by Joe Gorman
We were really impressed with the clarity of this glass and low light performance.
We rely on binoculars quite a bit around the old Gorman ranch. I am constantly on Coyote watch and I really don't want to mistake a neighbor's dog for Wiley Coyote, so I need some clear glass with good resolution. We also tend to stare at the moon through a 20-year old pair of Leupold 10 power binocs. I can tell my kids all about the Apollo missions
When I take binoculars into the woods they help me glass an area to ensure there are no other hunters/dogs/deer et cetera entering into my coyote ambush area. They also help me peer into low light woodlands and see what I can't otherwise see with my naked eyeballs. On travels out west, a pair of binoculars that can resolve color detail is invaluable in seeing prairie dogs in overcast conditions. Those buggers blend in really well in overcast conditions.
So while I'm by no means a binocular snob, I am rather particular with respect to the ability of a pair of binoculars to resolve low light detail, to transmit accurate colors and to display clearly so that the details visible on the moon are visible to me. The adjustment of the diopter is important to my old eyes and these Legends feature a much-welcomed locking diopter.
We just returned from South Dakota and we took along the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 binoculars. I also used the Bushnell Deluxe Binocular harness to keep the binoculars from slap, slap, slapping me in the chest with every step. The Legend 10x42 binoculars ended up being my constant companion on this trip as I spent a considerable amount of time playing scout to my buddy from high school who hasn't been hunting in 20-years.
These binoculars provided a crisp image and proved capable of transmitting true colors so I could easily see prairie dogs at 300-yards even in light cloud cover. RainGuard HD, Bushnell's patented permanent water-repellent coating came in handy too as we arrived in light rain and the binoculars proved no less the worse for wear.
As a reference piece of glass, you'll never mistake these Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42s for a pair of Zeiss Victories, or Bushnell Elites for that matter. On the other hand, you will pay under $300 (street price) for these and they will definitely get the job done. So if you can't pony up the $3k for the Zeiss glass, stick with these.