Steiner Nighthunter 8X30 LRF (Laser Rangefinding Binoculars) #2300

night-hunter-lrf-8x30Magnification: 8X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 30 mm
Close Focus Distance: 66 feet
Dimensions: 5.7 x 6.5 x 2.6 inches
Weight: 28 ounces
Field of View: 343 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: not listed/3.8 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Sports-Auto Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Wrap around
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: Yes

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Wildlife Observation, Sight Seeing

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Steiner Nighthunter Binoculars Review

This Steiner Nighthunter LRF 8X30 binocular is a rangefinding champ with N2 Injection System technology on a Makrolon housing body that’s fully waterproof to 16 feet! It’s pumped up with all sorts of systems such as the ClicLoc System and the Sports-Auto Focus System that will have you doing very little work and enjoying all the fun stuff – shooting.

Hunters are still yet to discover the Nighthunter bino, and it might be a little bit yet before we see a ton of activity because it does have a hefty price tag. Despite this, there is a market for rangefinding binoculars, so I predict that this Nighthunter will soon see its day.

I should also probably mention that I’m partial to rangefinding binoculars – they’re just so doggone cool!

So, to know more about what this laser rangefinding binocular does, here’s a full run down on the magnifying, distance-measuring gadget.

 

PROs:
  • Laser rangefinder
  • Makrolon housing
  • Submersible
  • Individual focus system
  • Porro prism
CONs:
  • Bulky

 

Nighthunter LRF 8X30 Binocular Q&A:

What does LRF mean?

Laser Rangefinder. This is the internal feature that measures the distance from yourself to your target, and it provides the line of sight distance only. It can range from as close as 20 yards to an impressive, extended range of 1860 yards.

That’s further than most laser rangefinders in the market.

The Nighthunter LRF also has a scan mode that allows you to keep track of updated distances of moving targets.

There are two buttons on the top, right side of the binocular that control the rangefinding feature. Just tap with your index fingers and shoot.

 

How far does the binocular emit the laser beam?

If you don’t really know anything about laser rangefinders, then you could easily make the mistake of thinking this LRF binocular, all others like it, and all laser rangefinders emit a laser beam.

I mean, it does have laser in its name right?

Well, sorry to disappoint – it doesn’t emit a laser beam, per se – well, not one that you can see…

The Nighthunter does emit a laser beam of sorts, but it’s at wavelengths that are invisible to human eyes.

Depending on the reflectivity of the target, atmospheric conditions, and the like, those emitted laser beams need to hit the target and then return or be reflected back to the internal laser rangefinder in the binocular.

That’s how you get your distance.

So, no sci-fi or tactical laser use here, just good ol’ fashioned rangefinding technology in one very intuitive binocular.

 

Does this Steiner binocular have a ballistic reticle?

While this Nighthunter can range out to an impressive distance of 1860 yards, it doesn’t have a ballistic reticle to really take advantage of those distances.

But, if you’re out hunting and you’re glassing an area, the binos will be perfect to get your eyes on your targets. Then, just switch over to your BDC or really souped-up ballistic reticle or even ballistic turret rifle scope to get your sights on your trophy for a dead on shot.

While the reticle on this bino is a small, circular aiming ring, that should be plenty enough to do some glassing with. If you need more information on some fantastic ballistic reticle rifle scopes, check out our in-depth rifle scope reviews here – https://www.targettamers.com/best-rifle-scope-reviews/.

 

What are the advantages of this porro prism design?

Porro prisms have that traditional zig zag and offset design that many hunters are familiar with on low budget binoculars but, they tend to get a bad rep since the rise in popularity of roof prism binos is taking on a greedy life of its own.

But, porro prisms in their basic function are optically superior to roof prisms because of its unique prism assembly.

Less reflections means less light loss, and all prism surfaces are internally reflective, unlike roof prisms that require special coatings in order to function.

Another advantage of porro prisms is its 3D-like effect that you get because of its ability to provide a rich depth of field. This means, you’ll be able to better judge distances of objects through the bino because you’re seeing it as if you’re that much closer to the actual view.

 

What kind of focus system does it have?

This has an automatic focus system that means it will automatically adjust to your eyes after you’ve adjusted it for 20 yards. After this first and only focus, you won’t have to do it again.

The fast Sport-Auto Focus System has an independent focusing system per eye.

To get that first adjustment, you just need to focus each eye with the independent diopter on each eyepiece – this is why you’re not seeing a center focus wheel.

Once you’ve focused it, images will be razor sharp no matter the distance. From either 20 yards to infinity, you won’t have to focus for moving targets or those faraway objects again.

 

How much does this LRF cost?

This Nighthunter is an expensive tool, selling online for around the $2000 mark. For a binocular with this magnitude of features, it’s a great price.

The Sports-Auto Focus, the 16 feet submersion for waterproofness, the excellent, high-quality glass, and the laser rangefinding feature puts this binocular into the high end for premium optics.

While other binocular brands could easily sell this same model in the $2000+ price range, this one stays just below that benchmark. Every penny spent on it will be well worth it.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Sports-Auto Focus Technology with independent eyepiece diopter for acquiring speedy image focus from 20 yards to infinity
  • Fully multi-coated High Definition coatings to for detail-rich, bright, and color enhancement images
  • LRF – Laser rangefinding technology for extreme long distances to 1860 yards
  • Fully waterproof and can survive an outstanding 16 feet of submersion
  • Dry Nitrogen purged with N2 injection System to stay fog-free in all types of various weather
  • Porro prism design for optical superiority and rich depth of field
  • Makrolon housing with NBR rubber armoring for protection and textiled ridges provides an ergonomic, secure grip
  • ClicLoc System for easy and fast access to binoculars with neck strap or harness
  • Backed by Steiner’s Heritage Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the NightHunter

To glass it up, the Steiner NightHunter LRF 8X30 binoculars are a stunner in their own right. While it might seem overpriced for a Steiner, it’s actually cheaper than many other LRF binoculars with the same quality in its category. Plus, it actually performs as an LRF pretty, darn well – 1860 yards well! In fact, we liked the NightHunter so much we awarded it a spot in our ‘Best High-End Binoculars’ category. Want to know who else made the list? You can find out here!

If you already tote a laser rangefinder in your gear, you don’t have to justify spending this kind of cash on the NightHunter. Instead, you could just opt for the HX 8X42 binos which are awesome if you’re wanting all the glass and coating perks you could have – check them out here.

However, if you’ve got the budget for the NightHunter, then you may as well take a minute to check out the Bushnell Fusion 1-Mile ARC binoculars and the Leica Geovid HD-B 10X42 binos. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see what other options you have with this kind of cash.

When Steiner goes all out, their optics are the epitome of high quality. If night-time hunting is in your future, scramble up the cash for the NightHunter. You can howl all day long about how stealthy you are when the moon greets the night sky.

 

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