Posts belonging to Category 'Buyers Guides'

Which Binoculars Are Best?

Advice on how to choose between binoculars I received an e-mail today from someone who is having some difficulty in deciding which binoculars are best / right for them to buy. They have narrowed their shortlist down to two pairs that is great, but still wanted some advice from me as to which one between […]


OpticsHunt’s Best Binoculars Under 100

I recently came across and article on a website that made me really angry, so much so that I just had to get it off my chest and write about it! The offending article is published on the OpticsHunt website and lists their Recommended Top 5 Best Binoculars Under 100 with their reasons for choosing […]


Touring the Universe Through Binoculars Review

A Complete Astronomer’s Guidebook Updated: Believe it or not, but Touring the Universe through Binoculars or TUB as it has rather affectionately become known as, is now almost 27 years in the making! Indeed at the time of writing my update to this review, it celebrates it’s birthday next month. Released in November 1990 and […]


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 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 lenses pointed toward […]


How Different Configurations Affect a Binocular

10x42, 8x42, 8x32, 10x26… What is right for me? I often get asked questions in relation to the different configurations of a binocular and which one is the best for a particular use or uses. So I thought I would put this document together that goes through the major binocular configurations and explains each of […]


Cheap Binoculars – Is a Roof or Porro Prism Best?

I received an excellent question form someone looking to get a pair of low cost or cheap binoculars and they were wondering as to if they should get a pair of porro or roof prisms: Question: I am now retired and my wife and I travel a bit in our state of Wisconsin, USA mainly […]


Avoid These Biggest Mistakes Newbies Make When Choosing Binoculars

Over the many years that I have now been involved with optics and in particular binoculars, I have learnt a great deal and perhaps it has got to the point where I take a lot of “what I know” for granted, especially the basics and assume that these are obvious and that everyone knows them […]


10x42 Binoculars for Bird Watching?

Whilst 7x and 8x are probably the most commonly recommended magnifications on binoculars for birdwatching (especially for all-round general birding), it does not mean that other powers should be completely dismissed. When I was working as a safari guide in South Africa, I used my 10x binoculars more than any other. Whilst it is true […]


Christmas Shopping Guide 2016: Binoculars, Spotting Scopes & Accessories

Buyers Guides: Binoculars for Christmas 2016 It is always a slight dilemma for me as to when I should put up my Christmas buyers guide as not only am I notoriously a last minute Xmas shopper, but I have always been the one to complain that everything to do with Christmas, especially the advertising keeps […]