Barska Binoculars

Goofus buys binoculars with the highest magnification possible.

Gallant knows that you’ll never see a bird through shaky, ultra-magnification binoculars.

Goofus doesn’t care if his binoculars are waterproof — he’s not taking them scuba diving

Gallant’s waterproof binoculars remain fog-free in the rain, and he doesn’t worry about dropping them in a puddle

Goofus is sick of being wrong all the time, as he has been for 80 years

Gallant is a pretty self-satisfied, smug little turd when you think about it

Goofus reads a Wirecutter article about consumer binoculars, to finally put Gallant in his place

Gallant buys these Barska crossover waterproof binoculars and calls it a day

Goofus learns that new binoculars feature roof prisms, which draw the light directly through the lenses, rather than bounce them around

Gallant goes birdwatching and differentiates a Bohemian Waxwing from a Cedar Waxwing

Goofus learns that The Wirecutter considers their pick, a $290 pair, “amazingly affordable”

Gallant invests the money he saved by purchasing these Barska binoculars on Meh rather than these “amazingly affordable” ones in a low-fee index fund, yielding him an estimated $1,800 over 30 years.

Goofus buys the $290 pair and gets ready to rub it in Gallant’s face that he was finally thoughtful, well-informed, and patient in his decision-making

Gallant looks through his pair and Goofus’s pair and decides he can’t really tell the difference, but he’s impressed that Gallant spent so much of his free time learning about the intricacies of consumer optics.

Goofus gets depressed, buys a pint of ice cream, and binge-watches Riverdale. He’ll never win.


  • Waterproof binoculars for birding, hunting, sports-watching, or leering
  • You might not think you need waterproof binoculars, but tell that to your last 3 phones
  • They’ve got 8x magnification, a 30mm objective lens, a right eye diopter, and a bunch of other features that you’re going to look up on the Amazon page if you’re a serious binocular person
  • At ~20oz, they weigh less than a porterhouse steak you would get for free if you ate the whole thing in one sitting
  • They won’t look the way movies portray binocular viewing – sorry
  • Model: AB11432 (Don’t buy these and then complain that they don’t function as a chaperone that inhibits aggregation of misfolded proteins. You were looking at the features for this $415 Anti-PDIA6 antibody)



  • Model: AB11432
  • Conditon: New
  • Focus System: Center
  • Prism Type: Porro
  • Prism Glass: BAK-4
  • Magnification (Fixed): 8x
  • Close Focus (ft/m): 8/2.5
  • Eye Relief: 17.6mm
  • Objective Lens: 30mm
  • Exit Pupil: 4.28mm
  • Field of View (ft@1000yds/m@1000m): 431/144
  • Diopter: Right Eye
  • Optical Coating: Fully Multi-Coated
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Fogproof: Yes (Nitrogen CO2)
  • Tripod Adaptable: Yes
  • Product Weight: 20.36 oz
  • Finish: Black Matte

What’s in the Box?

1x Binoculars
1x Set of lens covers
1x Carrying case
1x Neck strap
1x Lens cloth



Price Comparison

$59.99 at Amazon


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Estimated Delivery Date

FedEx SmartPost: Monday, June 25th - Friday, June 29th Encore

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