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Learn More About Binoculars
Types of Binoculars
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Types of Binoculars
Whether you're sightseeing, bird watching or on the hunt, discover exceptional vision and brightness with the right pair of binoculars. Get an up-close view from far away in the outdoors or from high up in a stadium or venue. Seek out the type of binoculars that deliver the view you desire.
Full-size binoculars capture the most light and perform better in low-light situations.
Mid-sized binoculars are ideal for sports or wildlife viewing.
Compact binoculars are lightweight and work well during the daylight.
Monoculars provide single-eye viewing and are the lightest option available.
Look to trusted brands like Nikon, Bushnell and Leupold binoculars that provide vivid views from far away.
Choose a pair of binoculars that are rugged, durable, and above all else, provide the keen vision and detail you need.
Think about the level of magnification you desire. Every pair of binoculars includes a reference number that will indicate its magnification power, such as 6x30. The number "6" refers to how many times the binoculars will magnify an object. The number "30" refers to the diameter of the front of the binoculars. Larger lens diameter translates to a heavier set of binoculars.
Consider these essential factors when making your purchase:
Magnification and lens diameter
Field of View
The purpose of a prism in binoculars is to correct inverted and reversed images that you would see in their absence. Binoculars come in two prism designs: Porro prism and roof prism. Porro prisms show a brighter image, but often make the binoculars larger. A roof prism aligns the lens in a straight configuration, which makes the binocular smaller but images appear less bright.
Don't let Mother Nature stand in the way: Your binoculars need to perform in unexpected weather. Consider purchasing binoculars that are waterproof and fogproof.
Binoculars can help you get an up-close view of what interests you most. Music lovers can take in a concert from a distance, and bird watchers can attain the closer look they desire with the right pair of binoculars.
Generally, binoculars with a magnification of 6x30 are ideal for viewing a concert, theater or opera. Starwatching, hunting and general purpose binoculars typically provide a magnification of 7x35. Long-distance bird watchers might opt for a pair with magnification of 8x40.