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I hoped a buck was in tow, but could see
nothing through the brush crowding
the opposite bank. Soon the sun was
edging the horizon just a few degrees
south of where the doe was staring,
and if I scanned too close, orange rays
flared through my field of view. But just
a degree or two the other way, the flare
winked out. Right at the flare/no-flare
tipping point there was a flick. A leaf?-
nothing-then flick-what?-a curving
stick among vertical saplings-flick. An
ear? Antler? It was the buck, just the top
of his head.
For 20 minutes that cagey buck moved
nothing but his ears. Eventually I could
discern a curve of hindquarter and a
white spot where his throat would be, but
the low sunshine-effectively backlighting where I needed to look-made for
very difficult glassing. Even so, I had seen
it all. Turkeys balled up in the gloom; the
doe flinging off a thousand water droplets; a buck frozen against nature's tide.
Quite a show, and just the first of
many delivered by the NV. In every scenario its optical clarity was inspiring. I
found a transparency that reduced my
sense of looking through something, a
quality enhanced by the glasses' very
wide field of view (it rated fourth of 40
8x42mm models we surveyed). Early on,
I felt a sensation akin to viewing hi-def
television for the first time, and when
that passed, I knew I had been spoiled.
Eventually, I noticed I could glass longer
without needing to reset and was rarely
inclined to fiddle with the focus.
Since it takes me two hands to steady
a binocular I'm not fussy about body
configuration, and the NV is one of the
few Leicas made in the trendy openbridge style. Unlike some others, it is
bolstered by hinges fore and aft, which
limit how you can hold it one-handed.
More important, though, is the rubberarmored magnesium housing, which is

LEICA NOCTIVID
us.leica-camera.com
■ Type: roof-prism binocular
■ Magnification: 8X (tested), 10X
■ Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
■ Focusing Range: 6.2'-infinity
■ Eye Relief: 19mm
■ Exit Pupil: 4.2mm
■ Field of View @ 1,000 Yds: 404'
■ Coatings: fully multi-coated lenses w/HDC
and AquaDura; phase-corrected prisms
w/P40, HighLux-System HLS
■ Construction: Class 8 coated magnesium chassis, rubber armor; nitrogen-filled;
waterproof to 16.5'
■ Dimensions: height 5.9"; width 4.9";
weight 30.3 ozs.
■ Accessories: neoprene carrying strap,
tethered front lens covers, eyepiece cover,
Cordura case
■ MSRP: $2,599

durable, lightweight and great for gripping. At 30 ounces, the NV is no bantam,
but nonetheless is nicely compact and
balanced at 5.9x4.9 inches, a package
ideal for deliberate glassing, if a bit heavy
in the high country.
Leica's repair service has at times been
criticized, and it appears the engineers

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took that to heart with other durability
measures. The new bino is waterproofrated to a category-leading 16.5 feet, and
I observed no bubbles upon dunking the
NV under water straight from stints in
the freezer and on the radiator. In addition to a limited lifetime warranty for
manufacturing defects, those sold by U.S.
dealers come with the new 3 Year Passport Protection Plan that covers accidental damage other than fire.
If you've read this far, likely you're
wondering how the NV stacks up to blueblood Euro competitors. Is it as bright?
Are the colors as true and as saturated?
Do objects appear to be three-dimensional and tack sharp right to the edges
of the field?
Honestly ... I can't say. What I can
report is that nearly everyone I granted
a look-30-odd friends and family
members ranging from greenhorns to
card-carrying optics snobs-gasped or
made some kind of noise. Add to that
one spec that made some of us gasp a
second time-the pricing is kingly, starting at $2,599 for the 8x42 and $2,699 for
the 10x42. But if you like and depend on
your hunting optics enough to cough up
that kind of ransom, I bet there won't be
any buyer's remorse. ah


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