Specifications:

Objective diameter:  56 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 7.0 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec):  mm
IPD:   –  mm
RFOV:  6.3  degrees = 110 m
AFOV:     degrees
Focus type:  CF
Prism system:  Abbe-König
Waterproof: splashproof
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 1‘174 g
Made in: Germany

Remarks:

Optolyth has a long tradition in the sports optics market. Predecessors of the current company were founded already in the 19th century; the name Optolyth was first used from the 1960s for a range of binoculars and spotting scopes. The “Royal” series with 8×56, 10×56, 9×63 and 15×63 models was later complemented by the ViaNova product line. The Royal 8×56 was sometimes dubbed “poor man’s Zeiss”, hinting at the amazing external similarity with the Dialyt 8×56 (see separate post) and indicating that the Royal optics, which are much cheaper than similar Zeiss models, never quite matched the Dialyt’s performance, despite nice features such as Abbe-König prisms and a clever double focus wheel. Today, the design of the Royal binoculars appears dated, and innovations have not happened since a long time.

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