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you select your next set of Binoculars.
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since the telescope was invented, the military application of the
technology, was instantly recognised. The ability to see the enemy
before he saw you, enabled the early adopters of telescopes and
military binoculars, to have an advantage on the battlefield or at sea,
during naval manoeuvres.
Military adaptations of binoculars include range finding for naval and
fixed gun batteries, with separation between the objective lenses of up
to 15 metres and weighing-in at an impressive 10 tons. Binoculars have
also been used for the sighting for the armament on tanks and also for
driving tanks under conditions of biological or chemical attack.
Modern military hand held binoculars are notable in that the majority
have individual focusing of each side of the instrument, unlike the
civilian models which have a central focusing wheel and an adjustment
available to one eyepiece to compensate for focusing differences
between the eyes. This arrangement whilst convenient, is not as robust
as independently focused lenses.
Military binoculars are also better able to withstand the rougher
handling they are likely to receive.
Typically they are encased in an impact resistant skin, usually of a
rubberised material, which serves the dual purposes of surviving knocks
and rough handling, and improving the water resistance of the
To maintain the reflective qualities of the prisms, making up the light
path of the binoculars, they may have extra aluminized coatings, the
better to withstand immersion in water.
During the Cold War era, some models of binocular were fitted with
passive infra red detectors sensitive to active infra red emissions.
Current models of military binocular are fitted with filters designed
to block laser beams.
For specialist uses like hunting and fishing, military binoculars can
offer some distinct advantages over their civilian counterparts. Their
ability to withstand rough usage and their greater water resistance
being the two most obvious advantages. The design of military
binoculars to ensure the user's eye comfort over long periods of
observation is also a factor to be taken into consideration.
For maritime uses, binoculars designed primarily for naval use are an
obvious candidate, with their additional waterproofing and ability to
resist the corrosive environment in which they were designed to be used.
Military binoculars are therefore an option to consider where extreme
conditions are likely to met whilst using them.
Buying Tip #1
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.
Buying Tip #2
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.
Buying Tip #3
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.