Gear Review: Aruba 7X50 binoculars from West Marine

Whether you’re looking for the next mark, the entrance to a strange channel or scanning a mooring field in search of a home for the night, a good pair of binoculars is an essential part of your onboard kit.
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Whether you’re looking for the next mark, the entrance to a strange channel or scanning a mooring field in search of a home for the night, a good pair of binoculars is an essential part of your onboard kit. The Aruba 7X50 binoculars from West Marine have a high-index BAK-4 porro prism that produces a clear and bright image, and the binoculars are nitrogen-filled to prevent fogging up in wet conditions (which, on a boat, is often). The eyepieces are easily adjustable and can twist out from the body, making them comfortable for all kinds of different faces. Main focusing is done by the center knob, with an additional knob on the right ocular for micro tuning. $169.99. West Marine, westmarine.com

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