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Gee, That Seems Heavy

I’m shopping on Amazon for some binoculars to take with us on vacation. I’m looking for that perfect combination of great field of vision, easy focus, and not too heavy. Oh, and cheap. So I find a pair that has potential, and I scroll down to see if they’ve listed the weight. It says the following:

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 3.5 x 8.2 inches ; 38.0 pounds
Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds.

Okay, so lets say that in some universe you could take product dimensions (in inches) and convert it to pounds…38 pounds seems a little heavy to me. I think after 10 seconds of viewing my arms would be aching. And let’s not even talk about how much your neck would hurt after wearing them for 10 minutes. And let’s not talk about how heavy it would make your luggage to carry 38 pound binoculars around.

I wanted to get night vision binoculars, but those are WAAAAAAY too expensive. I will just have to be happy with regular ones. Maybe some that are a couple of pounds lighter, though.

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  1. Jerry

     /  March 28, 2006

    I have an old monocular I use, 1/2 the weight and size. I have no idea if they are still around.. fyi Jerry

  2. Jody

     /  March 29, 2006

    So it’s only 19 pounds? that’s still a little heavy, don’t you think?

    They do still sell them, by the way. Do you recommend them over binoculars? I have never used one.

  3. Jerry

     /  March 29, 2006

    Use monocular when out walking around and need limited weight. They are ok, gets the job done. Try them out somewhere, make sure you are confident in closing one eye etc..