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Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binocular Review

Updated on May 12, 2011

Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binocular

Selecting binoculars is one of those things that leaves a lot of people confused. When you try to make a purchase you are going to be confronted with numbers like 9x50 which you have to be clear on if you want to get the right set. There are also a lot of specialized features like compact binoculars or stabilized binoculars which you will have to consider. If you keep in mind what you want to use the binoculars for everything will come together quite nicely, so this is something you will want to keep in mind before you start looking.

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By far the two biggest things that you want to consider when you are picking binoculars are the magnification and the lens diameter. A number like 6x30 will be clearly marked on the binoculars to tell you this. The first number will tell you the magnification which is nothing more than how much closer whatever you are looking at will appear. The diameter of the lens is the number you see second and it is measured in millimeters. The field of view will be bigger if you use a bigger lens diameter.It isn’t simply a matter of picking the binoculars that have biggest numbers, that would be far too straightforward. It is difficult to pick up moving objects if you have a lot of magnification, so that might be a problem for some uses. Having a large lens diameter will allow you an outstanding field of view but it will also result in large and heavy binoculars, not a great idea if you are going to be carrying them a long way.

The brightness of a pair of binoculars is determined by the size of the exit pupil and this is another important factor that will need to be considered. If you divide the lens diameter by the magnification you will get the size of the exit pupil. A greater amount of light will get to your eye if this is a large number. This is ideal if you are using your binoculars when it is dark but it can be a problem if you use them when the sun is shining. For night time use you are going to need an exit pupil of at least 7 mm. However if you are going to use them in bright daylight 3 mm is probably sufficient, 5 mm is a good compromise for general use.

Comfort level will by and large be the major consideration in any of the other factors that you will have to consider so there are really no general rules. Things like how the binoculars focus or what kind of prism is used can be important to some people while other people really won’t care. You will want to keep in mind any of the specialized types of binoculars that may need like compact binoculars or stabilized binoculars. In order to make sure that you get the best choice for your needs you are going to want to becertain that you think about how you are planning to use your binoculars.



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