website.
Why is it important to list the “usable” eye relief? For
those people who don’t wear eyeglasses while observing, a few mm
difference between the eye relief they expect from the manufacturer’s
literature and the shorter eye relief they actually get in real life
doesn’t mean a lot. They can simply move a little closer to the eyepiece
to see the full field, and never realize that the eye relief is a
little shorter than they expected. However, some people must wear
eyeglasses while observing, because of severe astigmatism. These
observers can’t move closer to the eyepiece if the eye relief is shorter
than expected because their glasses get in the way. For these people,
the real life “usable” eye relief is more important than the technically
correct but sometimes not fully usable “designed” eye relief. We
measure and list the actual usable eye relief so that people in the real
world can pick the eyepieces that will work best for them.