XC 8x42

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With improved optical performance the new XC Series is the perfect entry-level outdoor binocular. Its lightweight, ergonomic design means greater comfort when hiking, birding or watching a sporting event, and the legendary Steiner ruggedness and quality will stand up to anything Mother Nature can offer.

A versatile binocular that picks up amazing detail at longer distances or critical detail as close as 6 feet.

  • Magnification 8x
  • Weight 26.1 oz
  • Width 5 in
  • Height 5.8 in
  • Item no. 2023

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Product Features: 

Makrolon® housing

is durable polycarbonate with NBR Long Life rubber armoring, creating a lightweight, rugged chassis that withstands 11 Gs of impact. Impervious to harsh conditions for generations of trusted use.


N2 Injection System

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



durable construction you can trust to stand up to any cold or wet condition.


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
20238x42410 ft.N/AN/A
Field of View410 ft.
Objective Lens42
Focus SystemFast-Close-Focuse™
Optics SystemsHigh Definition
Close Focus6
Exit Pupil5.3 mm
Twilight Factor18.3
Rubber ArmoringNBR Long Life
WaterproofSubmersion to 10 ft.
Weight26.1 oz.
Dimension (HxWxL)5.8 x 5.0 x 2.4
Neck StrapNeoprene
Neck Strap AttachmentClicoLoc®
WarrantyHeritage Warranty
Objective CoverYes
Rain Protection CapYes
Carry CaseYes

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Hi, Is the Xc 8x42 good for birding ? what is the eye relief specs of this model ?

Asked by: dmal1972
18.5mm The XC binoculars were designed with birdwatching being the typical use
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2023-10-26

The dog chewed the rubber eye cups off my XC8x42.  How can I get replacements?  thanks.

Asked by: Pete C
Hello, Replacements can be obtained from www.steinerpartsdirect.com.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2019-08-29

How exactly is XC different from XP series?

Asked by: psined
The XP has a superior grade of glass.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2023-10-26

I just received my XC 8x42 binoculars and the side light blocking wings on the eyecups are not aligned. Rotating the eyecups raises and lowers, but I cannot see how to rotate the side light wings independently for proper alignment.

Asked by: GlassingGuy
Hello, If you are careful about where you apply pressure you can rotate just the winged portions.
Answered by: Steiner Tech Support
Date published: 2018-09-02

Is this model replacement of Skyhawk 3.0 8x42 ?

Asked by: Sulthan 91816
The XC is a replacement for the Merlin binocular line in North America, and is identical to the Skyhawk 3.0
Answered by: SteinerOptics3
Date published: 2022-01-24
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