ShadowQuest 8x56

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The new Shadowquest 8x56 delivers the industry’s highest light gathering optics to find and identify game in low light. Steiner’s Diamond Night lens coatings increase your odds for success.

Experience the next evolutionary step in low- light binoculars. This technology, combined with Steiner’s hunting heritage, produces the ultimate optic for low-light hunting. The new Steiner ShadowQuest — it’s almost like having an unfair advantage. awarded the Steiner ShadowQuest binoculars as the "2020 Best Low Light Hunting Binocular"

"Low light performance is off the charts...I would also add that the general image quality is excellent and about as good as you could ever hope for."  Read the full review here


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Product Features: 

Best in the industry light transmission (96%+)

With the industry’s highest light transmission, they add critical minutes to your hunt.

Clarity in low light

with Steiner’s proprietary Diamond NightTM lens coating formula uses rare-earth materials to deliver virtually all available light to your eye.


lets you focus each eyepiece to your vision once, then keeps images razor sharp from 20 yards to infinity. No more chasing focus on moving objects.

Steiner Lumiclip

is simple and innovative. The luminescent clip glows with just enough light to easily locate your binoculars in the darkest hours.

Military ruggedness, precision and performance

provide more than half a century of battle-proven reliability and built to perform in the toughest conditions.


Item No.MagnificationObjective LensField of ViewSpecial FeatureRanging Distance
20398x56 mm135 m at 1000 m96% + light transmissionN/A
Field of View135 m at 1000 m
Objective Lens56 mm
Focus SystemSports-Auto-Focus
Optics Systems96% +/-
Close Focus66 ft
Exit Pupil7.0 mm
Twilight Factor21.2
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life
WaterproofSubmersion to 16ft
Weight38.45 oz
Dimension (HxWxL)7.8x8.3 in
Neck Strapneoprene
Neck Strap AttachmentClicLoc
Special Features96% + light transmission
WarrantyHeritage Warranty
Nitrogen Filled14-psi pressurized nitrogen-filled
Objective CoverIncluded
Rain Protection CapIncluded
Carry CaseIncluded

ShadowQuest 8x56 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best optic for low-light and night time My observations in low light and night time usage were excellent with this ShadowQuest 8x56 I am very impressed. it very bright and crystal clear in low- light peering into dark areas where I could see nothing by naked eye every detail was visible with the binocular.with Sports-Auto-Focus make it much easier to use This lets you pick up moving objects faster. Excellent focus free that I have been wanting for years.and it weight only 38.45 oz Good buy!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go-to binocs are Steiner Ranger Pro 10x56mm but the 8x56mm Shadowqst are brighter and lighter weight. A bit bulkier. I don't mind since the poro-prism is pretty efficient and the strap is comfortable. I hunt wildboar late into the p.m. and these Shadowquests are effective.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent excellent excellent I've had a few different brands of binoculars. The ShadowQuest 8x56 are amazing. Very clear glass. Easy to focus. Best at lower light viewing too. They are BIG in your hands. High quality construction. Glad I purchased them. Would recommend!!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb quality and optics I purchased these binoculars primarily for astronomy viewing.. The larger 56mm lenses along with the lens coatings provide 96% light transmission in a unit still light enough to use without a tripod. The low light performance is superb. Stars are tack sharp without halos or aberrations. The auto sports focus system makes focusing a one and done process. I recommend taking your time and getting the focus exact on for each of your eyes. I used a street sign at 50 yards for focusing and at that distance I can see the screws on the sign. At 100 plus yards I can see buds on tree branches easily. The glass and optics are superb world class. At this price point you would be hard pressed to find better. Best binoculars I have used highly recommended!
Date published: 2020-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best product I ever owned I have owned a pair of these for several years and love them.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement for 30 YO Steiner 8x56 I purchased these to replace a 30 year old pair of 8x56 Steiner porro prism binoculars that were deemed unrepairable by the US service department. They are very clear under low light conditions. Hopefully they will last longer than the last pair.
Date published: 2020-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Eyeglass Wearers This is one of only three binoculars that allow people wearing glasses to see the full view due to their long eye relief. We need a minimum of 20mm and this one has 24.4mm. Most other binoculars average 17mm.
Date published: 2020-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic optics but a couple fatal flaws First off let me preface by saying that if this were a review of just the optics it would be hands down five stars. These binos perform beyond my expectations but there are countless reviews already saying this so I'll end it there as I echo each and every one of those opinions on the glass. So why three stars. Well first and foremost the clicloc design, this single point of failure and yes it could be argued is on any strap design but you can see wear on traditional mountings. As a mechanical engineer by trait I'm concerned how the plastic clip will hold up bouncing around in the field. Get a harness you say, sure I plan to do that, but looking at what Steiner offers their harness is a traditional clip, forgoing the clicloc system so that just makes my fear of these coming unhinged at exactly the wrong moment even greater. Ideally I'd love to use them with something like a KUIU harness but given their size that isn't possible so any folks out there that have a decent solution for a harness please reply in comments. The other down tick is the glow lights. There is no obvious way to attach these without tearing off the lense covers which I'm then not sure I'd be able to reattach. Frankly, this is a moot point as the binos will either be around my neck or in a harness so fumbling for them in low light or the dark isn't a huge feature but more of a marketing gimmick in my opinion. In full transparency I've not owned these for a long period of time so these are just my initial impressions. If over time the system clicloc system holds up I'll certainly revisit this review and give it the 5 stars for optics that it does deserve. I just need to find a suitable carrying solution first. Would I recommend to a friend yes, but with caveats on the clicloc system.
Date published: 2019-03-28
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What is the warranty on Steiner Hunting Series binoculars?

Asked by: TomC
The Shadow Quest will have our Heritage Warranty.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-01-17

Do the eyecups of the ShadowQuest fold down for eyeglass wearers?

Asked by: Why do I need a nickname
Yes they will fold down.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2019-11-24

Are these the same as the Nighthunter 8x56mm series?

Asked by: MFTJaeger
While not the same, they would definitely be considered the "closest" relative to the Nighthunter.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-02-01

I have the 9x40 bighorn model but the rubber coating is getting sticky and soft like its breaking down. I think soon it will start peeling away. What are my options to fixing this issue? Thanks Leroy Bauer

Asked by: Bauer
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-08-10

What is the Eye Relief of the ShadowQuest 8x56?

Asked by: SMark
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2020-04-19

I Don’t have a lot of experience in searching for the right binoculars and I was hoping you will be able to tell me which one is best for long range shooting up to 600 yards as well as for hunting. 

Asked by: Milan
Hello, It would all depend on the type of shooting you are doing. You will not likely be able to see holes in paper at those distances. However if you are shooting steel you should be able to call hits and misses. The Shadow Quests are a fantastic pair for hunting. They let in a huge amount of light compared to other binoculars so your image clarity at extended distances will be very good.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2019-11-24

Hi Does the ShadowQuest binocular have the reticules for estimating the range of the target?

Asked by: Mahi93
There is no reticle in the ShadowQuest. Reticles are mostly used in our military and marine lines.
Answered by: TeamSteiner
Date published: 2019-11-24

Will the ShadowQuest show animals in the darkness of night?

Asked by: Sandhorse
The ShadowQuest may be the best binoculars ever made for showing animals in low light conditions. It works amazingly well at dusk, when it's getting hard to see. They are, however, not night vision gear. They don't use infrared or anything like that.
Answered by: TeamSteiner
Date published: 2019-11-24
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