Steiner Optics designed their gray-armored 8x30 P830 Binocular to blend into urban environments for patrol duty, tactical operations and surveillance professionals who require lightweight observation tools that don't sacrifice performance for size and can withstand the rigors of daily use. The P830 has enhanced light gathering capabilities over compact binoculars, but its 30mm objectives won't interfere with mobility due to excessive size or weight, and an 8x magnification to bring subjects in close while maintaining a wide field of view that preserves situational awareness. Multiple technologies and design features work together to create an easy-to-use binocular that will stand up to the rigors of a life lived on-duty.
Its performance starts with fully multicoated optics that enhance image quality in challenging light conditions such as in hazy sunlight or at dawn and dusk. A Porro prism optical path provides rich depth of field that allows users to discern the relative positions of objects, making it easier to judge distances. The prisms employ a floating-mount system that uses flexible silicon mounts to absorb shock, impact and abuse without damage. Complementing the optical system is the Sports Auto Focus system that lets users individually focus each eyepiece and maintains image sharpness from 66 feet to infinity without the need to manipulate a focus wheel.
To withstand the rigors of constant use, the binocular's housing is made of impact and corrosion-resistant Makrolon polycarbonate. This material is also temperature-resistant to reduce expansion and contraction caused by wide temperature swings, which can cause the optical components to move out of collimation over time, preventing the ability to achieve crisp focus and sharp images. The housing is covered with gray NBR-Longlife rubber armoring which allows the binocular to blend into urban environments, provides a soft feel in the hand yet offers protection against oil, acid, and salt-water while giving it a slip-resistant grip. To make it a truly rugged outdoor optic, the housing is nitrogen filled for fogproof performance and O-ring sealed to make it fully waterproof.