Posts belonging to Category 'Binocular Buyers Guides'

The Field Stop: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Binocular Field of View

The field of view (FOV) you experience is a crucial factor, determining how much of the scene is visible. But what dictates the exact boundaries of this view? Enter the field stop, a hidden gatekeeper within the eyepiece that plays a critical role in shaping your binocular experience.


Anti-Reflection Lens Coatings on Binoculars

Why are Lens Coatings Used? Imagine walking through a thick forest. Sunlight struggles to penetrate the dense foliage, making it difficult to see. Similarly, light encountering and then trying to pass through a series of lenses in binoculars encounters obstacles. Here’s what happens: Reflection: When light strikes an air-to-glass surface, a portion of it is […]


Apochromatic (APO) Lenses in Binoculars

Recently I have seen as well as reviewed and tested more and more top end binoculars that use Apochromatic lenses (APO) and whilst some manufacturers mention that their products have an APO optical system, very few (if any) go on to explain exactly what it is and what it does. So with this in mind […]


ED vs HD Binoculars – What’s the Difference?

As I am sure this will be of use to many who are looking at buying binoculars and trying to sift through all the marketing jargon Here is my answer to a question sent in by a long time BBR Patron Supporter Warren: Question: What does HD mean on binoculars & is it different to […]


Is Extra Low Dispersion Glass worth the extra cost?

Today’s question comes from someone wanting to find out if their money is being well spent on binoculars that use ED Glass (Extra Low Dispersion Glass): Question I have read your reviews and all your notes on the web page and spend hours searching for a suitable and not least affordable binocular… I know a […]


Exit Pupil – The Complete Guide

Optics & Binoculars 101: Exit Pupil In the world of optics, the exit pupil is a virtual aperture in an optical system. On a pair of binoculars, it can be seen as the bright circle in the center of each eyepiece when you hold them about 30cm away from your eyes and with the objective […]


GPO Passion HD 10x42 vs 10x50 Binoculars

In this article and the embedded video below, I test and compare the GPO Passion HD 10x42 Binocular versus its slightly bigger brother, the 10x50 GPO Passion HD to discover which is best under different circumstances and for different uses like birding, wildlife observation, hunting, and travel. General Info on 10x42 vs 10x50 Binoculars Whilst […]


Best Compact Binoculars for your Budget & Preferences

In this article, I take you through the three main designs of Compact Binoculars and discuss their relative merits as well as shortcomings to help you decide which compact binocular is best for your specific needs and budget:


8x42 or 10x42 Binoculars: Which is Best for Novice / Older Child?

This question comes from a reader looking to buy some higher quality binoculars for their older children to view wildlife with and hopefully eventually also get into birding. He is wondering which configuration would be best, an 8x42 or 10x42: Question:I have just read your excellent review of the Hawke Frontier 8x42 ED X. I […]


Are out-of-date/old stock binoculars still worth buying now?

Is buying an old stock or old version of a binocular is a good idea, are they still relevant and if it may actually be a good way to save some money?