We all have seen and used binoculars, whether it’s binoculars for hiking or barding or binoculars with photos inside. However, not many know how to choose the right binoculars for our needs. That’s partly because we don’t have a specific use for the product.
This article makes it easier for you to buy the right binoculars by giving you some of the top things you should look for when choosing a binocular. Let’s delve into them.
The main purpose of the binocular is to magnify the view, bringing distant objects more clearly into vision by making them look closer and larger. The magnification of a binocular is simply the number written with the x. So, let’s say the number on the binocular says 10x, that simply means it magnifies the subject ten times.
The amount of magnification you need or the ideal amount of magnification for your intended use depends on a whole lot of factors, making it tricky to determine the amount of magnification that is right for you. However, the best magnifications for regular use are between 7x and 12x, so, anything beyond this number will be quite tough to manage.
Objective lens diameter
The objective lens is the one opposite the eyepiece. The size of this lens is critical as it determines the amount of light that is entering the binoculars. Generally, for low light conditions, you get better images if you have a bigger diameter objective lens. The size of the lens in mm comes after the x.
The lens coating is essential as it helps to reduce the amount of light reflected and allows the maximum amount of light to enter. On the other hand, the quality of the lens ensures the image is aberration-free. It also ensures that the image has better contrast. The best lenses work perfectly in low light conditions since they transmit more light. They also ensure that the colors aren’t distorted or washed out.
Weight and eye strain
When buying a binocular, you should also consider its weight. Consider if using the binoculars for an extended period tires you. Again, use the binocular and see if it is draining on your eyes. Although it is quite challenging to use regular binoculars for more that few minutes at a time, the high-quality ones rarely cause an eye strain and can be used for an extended period if necessary.
Field of review
Field of review basically means the diameter of the area seen through the glasses and is expressed in degrees. The larger the field of view the larger the area you will be able to see. So, if you want to use your binoculars to see a larger area, it would be ideal to buy a binocular with a larger field of view.
Binoculars are generally outdoor products. This is why it is essential that they have some degree of waterproofing. The binocular should be protected from the rain and wet conditions. The high-quality models are extremely protected from elements.