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Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars, more than just a hunting tool

Testing the Steiner Nighthunter 8x56

The latest version of Steiner's Nighthunter series offers a light transmission factor that's more than 96%. Also featuring the Sports-Auto-Focus system, these rugged binoculars are ideal for hunting in very low light conditions.

The Team of all4hunters.com
Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars
The Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars are ideal for low light conditions, including twilight and night time

The Steiner Nighthunter concept goes back some 20 years ago. Add this to 70 years of optical development and innovation, and you'll have in your hands the latest iteration of Steiner’s binocular technology, the new Nighthunter 8x56.


The idea behind it is always the same: providing the ultimate tool to give hunters an edge during low light when visibility is poor.

The ability to determine your trophy no matter the darkness does not only means having extra minutes of prime hunting at the best times to spot game (early dawn, twilight, or by the light of the moon – where night hunting is allowed by the law, of course). It's also a matter of hunting ethics: if a hunter is unable to clearly identify the game and its surroundings, an ethical shot cannot be taken. 

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars
The Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars feature the the Sports-Auto-Focus system: you just have to focus each eyepiece to your vision once.

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56: features

Objective lenses of the Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars
The large 56mm objective lenses with Nano-Protection coating offer outstanding low light performance, with 96% light transmission and a twilight factor of 21.2.

With a light transmission factor that's more than 96%, Steiner can rightly claim that the Nighthunter 8x56 is the ultimate optic for night hunting. The larger objective allows in an even greater amount of light for superior clarity and contrast at dusk and dawn. Steiner's Sports-Auto-Focus system guarantees perfect focus all the time. You just have to focus each eyepiece to your vision once, and then you'll have sharp images from 20 meters to infinity. Field of View at 1000 m is a huge 135 m.  Ergo Flex eye cups protect your eyes from lateral light and wind. 

Lenses are protected by Steiner's Nano-Protection that also ensures long-lasting optimal visual quality. The housing is made of rugged Makrolon plycarbonate with a NBR-Longlife rubber armoring that withstands the effects of oil, acid or other climatic influences, with floating prism mounting and nitrogen pressure infill. The binoculars are also waterproof up to 5 m.

They are quipped with a comfortable ClicLoc neoprene-carrying strap that keeps them hanging straight and action-ready with instant, push-button ease. They also sport LumiClips luminescent clips that glows with just enough light to easily locate your binoculars in the darkest night. 

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56: technical data

Model:Nighthunter 8x56
Manufacturer:Steiner Optik
Magnification:8x
Objective lens diameter:56 mm
Field of view at 1000 m:135 m
Exit pupil:7,0 mm
Twilight factor:21.2
Focusing system:Sports-Auto-Focus
Luminosity:49.00
Weight:1090 g
Waterproof:Water pressure proof up to 5 m 
Temperature range:-40°C to +80 °C 
Eyecups:ErgoFlex
Housing:Macrolon plycarbonate with NBR-Longlife rubber armor
Warranty :30 year

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56: the field test

The new Steiner Nighthunter's payoff is: “almost like having an unfair advantage.” Our brief field test confirmed it. 

The Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars deliver very clear, sharp images even in poor light conditions with maximum resolution right to the edge. Whether it's dawn or sunset, contours are always sharp with very little diffused light. Steiner's Sports-Auto-Focus system is quite effective, and once adjusted you don't need any manipulation to focus on your target, whatever the range.

Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 binoculars are comfortable in hand and fairly light at 1090 g, with a perfect grip thanks to the rubber armor even in wet weather and at low temperatures. The 30 years warranty is confirmation of durability and ruggedness.

All in all, the Steiner Nighthunter 8x56 is a worthy addition to a series that's is already well-known among hunters. 


For more information please visit Steiner website.

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