When it comes to purchasing binoculars, there are two adages that you will find true. The first one is, “You get what you pay for.” The cost of a good pair of binoculars, that will provide you the needed magnification, will be a quality product that will stand the test of time. An approximate cost will be in the neighborhood of $250 or more.
The other adage, when adhered to, will take care of those binoculars. That adage states, “Take care of the tool and the tool will take care of you.”
Therefore, it is important to not only invest in a good pair of binoculars, but to make sure that you purchase the binoculars accessory that will extend the life of your product. The right binoculars accessory will provide the needed protection required for those critical areas of the binoculars.
A key binoculars accessory item is the lens cap. The dual purpose of the lenses of the binoculars is to receive the light reflected off of the object and allow the viewer to observe, through the lens, the object of attention. It is therefore imperative that the lenses are protected.
A quality pair of lens caps will fit securely over the lens at the distant end of the binoculars. This protective binoculars accessory will protect the lens from scratches and other mishaps that may cause damage to the lenses.
As lenses caps are often misplaced and forgotten, it is a good idea to purchase a pair of tethered lens caps. This binoculars accessory will secure firmly to the binoculars and will lessen the chances of losing them. Also, the tethered lens caps dangling from the binoculars, will serve as a reminder to the owner to replace the lens caps after utilizing the binoculars.
Another binoculars accessory item would be a service kit. This kit contains various useful items that help to maintain the usability of your binoculars.
This kit contains such items as an anti-static cloth or lens cleaning tissues. Use of the items will prevent scratching of the lenses when freeing the lenses from accumulated dust. In addition, to help with the cleaning of the lenses, a specially formulated cleaning solution may be included. It is advisable that a commercial product not be used to clean the lenses.
Finally, a good set of plastic tweezers placed in the service kit is a good idea. Occasionally, when viewing outdoors, the lenses of the binoculars may accumulate large pieces of dirt. This may occur when you set the binoculars down or through a gust of wind. The plastic tweezers will allow for you to pick off that large bit of dirt without causing damage to the lens.
Placing these items in a durable container is a wise investment in the preventative care of your binoculars.