Barska 8X42mm Huntmaster Fully-Multi Coated Roof Prism Binoculars Review

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huntmaster-8x42Magnification: 8X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 6.6 feet
Dimensions: not listed
Weight: 27 ounces
Field of View: 315 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 18.4 mm/5.25 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

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

Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Barska Huntmaster Binoculars Review

This Barska Huntmaster 8X42 has everything you could want in a hunting binocular with fully multi-coated BAK4 phase coated prisms, impressive close focus distance, and an extremely wide field of view.

Unfortunately, if you’re wanting to hear what the input is about this binocular from other reviewers, you’re going to be disappointed. There isn’t anyone saying anything much about the 8X42 Huntmaster yet.

So, why would I decide to review it? With a name like “Huntmaster”, I made the call and felt it was good enough for hunters to be informed about this creme de la creme binocular.

Besides, the Huntmaster 10X42 has an excellent rating online so I think that the 8X42 deserves a chance to earn its 15 minutes of fame.

But what makes these, the most expensive of the Barska’s we have reviewed, the top-of-the-line of what Barska has to offer? You might just have to read the Q&A to find out.


  • Price
  • Very close focus distance
  • Very wide field of view
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Quality control issues


Huntmaster 8X42 Binocular Q&A:

Are these good hunting binoculars?

They sure will be! If you feel like you could afford to drop around $100 on the Huntmaster, then you won’t be disappointed. This particular binocular has everything you could want, and that’s probably why it’s pricey in comparison to their other binos.

It has an extremely wide 400 feet field of view – that’s the largest I’ve seen in the Barska line up from a mid-full size binocular. It also has a great 5.25 mm exit pupil to really match what’s realistic for most people’s eyes during low light conditions.

The eye relief of 18.4 mm is pretty much ideal for most non-glasses wearers and glasses-wearers alike.

Additionally, this binocular also has a close focus distance of 6 feet, and, that’s the closest out of all the options we have covered from Barska and again, for a mid-full size binocular.

With specs like these, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything with all the right measurements put together in a low budget binocular.


What are phase corrected coatings?

This is a special coating that gets applied to the prism glass to prevent light loss and other image distortions from occurring. With phase corrected coatings, you’ll have sharp, crisp, bright, and true color image quality.

This is because when light comes through the binocular and makes contact with the glass, light waves will behave in a out-of-phase manner. With phase correcting material, they maintain their flexibility and ability to stay in phase as they reflect off each prism surface.

It’s worth mentioning here that this is a feature that’s generally only seen on premium binoculars. Is it on the Huntmaster? You betcha!


Is the Huntmaster tripod adaptable?

Yes it is! Even though it’s only a 8X binocular, you might just want to set up shop in the open plains and give your hands a break if you’re glassing for extended periods of time.

Although people look for a “hole” on the underside of the binocular, you’ll find that there isn’t one.

Face the binoculars with the objective bells towards you and you’ll see a logoed, round cap. Screw this off and you now have access to the threading to insert the tripod adapter to then mount the tripod to. Easy peazy!


What does center focus mean?

This Huntmaster binocular is specifically advertised as a center focus model, even though all the binoculars we’ve covered today also use the center focus system but haven’t been marketed as anything special.

You won’t even break a sweat trying to focus your Huntmaster with a center focus system.

It just means that when you go to calibrate your binoculars, you’ll use the center focus wheel for the left eyepiece and close your right eye. Just keep adjusting the center knob until the far-away target you’re looking at comes into focus.

For the right eye, just close your left eye and use the diopter on the right eyepiece to focus the right side.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Large and knurly center focus knob for easy and smooth focusing
  • Fully Multi-coated BAK4 phase corrected prism glass for the best image quality possible
  • Extremely wide 400 feet field of view for larger glassing area
  • Impressive 6.6 feet close focus distance
  • Rugged, shock-absorbing armor for protection on a porro prism design
  • 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof to outlast all types of weather
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty


Our Verdict on the Huntmaster 8x42mm Bino’s

To glass it up, the Huntmaster 8X42 binoculars are now a decent buy. Previously, they were listed with an overpriced label. Now, it’s more in line with its quality and popularity. However, it’s true that it can be hit and miss with Barska optics. You either get a lemon or you get an exceptional optic for the low price. But, with a limited lifetime warranty, it’s worth the buy.

If you wanted something a little more powerful, the Huntmaster 10X42 binos hit it out of the ballpark. While there’s a few things that you mightn’t fancy, there’s more to like about it than not!

Another comparable pair of binos come from Nikon. The tried and true Aculon A211 8X42 is priced just right – check it out and see for yourself. It’s not a roof prism optic, it’s a Porro prism, and it’s not weatherproof. It’s in the same price range, and on sale, you can get it cheaper than the Huntmaster.

When you land a good Barska, you’ve got a great optic in your hands, even if it only cost you pennies. With a lifetime warranty in your pocket, there’s no need to ever spend a penny more! But… if you are still worried about landing a dud, perhaps you should look elsewhere so you can shop with confidence.


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Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.