Nikon Prostaff P7 8×42 binoculars review

The Nikon Prostaff P7 8×42 binoculars are a lightweight and affordable alternative to their P3 binoculars. Often, when asked what the perfect binoculars for stargazing are, astronomers will cite those with a magnification of at least 10×50. This makes perfect sense — the 10x magnification and 50mm aperture is an ideal combination of power and light-gathering ability. However, sometimes the insistence on 10x50s can blind would-be binocular users to the ability of smaller 8×42 instruments: With their 8x magnification and 42mm aperture, this stargazing aid can present wide, star-strewn fields. The question is, do Nikon’s Prostaff P7 8×42 binoculars do enough to challenge the hegemony of 10×50 instruments?

 Nikon Prostaff P7 8×42 binoculars review

Nikon Prostaff P7 8×42 binoculars: Design

A photo of the rear of the Nikon Prostaff P7 8x42 on a table

Focusing is neat and smooth, and the binoculars remain steadfast in focus once you’ve reached that point.  (Image credit: Gemma Lavender)
  • Excellent build quality
  • Very good eye-relief
  • Multi-coated lenses and highly reflective multi-layer prism coating

On first use, Nikon’s Prostaff P7 8×42 binoculars impress with their sturdy compactness. Coated in a lovely rubber surface with subtle textures to ensure a secure grip, they are a delight to wield, weighing just 21.8oz (618g). Your arms won’t get tired holding them — a burden of heavier, larger binoculars — and they can even be easily held in just one hand, making them perfect for the casual skywatcher. We were able to sweep the night sky for long periods.

A close up of the binocular's eyecups

We are delighted by the eye relief, which boasts a pleasant 0.79-inches (20mm), and the extendable eyecups feature a lockable diopter adjustment. (Image credit: Gemma Lavender)

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