MINOX, as you may already know, is the company perhaps made most famous by the James Bond spy cameras. Recently, the “Schweizer Jäger” (Swiss Hunter) magazine tested the MINOX NV 351 night-vision monocular. In the following review they bring light into the darkness.
As I seem to remember, in the early 1990s night vision devices were generally offered in the hunting magazines and journals for horrendous prices. They usually had an unpleasant smell of sticky rubber and originated from somewhere in Russia. Since I was unsure of legal implications and health issues were not clear, I decided to leave them well alone.
My name is Pierre-Julien Deloche and I live in the South-East of France. My sport is archery which I have been practicing since 2005. I have been in the national team since 2007 and am now ranked no. 1 in the world. My job in a maritime rescue coordination center for the French coastguard allows me a privileged schedule to compete with the best in the world.
When new hunters begin their long learning adventure into hunting one of their first questions is how much should I spend on binoculars and then most experienced hunters reply "as much as you can afford." Most new hunters do not understand why you would spend as much or more money on binoculars then your rifle but then quickly an epiphoney happens when glassing mountain sides for hours and you have a pounding headache. Another important consideration is that most game activity happens around dawn and dusk in low light conditions, conditions cheap optics do not perform well in. Trust me I have been through this experiment using compact $25 tasco binoculars then trying mid range 8 power and 10 power optics which where definately an improvement.
Hunting the West involves locating your animal by burning boot rubber and using great optics. Glassing is one of the key components to successfully locating game. I am priveledged to announce I am teaming up with MINOX Sport Optics by joing the MINOX Adventure Team. I am in excellent company with other team members like Mark at Sole Adventure, Dustin at High Country Bowhunter, and Randall at HuntersFix.com.
I recently purchased a pair of MINOX BV 10x42 Binoculars. I had the pair delivered and received excellent service from the company.
The binoculars have a 6.5 degree field of view and a close focus of just over a metre. With the 10x42 specification this is excellent for bird watching and butterflies. The image, even on dull days, is bright and the colour is very natural. There is some very occasional chromatic aberration but I can live with that! They are waterproof in line with most quality brands today.