Carl Zeiss Specialist 20X60 T* S Image Stabilization Binoculars

specialist-20x60-image-stabilization-binoMagnification: 20X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 60 mm
Close Focus Distance: 45.93 feet
Dimensions: 10.8 inches
Weight: 58.55 ounces
Field of View: 156 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 13 mm/ 3 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Schott Glass
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up/lockable
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

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

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Zeiss Image Stabilization Binocular Review

This Zeiss 20X60 T* S Image Stabilization bino has 20X magnification and huge 60 mm objective lenses and really is a binocular – not a spotting scope.

The beast of an optic also has the T* coatings on a porro prism frame and has an amazingly high 34.6 twilight factor for all your low light hunting needs.

But, you’re not here for those details are you? You want to know about the Image Stabilization feature. Well, just so you know, reviewers have given this unique bino a solid rating.

If you’re wondering why it made it’s way into our bino reviews, I think it’s quite obvious. Image Stabilization. I’m pretty sure that says it all.

I know you’re jumping the gun to find out exactly what this means, so without further ado, here’s the Q&A.

PROs:
  • Image stabilization
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Excellent quality glass
  • Excellent coating quality
CONs:
  • Price

 

T* S Image Stabilization Bino Q&A:

What is Image Stabilization?

As you can imagine, viewing through a 20X optic, be it binocular or monocular, you’re going to get some extreme blurriness at these distances with such high powered optics.

Expect to see a shaking blur of what looks like a mess of an image. This is where a tripod would come in handy right? Well, for the ordinary binocular, yes. But, this is no ordinary binocular….

This highly advanced, zero battery, specialist binocular has an image stabilizing button.

A button, can it really be that easy? Push the button and you have a shake-free, steady, and instant focus on your extreme long distance view.

There’s no batteries that require it to work because it’s not electronically powered – it’s a mechanical function.

So, to really get an intimate idea of your herd’s movements or perhaps to get the scoop on who’s visiting your neighbor two blocks down the street while the hubby is at work, you now have that still-focusing power at the push of a button.

Use it wisely.

 

Who is this 20X60 Image Stabilization binocular for?

As you can imagine, this binocular would be an awesome pair of eyes for everything you would want to do with it.

The large amount of light it can gather from the 60 mm objective lens will provide an abundance of brightness.

It also has a spectacularly high twilight factor of 34.6. But, what kind of hunter is this for?

If you’re a typical sub-250 yard hunter, there’s no need for you to have this awesome thing. Don’t feel singled out though. Even if you’re a long range hunter, this is still pretty extreme and more than most people need.

Now, I know some of you hunters are hanging on to every word I say to give you the green light to get one, so excitingly for you, there is a “but”…

If you’re just glassing out your hot spot and you need some extreme long range distance viewing for hours on end, this could be your dream bino.

No more eye strain, no more guessing, and no more glassing distance limits. With these kinds of specs, there’s no need to pay attention to the 58.55 ounces it weighs and the narrow 156 feet field of view right?

Now, here’s the other “but”…

But, I should warn you. If you want a better excuse to justify this buy, you’re on your own. Because for approximately $8000, I don’t have one that won’t end up with you on the couch when you explain to your spouse why you bought these.

Actually, scratch the couch, you might just end up on the lawn because it was decided even the dog house was too good for you.

So, if you’re eye-balling this baby, do it while the other half isn’t looking and while you’re far away from your wallet. Day dreaming and drooling is harmless if you don’t touch – I mean, buy.

 

Is there a night vision binocular?

While there isn’t an illumination control on the image stabilizer binocular (now wouldn’t that just be over-the-top?), there is another specialist optic called the Victory NV 5.6X62 T*.

Yes, you guessed right, that NV stands for Night Vision. And disappointingly, it’s actually not a binocular – it’s a monocular… of some sorts.

Its electronic residual light intensifier tube works with even the lowest light of the moon in the darkest of nights to provide an image that’s 20,000 times lighter than what you’re seeing with the naked eye.

And, to make it even cooler, it has a reticle too.

As you can expect, this Victory NV is expensive. It’s around the $6000 mark.

After just learning that the Image Stabilizer bino has an approx $8000 price tag, didn’t that desensitize you a little to this approx $6000 tag?

If it did, don’t kid yourself – you probably still can’t afford it. So, for the sake of all your spouses and better halves out there, let’s move on.

 

Is there a Zeiss laser rangefinder binocular?

Great question! The Zeiss binocular line would be incomplete if there wasn’t a laser rangefinder binocular. The Victory 10X45 T* RF is one of their four available laser rangefinding binos.

It has Zeiss’ T* multi-layer coating and fluoride glass with a 330 feet field of view that can range out to 1300 yards on a Abbe-König prism glass assembly. I should probably mention that it costs a approx $3000.

While I won’t cover the full techs and specs of the Zeiss laser rangefinder binocular in this article, you can find a detailed review on it right here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

Why isn’t there a variable power Zeiss binocular?

If there’s an official reason as to why Zeiss hasn’t released a zoom or a variable power binocular, I don’t know it.

So, I can only guess. Zoom binos incorporate a band that helps to move the two optical assemblies of the individual barrels to get on the same setting of magnification when you change it up.

Typically a linkage board is used. Because of this system, there’s going to be some slop, backlash, or lag on either the left barrel or the right barrel at all times.

This can cause uneven zoom synchronization, optical alignment problems, and a smaller angle of field of view. I think Zeiss puts their money and science behind quality, superior, and incomparable fixed power binoculars.

That’s just my two cents.

 

Are there any other specialist binoculars?

Zeiss does have two more specialist binoculars to offer. The Zeiss Dialyt 8X56 GA T* is an all-purpose, general hunting favorite.

It has a twilight factor of 21.2, a 330 field of view, and a 7 mm exit pupil, on a Abbe-König glass prism body.

However, it’s definitely a monster binocular that’s 9.37 inches in length, weighs a pounding 35.65 ounces, and it’s unfortunately not weatherproof.

The other specialist binocular is the Zeiss Marine 7X50 GA T*. Sea men will love this bino for its 390 feet field of view, its quality porro prism design, and its 5.67 inch length.

Even with its 7X magnification and 50 mm objective lens size, it will appeal to hunters. The only downside is the monstrous 42.34 oz weight.

You could just put it down on the side of the boat to give your wrists a break, but oh wait, it’s not waterproof. Boo.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Image Stabilization button for instantaneous shake-free and steady viewing
  • Schott T* coatings for brilliant image quality
  • Extremely high magnification power for extreme distance glassing
  • Huge 60 mm objective lenses with 34.6 twilight factor rating for ultimate low light condition hunting
  • Backed by Zeiss’ Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Zeiss Specialist 20X60 Image Stabilization binos are a luxury optic that you might never get to buy – ever! The price is definitely not for the budget-conscious, amateur, or even the expert. It’s for those who have cash willing to burn. Who has that?

You can’t deny though that these binos are one of a kind. Since eight grand isn’t just magically going to land in your lap or suddenly appear in your bank account, it might be safer to check out the Carl Zeiss Victory RF Binocular here. It’s cheaper, but it still might not be out of your safe zone.

To avoid the getting the dog house as your bed tonight, you might want to check out the Vortex Razor HD 12X50 or the Vortex Vulture HD 15X56 binos. They’re still very high powered optics with excellent perks that’s worth bragging about.

Zeiss certainly outperforms with the Specialist line. Is it worth it? You tell us. Depending on how your other half reacts once they know you’ve bought it will be the answer to your question. Fingers crossed that you get to sleep in a bed tonight!

 

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