Binoculars can be used for different purposes, for instance, hunting, bird watching, at concerts, sports events and much more. For this reason, each binocular design is tailored towards a specific use. And that’s why it is helpful to know for what purpose you need a binocular and choose accordingly.
If you are planning for a hunting expedition, choosing a right hunting binocular will make your hunting adventure the best one. However, the point is how to choose the best binoculars for hunting? As it can be a tough decision choosing a binocular among so many options available on the market.
In this guide, I am going to make this decision easier for you. Just stick around and read the guide below.
What most people believe is that binoculars with higher magnification will turn out to be the best for hunting. However, this may not always be true. Generally, magnification between 7x and 10x is considered to be satisfactory for the hunter.
Magnification higher than this can be troublesome this is because greater magnification is negatively linked with image steadiness and you for sure don’t want to compromise on that!
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Next, you have to consider the objective size of the binoculars. The objective size tells how much of a detailed view the binoculars are going to provide.
Usually, the objective size of 40mm or 42mm is good enough. In this case the greater the size the better hunting experience you will have. However, the price of a binocular with a greater objective size is going to be comparatively higher.
It is better to consider at this stage whether you are going to hunt mostly during daylight or at night time. In case you are planning to go for a hunt at night time then the objective size of 50 mm is going to be an ideal one for you.
Another thing to consider about objective size is that the larger the size the heavier the binoculars are going to be. If portability is a priority to you then you might consider binoculars with less objective size. However, the tradeoff is that you will be able to see in less detail.
Field of view
Field of view is another important feature to consider. The field of view means the area (usually measured in yards) that you will be able to see with the binoculars. It is commonly expressed as FOV at 1000 yards.
If the FOV is small you will have a narrow view and if the FOV is large you will have a wide view. There is no rule on what the ideal FOV should be. It entirely depends on individual preference.
The exit pupil determines the amount of light that will pass through the eyes. The exit pupil is obtained by dividing the objective lens with the magnification. The larger the exit pupil the greater the level of light you will be able to see while using binoculars.
A trick of choosing the right level of the exit pupil is to get the one that is close to human pupil size. In the case of young individuals the exit pupil is around 7mm and in the case of elderly individuals, it is up to 4mm.
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When it comes to hunting binoculars there can two different categories of prisms, namely porro prisms and roof prisms. Roof prisms are usually believed to be a better choice. This is because they have favourable features like being lightweight, slim and being direct in line with the eyepiece.
With all the above-mentioned advantages of roof prisms, the price of it is higher than Porro prisms. So if you are looking for a reasonably priced binoculars then you should consider Porro prisms one. The drawback, however, is that these are not directly in line with the eyepiece.
Rubber coating and waterproofing
Furthermore, it is important to see whether the binoculars are rubber coated and waterproof or not. Rubber coated binoculars can be used with wet hands and such binoculars are durable.
On the other hand, binoculars that are waterproof are easy to be used in the dirt, dust, and rain that are common during hunting. Another benefit is that such binoculars do not fog up.
The best binoculars for you
In conclusion, whenever you are confused about how to choose binoculars for hunting just keep all the above-mentioned factors into consideration and give more importance to the ones you give higher priority to.
The decision-making process will become easier if you determine where you will be hunting, what method you will be using and what time you will prefer. Answers to these questions will help you decide what features you need in the binoculars.
Hopefully, now you have an idea about how to choose binoculars for hunting. By doing thorough research about all the available options of binoculars you can buy the one that will work best for you. This way you will be making an informed decision.
An optics enthusiast – I love bird watching as well as wildlife. Originally from South Africa, I moved to the UK at a young age. I love reviewing the latest binoculars as well as traveling. I work as a comms consultant during the day. My plan is to travel across the world so building up to that goal.