Birders need bird watching binoculars which fit their level of experience and need. Those who simply like to watch bird activity don’t usually need the best binoculars, which provide minute detail of birds a quarter mile away. They do still need a quality, performance-driven binocular, though. The Vortex Crossfire series is an entirely new optical system having housing and aesthetics which push into a realm previously unheard of at their price point. They have fully multi-coated lenses which promote impressive optical quality. A wide field of view and enhanced depth of field ensure optical view of the desired subject. The Crossfire series are the entry point of Vortex’s roof prism lineup, but there is nothing entry-level about these binoculars.
The Crossfire 12×50 has fully multi-coated lenses, which increase light transmission due to their multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. It has roof prisms, which are valued for greater durability and compactivity. The Crossfire is waterproof due to the optics being sealed with o-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular. It is also fog-proof due to purging with nitrogen gas in the manufacture process. A rubber armor on the exterior of the body provides a secure, non-slip grip, as well as a durable external protection.
For convenience of the user, the Crossfire has adjustable eyecups which twist up and down, providing comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. You will find a center focus wheel, which adjusts the focus of both binocular barrels at the same time. The right eyepiece has a diopter which adjusts for differences in user’s eyes. Importantly, it is compatible with a tripod adapter (not included), which allows use on either a tripod or car window mount.
The Vortex Crossfire 12×50 has a magnification of 12X, and an objective lens diameter of 50 mm. The eye relief (best distance from exit lens to the user’s pupil) is 15mm, and the exit pupil (lens) had a diameter of 4.1 mm. The linear field of view is 273 feet at 1000 yards distance, and the angular field of view is 5.2 degrees. It will focus as close as 9.8 feet. The distance between eyepieces can be varied from 60 to 76 mm. It is 6.6 inches high, and 5.4 inches wide. It weighs 30.3 ounces. A product manual is downloadable in PDF.
Item #: GCV-SWCF4304
UPC #: 875874005785
· Fully multi-coated lenses
· Roof prisms
· Rubber armor
· Adjustable eyecups
· Center focus wheel
· Right eye diopter
· Tripod adaptable
· 12X magnification
· 50 mm objective lens diameter
· 15 mm eye relief
· 4.1 mm exit pupil diameter
· 273 feet linear field of view at 1000 yards
· 5.2 degrees angular field of view
· 9.8 feet close focus
· 60 to 76 mm interpupil distance
· 6.6 inches high
· 5.4 inches wide
· 30.3 ounces
Included in the box
· Rainguard eyepiece cover
· Tethered objective lens covers
· Comfort neck strap
· Soft carry case
VIP unconditional lifetime warranty
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