Long Eye Relief Binoculars

Binoculars for Eyeglass Wearers
I am lucky in the fact that I don't need to wear eyeglasses, but for the many people who do or for those of you who often wear sunglasses, looking through binoculars often can become really annoying and a long eye relief is probably a more important feature than magnification to an eyeglass wearer.

The problem is what to do with your glasses when you want to use binoculars or a spotting scope. Many people remove them, put them down or wear them around the neck with a safety cord. This sounds simple enough, but doing it all the time can get really annoying and then there is always the risk of forgetting where you put your glasses and even loosing them.

Especially important for bird watchers and those on safari where speed is important, the extra few seconds it takes to fumble with glasses can result in a missed rare sighting of a leopard as it slinks off into the bush or lost birding opportunity where the the extra movement may be just the thing that prompts it to flee.

Eye defects like nearsightedness and farsightedness can be corrected by focusing the binoculars, but not astigmatism. With this condition you will need to wear your prescription glasses when you use the binoculars, or you will sacrifice valuable image sharpness.

Some people who can wear contact lenses need not worry too much, but they also have their faults. They often require constant blinking to keep them moist, not ideal as most people tend to stare though binoculars, this can lead to hazy vision as the contact begins to dry out.

Eye Relief with Glasses on BinocularsThe Solution: Long Eye Relief
The best solution for most people who need eyeglasses is to use the binoculars with glasses. This works fine as long as your binoculars or spotting scope has a long eye relief.

Binoculars Eye Relief
The eye relief of a pair of binoculars, scopes or most other optical devices is how far back from the eyepiece your eye can be and still see the whole field of view. This is so important to eyeglass wearers, because your glasses hold the eyes back from the eyepieces. If the distance to your eyes is greater than the binoculars eye relief, you will see only the center section of the image.

A long eye relief will allow you to wear your eyeglasses and see the entire field of view. Binoculars with short eye relief will give you a much reduced field of view sometimes less than half of the available field when you use your eyeglasses.

Long eye relief binoculars are more forgiving. You can hold your eyes well back from the eyepiece and still see a full field of view. If you wear glasses, you will notice this difference right away if you were to compare the two.

Field of View
The width of the view you can see through the binoculars is called the field of view, a wide field of view field of view on a pair of binoculars has many advantages, not only is it easier to locate the object you want to focus on, which is especially important with fast moving birds and other objects, but it also improves comfort because your eyes will be more relaxed. It is kind of like having the curtains on a window fully opened as apposed to half shut.

How Much Eye Relief Do you Need?
In most cases an eye relief of 14 to 15mm is needed for the average eyeglass wearer to be comfortable. Ideally though you should look for binoculars and spotting scopes that have 16, 17 or even 18mm. Some very long eye-relief binoculars come with 20mm or more, which gives you plenty of room to manouver.

Please note that it is important that you check the figures before you buy as some manufacturers state that they have long eye relief when infact they only have around 13mm!


 

Long Eye-Relief Binocular Reviews

Below are links to the reviews of binoculars that have 18mm of eye-relief or more:

 

Eagle Optics NEW Ranger ED 8x42 Binoculars

The latest version of the Eagle Optics Ranger ED Binocular improves on it's predecessor and now features a single bridged lightweight body that is of course both water & fog proof.

Optically these are hard to beat, especially at this price point as they are equipped with ED (extra-low dispersion) glass lenses, dielectric and phase-corrected BaK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 82%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Vanguard Endeavor ED II 8x42 Binoculars

The new flagship model from Vanguard utilizes premium grade ED glass lenses made in Japan, fully multi-coated optics and phase corrected roof prisms to deliver an image of outstanding quality and brightness.

Add to this features like a robust & waterproof magnesium-alloy body, twist-up eyecups with a full 19.5mm of eye-relief, a wide field of view and good close focus distance and you have a bin that is hard to beat, especially at this price.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 83%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Celestron Echelon 20x70 Binoculars

High quality, high powered binoculars that are hand assembled in the USA using high specification Japanese optics, these are designed for long range terrestrial observation and astronomy.

With their large 70mm objective lenses and high quality optical coatings, these Celestron Echelon binoculars outperform many of their direct competitors in low light.

Tripod adaptable, their tough, yet lightweight aluminium body means you can also hand hold them in some situations for added flexibility.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 82%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Minox BL 8x44 HD Binoculars

Designed & made in Germany by MINOX in conjunction with Volkswagen Design, these premium quality, hand finished binoculars come with HD glass, phase correction coatings and a full 30 year warranty.

Combine this with their large 44mm objective lenses, wide field of view and relatively low cost and you have a binocular that is really hard to match never mind beat.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Hawke Nature-Trek 8x42 Binoculars

Low cost Hawke binoculars that feature a single open hinge body design that is very lightweight as well as water and fog proof.

Optics are fully multi-coated and the roof prisms are made from quality Bak-4 glass that results in a very good quality image that matches or beats most in this price range.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 70%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 6/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Pentax 9x42 DCF BR Binoculars

Featuring a weight saving and comfortable open bridge design, the Pentax 9x42 DCF BR binocular is nitrogen charged and fully waterproof (JIS Class 6 compliant) that they say allows for fresh-water rinsing should you need it.

High-performance optics and coatings like the fully-multi-coated optics, phase corrected and silver mirror coated roof prisms deliver what I thought was an outstanding optical performance for a binocular in this class ideal for a wide range of uses including general nature observation, birding, hunting and much more.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 72%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Pentax DCF ED 8x43 Binoculars

ED Optical glass elements, Fully multi-coated optics, Phase-coated and Full-reflection roof prism coatings, Hybrid Aspherical elements, Hard coatings on external lenses, Waterproof and Nitrogen-filled Magnesium alloy body - the list of very high spec components and features goes on, so make no mistake these premium Pentax binoculars rank up there with the very best.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 78%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Hawke Nature-Trek 8x42 Open Hinge Binoculars

Low cost binoculars that still retain a number of key features that ensure they perform well above their price tag. This includes fully multi-coated optics and good quality Bak-4 glass roof prisms with plenty of eye-relief and a wide field of view.

Their rubber armoured body features an open hinge design and is water & fog-proof. Ideal entry level general use, wildlife and birdwatching binoculars.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 68%
Very Good
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 6/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 6/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Hawke Frontier ED 8x43 Binoculars

Open hinge binoculars with a waterproof body made from magnesium and covered in a thick rubber armour. With a very wide field of view, the slightly larger 43mm objectives combined with some great quality glass and coatings also make for a bright and high quality image being produced.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 77%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Swarovski EL 10x32 Swarovision Binoculars

The new Swarovision EL 10x32 binoculars combine the very best optics and coatings with a waterproof, lightweight and tough Magnesium open bridge body to produce one of the very best mid sized binoculars currently on the market.

Optical features include Field flattener lenses to correct field curvature, Phase correction and dielectric coatings on the roof prisms and fully multi-coated Swarobright lens coatings for a much better light transmission.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 10/10 97%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 10/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 10/10

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