When looking to
purchase a pair of binoculars, there are a few things to consider.
The first, and most
important point is comfort. We are all different and a “one size fits
all” approach is not applicable here. The binocular must be
comfortable to hold and the focusing wheel easy to reach and turn. It
must also be possible to look through them without straining your eyes
- you want to enjoy using them after all! This is why we strongly
recommend visiting our shop so you can try a few pairs to see what is
right for you.
Size and power is
next on the list. Binoculars have a formula, such as 8x25, 8x42,
10x42, what does it mean and what should I choose? The first number (8
or 10) is the power, or magnification, so the amount the subject will
appear closer to you. With an 8x pair of binoculars something that is
8 miles away will look like it is 1 mile away. The second number (25
or 42) is the diameter of the front, objective lens. The bigger it is,
the more light can enter giving a brighter image. This will affect the
size of binocular as an 8x25 will be a lot smaller and lighter than an
For normal hand held
use, we would suggest you select a magnification of no more than 10x.
This is mainly due to handshake, as the higher the magnification power
of your binoculars, the more noticeable the shaking of your hands
becomes. It is better to have a slightly smaller image, but one you
can see clearly.
Most binoculars will
have twist up or pull up eyepieces. This is to provide easier viewing
whether you wear glasses or not. For non-glasses wearing people, the
cups should be up and for glasses wearers, they should be down. This
ensures that the eye is the same approximate distance from the optic.
Binoculars that offer “long eye relief” will be better suited for
people who wear glasses.
These are some basic
factors to consider for more in depth explanations we look forward to
seeing you in-store.