Black Friday?

Every year about this time, we’re asked what we’re doing for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. For 17 years, the answer is always the same- our products never go “on sale”, with the exception of discontinued items. 2540afcatWhenever you’re ready to order, any time of year, you’ll get our best price. We’re pretty-well stocked on most of our products, and we do have two more incoming shipments in the next 3 weeks- but we will run out of some items before Christmas. We therefore recommend that you order sooner rather than later. We just received a shipment containing our popular 25/40×100 “Contemporary” Long-Range Observation binoculars, but all were pre-sold to waiting customers- so they are still “out-of-stock”. Another shipment containing those arrives in mid-December, in time for Christmas delivery to the contiguous USA. The 25/40×100 “Classic” version is in stock. So order early and often!

Crystal Serenity Cruise Ship Completes the Northwest Passage (Long-Range Binoculars by Oberwerk)

Crystal Cruise’s Serenity just completed a 30-day cruise of the Northwest Passage. The Serenity is equipped with twelve of our 25/40×100 Long-Range Observation Binoculars. Four are placed on the Palm Court, some are moved around on the decks, and the rest are installed in penthouse suites. In the video below, the Cruise Director, standing next to one of our binoculars, talks about this first-ever voyage by a cruise ship. Crystal Cruise Lines is now taking reservations for the 2017 Northwest Passage Cruise (Aug. 15th – Sept. 16th).

Broadcasting live from Crystal Serenity.

Posted by Crystal Cruises on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fixed binoculars for Galapagos Ship

Dear Sirs,
I’m looking for binoculars to install on a ship’s outdoor deck that operates in the Galapagos Islands.  Similar to coin operated but without coins, for use of the passengers aboard so they can look at animals on the islands.  They must withstand salty weather conditions.  Please suggest anything you might have.

There are very few binoculars that can withstand a marine environment.  One would be the Fujinon 25×150 MT-SX, however it is quite expensive ($6195 not including mount).   The outdoor binoculars that you typically see at tourist sites are not very good optically, but you can find those at  You can read more about why I don’t recommend them at this link.   Our 25/40×100 Long-Range Observation binoculars are optically excellent, and affordable (under $2000), but can only be outdoors when the weather is good.  The cruise ship Crystal Serenity, which is just completing a 30-day Northwest Passage expedition, has 12 of these strategically placed onboard.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Kevin Busarow

Hi Kevin,
We would be interested in the 25/40×100 at $2000.  What do you mean by good weather?  No rain?  Most of the time we have trouble in equipment with the salinity.  Everything gets rusty.  IF it rains we could tell the crew to cover them or to take it inside.  What do you think?  Thanks.

Yes, the 25/40×100 is water resistant, not waterproof or weatherproof.  So would be best to mount these in the pilothouse or somewhere out of weather.  If that’s not possible, we do have weatherproof covers available.