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DOPE BAG

SWAROVSKI CL COMPANION

SWAROVSKI CL COMPANION
8X 30 MM BINOCULAR
O

ptics companies are
secretive when it comes
to the formulas for their
lens coatings. We'll never know
the precise mix Austrian maker
Swarovski puts into and onto the
lens surfaces of its CL Companion
8X 30 mm binocular, but it is
undeniably effective.
Although retired from service in
2006, the 1951 U.S. Air Force resolution chart provides a baseline for
evaluating optical performance
and clarity. From a sandbag rest the
Swarovski was clear and countable
to the -1 group, element 5 in bright
light. An 8X 42 mm binocular used
for comparison produced an identical result, as did a less-expensive
10X 42 mm.
It wasn't until the chart was in
the shade that the difference in
glass and coatings really started to
shine. The other 8X binocular reading dropped off to element 4, and
although the 10X kept pace with
the Swarovski, the latter's image
was much more crisp. With an

orange-colored gel over the chart
in sunlight, all three readings were
identical. But, the CL Companion
claimed top honors handily when
the elements were changed to
purple, green and blue-the latter
two being critical for hunting.
The Swarovski's 30 mm objective lens can't defy physics and
collect as much light as the lessexpensive 42 mm models used for
comparison, but biology, glass and
coatings level the playing field. The
Companion's exit pupil diameter
of 3.8 mm may seem nominal (a
middle-aged man can process
about 5 mm worth), but the binocular was noticeably brighter in
diminished light and its ability to
resolve the tiniest of details put
the others to shame. It may lack
the famed fluoride HD glass of its
bigger EL Series brother, but the
headache-free image is tack-sharp,
edge to edge, and no chromatic
aberration was observed.
The binocular is nitrogen-filled
and rated as being submersible

IMPORTER: SWAROVSKI OPTIK (DEPT. AR),
2 SLATER ROAD,
CRANSTON, RI 02920;
(800) 426-3089;
SWAROVSKIOPTIK.COM
MAGNIFICATION AND OBJECTIVE:
8X 30 MM
TYPE: ROOF-PRISM BINOCULAR
FINISH: BLACK, GREEN OR SANDBROWN
EYE RELIEF: 15 MM
EXIT PUPIL DIAMETER: 3.8 MM
FIELD OF VIEW: 372 FT. AT 1,000 YDS.
HEIGHT: 2.3"
LENGTH: 4.7"
WIDTH: 4.5"
WEIGHT: 17.6 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: LENS COVERS,
CARRYING STRAP, WRIST STRAP,
FIELD BAG, MANUAL
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1,054

to 13 ft. of water, so it didn't come
as a surprise that nothing leaked
after a two-hour soaking, complete
with ice cubes. It didn't fog when
removed from the water bath in an
air-conditioned room; but when
introduced to 87º F. and 58 percent
humidity, moisture condensed on
its external surfaces-a natural
reaction. Unlike some other highpriced gas-purged optics that have
been subjected to the same test,
though, the lenses wiped clean
instantly and easily, rendering the
Swarovski fully functional.
Field of view at 1,000 yds.
is 372 ft. and it can focus on
objects as close as 9.8 ft. The CL
Companion 8X 30 mm weighs
only 17.6 ozs. (sans strap and provided lens covers) and measures
4.7"x4.5"x2.3". Part of the weight
savings is found in the single
hinge instead of the pricier EL
Series' pair. Add a limited-lifetime
warranty on optical components
with a 10-year guarantee on
mechanics, and it's finally possible for most shooters to savor
Swarovski's heralded optical quality without breaking the bank.

As with most binoculars today, the CL Companion has twist-up eyepieces
to enable use by eyeglass wearers and non-wearers alike.
The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called "doping the wind."

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