Big Binoculars 101

If your passion is the outdoors and you want to take everything in that nature has to offer you may be in the market for big binoculars. Big binoculars will add a whole new dimension to your bird watching experience. Through these binoculars you will be able to view the bird’s markings or watch their activity in building their nest. Or if you are an avid hunter, big binoculars will help you to track and locate that game that you have been dreaming about all summer.

Another possibility may be that you just simply want to wish upon a star. The powerful optics associated with big binoculars will help to bring that star closer to earth for you and aid you in your star gazing.

In shopping for your pair of big binoculars it is important to keep in mind how binoculars operate and specifically what are big binoculars.

Binocular Basics

There are many factors to consider when in the market for a set of binoculars. One of those factors includes the intended use for the binoculars. Some uses could include stargazing, bird watching, surveillance, hunting trips, etc.

Another factor to consider, when considering the purchase of a pair of binoculars, is the power of the binoculars. The specifications and strength of the binoculars are represented by two figures. These two figures are generally listed side-by-side and separated by the letter x. For example, if pair of binoculars is described by the numbers 7 x 50, the first number represents the magnification and the second number represents the diameter of the objective lenses.

The magnification of 7, in this example, means that the viewed object will appear to be seven times closer than if viewed without the binoculars. The number 50, diameter of the objective lenses, equates to the ability of the binoculars to gather light. The higher the second number, the greater is the light gathering capability of the lens and therefore the brighter the object being viewed. A higher second number is particularly helpful if the binoculars will be used for stargazing.

What Are Big Binoculars

Binoculars begin to be defined as big binoculars when the second number, of the listed specifications, reaches the number 50 and above. Therefore a 7 x 50 pair of binoculars could be defined as a pair of big binoculars.
Although incredibly powerful and useful for such things as stargazing there is one significant drawback to a pair of big binoculars. That drawback is their weight. The weight of binoculars that are 50 mm and above makes it difficult to maintain steadiness when holding the binoculars up to the eyes. Therefore, it is often necessary to purchase a binocular mount to hold the binoculars and provide for a good viewing experience.