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 maneuver.

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 in fact they only have around 13mm!


 

Long Eye-Relief Binocular Reviews

Below are links to the reviews of perfect binoculars for glasses as they all have 18mm of eye-relief or more:

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Swarovski EL 10x50 Swarovision Binoculars Review

The big brother of the extremely popular Swarovski EL range of binoculars, the 10x50 version offers the user some very interesting advantages over the more standard 42mm versions and makes for a very interesting choice.

There is no question about the quality, so in this mini review, I take a close look at these advantages as well as the draw backs and compare them to the other Swarovski EL binoculars that I have tested to see what kind of user and which uses these are most suitable for.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 93%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 10/10

 

Levenhuk Sherman Pro 8x32 Binoculars Review

These low cost binoculars from Levenhuk deliver a good image quality and high level of brightness for a mid sized (32mm) bin at this price level, which almost certainly is a result of the relatively simple but good quality BaK-4 porro prism design combined with fully multi-coated optics.

Add to this a very wide field of view, tough water and fog proof exterior and you have a good all-round mid-sized take anywhere binocular with a really good value to performance ratio.

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

 

Eagle Optics Denali 8x42 Binoculars Review

Updated, the new mid priced 8x42 Eagle Optics Denali binocular comes with upgraded coatings and a higher quality prism.

You also get a closer minimum focus and even more eye-relief, making them an ideal all-round instrument and perfect for the eye-glass wearer.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 72%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Tract Toric 8x42 Binoculars Review

High end binoculars from Tract Optics, the 8x42 Toric has a lot going for it and is far more than just a hunting binocular that they market it as:

A tough magnesium housing protects a fully Multi-coated optical system with ED Glass Lenses, Scratch & oil-phobic coatings on external surfaces, Phase and Dielectric mirror coated Schmidt-Pechan Roof Prisms that combine well to give a superb image.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

 

Opticron Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 Binoculars Review

High end binoculars from Opticron utilizing many quality components and coatings that combine well to supply you with an equally good user experience and view to match.

Highlights include a very long eye-relief, phase corrected and dielectric coated prisms helping to deliver a sharp, bright image.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 78%
Excellent
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 7/10

 

Levenhuk Sherman PLUS 8x42 Binoculars Review

Low cost 8x42 porro prism binoculars with a good quality and bright image, very wide field of view and plenty of eye-relief.

In my opinion, you are easily getting your money's worth and then some with the Levenhuk Sherman Plus binoculars...

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

 

Snypex Knight D-ED 8x42 Binoculars Review

'New and improved' that is how Snypex highlight their latest version of the Knight ED binoculars, which was developed and improved in response to customer as well as BBR's feedback.

Major changes include upgraded dielectric coatings on the prisms to improve light transmission and thus the brightness and image quality as well as changes to the exterior like a full metal focus wheel that not only works better but brings added class to what was already a great pair of binoculars.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 85%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 Binoculars Review

Mid-range binoculars that to my mind offer a level of quality and performance that easily surpasses their price tag.

Highlights include a Magnesium Housing, ED Glass Elements in the Lenses, Phase Corrected BaK-4 prisms, 18mm of eye-relief and a close focus distance of less than 2 meters.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

 

Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Binoculars Review

By combining the highest quality optical components and coatings with their technical expertise, there is no denying that these Swarovski's produce an image that is unsurpassed.

Add to this their tried and tested exterior and the inclusion of their new FieldPro package and you really do have a special pair of optics.

So If you are looking for the ultimate pair of 42mm binoculars, then you will most certainly not be disappointed with the Swarovski EL 8.5x42 binoculars. These are for me now the reference point and by which all others need to aspire towards.

Price: (6/6) Expensive Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 9/10 93%
The VERY Best
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 10/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 10/10
Extras & Details: 10/10

 

Opticron Savanna R 8x33 Binoculars Review

A more than capable, great looking, low cost, mid sized binocular that covers all the most important areas well and thus makes for a very versatile instrument that competes well within their price bracket.

Highlights include a waterproof aluminium & polycarbonate shell that protects full multi-coated optics and aluminium coated BaK-4 roof prisms.

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: 7/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 6/10

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