Kite Petrel 8×32

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Objective diameter:  32 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 4 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 17 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup):  11 mm
IPD (measured):  58 – 73 mm
RFOV:  7.5  degrees = 131 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 65 (!) degrees
Minimum focus distance (according to spec.): 1.2 m
Minimum focus distance (measured): 1.45 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: < anticlockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 165 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate):  6.5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Transmission (according to spec.): 84%
Waterproof: yes
Weight (according to spec.): 550 g
Made in: Japan
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



Positioned and priced as a middle class glass, the Petrel can often be found with birders and nature enthusiasts. It perfoms well and without any major flaws and is a good example of Kite Optics’ competitiveness. Kite, of Belgium, outsources the production of all of its binoculars and scopes, mainly to Japan, has very broad range of instruments on the market, from lower middle class to “subprime”, and has gained a good reputation among users and optics dealers for its reliable quality control and responsive customer service.

See also separate posts about
Kite Bonelli 10×42,×42/
Kite Cervus HD 8×56,×56/
Kite Ibis 12×50 ED,×50-ed/
Kite Ibis 8×42 ED,×42-ed/
Kite Lynx 8×30 HD,×30-hd/
Kite Lynx 8×42 HD+,×42/


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