Binoculars are extremely useful tools that improve the overall power of your eyes. Here, we are going to highlight some of the most common uses for binoculars, and also bring up some less common uses you may have not thought of. You may find value in reading our article on the best hiking binoculars.
Common Binocular Uses
Binoculars and bird watching go hand in hand. Many species of birds are small, quick, or don’t like to be near humans. That means, in order to view them clearly, and really appreciate their uniqueness and beauty, magnification is required. For this reason, you’ll see birders with binoculars frequently.
When viewing a football game, baseball game, horse racing or any other sporting event, viewers often find themselves a distance away from the action. Binoculars can allow you to inspect things far more closely, and you’ll see the occasional fan or viewer with a pair of binoculars to enhance their viewing experience.
Hiking / Sight Viewing
When hiking, individuals may want to take a closer look at distance mountains, lakes, cities, stars, or wildlife. While hiking, binoculars have a ton of use cases to enhance the hikers’ experience. Not to mention, they can potentially be useful in an emergency situation.
When sitting in a blind, stalking, or just waiting around, binoculars can be hugely valuable. You’ll be able to spot animals from significantly longer distance, or identify animals or objects far easier. For many hunting situations, binoculars are highly recommended to improve the chance of success.
Binoculars can allow viewers to see the moon, nearby planets, and other stars with far more clarity. Especially when purchasing a pair specifically for stargazing.
Marine / Whale Watching
Binoculars are very frequently used by captains, whale watching tours, or wildlife viewers. It is often difficult to see ships in the distance or wildlife in the distance, and a pair of binoculars can improve safety, and improve the overall viewing experience. Binoculars meant for those on ships generally don’t have extremely large zooms due to the sea creating a lot of movement, and making heavily zoomed in objects hard to follow.
You cannot go on a safari trip without a pair of binoculars. While you may get lucky and have wildlife approach you closely, you’ll be able to experience a lot more with a pair of binoculars.
Uncommon And Additional Uses
Emergency Fire Starter
Convex and Concave lenses inside of your binoculars can be used to start a fire when bright sun is available. Finding the right angle and distance away from your fire fuel can enable you to ignite objects in an emergency situation.
Camera Zoom Lense
Want to increase the zoom of your phone? Try putting your phone and putting it up to a pair of binoculars. While your image may not be super clear, you’ll be able to get some impressive zoom from this.
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