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 8×32’s extra-wide 8.2° FOV (Field of View) is also substantially-wider than the discontinued 8×32 SE. The 8×32 SE is the smallest and lightest-weight of the SE family, with rugged construction and precise center focuser, which can focus as close as 10 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.
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Read the 8×32 SE review by renowned astronomy author Neil English.
Kenneth J Hubal (verified owner) –
Sharp and color free. Stars are pin sharp out to 95 percent of the field and colors are true and vivid with no ghost images or stray reflections. This binocular is by far the best Porro prism binocular I’ve ever owned in this aperture magnification range!! Highest recommendation!!
Pinac (verified owner) –
I ordered one online at Oberwerk in Dayton OH on a Thu midday, Oberwerk dispatched the same day, and I got the SE at my home in Switzerland after 3 business days – not bad (for Oberwerk customer service and UPS) !
I had been forewarned by the various reviewers that the SE is quite big and heavy for a 8×32 – it is indeed, but build quality and finish are excellent, and ergonomics are superb, the bino fits snugly into my hands, a joy to use. The immediate impression is that for a 250 $ bino, the optics are really good.
My sample actually magnifies 8.2 x. The measured RFOV and AFOV values are a bit narrower than specified by Oberwerk, but still very nice.
Plenty of eye relief; spectacle wearers should be fine.
Nice extra travel of the focus wheel of ca. 5 dpt beyond the infinity position.
Given that the number of available good 8×30 / 8×32 porro binos is continually shrinking, this is a very welcome addiiton to the binoculars market, not only for porro enthusiasts.
Dave Arbon (verified owner) –
A solid binocular with a bit of weight due to its build quality, focusing is a bit stiff but should loosen up with use, nice case, two neck straps, tried both, preferred the smaller padded one for comfort and it was more proportional to the binocular size, the other is a larger denim material with the Oberwerk logo on it. I will find a use for it on a bigger pair. Optics are very good as far as my older eyes can judge,.
If you are in the the market for a higher grade porro instrument then you should consider this binocular or its bigger SE brothers.
Noah Lawes (verified owner) –
I’m extremely impressed with the 8×32 SE. It provides a beautiful, sharp, sparkling view. It compares favorably with my Leica BN 8×42, and it’s even better in some ways, including CA control, ergonomics, and handheld stability (especially when using the “hat trick” resting the bill of a cap on the prism housings. I’m working on a longer review which I plan to post on one of the forums, but for now, suffice it to say that I think this is a great binocular in absolute terms, and it’s just amazing that you can get it for $250.