Specifications:

Objective diameter:  25 mm
Magnification:  10 x
Exit pupil: 2.5 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 15 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 12.5  mm
IPD: 56 – 72 mm
RFOV:  5.4  degrees = 94 m
AFOV: 50.5 degrees
Minimum focus distance (according to spec.): 3.2 m
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.8 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 485 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 5 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate):  5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 316 g
Made in: Japan
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel

 

Remarks:

“HG” – High Grade: The term is well justified for this fine instrument. Nikon once made a whole series of “HG-L” binoculars in the configurations 8×20, 10×25, 8×32, 10×32, 8×42 and 10×42, all of them renowned for their mechanical stability and optical excellence. Today, only the 8×20 (see separate post, https://binocular.ch/nikon-hg-l-8×20-to-be-updated/ ) and the 10×25 presented here can still be purchased in optics shops, all others being only available second-hand. This pocket binocular figures definitely among the best 10×25 binos ever made. Lacking the design attraction of e.g. the pocket-size Leica Ultravids, but very nicely finished, mechanically impeccable and optically superior, this binocular is worth every cent of its hefty price tag.

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