Five practical tips on choosing new binoculars
A special heron, beautiful dunlin, or a precious butterfly. Or maybe the nesting sparrow in the back-yard, the falcon in the tower or the approaching ship. Would you like to spot them all? You have to have binoculars! With good binoculars your experience outside becomes even more impressive. You have to mind certain things. How will you know which binoculars are suited for you? We have some good tips for you.
Tip number one: decide what you will use the binoculars for
Taking a pair of binoculars outside is one thing, but choosing the right pair is another! To have a waterproof one is always handy, whether you are on the water or find yourself on a rainy day in a shower. Do you go into the woods often and want to get closer to the birds and insects? How the colours are portrayed and the brightness are important. You want to catch a bird mid-flight? Choose a wide field of vision. Make your own priorities and base your choice of binoculars on them.
Tip number two: the dimensions of the binoculars
For a lot of people the dimensions are a key factor in searching for the right pair. A smaller pair will of course fit easier into your pocket. A bigger one often provides a more clear picture and is more stable. Find the right balance. A common dimension is the 8 x 42, where 8 is the enlargement and 42 is the diameter of the objective in mm.
Most 8x42’s are reasonably compact so you can bring them with easily.
Tip number three: are you wearing glasses? Watch the eye-distance of the binoculars.
When you wear glasses you should watch eye-distance when buying binoculars. This is the distance between the eye to the objective. When you wear glasses you should choose a minimum eye distance of 15 mm. A smaller distance prevents you from looking through the binoculars properly.
Tip number four: the enlargement of the binoculars.
Sometimes it seems that the bigger the enlargement the better the view. Unfortunately this does not necessarily work for binoculars. The field of vision is not the only thing that is enlarged, but also the vibrations you unintentionally create by hand too. When you opt for an enlargement bigger than 8, your brain is less well-equipped to compensate the vibrations coming from your hand. You would need a really steady hand or a tripod. Not always convenient when you want to take your binoculars to the woods!
The diameter of the exit pupil is also important. This is the size of the ray of light once it exits the binoculars. When it’s bigger than your own pupil it will be easy to have a sharp picture. When the exit pupil is smaller than your pupil it is more difficult to get a clear picture and you would need to search more. Basically less light reaches your eye than you would like. The exit pupil can be set by dividing the diameter of the objective by the enlargement. With an 8x42 the exit pupil is 42/8 = 5,25mm.
Tip number five: try, test and feel
You only truly get to know the binoculars once you have had them in your hands. Nowadays there is a lot of information on the internet by which you can get a reasonable idea of a pair of binoculars. You will only know for sure once you have handled the binoculars. Then you can see how clear the picture really is, how the image looks and how to adjust the settings. Also it is important how the measurements and weight feel to you.
Take your time to find out and try different binoculars so you will surely have a great time for years to come. At knivesandtools you can order quickly and reliably. You can test the binoculars for 30 days before you decide if this is the right one for you. This way you will know for sure you have made the right choice.