What To Look For In Camping Binoculars
Finding a good set of binoculars for camping at a reasonable price isn’t difficult if one knows what to look for when shopping. Understanding the magnification factor as well as the objective lens diameter will help one in making a decision.
Who doesn’t love to go camping? The beauty and majesty that nature has to offer are enough to wow even the most ardent city dweller. Yet enjoying a good camping trip requires outfitting oneself with the right tools. For as much fun as playing poker in the RV for hours on end can be, eventually one has to get out and take in the scenery. Taking in the sites becomes much easier with a good set of binoculars. Finding good binoculars that will fit into the average camper’s budget isn’t difficult, provided one knows what to look for.
The first thing that one needs to know when shopping for binoculars is what the numbers listed in reference to their performance mean. Typically, every set will have two numbers listed. The first describes the magnification factor. This number represents how many times larger a figure or item will actually appear when viewed, and thus is represented in a times factor (i.e., 7x). The second number is the objective lens diameter. This describes the size of the front lenses on the binoculars. The general rule of thumb is that the higher the objective lens diameter, the brighter the images being viewed will appear, and the wider the field of view will be.
There are a number of other features that are unique to certain sets of binoculars, such as coated lenses, range finders, and image stabilization capabilities. However, if one is simply looking for a good set to take camping, all he or she really needs to understand is the objective lens diameter and the magnification factor.
With that knowledge in hand, one must then determine how the binoculars will be used primarily before making his or her purchasing decision. For general use, a set with a magnification factor of 7 and an objective lens diameter of 25 mm is probably sufficient. For more specialized use such as hunting or bird watching, one may want to increase those numbers to 8x and 30 mm, respectively. Plus, one needs to consider what the conditions he or she may encounter while camping will be. If there’s chance for rain or high humidity, or he or she will be around water, a waterproof set of binoculars is best.
One needs to be careful about falling into the trap of thinking that all binoculars are created equal. While the one’s available that the local sporting goods store may not exactly be military-grade, they can still produce a fine effect, provided that one knows for what purpose they will be used. For more information on finding the right binoculars at a camping store in San Diego, visit this website.
David is an adventurer with tactical experience and training. He is on a campaign to inform people about military surplus, camping, survival and tactical equipment. You can find his thoughts at the surplus specialist blog.
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