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    Compass Binoculars

    .. do they work well? Any recommendations?

    My cycling habit has grown a new pastime, in which I notice features in the distance - a distinctive hill, a tower perhaps - then I try to work out what it is when I return home, using Google Earth or Maps. I have a relatively inexpensive compass acquired recently from Amazon that I've used for this, but the results can be a bit variable - it's difficult to know if you're holding it level when you're squinting through it and if you aren't, the compass wheel can stick.

    Any advice welcome, thanks.

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    Compass Binoculars

    You need a sighting compass. You also need to take into account the magnetic declination (https://www.magnetic-declination.com...ions.php?cc=GB)
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    Thanks - I do have a sighting compass. I'm interested in compass binoculars..

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    Anyone I know who sails or has a boat has a pair of compass binos, very useful though I'm not sure if cheap and cheerful one's are up to scratch re accuracy, or the ability to read the compass in low light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    Thanks - I do have a sighting compass. I'm interested in compass binoculars..
    I used Steiner Commander when I was sailing but they would be very much overkill, not to mention bulk and weight
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    I've recently acquired a monocular with a built in compass having been impressed by its utility when sailing with some friends and using theirs. I already have enough binoculars for my needs and so a monocular was a cheaper and more compact option. Mine happens to be the Celestron Octereana 8 x 42, but the same thing appears with all sorts of names (including Plastimo) and so a little shopping around may find a bargain.

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    I would go with PickleB's suggestion for your purposes.

    I use these but they are substantial https://www.marinechandlery.com/byno...-50-binoculars

    These are the predecessor https://www.marinechandlery.com/byno...nc-uk-delivery

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    I've had a pair of the Fujinon 7x50s for maybe 20 years. Indestructible (and they do take a bit of a battering on the boat), good optics IMHO, compass works really well (as long as you aren't near any big ferrous objects), and, allegedly they float. I've never thrown them overboard to check that though.

    https://www.astroshop.eu/instruments...e&utm_content=

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASW1 View Post
    I would go with PickleB's suggestion for your purposes.

    I use these but they are substantial https://www.marinechandlery.com/byno...-50-binoculars

    These are the predecessor https://www.marinechandlery.com/byno...nc-uk-delivery
    I got my monocular for 40 on eBay about a year ago. At the time that was the lowest price and other offering were all 50+. I've had a look today and find that mostly they're out of stock or very much more expensive. It could be that Covid has interrupted the supply or the manufacturer has ceased making that model. That's not much help to the OP, I'm afraid.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, appreciate the advice.

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