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The Vanguard 10x42 Spirit ED Binocular is their lightest roof prism model with fully multicoated ED glass lenses. The rubber armored housing comes in at an impressive ~1.3 lbs (600g), but doesn't skimp at all upon the optics. This is the choice for someone who values low weight and high optical quality over a more metal-based housing which weighs more but can be knocked around a bit.
Unlike a hunter's binocular, Vanguard has given the Spirit multicoatings which target the green color spectrum, for enhanced nature observation. The waterproof and fogproof Spirit has moisture-dispersing external coatings which help to shed precipitation quickly.
As a 10x42, this Spirit binocular provides a high degree of magnification in a relatively compact device. The 6° viewing angle is comfortably wide enough for distant scanning of shorebirds and unapproachable wildlife, and the eye relief of 16mm allows most users a view of the binocular's entire field.
42mm objective lenses
BAK4 compact roof prisms
Extra low-dispersion (ED) glass elements reduces chromatic and spherical aberration to produce crisp and clear high-contrast images with accurate color representation across the entire field of view without distortion
V-Max anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics improves light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
Phase-correcting prism coatings reduces internal light diffraction to further improve contrast and overall image sharpness
Wide 60° apparent viewing angle
Comfortable 16mm eye relief
Wide 4.2mm exit pupil
Use and Handling
Large knurled center focusing knob
±4 right-eye dioptric correction
Two-stage twist-up rubber eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear
Tripod mountable with optional adapter
Lightweight and strong magnesium alloy chassis
Protective rubber armoring provides a slip-resistant grip
Nitrogen-filled for water and fogproof performance