Due to light refraction through water, seeing undistorted images is a problem but a good pair of fishing binoculars can make the images more colorful, more realistic and without the distortion. Ultraviolet coating on the lenses of fishing binoculars also reduces the glare from the sun as it hits the water.
If you are on the water looking for signs of where the big fish are located, such as jumping Marlin or Blue Fish, a good pair of fishing binoculars can be a big help. The distortion-free vision offered on many models gives a better idea of the distance and most fishing binoculars come with extreme depth of field capabilities allowing for sharp images anywhere from 20 yards to infinity.
Fishing binoculars, since used on or near the water, are generally waterproof and the depth of their resistance to water infiltration will often determine the price. It is also important to remember to protect your fishing binoculars from the continued exposure to salt water if they are used on ocean cruises.
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If you are planning to spend a lot of time on a boat then fishing binoculars with coated lenses is necessary. These will reduce the amount of glare from the sun and make your images more defined. Additionally, with the glare almost completely gone, images will not be hidden by the reflected light.
Whether you are using the fishing binoculars to actually look for fish movement on the water or for trying to spot the shoreline if you get lost, be sure the magnification is strong enough to meet your needs. Depending on the size of the water way you be on will determine the strength of the fishing binoculars you will need.
Center focus fishing binoculars will enable one-handed operation easier and along with the prism being mounted on the roof of the binoculars making them more compact, they will be easier to carry, store and use. A rough waterproof coating is also desirable to make for more sure handling if they, or your hands, do get wet so they will not slip overboard.
The angle of view is determined by the lens size and depending on your needs, you may want a wider view lens. Similar to the lens on a camera, fishing binoculars also come with a variety of lenses. They are available from numerous manufacturers in many styles and magnifications. Resultantly, costs can range from about $40 to several thousands of dollars.