Binoculars

Look! Nature! That’s right, with a good set of binoculars, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with wildlife in the area while maintaining a safe distance for you and the animal. Remember, animals in nature are wild and should be respected. NEVER approach them, and if you’re confronted, be big and scary, and back away slowly.

So, what do the numbers mean? Thankfully, it’s pretty straight forward. 10 X 35 means that the binoculars will make things look 10 times closer than they are. So, if that elk is a good 100 yards away, the binoculars will make it appear as if it’s only 10 yards away. The 35 is the diameter of the lens. The bigger the number, the more image you get to see.

Here’s where it gets a bit more complicated. There’s something called the “exit pupil”, which is a measurement of how bright something will appear in low light. You get this by dividing the diameter of the lens by the magnification power. In our example, 35mm lens divided by a magnification power of 10 = 3.5mm. Compare this to how much your pupil can dilate in low light (7mm). This means that the 10 x 35 binoculars are limiting the amount of light your eyes can see. A good rule would be an minimum exit pupil of 5mm or greater for low light usage. All binoculars will work well for daylight.