The flagship of the line is the BN 7×50 DCM, with many innovative features, including a fully integrated digital compass that has an LED display in the center of the field of view, with precision, automated tilt function. In addition, it has a barometer display and history recording; altitude display; temperature and history; stopwatch; and time.
With its multi-coated lens system, ample 7-power magnification and a 50mm objective lens, the binocular has a high twilight factor of 19 for sharp-image visibility, even in dim light conditions. Retail is $699.
The BN 7×50 DC Nautic offers most of the same features including the built-in digital compass, which allows information to appear in the center of the visual field without losing sight of the essentials. It does not have the added multi-function capability of the DCM. It is housed in a distinctive maritime-design body, available in black or white. Retail price $649.
The MINOX BN 7×50 C Nautic has the same basic binocular qualities, in a distinctive black-and-white body with rubber eyecups. This cost-effective model has an analog compass, without the added features of the Nautic DC models. Retail price, $299.
For those who prefer to go without the compass or other added features, the BN 7×50 is a robust quality binocular for $249.
Not part of the Nautic Line but another versatile tool for boaters is the new MINOX MD 7×42 C monocular. Light and compact, it fits into almost any pocket, so it’s easy to carry anywhere. With 7x magnification it provides a large and sharp field of view up to124.6 yards, even in low light conditions. The important added feature, which makes this a versatile companion, is the precise integrated compass for unerring navigation. All of this high quality optical system is protected by a rugged housing that is waterproof to 16.4 feet. Retail price for the MD 7×42 C monocular is $119.
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