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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.


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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
200510 x42 mm317 ft at 1000 yds--
Field of View317 ft at 1000 yds
Objective Lens42 mm
Ranging Distance-
Focus SystemFast-Close Focus™
Optics SystemsHigh Definition Tactical Optic
Close Focus6 ft
Angle of View-
Exit Pupil4.2 mm
Eye Relief16 mm
IP Distance56 - 74 mm
Diopter Range+/- 4 dpt
Twilight Factor20.5
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life Rubber Armoring
WaterproofSubmersion to 16 ft.
Weight26.4 oz
Dimension (HxWxL)6.6 in x 4.9 in x 9 in
Neck StrapNeoprene
Neck Strap AttachmentClicLoc System
Special Features-
WarrantyHeritage Warranty
Nitrogen FilledYes
Objective CoverYes
Rain Protection CapYes
Carry CaseGear Bag

T1042 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Binoculars I bought these about 3 weeks ago and I am very happy I did! The built quality is excellent. After fine tuning the eye relief and diopter/focus setting to my eyes; the optics are bright and clear over the entire field of view. Image quality is exceptional. I tested them in low light conditions where I could not see objects within 100 yards, these binoculars made it possible to see and identify those objects, just amazing! The focusing ring is smooth and fast with perfect clarity. The depth of view is also exceptional. They are very comfortable in the hands. These T1042 binoculars perform exactly as described and what I was expecting from Steiner.
Date published: 2019-07-17
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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I'm am torn between the safari ultra sharp 10x42 or the tactical 10x42 for birdwatching and general nature wildlife. Can I get some input here please.

Asked by: Dan1424
The Ultrasharps would be ideal for birdwatching.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-10-12

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: 2023-10-08

Hello, Are these able to be mounted to a tripod with the a threaded socket on the front of the binoculars? Thank You

Asked by: Cougar
Yes, they'll accept any standard tripod adapter that uses 1/4-20 thread pitch.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2022-02-03

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

Asked by: Ravs
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2023-04-15

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: 2021-11-05

How are the T1042 binoculars with eyeglasses?

Asked by: Mark 704
They work well with glasses, you can fold down the eyecups if they get in the way.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-03-30

Greetings, I'm looking at 3 models of 10x42. 10x42 Tactical, Blue Horizon, Safari UltraSharp. These will be used for Elk, Deer, Antelope hunting. Which model has the best glass and which model is best suited for the above hunting? Thank You!

Asked by: BHRowe
The Safari Ultrasharp's would be the best choice for hunting due to the glass they use, and the lens coatings.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2021-12-07

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: 2021-06-20
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