Selecting & Using Binoculars in Winter

In order to catch a few early birds, I was up and out of the house before the sun had risen this morning. However today was also one of the first really bitterly cold mornings that we have had here this year and so not only did I have to dress accordingly, but I selected [...]


The Basics: Birding with Binoculars – Aiming

Using your Bird Watching Binoculars It was recently pointed out to me by a friend of mine that my main Guide to Birdwatching Binoculars was for her, a little too technical and did not help her enough with the practical aspects of actually using binoculars for birding. As a beginner, she just wanted to know [...]


The Independent: The 10 Best Binoculars

Bad Advice Not long ago I wrote an article where I gave my opinions to the sometimes rather bizarre choices made by Pocket-lint in their guide to the Best binoculars that money can buy. If money was no object, which was implied by their title then a few of their choices were rather surprising to [...]


What Binoculars are best?

How to get the best binoculars for your needs I often get sent questions like ‘what are the best binoculars’ or ‘what binoculars to buy’, without many more details given to me other than that. To be honest such open ended questions like these are impossible to answer correctly as there is no such thing [...]


Best Digital Camera Binoculars

Today’s question comes from someone looking to buy THE BEST Digital Camera Binoculars: Question: I am looking for the best set of camera binoculars. I didn’t know they existed until I started researching binoculars for a birthday gift. My boyfriend is constantly lamenting not having binoculars to see the boats (and birds!) that pass our [...]


Florida Boat, Yacht & Ship Spotting Binoculars

Question Today’s question comes from someone looking to buy some binoculars for their husband’s birthday. They live on the beach in hot and humid east coast of Florida and he spends a lot of time on the balcony watching cruise ships, boats and yachts go by. They were looking for a lightweight pair, perhaps fog [...]



Zoom Binoculars: Do they Work?

Someone sent me an email the other day asking if zoom binoculars work or are they nothing more than a gimmick? Before answering that, it is important that you understand exactly what “Zoom Binoculars” are: A definition would say that they have a continuously variable magnification that allows you to view an object or area [...]


Does Night Vision Work and How?

The answer is Yes and No, some of the cheaper night vision devices including night vision monoculars and binoculars can be pretty poor and are not much more than novelty items. However, the military has used “real” night-vision for years and this technology has given the U.S. military an edge during the last three wars [...]


Do autofocus binoculars really focus automatically?

The short answer is: No I get asked this question fairly often and it is not surprising as the terms “auto focus binoculars” and “self focusing binoculars” are very misleading, but are often used by manufacturers of optics. What you are probably describing are actually fixed focus binoculars, which have their focus set at the [...]