||Giving you the insight you need before
you select your next set of Binoculars.
to Binoculars Guide
looking through binoculars with higher magnifications, the image
presented can often be distorted and lack clarity, due to 'shake'. Or
the inability to keep the binoculars steady enough to focus closely on
the object of your attention.
This is particularly relevant under low-light conditions experienced
primarily at dawn or dusk.
As these are times when a significant amount of wild-life observation
is undertaken, it is a problem requiring a solution.
The answer is stabilized binoculars.
The simplest form of stabilization is a tripod, whether a camera tripod
or a specially designed tripod specific to your binoculars. Most good
quality binoculars, come with a threaded mounting socket, that will
accept a standard tripod mounting screw, or a fast release shoe on more
upmarket models of tripod. This allows focussing and viewing without
the need to support the weight of the binoculars, resulting in better
image resolution and enhanced viewing pleasure.
The only downside to this is, of course, that you must lug a tripod
around with you. Modern tripods made of carbon fibre are remarkably
light and impose no real weight penalty. But try erecting one in the
still of the dawn, on a moor in Scotland, when trying to observe the
mating ritual of the red grouse. Your subject matter will be miles away
by the time you get your binoculars mounted.
You could always use a bean bag to stabilize your binoculars and also
provide a degree of cover in the above scenario. Once again you have to
carry it with you, so there is that consideration to be taken into
Modern technology has provided us with yet another solution.
Image stabilization within the binoculars, themselves.
This can take one of two forms, active or passive.
Active stabilization takes the form of detection of movement by
piezo-electric detectors, also known as gyroscopic detectors, which
then compensate for the movement by adjusting one or more elements of
the image path to correct this 'shift'.
Passive stabilization may involve the stabilization of the whole
binocular by gyroscopic means,or alternatively, by separating the light
transmitting elements from the body of the instrument. ( they 'float'
within the binocular housing).
Stabilized binoculars, by whatever means chosen to achieve the
stabilization, will generally provide a better image resolution,
especially at higher magnifications, and as a result, a more
pleasurable viewing experience.
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.