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You don’t have to be a hunter to read this review, but it will help a lot if you are. The Upland Optics Perception binoculars were designed from start to finish with you, the hunter, in mind.
If you’re not a hunter, you don’t have to run away. These binos may still work for you too. In fact, you might want to compare this 10×42 model against those with similar specs from other manufacturers before you choose a pair to buy.
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What Makes the Perception Model the Best Binos for Hunters
On its website, Upland goes to significant lengths to explain the thought process behind the creation of the Perception design. I’ll summarize their thoughts for you here.
There are two main aspects of the design that Upland seems to have focused (no pun intended) on – weight and glass quality.
The fears in using other sizes were that larger lenses mean too much weight, while tiny glass means cheap material that falls apart too easily.
To determine a good weight, Upland decided to go middle-of-the-road. They didn’t go with extremely high power, nor very low. That’s how we ended up with a 42 millimeter objective lens with a 10x magnification power in a unit that weighs 1.44 pounds.
For great lenses, Upland demanded ED – extra-low-dispersion – glass. I won’t go into all the technical details about what ED glass is. If you want to read a really good description of it, you can check out this article by Upland Optics.
Briefly, as light travels through a medium, like air or glass, it disperses. When it goes from one medium to another, it refracts, or bends. Think of light you’ve seen (in person or in pictures, like the cover of a Pink Floyd album) of light passing through a prism and you’ll get the idea.
This dispersion and refraction causes what’s commonly called chromatic aberration. This is the unnatural coloring you can see around the edges of objects you view through lenses.
Scientists have found ways to combine different types of glass that helps cancel out this aberration problem. The result is ED glass.
Other features that hunters will like with the Perception binoculars are waterproof and fogproof construction and lens caps that stay attached to the tubes. No more dropping caps or fumbling in your pockets for them.
To help keep the price down, Upland says, “We also have embraced lean business practices, operating with extremely low overhead.”
On top of all this, you get Upland’s lifetime warranty. For particulars on this warranty, read this article.
Upland Optics Perception Bino Spec and Accessories
Finally, here are some numbers you may be interested in regarding the specifications of the Perception 10×42 binos.
The field of view (FOV) of these binos is 330 feet at 1000 yards. That’s pretty good for glasses of this size. You shouldn’t have much trouble spotting your target.
The eye relief is 15.2 millimeters. Not spectacular, but not bad. The exit pupil is 4.2 millimeters. (Most users don’t care that much about this figure.)
Overall, these binos measure 5.5 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches. That’s about as compact as you can make them with lenses of this size.
Besides the binoculars, you also get a soft carry case, lens cloth, and neck strap. I’m sorry, but I can’t find any good information about these items. I think it’s safe to assume that they are satisfactory for their given purpose.
Verdict about the Upland Perception 10×42 Binoculars
Again, if you’re a hunter, give these binoculars some serious consideration. The designers are hunters themselves and know what they want in a great pair of hunting binoculars. I think they achieved their goals.
Non-hunters will mainly want to consider price differences between these and other 10×42 models available in the market.
If the Upland Optics Perception binos aren’t for you, check out these Nikon 10×42 binoculars instead.