Adapting its military-grade gear for the consumer market, Fraser-Volpe’s STEDI-EYE Mariner binoculars promise to remove up to 98 per cent of unwanted motion from shaky hands or vibrations from a moving vehicle. It’s weatherproof and packs night vision too, making it an uber-expensive accessory for serious bird watchers.
Just how expensive you might ask? Try just north of $US5400. You could build your own private aviary with that much money. But the binoculars do seem to deliver impressive features for their high-end price tag. Besides being completely waterproof, buoyant, and working even in the dark, the Mariners feature a set of gyroscope-stabilised prisms sitting between its 14x magnifying lenses. The system is capable of instantly cancelling out vertical movements as drastic as 50 degrees, so even while running through the woods you’re guaranteed a perfect view of that rare Green-Breasted Mango.