The numbers on a binocular describe its configuration. Let’s take 8×42 binoculars as an example. The first number (8) refers to the magnification, or, how many times closer an object will appear when looking through the binocular compared to looking at the same object with the naked eye. The second number (42) indicates the diameter [...]
Archive for May, 2011
A binocular’s brightness can be affected by several things. Contrary to what many binocular users believe, big objective lenses are not the only factor to consider. The quality of glass used in binocular prism and lens construction, along with the quality of the lens coatings, contribute more to brightness than do big objectives.
Lens coatings are [...]
When I see a kid looking through binoculars for the first time, I see a whole new world opening up to that child. Combine a child’s natural curiosity with the breadth and depth of what Mother Nature has to offer, and the possibilities are nearly endless! Who wouldn’t want to help facilitate such [...]
Winter is slowly loosening its grip on Wisconsin. This year, we’ve had to wait longer than usual, it seems, rescheduling outdoor events, refraining from packing away winter clothes, and hastening out with binoculars to birdwatch and get our hands in the soil between raindrops and wind blasts.
Thankfully, the migrating birds arrive like clockwork, year [...]