Predator 8x42

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To High Definition optics we add the Predator diamond coating - a secret Steiner technology that generates superior light transmission and high contrast imaging. All this in compact, lightweight design that provides the military ruggedness and durability you expect from Steiner.

The 8x magnification offers a huge field of view and a bright, high definition image. These are ideal for finding and follow game through dense timber, especially in low light situations.


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Product Features: 

Predator Diamond Coating

Added to High Definition optics, the secret Steiner technology generates superior light transmission, high contrast and high definition imaging.


Central focusing wheel requires minimal rotation for quick absolute sharpness from close-up to infinity.

Laser Texture

Laser texture provide a good grip for these compact and lightweight models making them ideal for hunting or any outdoor excursion.


Item No.MagnificationObjective LensField of ViewSpecial FeatureRanging Distance
20588 x42 mm375 ft at 1000 ydsHigh Contrast Lenses-
Field of View375 ft at 1000 yds
Objective Lens42 mm
Ranging Distance-
Focus System-
Optics SystemsPredator Diamond Coating
Close Focus6.6 ft
Angle of View-
Exit Pupil5.25 mm
Eye Relief17.25 mm
IP Distance-
Diopter Range-
Twilight Factor18.33
EyecupsErgonomic Rotary Eyecups
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life Rubber Armoring
Weight26.6 oz
Dimension (HxWxL)6.9 in x 4.73 in x 2.5 in
Neck Strap-
Neck Strap AttachmentUniversal
Special Features-
WarrantyHeritage Warranty
Nitrogen FilledYes
Objective Cover-
Rain Protection Cap-
Carry CaseYes

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Predator 8x42 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast focus binos I have used steiner binoculars professionally for 20+ years, these in particular for over 10 years. These are my go to's. They stay in the car and have identified many activities over that time. I recently bought a second set and need to send the original back for refurb because I have lost the eye cups and the adjustment knob cover through the years. These things have been dropped off of cars, thrown through the vehicle while something crazy was happening, and even dropped once over 2 stories into a yard. Even though a few pieces of trim are missing, they still function and are as clear as day one! Thanks Steiner for making a great product.
Date published: 2023-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Glass! In classic Steiner fashion, the optical quality is impeccable. With extremely clear glass and good resistance against fogging these binos are well worth the price. The housing rubber seems durable and the attachment points for the lanyard clasps are convenient. The focusing dials are very easy to use, are ergonomic, and conveniently placed. The downsides: ->The 8×42 Predator is a bit weighty for its size; without a threaded bipod connection, it can be inconvenient to focus on distant points after shooting, or an extended amount of time holding them to your eyes. ->The lanyard that comes with the binoculars is very uncomfortable--little padding and feels cheaply made. I would recommend buying a different one as soon as possible.
Date published: 2024-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great glass for the price Very happy with the product. I use this for mid-spotting and hunting. I wish it were a little higher power but the quality is fantastic.
Date published: 2023-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great compact binoculars with a very solid build and wonderful clarity.
Date published: 2023-07-16
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I have an older pair of binoculars that all the rubber has coming off of them. Can I get anything done with them. I've always liked these the best I've ever had.

Asked by: Snuffy
We can service those for you:
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-11-27

What does 8 x 42 mean?

Asked by: Patt
8 is the magnification power, and 42 is the size of the objective lens. This helps determine your field of view and brightness of your binoculars.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-04-17

Can the wings on the eyecups be removed? It would seem to be problematic for eyeglass wearers.

Asked by: Steve64
They fold down for use with glasses.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-04-30

How are they with getting foggy.. that’s my biggest problem with lots of Binos 

Asked by: Commishnyse
They're purged with nitrogen to prevent internal fogging.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-11-24

I have a pair of 8 x 42 Predator binoculars from 2002 or 2003 the outer ring of the lenses are cloudy and of course the rubber is just old. Is there a way to get these refurbished to get he cloudiness out of the glass & possibly new rubber?

Asked by: cheesehead
We're happy to take a stab at repairing them for you. Please go here to get started.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-07-03

Hello! I have a pair of Military Marine 8x30 that have developed split vision. Can this be repaired?

Asked by: Hey you
We should be able to fix that. Please go here to get started:
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-11-08

Where are the newest Predator 8x42 binoculars made?

Asked by: Mike Pal
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-07-17
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