ZEISS 10x32 Terra ED Binoculars (2017 Edition, Gray)

BH #ZE10X32TEDG • MFR #523204-9907-000
ZEISS 10x32 Terra ED Binoculars (2017 Edition, Gray)
Key Features
  • SCHOTT Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • Schmidt-Pechan Roof Prism Design
  • ZEISS Hydrophobic Multi-Coated Optics
  • Wide 61° Viewing Angle
The gray 2017 edition of ZEISS Optics's 10x32 Terra ED Binoculars feature a redesigned ergonomic chassis that makes holding them more comfortable, especially during long glassing sessions. Optically, they retain the exceptional elements that are the hallmarks of the Terra ED, including compact Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms, SCHOTT extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, and proprietary multi-coatings. These complementary technologies and elements work together to produce an immersive observational experience that presents clear and bright views, despite the relatively small objectives, with accurate color representation and virtually zero distortion across the entire wide field of view. The 61° apparent angle of view also helps to minimize the visible hand shake common in smaller and lighter high-power binoculars.
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Magnification
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Aperture
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ZEISS Terra ED 10x32 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Use and Handling
  • 4Construction Details

The gray 2017 edition of ZEISS Optics's 10x32 Terra ED Binoculars feature a redesigned ergonomic chassis that makes holding them more comfortable, especially during long glassing sessions. Optically, they retain the exceptional elements that are the hallmarks of the Terra ED, including compact Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms, SCHOTT extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, and proprietary multi-coatings. These complementary technologies and elements work together to produce an immersive observational experience that presents clear and bright views, despite the relatively small objectives, with accurate color representation and virtually zero distortion across the entire wide field of view. The 61° apparent angle of view also helps to minimize the visible hand shake common in smaller and lighter high-power binoculars.

The comfortable ergonomic chassis is made of a fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate to help reduce weight, without sacrificing strength while adding impact and temperature resistance. Being resistant to temperature changes not only ensures that the housing will remain a constant temperature, even in cold and wet conditions, but will not experience the expansion and contraction common in metal chassis that can cause the optical elements to move out of alignment over time and hinder the binoculars' ability to achieve sharp focus. The chassis is covered in a gray rubber armoring that helps to protect them from drops and impacts and provides a slip-resistant grip.

Optical Performance

  • 10x magnification
  • 32mm objective lenses
  • Roof prism optical path
  • The compact Schmidt-Pechan prism design corrects the view while allowing for thinner optical tubes versus the more common Abbe-Koenig design
  • SCHOTT ED glass elements reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations to produce views with true color rendition without halos, diffraction, or distortion across the entire field of view
  • ZEISS proprietary hydrophobic multi-coated optics shed dust, dirt, and oils while improving light transmission, color rendition, sharpness, and contrast
  • Short 5.25 foot close-focus distance
  • Wide 61° apparent angle of view
  • 367-foot field of view at 1000 yards

Use and Handling

  • Closed-bridge configuration
  • Large fast-focus center wheel
  • ±3 right-eye dioptric correction
  • 56-74mm interpupillary adjustment range
  • Twist-up click-stop rubber eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • Long 16.5mm eye relief
  • 3.2mm exit pupil

Construction Details

  • Impact-, corrosion-, and temperature-resistant fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate housing
  • Temperature resistance prevents expansion and contraction in extreme temperature changes, which prevents optical components from moving out of alignment
  • Protective gray rubber armor
  • Nitrogen filled for water and fogproof performance
  • Submersible to 100 mbar of pressure, or approximately 3' (1m)
  • Operating temperature: 5 to 140°F (-15 to 60°C)
  • Weight: 18 oz
UPC: 740035997974

ZEISS Terra ED 10x32 Specs

Prism TypeRoof
Performance
Magnification10x
Objective Lens Diameter32 mm
Angle of View6.1° (Actual)
61° (Apparent)
Field of View320.2' @ 1000 yd / 106.7 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance5.2' / 1.6 m
Exit Pupil Diameter3.2 mm
Eye Relief16.5 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment56 to 74 mm / 2.2 to 2.9"
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Focus TypeCenter
Features
FogproofYes, Nitrogen Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Dimensions4.9 x 4.6" / 12.4 x 11.7 cm
Weight18 oz / 510.3 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.59 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 8.3 x 3.45"

ZEISS Terra ED 10x32 Reviews

Performance meets or exceeds what I need it for.

By Eui
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-03

To provide a context, I am not a nature enthusiast or a bird watcher. The primary mission of this binocular for me is work / security related. One of the requirements I had is to get an binocular that enables me to detect a half exposed head of a person peaking out from behind a tree or some other concealment at 500m. From my testing on the field, it seems that 500m is no problem, and this can do it up to 700~800m, or even over 1000m under good lighting conditions. I can read car license plate up to about 150m hand held, and I was able to easily read license plates beyond 200m using a tripod. Color rendering appears neutral, which I like. However, it does appear slight gray tone when looking at objects at distance. Not as vivid as my Zeiss Victory SF, but acceptable for what I need it for. For 500m and in, sharpness is good. For looking at farther distance, it shows that it is not as sharp as Victory SF. However, other than looking less pretty, I had no problem recognizing human or smaller sized objects to 1000m and beyond. I bought the apparently less popular 32mm objective model because of the size. I wish it was smaller and lighter, but this still is the smallest and lightest compared to Conquest or Victory, and other brands appears to offer either something bigger with similar quality or something smaller but with less performance. I do not have enough time or money to buy each one and do a comparison, but according to reviews by youtubers like Optica Exotica, Vortex Diamondback appears to be very similar in performance when it comes to center clarity while losing edge to edge clarity. However, that was unacceptable for me, because I may have to scan an area with my binocular, so most of the view area needs to be clear and sharp, even if it means paying a lot more for it. In that aspect, for a 32mm at 10 power, scanning an area was okay with this. I do have a Terra 10x25, but too narrow field of view was just too uncomfortable for area scanning which was what prompted me to be interested in this model. I did not expect much low light performance from 10x32, but it does enhance my visibility in dusk right after sunset. Focus wheel is very good for the class. It is quick focus type, which is not my preference. I wish it was more fine focus type, even if it meant turning more to get focus. However, for the type that it is, focusing was not overly difficult. However, there appears to be a very slight freeplay. Combined with the fact that it is a quick focus type, I did have to fiddle with it just a bit to get a fine focus. Just a lot less fiddling compared to cheaper optics I used before. Binocular is not one of just few gears like it appears to be for people who walk around with nothing other than just a binocular and a water bottle, etc. For me, it is one of many gears I have to manage. And, for now, the size and weight does not appear to be too burdensome for me to have to actively load manage like a full size binocular.

grey armoured version of same......possibly older

By yves
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-11

These binocs are light and powerful......great for up close viewing of subjects that are relatively stationary......they are not easy to hold steady....a rest of some kind is of great benefit......not a large field of view.....but that Zeiss power and clarity are there in abundance......these are not general purpose......they are for specific close-in viewing ........I am most happy I spent the money on these , they fill a niche that was missing in my optics collection.   If you want to count the feathers on a beautiful nearby bird......the Zeiss 10x32 Terra ED will not let you down !!

So So

By george
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-25

The Zeiss Terra ED 10x32 2017 version binoculars are decent at best. The optics are not as crisp as their 8x25 Terra ED which are excellent. The Zeiss logo on mine fell off, I assume from it being near the focus wheel, your finger will rub against the logo causing it to fall off. Another issue I found is with the front tethered lens covers. They tend to dangle in the area that you grasp the binoculars with between the thumb and forefinger. You will find that you constantly have to move them out of the way. Certain other brands have their front covers anchored near the front which keeps them away from the hands. The supplied semi-hard case lacks outer D-rings for adding a shoulder strap (belt loops only) and with the supplied bino strap attached to the binoculars it will not fit into the case without forcing it. This is also a problem with the the 8/10x25 Terra ED custom case. The binoculars do feel good in my hands and have a very nice form factor. The focus wheel is precise and the diopter adjustment ring is stiff but will not move on it's own once set. I'll pass this Zeiss onto a family member.

I love these

By Doug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-04-11

I can't imagine seeing any clearer in a 10X32 binocular than these Terra ED's. The diopter adjustment seems rather stiff but that's actually good...They'll stay in focus for me. My wife has a pair of Vortex 8X32 (very nice binocs) but these things are amazing. I wanted the extra reach of a 10 power and really happy with my choice. The field of view is pretty impressive for this magnification. These size between a full size and a compact and are very easy to carry. The build quality is...well German. Need I say more? I hunted relentlessly before deciding on the Zeiss. I couldn't be happier. And B&H is a great place to shop.

Zeiss nails it as usual

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-01

I lost my trusty Zeiss 10X42 Terras one night getting into a skiff on an exposed rocky beach during a full moon minus tide shoot. They were superb, and were actually a second brand new updated model in place of my original which i’d sent in for repair after a long drop off a cliff. (For free, because that’s Zeiss.) What i didnt realize until getting their smaller objective diameter model was there was no appreciable difference (for my purposes) in optical performance between the 10X42mm and the 10X32mm except weight and size. Same performance but a smaller and lighter package hanging from my neck all day? YEAH, I’ll take THAT one (in a heartbeat!) Exit Pupils notwithstanding, I find there’s no meaningful difference in most viewing conditions.

Exellent purchase

By Ido
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-03

It is an excellent binocular, sharp view and compact size. The only reject is its focus roller that does not roll that swiftly.

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