Binocular & Spotting Scope Buying Gude
Power / Magnification
The size of the objective lens directly affects the brightness of the image and the physical size and weight of the binoculars. It does not affect the field of view or area that you will see. A larger objective lens will gather more light and usually deliver a sharper, brighter image. We stress the word usually because once the light is collected, there are many factors that affect how well it is delivered to your eyes. See “Optical Quality” on page 2 of our catalog for more about these factors. The downside of a larger objective lens is that as the size of the lens increases, so does both the weight and the size of the binoculars. Binoculars that are too large or heavy to carry comfortably tend to get left behind.
Beyond The Basics...
Optical enhancement is far more complex than most realize. We’re here to help you go through the options! Find out more about what it takes by clicking the link below to browse our full Buying Guide.