Swarovski Habicht 8×20 Pocket

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Objective diameter:  20 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 2.5 mm
IPD:   n.a.
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 10 mm
RFOV:  6.6  degrees = 115 m
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.95 m
Focus type:  CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3 m to infinity (measured): 430 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 3.5 dpt
Extra travel of focus wheel beyond infinity: over 8 dpt
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 215 g
Made in: Austria



In the 1980s and 1990s, when the “little Habicht” was on the market, it did not gain the prestige which Leica obtained with its Trinovid and Ultravid pocket models of the same size 8×20 (see seperate posts), despite the excellent build quality and finish of the Habicht. Compared not only to the Ultravid, but also the Leica Trinovid 8×20 (see separate post, https://binocular.ch/leica-trinovid-8×20-bca/), the Habicht loses a bit in terms of central sharpness, contrast and image brightness. But the 8×20 format generally does not provide the viewing experience of a “real” binocular of size 8×30 or more, and so with the exception of Leica and Nikon (see separate post, https://binocular.ch/nikon-hg-l-8×20/), many producers including Kowa, Zeiss and Swarovski have started during the last few years to produce 8×22 or even 8×25 models and abandon size 8×20 (see separate posts about Kowa Genesis 8×22, https://binocular.ch/kowa-genesis-22-8×22-prominar/ , “Swarovski CL Pocket 8×25” https://binocular.ch/swarovski-cl-pocket-8×25/  and “Zeiss Victory 8×25”, https://binocular.ch/zeiss-victory-pocket-8×25/).


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