Steiner Wildlife XP 10×44 Binocular – Taking a Closer Look

German manufacturer of optical devices, Steiner, has brought Wildlife XP 10×44 binoculars for meeting needs of the nature lovers, wildlife watchers, and bird watchers. For providing users with high quality optical clarity, Steiner has incorporated this Wildlife XP binocular with fluoride glass and ultra high definition optics. These features help users get great light transmission through the optics, ensuring excellent visibility throughout the lens. Achievement of true color fidelity and wide field of view are the two important features of this binocular, which help nature lovers get amazing images of birds and other animals in their natural habitats. Whether you are a naturalist, birder, or wildlife enthusiast, you will find this binocular handy and efficient because of its light weight coupled with ability to produce amazing image quality.

Specs at a Glance

Steiner Wildlife XP 10×44 binocular 2303 comes with roof type prism, 10x magnification, 44mm objective lens diameter, actual 7.0 degree angle of view, 337.35 inch at 1000 yards (112 meters at 1000 meters) actual field of view, 6.56 inches or 2 meters minimum focus distance, centre focus, 4.4mm exit pupil diameter, and center focus type. Some of the most important aspects that need special mention about this binocular are the Steiner Ultra-High Definition optics system, Fast-Close-Focus system, Distance-Control-System, 21 Twilight factor, 19.4 luminosity, ergonomic eyecups, 21 twilight factor, Neoprene neck strap, ClicLoc  neck strap attachment, rain protection cap, and availability of carry case (so that the lightweight Wildlife XP 10×44 binocular) can be carried easily, even by the hunters with their hands filled with heavy rifles-scope combo.

Optics

Steiner Wildlife XP 10×44 binoculars (Item no. 2303) comes with 7.4 inch x 5 inch x 2.5 inch dimension, 10x magnification, 44mm objective lens diameter (considerably large), 29.3 oz weight, and many other important specifications in addition to the great features of low-light performance, wide field-of-view, ergonomic design, compact structure, and availability of HD optics. One of the best things we found in this binocular is the incorporation of fully multicoated anti-reflection optics that provides edge-to-edge image sharpness, true color fidelity, and high contrast images for clear spotting of animals and birds even in the darkest areas of the woods.

One of the best aspects that give Steiner products the required additional mileage over other manufacturers is the incorporation of proprietary Nano-Protection lens coatings on ocular as well as objective lenses. These coatings help in keeping the lens clear always. There is no chance of dirt, water, or oil to remain deposited on the lens because of the application of proprietary nano-protection technology on them. This technology helps users to wipe off any kind of image distorting aspect (dirt, water, oil, etc.) on lens without leaving any unwanted mark or scratch on the glass.

Eyepiece

Now, let’s have a closer look at eyepiece, which comes with its own dioptric correction. This feature helps users to get sharp and crisp focus. There is a main central focus wheel in the eye piece, which helps in transitioning from near to far located objects quickly with just one turn. Therefore, a bird watcher can move quickly from a close focus to infinity with a single turn. Steiner has provided Steiner Wildlife XP binocular with Distance Control System that helps wildlife lovers, naturalists, and bird watchers to pre-set focus distance. This feature helps users to spot the chirping birds or swiftly moving animals in the forests with minimum requirement of focus adjustment.

Build, Water Proofing, and Fog Proofing Abilities

Steiner has built this binocular in such a manner that it can be used even in the harshest conditions. For easy carrying ability of the binocular, the manufacturer has designed and developed it from durable magnesium alloy. Use of this alloy has also made the device a light weighted device, which makes it easier for carriage. For using this bino is the harshest field conditions, Steiner has provided a NBR-Longlife rubber armoring. This contour not only gives users a better gripping ability but also a cushion from any sudden fall. The specialized rubber armor is slip-resistant as it is resistant to saltwater, acid, and oil.

Whether the weather is wet or cold, you can always use this binocular in all weather conditions. Steiner has included O-ring seal in the device for making it waterproof. In fact, it retains its waterproofing ability up to a depth of 16 feet under water. For making this optical device more usable (especially in every weather condition), the manufacturer has filled in the optical device with nitrogen, making it absolutely fog-proof. In fact, you can use this bino is all kinds of temperatures, giving you more ability to use it in sweltering deserts as well as freezing tundra. Operating temperature of Steiner 10×44 Wildlife XP binocular is -40 to 80°C (or -40 to 176°F).

What’s so special about this Binocular regarding Optical Performance, Handling, and Usage?

1.       Specialty of Optics and its Performance

Steiner Wildlife XP 10×44 binocular 2303 comes with numerous features such as compact optical path of roof prism type, incorporation of multi-coating feature that not only provides clear and bright images but also anti-reflection properties, and wide field of view perfect for bird and wildlife watching in the mountains, forests, savannas, deserts, and  tundra regions. Optical performance of the binocular is enhanced by the incorporation of fluoride glass which ensures that the users get edge-to-edge sharpness of optics as well as true color fidelity. You can distinguish all the colors through this binocular very clearly. You will not find any kind of spherical or chromatic aberrations. Users will also get commendable wide angle viewing facility in this optics, which is 70 degrees. Steiner has also incorporated water-repelling nano-protection coating (proprietary feature of the German manufacturer) on Wildlife XP binoculars. Therefore, there is no chance of dirt, water, or oil residue on the lens.

2.       Usage and Handling

You will find individual eye dioptric adjustment for both left and right eyes. This facility helps the users of Wildlife XP binoculars 10×44 get sharper focus for all users, no matter what eye power he/she has in both his/her eyes. Steiner has designed this binocular with open-bridge configuration that not only provides full wrap-around hand grip but also open bridge configuration.
The focusing knob can be fine tuned for known distances with the help of Distance Control System. Steiner has made it easier for the bird watchers, safari watchers, the naturalists, or even the hunters to easily focus the target in a single turn because of the incorporation of Fast Close Focus system. You can get focus from 6’ to infinity with the single turn of the focus knob. Exit pupil of the optical device is 4.4mm, which is standard when compared with the other binoculars in the category. The manufacturer of Steiner Wildlife XP 10×44 binocular has provided winged eyecups in the device that help in blocking peripheral light to pass through the device when looking at brighter images. This facility makes it easier for the users to look at brighter images more clearly.

Final Words

Steiner Wildlife XP 10×44 binocular 2303 is one of the most quality products designed and developed by Steiner brand especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Birders love this binocular, costing around $1,500, for its high quality optical quality coupled with ergonomic capability. If you are a naturalist, birding enthusiast, safari lover, or wildlife watcher, Steiner 10×44 Wildlife XP binocular is surely the best option available to you and we recommend it for buying.

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