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Gadget Bag: Compact Binoculars

10x25 sport optics provide high power in a camera bag-friendly size

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Celestron Nature DX 10x25
The Celestron Nature DX 10x25s weigh 12.1 ounces, with a polycarbonate frame and multistep twist-up eyecups. The binoculars use a BaK-4 prism with phase coating and multicoated optics. The Nature DX are waterproof, providing a field of view of 315 feet at 1,000 yards, with a 6.5-foot close focus. Celestron's Cypress 10x25s weigh 11.9 ounces, with a polycarbonate frame and twist-up eyecups. With a BaK-4 reverse porro prism and multicoated optics, the binoculars are waterproof and fogproof, with a field of view of 283 feet at 1,000 yards and a 9.8-foot close focus. www.celestron.com

Humvee HMV-B-10x25B
The 5.6-ounce Humvee HMV-B-10x25B sport optics have a roof prism with antireflective red glass lenses. A black rubber coating ensures a firm grip. They provide a field of view of 304 feet at 1,000 yards, with a 13-foot close focus. www.humvee.com

The Leica Trinovid BCAs feature a water-resistant aluminum body with nonslip rubber armor that houses a phase-coated roof prism with HDC-coated optics for color fidelity and contrast. A folding mechanism makes the binoculars particularly compact. At 9 ounces, the BCAs provide a field of view of 273 feet at 1,000 yards, with a 16.4-foot close focus. us.leica-camera.com

The 12.7-ounce Leupold BX-1 Rogue binoculars use an ergonomic armor-coated, waterproof body to protect the BaK-4 porro-prism design. The lens system is fully multicoated and provides a 14.10-foot close focus with twist-up eyecups. www.leupold.com

Minox's BV binoculars weigh 9.14 ounces, with an aluminum body and rubber armor. With a roof prism and multicoated optics, they're fully sealed against dirt, waterproof down to 9.8 feet, and nitrogen-filled for fogproofing and corrosion-resistance. The BVs have a field of view of 290 feet at 1,000 yards, with a 4.9-foot close focus. www.minox.com

Nikon Aculon A30;
The Nikon ACULON A30 sport optics weigh 9.7 ounces, with a dual-hinge fold-up design, rubber-coated grip and rubber eyecups. The roof-prism model features multicoated Eco-Glass lenses and provides a field of view of 262 feet at 1,000 yards and 9.8-foot close focus. nikonsportoptics.com

Pentax DCF SW
The 10.6-ounce Pentax DCF SWs use a roof prism with phase and super-reflective coatings, and multicoated optics. The dual-hinge, rubber-covered body has a helicoid eyepiece ring with four click stops and is both fogproof and waterproof down to 3 feet, with a field of view of 261 feet at 1,000 yards. www.us.ricoh-imaging.com

Weighing 9.87 ounces, the Orros 1025 binoculars by Vanguard use a BaK-4 prism and multicoated lenses for sharp detailed viewing. The nonslip rugged body with an offset focus wheel is O-ring-sealed and nitrogen-charged to be waterproof and fogproof, providing an 8.2-foot close focus. www.vanguardworld.com

Zeiss Victory Compact 10x25 T*
The 8.8-ounce Zeiss Victory Compact 10x25 T* sport optics use a dielectrically coated Schmidt-Pechan roof prism and T* multilayer lens coatings. The shockproof rubber armor protects the nitrogen-filled 100% waterproof body. A LotuTec coating covers the lens and eyepiece for water- and dust-resistance. The optics provide a field of view of 285 feet at 1,000 yards, with a 13.12-foot close focus. www.zeiss.com/sports-optics

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