In this blog, Bernard will talk you through what to look for when purchasing binoculars. He will explain the subtle difference in the specifications and show off a series of Zeiss, Leica, GPO (German Precision Optics), Canon and Hawke binoculars.

The first consideration when purchasing binoculars is the magnification. The key difference between an eight times and a ten times magnification is that an eight times magnification will give you a smaller image, a wider field of view and a brighter image that a ten times magnification. A ten times magnification will bring the image closer in a smaller field of view but will be slightly darker in low light than an equivalent eight times binocular. The second consideration is the diameter of the optics on the binoculars. A 42 will be brighter than a 32 when compared like for like with the same range and brand. A 50mm opening in the binocular will offer a brigher image again, but the binocular will be heavier as a result.

Different brands and models offer various ranges of glass which will make them brighter, sharper and offer truer colour. 

Most sets have eyecups that retract, this enables people who wear glasses to use them. Other features to look for are waterproofing, durability and warranty.

Our latest brand of binoculars, German Precision Optics, come in a premium presentation box. Including a hard case, neoprene strap and of course the binoculars themselves.

If you have any questions in relation to your options, don't hesitate to contact us online or pop in store to discuss what is the best option for you.