MINOX BV 8X25 BRW com pact binoculars
Compact binoculars exist in a kind of no-man’s land for serious hunters because, no matter how much quality is built in to them, it is impossible to beat the laws of physics which govern any optical instrument which magnifies. All things being equal, when you stop down the diameter of the aperture through which you view a scene, it is necessarily going to be darker – and most hunters want the best performance out of their binoculars in those two magic times, pre-dawn and dusk through to almost darkness, because that is when game is most active and when a hunter can get the drop on them with the aid of good optics.
So let’s assume that these Minox compacts are of high quality. What then, are the uses for a compact binocular for the serious hunter? Several come to mind and include the following:
A hunter is primarily involved in daylight hunting and requires an optic to distinguish distant objects in good light. Weight carried by a rucksack-based hunter in tough terrain is a deciding factor in what can realistically be carried. The old saying “look after the ounces and the pounds look after themselves” is a truism that holds when you are slogging up the tenth hill of the day and still have ten to go.
As a backup pair for the hunter who is not restricted by weight (vehicle-based) and there is a risk of losing or damaging a primary pair of eg 10×42 full-sized binoculars.