Now this is a bit of a departure, budget roof prism binos. As a rule I don’t like cheap roofs and especially not cheap compacts. So when I was asked to take this pair for a spin I was fully expecting something truely awful. Guess what? They are not realy roof prism at all. Not great and not anything to get too excited about, but not bad at all. The secret of their success is the relatively low magnification and the large objective lens. Which is full coated and of reasonable quality. I was going to say good quality but the fact that these are a 20 quid pair of bins is holding me back! To give you a little background the case and mechanics is pretty much what you would expect but Horizon have up graded the optics to create a little gem. I’ve seen plenty of very cheap roof prism compacts and they look a lot like these. The difference is the bright sharp image that you get when you take these out into the field.
The people at Horizon have made a very cheap yet impressive pair of bins. They are aimed at the younger birdwatching beginner. Whithout £200 to spend on a reasonable kit. I usually recommend budget Porro prism glasses to start out with. I think for many new nature watchers these low cost little budget binosmight be a better bet. Light. rugged and easy to use, they also seem to be capable of standing up to a fair bit of wear and tear. That would explain the 10 year guarantee. The long eye relief and quick focus make these ideal for young and old.
Here’s the spec. –
Power x Obj. 4×30
Size Class Compact
Focus System Center
Prism System N/A
Prism Class – Not Specified
Lens Coating FC
FOV, ft.@1000yds. / m@1000m-650/217
Close Focus, ft./m- 20/6
Exit Pupil, mm 7.5
Eye Relief 15
Weight, oz./g 7.5/215
As far as the glass is concerned I compared them with a £100 pair of roofs and they look about the same. So I’d say they perform as well as BAK-7. The lens coating was good in bright sun light as well as lower light conditions. I found that the 4x mag was a little on the “light” side. That said I was still able to see all I wanted to and surprisingly sharp and clear. These are not multi-coated and without diopter adjustment, but for the money they are very,very good. I wouldn’t want to get them too wet or rely on them in changable climates. They didn’t give me any indication of a problem, but again the price is telling.
For general birdwatching, younger users and those that can’t run to several hundred pounds these are good. No in fact these are great. with the 10 year guarantee and pretty decent optics I think you could do worse, a lot worse.
In conclusion well worth £20 even 50 or 60. You get a soft case, lens cloth and neck strap for that too! I’m going to keep this pair. I’ll think of a competition and give them to a lucky reader at some point. I’m glad I had a chance to try these, they are not in the same class as the others on this page but deserve a spot here.