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Adam Lyall | 29/04/2021
The Viking Peregrine binoculars are the latest release within the Viking range. Designed to offer the highest possible performance, these binoculars are certainly top of the class. Pairing phase-coated prisms with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass creates crystal-clear images. Furthermore, the overall build quality ensures that these binoculars remain protected in all weather conditions.
Perfect for all bird watching activities, the Viking Peregrine binoculars come available in a number of focal ranges. These focal ranges (8x32, 8x42, 10x42) are suitable for all occasions and tasks. The best magnification and objective size will vary depending on the person. However, if you require any assistance with this, we have a full guide on which magnification is best.
This guide aims to take an in-depth look at the Viking Peregrine ED range to understand how well they perform. Reviewing each part of the build design is essential to providing you with the information that you need. That is why our team of experts have spent some time putting these binoculars for the test.
Viking maintain their traditional design features by opting for a compact and lightweight design with the Viking Peregrine binoculars. This lightweight design makes the binoculars feel fantastic to hold and use. For example, the Viking Peregrine 10x42 Binoculars weigh in at 610 grams. These are the largest binoculars within the Peregrine range. Everything feels incredibly balanced without compromising on the overall quality. If you are looking for binoculars which are easily portable, then the Viking Peregrine are certainly a great option.
However, this lightweight design takes nothing away from how durable these binoculars. The inclusion of a rubber-armour coating offers excellent protection for these binoculars. The rubber-armour design finish available makes these binoculars resistant to all conditions. This allows the Viking Peregrine binoculars to be waterproof and resistant to any damage. Perfect for use in all environments and weather conditions.
The Viking Peregrine makes use of nitrogen in the lenses to prevent any fogging. This feature helps to ensure that these binoculars are ready for any weather. The use of this nitrogen also helps to remove any build-up of dirt in the lenses. This ensures that the lenses remain in a pristine condition.
The inclusion of twist-down eyecups is a welcome addition to the binoculars. Adjustments are quick to make and finding the ideal positioning for your eyes is easy. These twist-down eyecups are incredibly beneficial to those that wear glasses. These eyecups allow for the full image to be viewable through the lenses. This has become a staple feature within the Viking range and really allows the binoculars to be more accessible.
The overall build design of the Viking Peregrine feels fantastic. It provides a durable and compact design without feeling heavy. Those that are using these binoculars for birdwatching will find it to be the perfect companion for this.
Finally, it is important to look at the overall design mechanics available here. The Viking Peregrine offers a focusing wheel which performs well during use. Throughout testing, the focusing wheel felt incredibly smooth and precise to use. It does not feel overly sensitive and making accurate adjustments is easy. Anyone that picks up the Viking Peregrine binoculars should feel comfortable with the mechanisms here.
The optics available with the Viking Peregrine binoculars provide an image of the highest quality. The introduction of Extra-low Dispersion glass helps take this quality to a new level. Pairing this with the multi-coated lenses and phase-coated prisms ensures a perfect image at all times.
The use of ED glass in the binoculars helps to correct any colour fringing or defects on the viewable image. This helps provide the binoculars with the most accurate and detailed image possible. The reduction in the colour fringing is what really separates the Viking Peregrine binoculars from the rest. Furthermore, even in low-light conditions you can expect these binoculars to deliver high quality results. This helps make these binoculars extremely adaptable to all surroundings.
In addition to this, the multi-coated lenses and phase-coated prisms further enhance the overall quality. The multi-coated lenses help maximise the light transmission through the binoculars and create a crystal-clear image. The use of phase-coated prisms help to increase colour fidelity to define the image. These are very impressive and the overall image is outstanding. From the time spent with the binoculars, it was clear that they certainly offer the best results.
As previously mentioned, the lenses of the Viking Peregrine binocular contain nitrogen. This prevents any potential fogging in the lenses and allows the binoculars to perform in harsher conditions. However, this also helps to maintain the condition of the lenses. The nitrogen will prevent any build up of dirt or dust. This helps maintain the binoculars in the best condition during use.
The Viking Peregrine delivers incredibly detailed image quality thanks to the lenses. However, it is important to evaluate key factors such as the FOV available. This is particularly important when using these binoculars for activities such as birdwatching.
The Viking Peregrine 8x32 ED binoculars offer the widest FOV at 8.4°. This is a fairly wide FOV and allows for easy tracking of objects. Thanks to the inclusion of the ED glass, the quality across this full FOV is excellent. It is difficult to identify any faults with this and birdwatchers will rejoice with how effective these binoculars are. In comparison, the Viking Peregrine 10x42 ED binoculars provide a FOV of 6.7° which is much narrower. However, this will provide a much greater magnification power for a detailed view.
This really comes down to personal preference and the activities that the binoculars will be used for. Throughout the testing, each of the binoculars provided excellent results with both tracking and providing detailed images. The Viking Peregrine certainly offers the best results in comparison to other models within the Viking range. If you are able to stretch your budget, then these binoculars are the best for high-quality results.
Finally, it is important to consider the eye-relief available with these binoculars. This will vary depending on the size of the binoculars that you opt for. However, the Viking Peregrine binoculars do a great job of providing exceptional eye-relief with all models.
The Viking Peregrine 8x42 ED binoculars provide the largest eye-relief within this range (20mm). In comparison, the other two Viking Peregrine models will provide 15.7mm which will still offer great comfort. Throughout testing, the twist-down eyecups provided great comfort during use. This helps to prevent any irritation or discomfort during long-term use. Perfect for spending the day birdwatching.
The Viking Peregrine ED binoculars certainly bring a lot to the table with the specs and features that it offers. However, it is important to evaluate how well this performs during long-term use. Thankfully the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars are seriously impressive in every aspect.
The inclusion of the ED glass provides the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars with the highest possible image quality. Combining this with the multi-coated lenses and phase-coated prisms enhances this even further. The results are truly impressive and the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars will deliver high quality results at all times. If you are looking for binoculars that perform all year round, then look no further than the Viking Peregrine.
The most impressive part of the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars is how crystal-clear the image is. The overall image is flawless and there are no issues with colour fidelity. The ED glass with the phase-coated BAK-4 prisms do a great job of maximising the quality here. Finding any faults with the image quality is difficult. The Viking Peregrine ED binoculars just excel in every aspect.
Finding the perfect balance between a lightweight yet durable build design is not easy. However, the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars achieve this with ease. The compact design makes the binoculars easy to hold and extremely portable. The binoculars feel incredibly light to hold and this therefore makes them a prime choice for long-term use.
Despite this compact and lightweight design, the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars provide extreme durability. The inclusion of the rubber-armour finish ensures that these binoculars are resistant to water damage. Designed for use in all conditions, the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars are perfect for year-round use. These binoculars are ready for whatever the Great British weather may throw at them.
The Viking Peregrine ED binoculars achieve the highest marks in every aspect. Pairing superior optics with a high quality build design provides excellent value for your money. The binoculars perform incredibly well and finding any faults is difficult. Regardless of weather condition or environment, you can guarantee that the Viking Peregrine ED will deliver high-end results.
The high level of quality available with the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars is incredible. From the superb image quality to the compact build design, it offers you everything that you need. These binoculars are perfect for all occasions and certainly provide excellent value for money.
These binoculars offer the highest possible image quality. This is largely due to the inclusion of the ED glass. The glass helps to ensure the image is consistently crystal-clear and without any flaws. Regardless of your environment, you can be sure that the image will be clear and defined. Viking maintain their tradition of developing incredible optics which are available at a cost-effective price.
Taking everything in to consideration, I can not recommend the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars enough. These binoculars deliver the highest possible performance whilst still offering a sleek design.
This entry was posted in Reviews, Binoculars, Binoculars & Birding on 29/04/2021 by Adam Lyall.