Nikon HG-L 8×20

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Objective diameter:  20 mm
Magnification:  8x
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:  6.8  degrees =119 m
AFOV: 50.8 degrees
Minimum focus distance (according to spec.): 2.4 m
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.1 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 275 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): 280 g
Made in: Japan
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



Like its larger sibling, the Nikon HG-L 10×25 (see separate post×25-to-be-updated/), this is (or was, as it is marked “discontinued” on Nikon’s website) one of the finest pocket binoculars on the market, second only to what many consider the best 8×20, the Leica Ultravid. It is superbly built and finished and offers very good optical performance for such a small instrument.



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