The Pentar company has kindly provided me with the Meade 8×42 Rainforest Pro for review and testing. Meade is positioning this optical device as a universal binoculars for tourists, hunters, travelers. I myself am a fan of binoculars and have a small collection of 5 binoculars with an aperture of 26 to 100 mm. For me, binoculars are not just a land-eye, but also a tool for observing the night sky, especially if you cannot take a telescope with you. In addition, binoculars are an excellent companion for a telescope – first we study the area of interest with the binoculars, and then we point the telescope there and observe various objects. I consider binoculars with 8x magnification to be the most versatile, since the observations are not yet hampered by shaking hands and they can see quite a lot of objects in the sky – star clusters, as well as the brightest nebulae and galaxies.
I have the following requirements for binoculars:
1) good image quality across the field (at least 2/3 point stars)
2) minimum field curvature (stars in focus from center to edge)
3) large eye relief for observation with glasses (at least 15 mm)
4) full coating of all surfaces (affects light transmission and glare)
5) small chromatism (does not interfere with astronomical observations, but catches the eye during daytime)
Well, let’s proceed to the review.
Meade 8×42 Rainforest Pro binoculars comes in a carton box. The delivery set includes a carrying bag, a belt and a cleaning cloth. High quality, full multi-coated optical surfaces, Bak-4 prisms, water resistance, nitrogen filling and durable rubber-coated housing are claimed. Made binoculars in China.