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Recommendation for compact binoculars for glove box? (1 Viewer)

dimitrig

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United States
My regular birding binoculars are Celestron Granite ED 10x50 and Celestron Trailseeker ED 8x42. I have a vacation house and I keep the 10x50 there because I do more observing from inside the house there while I take the 8x42 with me in the field. Both serve me well.

However, sometimes I am traveling or just out and about doing errands when I see a bird or other object that I really want to get a better look at. I usually don’t have my binoculars with me in that instance. I would really like a pair of binoculars I can keep stashed in my glove box for those occasions. I drive a SUV (no trunk) and where I live smash and grab is a problem so it is essential they fit in the glove box.

It is also important to me that they not be super expensive because there is that risk they will be stolen. I guess I would like to stay in the $50 range but I could be convinced to go up to $100 if the optics (or size) are that much better but not too much beyond that.

I don’t know the glove box dimensions but it is a typical size glove box.

Thanks for your suggestions!
 
Its hard to find good optics at that price range, chech these out, they are offering ED Glass and Dielectric coatings.
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I have never tried them but they a offering a lot for $109 after rebate.

Also they are selling these 7x32

 

Binocollector

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Germany
I'd recommend buying used. Maybe one of the "miniature binos" or "skeletonized binos". I have one that is pretty much the same as the Nikon Mikron 6x15. But it is really tiny. They also made a 6x25 with 11.5° FoV which is excellent.
They can be found for good prices. I paid 25€ for the 6x15. It will definitely fit in the glove box.
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6x25 and 6x18 together:
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6x25 in use:
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Foss

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United States
When I think of compacts, I think of pocket binoculars with 20 - 25mm objectives lenses that fold quite tight compared to a standard 8x32.
Is that what you're after?
Whatever you decide, one way to see what's out there would be to jump over to Amazon and search for your size (ie: 10x25 or 8x32) using "lowest price first" function.
Good luck.
Jack
 

GrampaTom

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United States
Smash and grab is a prob. Had it done to my vehicle 2X, including gove box. Had older backup binos stashed under back of front seat, on floor for years. Bad guys figured it out. I miss the functionality you describe. Am forgoing that idea while living here. Get why price comes front and center in your choice. Like know what you decide on.
 

Binocollector

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Germany
Can't go wrong with the Vanquish if you don't need the 50 cm minimum focus distance of the Papilio.
The Vanquish is waterproof which the Papilio is not.
 

dimitrig

Member
United States
I went with the Papilio II 6.5x21 The close focus is a pretty cool feature to add to my arsenal. They are a little more expensive than I want to pay for ideally but we will see how it goes in terms of longevity. Amazon had them for Black Friday for $96 so they just fit inside that $100 price point.

Also, I see that Amazon has the Fujifilm Glimpz 5x21 on sale for $25.99 right now. That also looks like a really good solution for someone concerned about theft. Not nearly as nice as the Papilio, but worth keeping at the office or some other semi-public space.
 
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albie...

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I went with the Papilio II 6.5x21 The close focus is a pretty cool feature to add to my arsenal. They are a little more expensive than I want to pay for ideally but we will see how it goes in terms of longevity. Amazon had them for Black Friday for $96 so they just fit inside that $100 price point.

Also, I see that Amazon has the Fujifilm Glimpz 5x21 on sale for $25.99 right now. That also looks like a really good solution for someone concerned about theft. Not nearly as nice as the Papilio, but worth keeping at the office or some other semi-public space.
You can't go wrong buying a Papilio . I firmly believe that every one should have one in their arsenal . As far as I know there are no other binoculars that can match the Papilio for their macro views . They get a little shaky when taking full advantage of their minimum focus , this is why I like to mount them on a small tripod with panning and a crank elevator . Way more detail when viewing the little critters .
 

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Scott98

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Jamaica
I've checked out a few compacts and, after some consideration, decided not to upgrade what I've had in the glove box for the last 10 years: Vixen 6x21 monocular. The eyecups on all the compacts feel too small and I don't like using them, the monocular is smaller and fits in the glove box better. It's not as good as a binocular but I don't use it very much, only for times where I see something cool and I've forgotten to bring larger binos. The optics on this are outstanding, I think they sell for ~$200 these days on ebay:

 

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