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The Best Binoculars For Your Outdoor Recreational Use

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Tech, The Great Outdoors | Comments Off on The Best Binoculars For Your Outdoor Recreational Use

kid-binocularsBinoculars make use of various lenses and prism systems to magnify objects located at a distance. These devices offer clear images with an optimal transmission of light. Binoculars make use of optical lenses and the phenomenon of transmission of light to view objects and moving animals from a distance. The clarity of vision largely depends on the type of lenses used and the ability of the viewer to focus accurately. Roof and Porro are the two types of prism systems that are used in these binoculars to magnify objects located at a distance. These prism systems offer a better field of vision, as well as help in getting the depth and perception required for distance viewing.

There are various companies that offer binoculars for outdoors especially designed for distance viewing. These devices offer an excellent field of view of the entire topography with ease. High-resolution images are obtained with the use coated lenses in these binoculars. They also help in making optimal use of the available light and further easing the transmission of light. As these devices are largely used in the outdoors, they are aptly designed to be highly portable.

Coated optical lenses also decrease the loss of light and glare to help you obtain images with better contrast. Fine focus is another feature available in these binoculars that easily accommodates the differences in vision between the right and the left eye. Most of these devices are covered with rubber which acts as protective armour and keeps them scratch-free. It also helps in providing a surface area which offers a non-slippery and firm grip. Also, the rubber coating also makes the binoculars easy to maintain. You can easily clean the devices, after using them in the outdoors.

birdwatchingBinoculars help to follow fast moving animals and to spot the desired objects, even if they are located far away. A revolutionary feature provided in these devices is the multi-position eyepiece, which offers an infinite number of viewing positions to choose from. Some popular binoculars come with a permanent, water-repellent coating to make the optical lenses hydrophobic. The coating also minimi\es the rate of water condensation and forms smaller droplets as compared to other coatings. These small droplets scatter less light and help in forming clearer images. Being waterproof and fog proof, the chances of these devices getting malfunctioned are very less and they continue to provide images of excellent quality.

If you want high-quality binoculars and spotting scopes, then Bushnell is the name to bank upon. Apart from these devices, one can choose the laser rangefinders that are engineered to provide distance readings with a depiction of terrain. They also provide the right angles to get the best shot. These rangefinders help in getting accurate measurements required for wildlife hunting, as well as offer precision and clarity of vision in a variety of weather conditions.

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Binoculars Buying Guide of 2016

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Tech, The Great Outdoors | Comments Off on Binoculars Buying Guide of 2016

binocularsThe most important step in selecting a pair of binoculars is determining the power you want, checking out binocular reviews, and then charging the most expensive type you can afford on your credit card. Just kidding! Binocular power is described by two numbers, as in these examples: 6×24, 7×50, 8×42, 10×42, and 12×60. The two numbers are not directly related; the first number stands for the magnification and the second number represents the diameter of the objective lens. The first number, invariably the littler of the two, expresses the amount of magnification that the binoculars allow for. This indicates how much closer the viewed image will appear when observed with the binoculars. Even though bigger sounds beneficial, this is not usually the case with binoculars. Picking the correct magnification will vary depending on your intended usage.

Lower magnification binoculars” typically those that are 7x and lower” have a larger field of view which makes targeting objects far away”like ships, birds, or other animals”easier. A wider field of view also makes it easier to follow motion of the subject being watched. Since they take in more of the scene, lower magnification binoculars collect more light. As a result, the resulting image will be easier to see and brighter even though the scene is not as greatly magnified. Due to the reduced magnification, they are also less affected by movement or vibration. If you intend to be in the wild using your binoculars without the use of a tripod, this can be an important consideration. Finally, lower magnification binoculars can usually focus on objects that are closer by than comparable higher magnification binoculars.

But when it’s all said and done, lower magnification binoculars provide less magnification, and therefore reduced detail when compared to higher magnification models. If you truly need high magnification binoculars, 11x and above, for your use, be certain that you also purchase a tripod or get binoculars with an image stabilization feature. Once you starting talking about 10x magnification binoculars, they will be nearly insufferable to use without a tripod or an image stabilization system. Higher magnification binoculars are also almost always heavy. So if you plan on using them for a long length of time, a tripod may be a more comfortable choice than binoculars with image stabilization.

rated-best-binocularsAs for expense, it shouldn’t be too surprising that lower magnification models tend to be cheaper than equivalent higher magnification binoculars. Unless you really want or need high magnification binoculars, a good middle-of-the-road magnification level is 8x. Binoculars with this amount of magnification offer a nice trade-off of magnification while still providing reasonable cost, good brightness, and low weight. Binoculars with objective lens sizes of 30 mm and smaller are usually found on pocket and compact models. While compact and pocket binoculars tend to be lighter and easier to carry, the downside to reduced lens size is that the smaller lenses allow less light into the binoculars. This can result in darker images that are harder to see. If you intend to use your binoculars at night, binoculars with smaller objective lenses are probably not a good choice.

If brightness, or nighttime use, is an important consideration, objective lenses that are 50 mm or larger will work best for you. However, binoculars with large objective lenses will almost always be large and heavy. If you intend to use binoculars that have large objective lenses, you should have a tripod available, regardless of the magnification level.

The most common objective lens sizes used are between 35 and 50 mm. Since the magnification level also has an effect on image brightness (higher magnification is darker), the objective lens sizes tend to increase as magnification increases to compensate for the lost brightness. For a good general rule, consider binoculars with an objective lens diameter that is at least five times bigger than the magnification level. For example, 6×30, 9×45, 10×50, etc. While there are some binocular manufacturers with exceptional optics that will provide good brightness at a ratio well under 5, the safest thing is to stay at or above this ratio for good brightness.

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