Weems & Plath PRO 7×50 binoculars, customized for monocular vision

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. GM, Ben – a monocular is not of interest to me (us), as binoculars work well for me. I do note that over the years I’ve seen quite a number of people holding binoculars vertically, and using only one eye – it never occurred to me that there might be a medical reason! Our favorites are a pair of Canon 10X30 stabilized binocs that my dad gave me when we moved aboard in 2015 (he had them for many years for birdwatching) – the combination of 10X and the stabilization is a wonder to me – being able to read buoy numbers, boat names, restaurant names, etc. at a distance has been a real boon. We also have a pair of 7X50s for “night glass”, but we seldom use them.

  2. Ron Micjan says:

    Hey Ben, thanks for the article. I have not personally tried the BN50, but have looked through a wide variety of bino’s over the years. I have found that there are several levels of optics, the sub $100 stuff that is basically garbage, but good to have and allow guests to use aboard and occasionally drop. Then there is the $100-750 sets that are pretty decent and entry level for pro mariners. Most of your japanese binos are in here. At about $1k you start to get into the good stuff, Leupold gold ring, Swarovski, Steiner, Leica and that is the mid range, above $2k is where the really good stuff is. You owe it to yourself to look through a pair of $3000 Leica 8×42 outdoors where you can see the stunning difference that high precision ground optics make. We have 5 sets of binos aboard Zephyr, the captains set (leupold), the mates set (Leica) and 3 -$39 sets from amazon that the guests get to toss around. Then there is the NVG and thermal sets, but that is a different article. Smooth Sailing, Captain Ron

  3. Amy Wencel says:

    Thanks for the op-ed. I am one of those right-eyed navigation students who dreams of such a marine demi-binocular, with a bearing compass, or a binocular with a bearing compass I can see well with the OD. Not much of a gear shopper so maybe it’s already out there. And the leicas and zeisses make us swoon but it would be ideal to have a high quality piece with no extra glass, light enough to keep conveniently on one’s neck so we don’t have a little cry when it goes overboard.

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