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What to look for when choosing binoculars?

2023-03-27

Purpose of the binoculars

When looking for binoculars that will serve us for specific purposes, it is worth focusing primarily on its purpose. The choice of the final model depends largely on what we want to use it for - we can distinguish several types of this device. Binoculars are divided into roof binoculars, hunting binoculars, astronomical binoculars and porro binoculars. First of all, they include, among others: ornithologists who care about the reliability of their equipment. Hunting binoculars are suitable - as the name suggests - for observing animals, while astronomical ones are perfect for the first astronomical observations or as a complement to a telescope position. What about porro binoculars? Due to their high brightness and contrast, they are also suitable for observing in the dark.

Magnification and lens

When choosing tourist binoculars , it is worth paying special attention to parameters such as magnification and lens diameter. If we see the value 10x50 for a given model, we should read the first number as a 10-fold magnification of the image, and the second one - as a lens with a diameter of 50 millimeters. The larger the diameter of the lens, the more light can enter it. This, in turn, translates into the brightness, sharpness and overall quality of the image seen.

Field of view

Another important aspect when choosing binoculars is the field of view, also known as the viewing angle. It determines the area we see when looking through binoculars. The higher the viewing angle, the more we can see under magnification.

Exit pupil

When looking for the perfect pair of binoculars, it is also worth taking into account the exit pupil, i.e. the amount of focused light that falls into the eye. It is important that it is not smaller than the human pupil. To calculate it, divide the diameter of the objective lens by the magnification of the binoculars. For observations during the day, a value of 3 millimeters is recommended, while for observations in the dark, the minimum value should be 5 millimeters. For people wearing prescription glasses, the pupillary distance, i.e. the distance from the eye to the glasses, will also be important. It should not be less than 20 millimeters.

Quality of materials

In addition to the basic parameters of the binoculars, the materials from which they are made are also important. The casing should guarantee a secure grip in various conditions and, moreover, be durable and resistant to impacts and scratches. The weight of the binoculars is also important - if they are too heavy, longer observations will cause discomfort. Compact, lightweight models are the perfect choice for both beginners and
advanced observers.


The Laplander store offers tourist binoculars that will make many trips more enjoyable and enable precise observations even for long hours. Find the perfect model  and admire the smallest details of nature!

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