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The Steiner Optics reputation for combat-worthy performance, toughness and dependability was earned the hard way: in battlefield and tac ops situations around the world. These tactical binoculars reflect hard-won experience with features, ergonomics and visual excellence that are unsurpassed anywhere, and rugged reliability that can survive anything. Whether you need a pocket-sized compact for your gear bag or a full-sized model to spot for your shooter, the Tactical Series will serve you well.

10x power and bright image perfect for sniper/spotters, border surveillance, patrol car optics, and tactical ops whether day or night.

  • Magnification 10x
  • Weight 26.4 oz
  • Width 4.9
  • Height 6.6
  • Item no. 2005

These are available directly from Steiner for $459.99
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Product Features: 

Roof Prism Design

is extremely light weight, compact and streamlined, easy to pack, carry, hold and use.


High Definition Optics

are specially coated for the highest light transmission, sharp edge-to-edge views and contrast, even in low light.


N2 injection™ system

seals 14-psi pressurized dry nitrogen into the optic, for fogproof clarity in any condition - from artic cold to desert heat.



central focusing wheel requires minimal rotation for quick, absolute sharpness from close up to infinity.


Military Grade Rubber Armoring

protects chassis and lenses, reduces noise and provides a sure grip in all conditions.


ClicLoc® system

attaches and releases neck strap or harness instantly with push button ease and designed so binoculars hang straight and action-ready.


Item No.MagnificationObjective LensField of ViewSpecial FeatureRanging Distance
650610x42317 ft.N/AN/A
Field of View317 ft.
Objective Lens42
Focus SystemFast-Close-Focuse™
Optics SystemsHigh Definition Tactical Optic
Close Focus6
Exit Pupil4.2 mm
Twilight Factor20.5
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life
WaterproofSubmersion to 6 ft.
Weight26.4 oz.
Dimension (HxWxL)6.6 x 4.9 x 2.5
Neck StrapNeoprene
Neck Strap AttachmentClicoLoc®
WarrantyHeritage Warranty
Objective CoverYes
Rain Protection CapYes
Carry CaseGear Bag

T1042 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best binoculars ever These are the best binoculars I have ever owned. I expect a lifetime of use hunting, shooting, hiking and whatever comes our way. The clarity is phenomenal. They are excellent under low light conditions. There are a dozen coyotes in coyote heaven that can attest to their quality.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steiner Quality Excellent optics in a more compact size. I bought these to compliment my Steiner 1050r binoculars that I also recently purchased. I knew about Steiner quality from previous experience but was not aware of their extensive line of optics until I visited the website. That's what helped me make my selection. Took them out on a hike and the view was excellent.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steiner binoculars. You won't be disappointed I purchased the 10x42 Tactical binoculars based on a the recommendation of a close and knowledgeable friend. I did this sight unseen. Very glad I did. These are very rugged and the glass is extremely clear. simply a great product
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another High-Quality Product from Steiner I’ve only had my new T1042 binoculars for a few days, but they appear to be what I expected from Steiner. I have an older pair of 8x30 Steiners that i’ve used mostly for air shows. We’re going on a walking safari next summer, needed a second pair, and it was recommended to get 10 power. I chose the Tactical over the Safari model and I’m pleased with the clarity at long distances.
Date published: 2018-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought the Hunting1042 I saw this product in a Hunting Catalog read reviews of them and decided to buy them. Reliability, toughness, and excellent features. So far I am completely satisfied with the product.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The built quality is excellent. The optics are bright and even in low light condition. The focusing ring is so smooth and fast. It is very comfortable in hands. Plus, the best warranty!
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving this binocular It is very easy to use and hold. It is lightweight and the clarity is superb. It is built with great quality and quality that last for long time.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This is my second pair, outstanding optics, super clear.
Date published: 2015-11-08
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I am stuck between the T1042 and the T10422r. They seem to have near the same specs, any help on choosing would be appreciated.

Asked by: abdhugaigsdiua
The two are identical in every way save for one - The T1042*r* includes the SUMR (Steiner Universal Milling Reticle) for rangefinding, and a right-side eyepiece adjustment for focusing that reticle.
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2018-11-13

Is there an illustration of the reticle if there even is one?

Asked by: Ravs
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2018-04-12

T1042 Is it waterproof? Is there an objective lens cover?

Asked by: adsnd
They are water resistant but not submersible.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-11-13

Do these binoculars have built in reticles?

Asked by: wife187
The Item# 6508 does have the SUMR reticle built-in, while the Item# 6506 does not.
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2018-04-12

I am stuck between the T1042 and the XC 10-42. They seem to have near the same specs, any help on choosing would be appreciated.

Asked by: Ken George
The Tactical binoculars feature High Definition coatings for supreme resolution, while the XC binoculars feature high-contrast coatings for excellent color transmission
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2018-04-12

Are the eye cups adjustable for eye relief on these? 

Asked by: Canecorso
They fold in and out - generally used by folks with eyeglasses. Otherwise, no adjustment.
Answered by: TeamSteiner
Date published: 2018-04-12

Is the lens quality of this model, and the Tactical series, of a higher or lower order than the Wildlife XP series ? I have been looking at the Wildlife XP 10.5 x 28 compacts. What’s the better buy ? main interest is bird watching

Asked by: Brian Johns
The Wildlife XP will have the highest grade of glass out of those binoculars. The Wildlife XP would deliver superior performance.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-11-13

Hi, T10x42 as tough as M10x50, wich is a best choice for airsoft games and hunting. Thanks!

Asked by: Mixas
To be honest, those are both great choices. The T series will be a little more compact, if weight and size are an issue.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-11-13
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