The 25-125x80 Gladiator Zoom Binocular from Barska is designed for long distance terrestrial and astronomical viewing. The expansive variable magnification range of the binocular allows the viewer to scan a large field of view and then zoom in on the selected object for a closer and greater detailed look. A zoom thumb-lever for making quick and smooth magnifications is featured. Fold-down eyecups are incorporated into the eyepieces for comfort viewing with or without eyeglasses.
The 25-125x80 Gladiator Zoom binocular has BAK4 porro prisms and multicoated optics. Zoom magnification, large green tinted objective lenses, shock-absorbing rubber armor, and a braced-in tripod mounting post for a steady view, contribute to a binocular that's ideal for astronomical or long distance terrestrial viewing.
|Eye Piece System||Straight|
|Close Focus (ft/m)||82/25 (ft/m)|
|Eye Relief||13.3 mm|
|Exit Pupil||25x: 3.2 mm - 125x: 64 mm|
|Field of View (ft@1000yds/m@1000m)||54.98@25x - 23.56@125x|
|Product Weight (lbs)||71 oz|
|Included Accessories||Carrying Case, Lens Covers, Tripod Adaptor, Neck Strap and Lens Cloth|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
I bought them wanting 125 magnification, but it is just not there. I closely compared them with my 20x75 spotting scope, because i did not believe they were 125 mag. I think they are 70 maybe 75 mag. at best. I knew about them being hard to focus with a narrow field of view at high magnification based on reviews. Due to them not having the advertized magnification I gave them 3 stars. However as a pair of 25x80 with some good zoom to about 40 to 45 I would rate them as 5 star quality. I looked online for 25x80 binoculars. I found only one and they were 400 + $. I would highly recommend
theses binoculars as 25x80+ only. Good Viewing
I have other long distance binoculars. I have had these for over a year now, and they have become my favorite. I use them 3 or more times a week. I live in the mountains of southeastern San Diego County. Long distance viewing is a hobby of mine.
I have changed my rating from 3 to 5 stars. I stated that they were not 125 magnification, that is not so! These are excellent Bino's for there price. You must get used to them. There is a learning curve, and a little practice is necessary. As the magnification gets higher the exit pupal's ( points of light in the center of the eye piece ) get smaller, even tinny. Double image is caused by the misalignment of your pupal and the exit pupal of the bino's, but practice makes perfect. If you receive a pair that at base magnification of 25x have a double image that you can't get rid of, return them they are out of collimation. I so enjoy the variable magnification. I made a magnification chart using a factor of 7.150.
Once you get used them you will enjoy the also. Have a good view.
Did modest research before purchasing these. As is often the case, I read reviews which were both positive & negative. After the first few uses it seems this was a good purchase. You typically get what you pay for and these are no exception. Really good viewing, focus takes a little finesse but not too difficult to master. Definitely requires a tripod. I would recommend getting a built-in tripod mount for any large binocs and steer away from the 'add-on' tripod mounts....they're heavy and need proper stabilization.
125 magnification is a sales hype. It is there but you to fiddle allot to get it. Zoom is a misleading term.Zoom should be understood to mean variable magnification.When you increase magnification you lose field of view and light.That is just a fact in binocular optics. The Barska 25-125x80 that I own are good to 55x after that you I have to start fiddling with focus issues. The optics are clear and sharp to 115x, once in focus.A point I would like to make is this. You will not find a 25x80, barska makes 30x, you can buy a 40x for $3000, you want 50x, not in a binocular. Imagine looking through a fixed mag. binocular, and seeing something of interest,and wishing you dad more power. Well with these you have it at your finger tips.These are well worth having.
Pros: Access to variable magnification.
Cons: Magnification indicator hard to see.