How to Collimate Binoculars: 9 Expert Tips

binoculars on tripod

A pair of binoculars is a unique type of optical instrument, in that it features two tubes. And each one of those tubes usually houses prisms that are designed to be in sync. If for some reason they aren’t aligned, you only get to see blurred or double images. In other words, your binoculars are […]

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Binocular Magnification Chart: Numbers & Distances Compared

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If you’re a hiker, bird watcher, or stargazer, you probably already have a pair of binoculars all packed up and ready for the road. However, while these optical instruments aren’t that hard to use when it comes to the magnification power and lens diameter, things might get a bit confusing. What do all those numbers […]

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How to Clean a Refractor Telescope: Step-by-Step Guide

a refractor telescope

It’s important to note that a refractor telescope is not the same as a reflector telescope. The former magnifies distant objects by bending light, while the latter relies on mirror reflections to generate magnified images. That also means that a refractor telescope doesn’t have secondary mirrors that obstruct its light’s path. We would have loved […]

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How to Clean a Telescope Eyepiece: Step-by-Step Guide

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There’s nothing more annoying than trying to gather light or magnify an image from a distant object using a telescope that has a dirty eyepiece. Some of us tend to avoid dealing with such an issue, because other than the fact that we lack the experience, we’re also afraid of inadvertently causing harm to the […]

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What Is the Best Binocular Magnification for Hunting? Optical Features Explained

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By definition, magnification is the ability of an optical device to enlarge or reduce the actual size of an image of a particular object. It’s vital to always make sure that you’ve got the right magnification any time you go out hunting. Regrettably though, seeing as it all hinges on several factors, we cannot give […]

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How to Clean a Rifle Scope: 8 Expert Tips

Visibility is king when you’re hunting, and a poorly maintained scope can obscure your vision and ruin hours of prep work if you miss your shot. Scopes these days are usually made of anodized, scratch-resistant material, but the lens is as delicate as a camera lens. Let’s help you demystify the best ways to clean […]

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When Were Binoculars Invented? History, Today & Future

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Binoculars, the optical instrument that magnifies distant objects and allows us to view them in incredible clarity, were invented in the early 17th century. But to get a complete history of binoculars, we need to break them down across a few key eras. So, let’s delve into the development of binoculars throughout these periods and […]

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Monocular vs Telescope: Differences Explained (With Pictures)

Monocular vs Telescope

In the world of magnification devices, two of the most frequently used include the telescope, an instrument that’s been around for centuries, and the more recent monocular, a telescope of a different flavor. The monocular and telescope are extremely useful in situations where seeing distant objects is necessary or helpful. They do, however, have several […]

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Can You Use Binoculars to Look At Stars? How to Choose the Right Pair

man stargazing using binoculars

A crystal-clear evening sky can bring out the wonder-filled stargazer in all of us. When the moon is bright and an endless sea of stars spans the sky on a quiet night, it isn’t easy to resist the urge for a deeper look. You don’t need a telescope to enhance the experience. With a decent […]

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How to Choose Binoculars for Bird Watching: 10 Expert Tips

hiker using binoculars for birdwatching

Binoculars are the main accessory for bird watching. But choosing the right one can be quite daunting considering the large number of options and types. Below, we discuss top tips for choosing the right binoculars. Keep reading to learn about the features you must consider when binocular shopping. The 10 Tips on How to Choose […]

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