Are you a first time hunter that is looking to purchase hunting binoculars? If so, you may want to check out my list of the top qualities to look for when purchasing hunting binoculars. Here it is:
Field of View
A binoculars’ field of view refers to how much terrain the hunter will be able to see through the binoculars’ lenses. It is influenced by the diameter of the binoculars’ lenses and its magnification power. I would recommend that hunters look for binoculars that have a field of view rating of 8 to 9 degrees. In my experience, those ratings work well with most hunting applications.
A binoculars’ magnification and lens diameter also has a direct bearing on how well a hunter will be able to see a moving object. In addition, it influences how heavy the binoculars are. Personally, I prefer hunting binoculars that have a low magnification and a large objective lens because it allows me to see farther and more clearly in low light conditions. On the downside, such a set-up does make the binoculars heavier than other models.
A binoculars’ focusing capabilities is also important to take into consideration. I would suggest that hunters consider investing in binoculars that have a near distance focus of at least 40 feet. What that means is that a hunter will be able to focus in on objects that are located up to 40 feet away from him.
Brightness and Prisms
A binoculars’ brightness level is determinant on its exit pupil size and its prisms. The exit pupil size is calculated by dividing the binoculars’ lens diameter by its magnification power. Hunters that plan on using their binoculars during low light conditions should look for binoculars that have a 7 exit pupil size and a porro prism. In my experience, that combination tends to work best at sunrise and sunset. In my opinion, binoculars with lower exit pupil sizes and roof prisms tend to be better suited for bright light use.
Camouflage and Other Options
Hunting binoculars also come with other options that hunters may find useful. For example, I wear prescription glasses so I tend to prefer binoculars that have a long eye relief feature and rubber eyecups that may be folded down during use. Those two features allow me to use the binoculars with or without my eyeglasses on. Some hunting binoculars also come with a deployment system, an optics harness or camouflage coverings. Other features to look for are waterproof coatings, fogproof coatings, rubber coatings, scratch resistant lenses and removable lens caps.
Source: Personal Experience
Killeen Gonzalez has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She frequently enjoys the great outdoors with her family.
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