10×42 SE


10×42 SE

(1 customer review)


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The Oberwerk SE (Special Edition) Series are based on the discontinued SE models from a well-known Japanese brand. Our SE’s have the same ergonomic and lightweight design, but we improved the optical quality by using FK-61 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass objectives, which eliminate chromatic aberration (false-color fringing). The 10×42’s wide 6.5° FOV (Field of View) is also wider than the discontinued 10×42 SE. The 10×42 SE is the mid-size of the SE family, with rugged construction and precise center focuser, which can focus as close as 15 feet away. Of course they are fully broadband multi-coated, waterproof, and nitrogen charged. Includes a rugged padded soft case, caps, and a neck strap.


Recommended mounts-
Oberwerk 2000 Monopod
Oberwerk 3000 Tripod

Read the 10×42 SE review by renowned astronomy author Neil English.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 11 × 7 in
Exit Pupil


IPD Range

56mm – 76mm

Minimum Focus


Product Weight

2.0 lbs.

Product Dimensions

L=6", W=6.5", H=2.5"

1 review for 10×42 SE

  1. Hans van Nigtevecht (verified owner)

    I have a great interest in binoculars and telescopes. So when I read the review of Neil English on the Oberwerk 10×42 SE this attracted my attention and I bought this binocular from Oberwerk.com.
    This weekend I compared the optical properties of the Oberwerk 10×42 SE with my Zeiss SF 10×32.
    I know this is really not a fair comparison. But that is what I did. And the results are really surprising.
    I have done the tests with a tripod and without glasses. My 22 year old son with very good vision confirmed what I saw. It is not just my eyes seeing this.
    These are the tests I have done:
    In the morning, it was sunny
    – I have a test chart with text with different font sizes. I placed it at about 12 meters distance. I can just read the smallest font with the Zeiss SF.
    I have tried many roof prism binoculars in the price range of about 500 – 800 $ and with none of these I could read the smallest font at this distance.
    I compared the Oberwerk 10×42 ES and the Zeiss SF and to be honest the difference is very small. I cannot tell which one is sharper (in the center and edge).
    · Spider web at about 15 meters aways. Again the difference is extremely small.
    · I looked at branches of a tree against the sky to look for chromatic aberration (CA). In the centre both show no CA. On the edge the Zeiss SF is slightly better but still hard to tell the difference.

    In the evening with light from a bright street light about 20 meters away.
    · Look straight at the very bright street light. Both binoculars show a perfect view. No false colors or other aberrations. You can easily see all the bugs on the lamp.
    · Licence plate of a car parked at about 30 meters. The Oberwerk shows a slightly brighter view due to the larger lens, furthermore no clear difference in sharpness.

    A few days later I got a chance to look at a full Moon and Jupiter with its moons. The views were perfect. I did not see any false colours or other aberrations.

    This is an exceptional binocular with amazing optical performance very comparable to a 6x more expensive roof prism binocular.

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