How to Use Binoculars?

Years have passed since the invention of Binoculars. But, the appeal of binoculars has not decreased a bit. There are hundreds of binoculars out there from dozens and dozens of manufacturers with amazing features. If you have bought a binocular for you and clueless about how to use it, this guide is for you. We are going to discuss some important aspects so that you understand how to use binoculars and get amazing capture of flying birds or game animals. This guide will help you understand the instrument and the tools that come with it, holding and focusing techniques and how to clean your binocular properly. Are you ready? Let’s begin.

Understanding the Instrument

At first, you have to know your binoculars before using it. Let’s familiarize ourselves with it in brief. The sellers pack the binoculars with some additional parts of the tool. These are a carrying case, a shoulder strap, a neck strap, a small cleaning cloth, and in some cases four lens caps for the two pairs of lenses. The straps are used to carry the binoculars safely and comfortably slinging over your neck and shoulder instead of holding it in your hands. On the other hand, as you can assume, the cloth is used to keep the instrument dirt-free as much as possible. Moreover, the bag and the lens caps protect the instrument and the lenses. 

Now, come to the basic parts of the gadget body. A pair of binoculars may have one pivot or two pivots depending on the design. It connects the two barrels of a pair of binoculars. You can change the space between the two eyepieces to match the distance between your eyes.

As you know there are two pairs of lenses. The smaller lenses are the eyepiece lenses with which you look through. On the other hand, the rest pair is the larger objective lenses that collect the light.

Focus wheel/dial is an immensely important part. In most of the binoculars, it is incorporated in the middle of the frame. You can move the focal point according to your need by rotating the dial. Note that, it may be absent in the fixed focus binoculars. 

Check the right eyepiece, here you will find a ring. It is called the diopter ring which is similar to the focus wheel. By using it, you can adjust the vision.

Learning to Hold Correctly 

A bad posture can make your binoculars experience worst. You can make your muscle sour or miss getting good images. Hence, it’s worthwhile to concentrate on it a little.

Generally, people hold the binoculars with their two grasps wrapping around both barrels. For the regular sized instruments, this hold is preferable. You can keep your elbows on your body for support while using this hold. Also, you can place them on any stable surface such as on the top of a wall or a tree branch. Note that, often people press their thumb against their cheekbones. This may make them feel uncomfortable after some time. Hence avoid it. 

For the small binoculars, the previous hold can be inappropriate. If your instrument is a small one, you can hold in two ways. You can hold it with one hand or you can use your fingertips of both hands to attach it to your eyes. 

Getting a tripod makes everything easier. With this, you can keep your eyes on a target for a long time without stressing your muscles. But make sure your model is tripod adaptable before buying. We strongly suggest getting it if you are dealing with big binoculars.

Better to know, there is no fixed rule for holding binoculars. Everybody has a unique physique. Therefore a distinct posture may work well for a particular person. Hence never hesitate to experiment with your holding. But while doing it don’t compromise to the steady view and effortless reachability of the fingers to the focus dial.

Focus Well

Focusing is crucial. New users often struggle with it. But when you know the right techniques, the process is smooth and easy. Firstly, you need to settle the barrels to the right distance according to your eyes. For this, simply start moving the central pivot and stop when you can see a single perfect circle without any dark edges. That’s it.

It’s time to settle the focus for both of your eyes. For doing that, follow the steps below:

  1. Select a distant steady object and bring the binoculars in front of your eyes. 
  2. We will fix the left eye visibility first. For that cover the right objective lens with your right hand. Then, with the other hand move the focus wheel until you get the clearest view. Set the wheel when the image is sharp.
  3. Do the same for the right eye. Cover the left eye. Adjust the focus as you have done previously. Note that, you need to rotate the diopter wheel for adjusting this time.
  4. See the object with both of your eyes. You should get a crystal clear image. If this happens than maintain this set up for good. Unfortunately, you miss the view on the first attempt. Don’t worry. Recur the process with necessary moderation. You will reach there in a few attempts.

Good to know, sometimes people feel pressure on their eyes or suffer from headaches while using binoculars. In these cases the instruments are faulty. If you face such hassles, immediately contact the sellers.

Cleaning Is Important

If you don’t want to spend money buying new binoculars soon, then you have to put little effort to clean your instrument. Keep it neat and clean. Particularly, be careful about the lenses. Brush off the smudges on them. Also, compressed air can nicely clean the lenses. Sometimes clean them with some cleaning solution.

Final Thoughts 

Using binoculars is not rocket science or very tough if you know how to hold and focus through it. However, you have to make sure that you clean the binoculars regularly and store it at a good temperature so that you can use your binoculars for years. We hope that this guide on how to use binoculars will be really helpful for you to know about and take care of your binoculars.

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