A Review of Binoculars and Important Things to Know

There are several things to remember when you are getting ready to purchase a pair of binoculars. The numbers that are written after the name are very important. The first number is the amount of magnification they have. The second number is the size of the optical lens. A pair with the numbers 8X40 has a magnification of eight times and a lens size of 40mm.

Although you can see objects that are farther away, binoculars that have a magnification greater then ten start to loose image quality.

Do not expect a pair of digital binoculars to replace your personal digital camera! At the moment, the camera quality on a pair of these is not quite as good as it could be.

A pair that have lenses with a dark coating tend to withstand the test of time better than a pair with uncoated lenses.

The advantage of purchasing a pair of binoculars from an Internet dealer is that they are typically cheaper than purchasing them from a retail store. On the other hand, purchasing them from a retail store gives you the opportunity to test your compatibility with that particular pair.

When your binoculars are not in their case, they should be attached to a neck strap that is hung securely around your neck. Keeping your binoculars around your neck will help prevent you from accidentally dropping them. If you accidentally drop them in saltwater, immediately rinse them with fresh water. Place them in a plastic baggie, seal the baggie, and immediately take them to a specialty repair shop. Saltwater is extremely detrimental to binoculars. It is strongly advised that you go ahead and spend a little extra money for a waterproof pair...it will definitely pay off in the long run!

There are two types of binocular collectors: Those that collect the plain and bulky field glasses, and the collectors who are attracted to the compact and glittery opera glasses. Collectors will find lots of opportunities to expand their collection on E-bay. When you are looking at an antique pair, make sure that the lenses are clear. The lenses and leather coverings are difficult and expensive to repair or replace.

Storing them in a safe place (making sure they are out of the reach of small children and family pets) when they are not being used for any length of time can prolong their life. Thoroughly cleaning them before storing away will also extend their life expectancy.

Any pair manufactured by the Zeiss company will come with a lifetime, transferable warranty. Some of Sony's mini DV Handycam camcorders are made with Zeiss lenses.

Never lay them down in the seat of your car!! Always keep them in your glove compartment while you are traveling. This will protect them from getting sat on, crashing against the dashboard, or from having beverages spilled on them.

There are several types of binoculars available for all kinds of sports and occasions such as bird watching, hunting and other outdoor sports, watching sporting events, marine enthusiasts, concert goers, and boaters. We hope this information comes in handy for helping you find just the right pair and keeping them in tip-top shape for many, many years to enjoy.

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