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Binoculars and Spotting Scopes

Whether you're interested practicing binocular astronomy, bird watching, or just want a closer look at a sporting event or concert, binoculars offer a convenient and affordable way to do all these things. We carry an extensive line of binoculars from Canon, Celestron, Meade and Orion. Binoculars basically consist of an objective lens (the large lens at the far end of the binocular), the ocular lens (the eyepiece) and a prism (a light reflecting, triangular sectioned block of glass with polished edges). The prism folds the light path and allows the instrument body to be far shorter than a telescope and correctly orients the image. The traditional porro prism design is well suited to astronomy and consists of two right-angled prisms which reflects the light path 3 times. The sleeker, straight barreled roof prism models are more compact and far more complex. The light path is longer, folding 4 times and requires stringent manufacturing quality to equal the performance. These models are better suited to terrestrial subjects and can include digital imaging systems and stabilizing features.
All binoculars are are described using two numerical terms: the first number is the magnifying power, the second number is the size of the objective lens in millimeters. These two numbers play an important role in determining the overall brightness of a binocular. By dividing the objective lens size by the magnifying power you can make a direct comparison of the overall brightness between two different binoculars. The larger the resultiing number, the brighter the binocular. Binocular views of the night sky through big binoculars is an incredible, experience and one quite worthy of exploring!

Just like a telescope eyepiece, binoculars have a field of view stated in degrees. This is the amount of sky or terrain you will see while looking through them. The larger the field of view the easier it is to follow a moving target, such as wildlife. Lastly,when choosing a binocular you want to also consider eye relief. Eye relief (how far away your eyes need to be to focus) is as important as magnifying power. Anything less than 9mm eye relief will make for some very uncomfortable viewing. If you wear eyeglasses , you may wish to leave your glasses on while using binoculars, so look for models which carry about 15mm eye relief. Also look for multiple lens coatings, which improve color and image contrast.

For beginner astronomy binoculars, 8x40 and 10X50 models make excellent choices. Larger aperture or higher power binoculars give incredible views, but will require a mount to help steady them. Check out the wide variety of mounts we offer to make your binocular viewing a pleasure. For birdwatchers, a good choice of binoculars are those light enough to hold steady and carry easily. While it is tempting to go for high magnification binoculars, these models can be uncomfortable and difficult to target on a moving subject. Image stabilizing binoculars and binoculars with built-in digital cameras make excellent choices for those who like to photograph wildlife and sporting events. For boaters, water-proof binoculars are essential, just as you may wish to consider models that are "fog proof" for humid climates.
Last but certainly not least is the marvelous innovation of the telescope binoviewer. A binoviewer is an optical device that allows the use of two eyes through the high power capability of any telescope. The view is breathtaking and the comfort is beyond compare!
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