Barska Waterproof Roof Prism Blackhawk 10X42 Binoculars (Model AB11850)

blackhawk-10x42Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: not listed
Dimensions: 5.75 inches (L)
Weight: 25 ounces
Field of View: 303 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17.5 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Fold up
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation

Our Rating: 3.8 Stars

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Barska Blackhawk Binoculars Review

This Barska Blackhawk 10X42 diamond textured binocular has the ever-popular 10X42 platform, multi-coated BAK4 prisms, and green lenses, all on a fully weatherproof frame. It is a rugged, rubber armored unit designed with outdoor activites in mind and is seeing a decent rating online with a few hunters and outdoorsman leaving tips and tricks about this Barska bino.

I’ll be honest, the oh-so-cool name “Blackhawk” and the mossy oak finish of this $70-ish binocular is the reason it’s I decided to review it. The high rating and the 10X42 platform was just the extra push to let you hunters know about it.

But, what are green lenses and diamond textures? For answers to those questions, be studious about reading up on the short Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Mossy Oak finish
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Diamond-cut texture
  • Green lens coating
CONs:
  • Cheap construction

 

Blackhawk 10X42 Diamond Textured Binocular Q&A:

What are green lenses?

Barska has coated this Blackhawk binocular with their green lens coatings to help minimize reflections and glare. Similar to the Ruby UV Lenses featured on the Gladiator, they will also block part of the light spectrum to enhance image quality.

In very high-end binoculars colored coatings don’t affect overall image quality or color fidelity because they’re extremely efficient at maximizing all parts of the light spectrum. But, since these are low budget binos, just be aware that your glassing experience might seem “off” in color.

 

What is the diamond cut-grip texture?

This is the knurled texture that surrounds the Blackhawk bino. The knurly stippling is for secure gripping that almost covers the entirety of the underside of the binocular.

The diamond cut-grip protective armoring on this mossy oak finish is also available on the 10X42 black version of the Blackhawk bino.

 

What are Banwu prisms?

This binocular is obviously a roof prism binocular – the obvious tell-tale is the aligned oculars and objective lenses. Because of this roof prism assembly, the binocular is going to be lighter and slimmer than a porro prism bino with the same power + objective lens size combo.

But, what is Banwu?

In the techs for the Blackhawk, Barska goes a step further and says the prism system is built with the roof prism plus the Banwu prism assembly. Hmm…

You’ll find nothing on this “technology”, and it’s even more disappointing that when I called them, I was told it was a “typo”. That’s too bad – a roof “Banwu” type prism assembly sounds like it could be something really hip and technologically cool.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • 10X42 popular hunting specs
  • Green lens coatings for minimized glare and reflections
  • Multi-coated BAK4 prism glass for great brightness and clarity
  • Diamond cut-grip, no-slip rubber armor for heavy use as well as to endure conditions of rugged terrain
  • 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof to outlast all types of weather
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the Blackhawk Binoculars

To glass it up, the Barska Blackhawk 10X42 binoculars are a great entry-level pair of binos. Is it basic in construction? Yes. Will it get the job done in the field? Yes – if it makes it through shipping without breaking that is. But, Barska does offer a limited lifetime warranty on the Blackhawk, and if you get a dud, Barska has your back.

However, the best Barska would be the Air View 10X42 binoculars (which you can read about here) that will cost you a little more. The price jump is justified since you’ll be getting better quality with the Air View.

The Celestron Outland X 10X42 binos have a rubber armored body but lack additional texturing. They remain comparable in price with the Blackhawk. You will be compromising on eye relief, but you will gain the twist up eye cups – check them out here. Sticking in this price range, you could also check out our picks of the best binoculars under $100 here – https://www.targettamers.com/best-binoculars-under-100/ – there are no Barska’s on the list but there is a Vortex. For less than $100!

Barska is known for their affordable and entry level optics. If the budget is tight, but you still want a few extra features to tout with you in the hunt, the Blackhawk is for you. With hawk eyes on your target, you won’t ever miss your shot!

 

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