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Lightweight Compact Binocular Review – Top 3
A lot of the binoculars on the market today are colossal messes of scopes, lenses, knobs and doohickeys a beginner wouldn’t even know where to begin with. It’s often said that simplicity is better than making something convoluted, and this is exactly where these compact binoculars come in. With a small size comes reduced power, but for any average user of these binoculars there is more than enough features and settings to fiddle with to get their footing in the binocular market.
MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars – Our Number 1
The MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars are a masterclass in the art of simplicity and minimalism (CHECK PRICE!). Holding no pretension than being anything other than a small set of binoculars to be used out and about, the MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars more than succeed in that goal, and in the end MINOX have developed a product that will more than likely stand the test of time.
Looking at the simple aesthetic of the MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars you wouldn’t expect much from them, but this little device packs a big punch with a great feature list. Out of all the features the MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars have, these are the ones that stood out to me.
- An astounding thirty year warranty is offered by the manufacturer MINOX. If this doesn’t tell you that they are confident in their product more than exceeding your expectations then I don’t know what will.
- The lenses are coated multiple times in materials and dyes that make the end image far better due to the close care that is taken when making these binoculars.
- A solid x8 magnification, which many full sized binoculars fail to exceed, further proving that these little binoculars stand up against their peers.
- Made out of a smooth aluminium body, a shockproof exo skeleton and is fully water proof, so if you’re out and about and accidentally drop it into a river, stream or pond you needn’t worry, you’re binoculars will be just fine.
- Dry Nitrogen is filtered through between the lenses keeping them clear all year long creating the greatest image that is currently possible. The nitrogen also prevents general corrosion and wear and tear so you’re binoculars will last for a long while.
The MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars are a great starting point for any beginner in the binocular market and needless to say I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone who is even slightly interested.
Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 Review – Number 2
The second product that I would gladly recommend is the Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 Binoculars. Don’t be put off thought by their industrial and rustic look, these binoculars are perfectly serviceable for anyone who will make the investment.
This product is significantly cheaper than the MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars, so it’s more than worth our time to try and figure out why this is. The feature list of the Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 is perfectly acceptable, but these are the features that stood out to me.
- Optical lenses that are coated in several different industry professional tint and colours to give the user the best end experience as possible.
- The Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 Compact Folding Binocular beats out the MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars with a magnification of x10 which may be able to get you the better, or at the very least the more zoomed in image of the pair.
- Many customer testimonials claim that the quality of the Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 Compact Folding Binocular is equivalent to many other sets of binoculars that are upwards of £100.
The Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 Compact Folding Binocular is a serviceable addition to the compact binocular sub section of the binocular market and if you were to buy them you would no doubt be satisfied with the quality and image of them.
Praktica B00331 22 x 22 Review – Number 3
Although the Bushnell Powerview 10 x 32 binoculars looked somewhat rustic, the Praktica B00331 22 x 22 Binoculars unfortunately look like something out of a 90’s sci-fi movie. Despite the unfortunate appearance of the Praktica B00331 22 x 22, it would still make a great addition to your binocular collection, and when such a low price is deemed to be appropriate, it’s normal to expect such compromises.
This is the cheapest of the bunch that I have recommended, so if you are running on a tight budget, the Praktica B00331 22 x 22 Compact Zoom seems like the obvious choice, and in addition to its cheap price, these are the features that particularly stood out to me.
- An adjustable zoom that ranges from the fairly low x7 magnification to the very respectable magnification of x22, although you may begin to notice some sacrifices in the image quality when looking at such extreme magnifications.
- Small plastic eye cups that fold downwards onto the user’s eyes which can make the comfort level and general experience of those users who use glasses much more pleasurable.
- Is very small indeed which could make it become a regular part of your kit as you go out rambling or trekking. It’s also cheap enough so that you can take it with you without feeling any form of buyer’s remorse.
The Praktica B00331 22 x 22 Compact Zoom Binoculars are certainly the odd one out in this trio of binoculars, but due to their outrageously low price it would have been silly not to at least include it. If you are running on a very tight budget the Praktica is for you.
If you are not running on a slight budget it is my view that you should go all out, especially when we are considering that these are likely the cheapest variants of binoculars that you will be able to get. Therefore, I think that the MINOX BV 8 x 25 Binoculars are the clear winner due to their minimalist aesthetic and simple, yet sophisticated feature set.
Ever Wonder The Mechanics Behind The Workings Of A Pair Of Binoculars?
A lot of people use binoculars on a daily basis for a variety of reasons and they certainly know how to use them in terms of pointing and observing at anything of interest, but a question widely asked is how do they work? For such a product that is really only used to magnify anything in its field of view, it is actually very technical and there are a lot of features and clever materials to make binoculars work. When you look at a set of binoculars you will find it much resembles two telescopes that are simply connected together – and that uses roughly the same technology except binoculars require a couple of extra “mirrors” to work with.
Below we will look at the individual materials used to build the binoculars and what each of them does to produce the end results.
Firstly we will have a look at the structure of a set of binoculars, you will notice that the eye cups you look through in some cases do not align with the lenses at the other end, so in theory if a set of binoculars didn’t have anything inside, it would almost be like looking through a dark tunnel with a little bit of light at the end of it. This is why the lenses play an important role, and depending on the size of the lenses will depend on how much light they can capture – the more light will provide a brighter and clearer view through the binoculars.
The object Lens comes from the Latin word Lentil, which is more or less a piece of glass that is curved in shape. This is important when it comes to reflecting light behind it and into the binocular structure ready for other materials to do their work. Lenses come in different shapes and sizes depending on what the specific manufacturer of the binoculars wants to achieve. They also come in different forms of glass and are often coated in different materials to provide an enhanced crystal clear view for the binoculars users. You will find that the more expensive binoculars use their own lens technology to produce better results for their users.
Carrying on from above, for binoculars to work properly requires a lot of science to be involved. Firstly, a term called refraction is used when the light bends in the air and another material “captures” it, that is what refraction is and the material can be anything such as liquid water or glass. This is primarily what the lenses achieve by capturing the light and that then gets sent into the binoculars to be used for other materials to do their next job. The next job would be for the selected prism design to do its work and we’ll have a look below at what that involves.
If you look through a magnifying glass sometimes the view will look upside down, which is why the introduction of “Prisms” are introduced at this point of the binoculars structure – these Prisms will put the observation the right way up again. There are 2 different types of prisms, again depending on the manufacturer’s preference, and these are the Porro Prisms and the Roof Prisms. The Roof Prisms are often just back to front chunks of glass, and the Porro Prisms are also back to front chunks of glass but aren’t completely aligned, they often mirror the light 90 degrees towards the next prism, and the next prism then mirrors the light towards the eye cups which allows you to see.
Depending on which prisms the manufacturers use will change the overall design of the binoculars, some Roof Prism designs are quite narrow and lighter, whereas Porro Prisms provide better quality sights but are heavier and in turn makes the binocular design a bit chunkier. This then brings us to the eye piece lenses.
Eye piece lenses
There are usually two lenses that are back to front again which magnifies the view for the user to see, the prisms and the front lenses have done all the work and these eye piece lenses are just there to magnify the view.
This is just a simple guide of how a set of binoculars work and you will find that a lot of binoculars produced by different manufacturers uses differently technology to produce different quality results, and the higher-end binoculars have better ways of producing such results thanks to the more expensive materials they implement into their designs. If you are very interested in seeing how a set of binoculars work in close detail, the best thing you can do is buy a cheap set of binoculars you can open up and mess around with – check out their individual components and you will have a better understanding of how they work and what kinds of materials they use.