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Ever since humans became hunters, it is fair to assume that they had the desire to see things at a distance, in greater detail than that provided by the Mk I eyeball.

With the invention in the 17th Century of the telescope, by a Dutch optician, this wish was to be increasingly realised. Although Galileo put down on paper the optical principles of the telescope, there is no evidence of their construction and use until October 1608.

At the same time as the development of the monocular telescope, there is evidence to suggest that the development of two telescopes, joined together and focused (collimated) to give a single image when viewed with both eyes, was being developed in tandem. This resulted in the binocular telescope, or what we know today, as binoculars.

Early telescopes used Galilean optics which had the benefit of an upright image but were limited in the power of magnification they could deliver. Indeed, some opera glasses and cheaper models of binocular still use Galilean optics to this day.

With developments in the 18th century in optical technology using prisms, most notably the work done by Ignazzio Porro, the magnification powers of binoculars and telescopes was to be greatly enhanced. Indeed the Porro prism arrangement, was until recently, the choice of all the major manufacturers.

Combining the developments associated with lens coatings, and optical manufacturing, together with mass manufacturing techniques, has resulted in ever more affordable, high power binoculars being available today. Increasingly, the use of the lighter, roof prism arrangement of the light path, has reduced the size and weight of binoculars, and has made them increasingly portable.

The diversity of types and uses of binoculars is truly staggering.

Ranging in price from a few dollars for a compact binocular that you can carry comfortably in a shirt pocket, to astronomical binoculars, costing in the tens of thousands of dollars, there is a binocular available for every viewing need you can imagine, including 'seeing' in the dark.

Modern developments in opto-electronics and the miniaturisation of components is set to take the long range viewing capabilities of the human race to levels of sophistication unimaginable, even 20 or thirty years ago.




Binoculars Buying Tip #1

Decide what type you need. There are several different types of binoculars and they have considerably different features. Zoom, stabilized and digital to give an example. Decide what type of binoculars you need to meet your needs before you start to look in greater detail.

Binoculars Buying Tip #2

Decide on your budget Binoculars lens quality has a big impact upon the final price. Before you fine tune your selection make sure you have set a budget for the features and type of Binoculars you need. You will avoid wasted shopping time if you have a budget you are working to.

Binoculars Buying Tip #3

Compact or Zoom.The larger the zoom the larger the binoculars tends to be the rule. The larger the lens size the brighter the image. Both these elements increase the size of the binoculars. Before you shop decide on the maximum physical size of binoculars you are happy with.

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