Hunting binoculars are an essential ingredient to a hunting expedition, so before you embark on one it would be wise for you to do your homework and find the right pair for you. Some hunters swear to the fact that having a pair of hunting binoculars at hand can prove to be just as important, if not more, as having a rifle at hand. Hunting binoculars are used for a variety of reasons when hunting including using them to search the area you intend to hunt through, and to get a better idea on the location of your target. For all these different reasons, you need to keep in mind different features that you need your binoculars to have.
Objective Lens Size
The prime time to hunt according to most hunters is either dawn or dusk. These are the times at which your game is most active and hence there is a higher chance that you would be able to hunt multiples animals. However, at these times also there is lower visibility as the sun is yet to rise or has already set, so you need binoculars which are enabled with the feature that allows clear visibility even in low light situations.
When it comes to objective lenses, the basic rule is this; the bigger the size of the lens the better the view for you when you hunt in low light conditions. Some minor factors concerning the lens would also affect how well you see through it, these include the quality of the lens you buy and the coating on the lens, which would seriously affect your view. However, as with most things the bigger the lens you wish to buy, the higher the price tag attached to it. In addition to that, the bigger the lens, the heavier the weight of the binoculars.
The magnification of the lens of the binoculars is just as important as the objective lens; where the objective lens allows you to view the game with clarity in the dark, the magnification allows you to zoom in to its exact location. However, though most people are quick to jump to the conclusion that like the objective lens, the higher the magnification of the lens, the better the binoculars, this is not actually the case. The larger the magnification, the more limited your field of view is and you are also unable to view the game as being still, as at a magnified view it will seem to be constantly moving.
The next thing to keep in mind in terms of the features of the binoculars is that they should be seriously durable and able to take some roughing up. Hunting binoculars are meant to be used in varying weather conditions so it would be beneficial to you if they came with a waterproof and fog-proof features as then you wouldn’t have to worry about keeping them safe from rain, nor would you be blocked by foggy lens to get a view of your game.
Special Lens Coatings
If you are very particular and proficient at hunting, then these specially coated lenses might just be the right fit for you. The special thing about the coating on these lenses is that it makes the colors of the foliage such as the different shades of greens dulled out, while the colors of your choice of game such as browns and reds are made to stand out so you spot your target straight away, rather than having to search for it for a prolonged period of time
Modern technology does not mean only that new inventions be brought out, but it also implies there would be improvements to the older versions of things. The LED screen is one such modern technology that has attempted to make an improvement in binoculars. Some brands of binoculars have introduced LED screens in to binoculars so that when you find your target in your binoculars view, you can then simply press a button on the binoculars which will display to you the exact distance at which the game is. This measurement will be displayed over the view that you see through the viewfinder and is in fact quite a remarkable innovation.
This feature is more of importance for hunters who wear eye glasses. Normally, the binoculars available would not be easy to use in conjunction with your eye glasses, as you would not be able to bring your eyes as close to the binoculars’ lens as possible. In such a case, you would need binoculars with longer eye relief which would make it easier for you to see the view, though you would still not be able to press your eyes against the binoculars’ lens.