How to choose binoculars?

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A pair of binoculars is one of the novel accessories, not only for hiking trips. It is widely used, for example, by hunters or wildlife photographers. For the layman, however, a look through binoculars can be an interesting experience. Professionals use these devices even at night. It is for this reason that binoculars must have good night vision. It is the selection of binoculars with night vision that we will focus on in the following article.

When and where will we use the binoculars?

First and foremost, before you even choose a telescope, you need to think about its bill. One is suitable for classic hiking, another is for professional use. For hiking, dimensions and weight will be decisive. After all, smaller binoculars won’t take up much space and won’t carry as much. It is also ideal for beginners and those who know they will only use it occasionally.

On the other hand, professionals such as hunters will appreciate the sturdier construction made of quality materials with long life. Some of the more advanced models also have interesting additional features such as night vision or even photography capability. 

Important parameters when choosing binoculars

When choosing a binocular, it is important to focus on its important parameters. These parameters include:

  • scene magnification,
  • lens luminosity,
  • night vision,
  • resistance of the binoculars,
  • material,
  • and purchase cost.

Scene Zoom

An important parameter that is specified for each product is the scene zoom of the binoculars. This is also what most users decide on when making a choice. For example, binoculars may be marked with the numbers 10×50. The number ten indicates how many times the objects being viewed can be magnified. The number fifty indicates the size of the telescope’s field of view. Simply put, the bigger the lens, the better the aperture.

Lens luminosity

Luminosity is important when using binoculars in lower light conditions. As mentioned a bit above, a simple rule applies. The larger the objective lens, the more light reaches the lens of the binoculars, making it easier to observe dark objects. However, models with better aperture are slightly more expensive, larger in size and more suited for hunting purposes. For the layman or beginner, a cheap binocular with a smaller lens will suffice. We expect to observe objects only in daylight.

Night Vision

Some binoculars have night vision. There is monocular, binocular or digital vision.Monocular night vision is a very common option because binoculars with this vision have a favourable purchase price. Overall, they are smaller in size and weight, making them suitable for extended travel. Models like this have a single lens, meaning that objects are viewed with one eye.

Binocular vision binoculars although more expensive, the night world can be viewed with both eyes. The purchase price for the higher classes can reach several thousand crowns.

Another vision in binoculars is digital vision. This is a state-of-the-art way of seeing that works using CCD sensors. These devices are battery powered, which may cause some occasional disadvantages for some.

Range of binoculars

A large number of binoculars should have basic water resistance. Hikers who plan to take trails into wet environments to near watercourses will especially appreciate this. However, this is not the only thing. Rain resistance is also important. Models with higher durability also have a more robust construction. This, of course, is reflected in the higher price that must be paid for the binoculars.

Material

An equally important parameter is the body material. The weight of the binoculars is also related to it. The most common materials are steel, aluminium alloys or plastics with ceramic admixture. Binoculars made of steel have a higher weight. Lighter models are made of aluminum construction. The disadvantage of aluminum models is problems with thermal expansion. For outdoor enthusiasts, binoculars made of plastic are best suited.

Purchase cost

The cost of binoculars is entirely individual. It depends mainly on its use, as professional models can cost several thousand crowns. For beginners and occasional tourists, much cheaper binoculars will definitely suffice. It all depends on the size, the quality of the materials or additional features such as night vision or photography.

Famous manufacturers include Nikon or Leica, for example. Their binoculars can be bought from a few hundred crowns up to 200 EUR. Some manufacturers specialize mainly in hunting binoculars, with prices approaching 500 EUR.

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