Anyone else struggle with binoculars?

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  • Anyone else struggle with binoculars?
  • My left eye is very dominant. In fact, my optician more or less said “your right eye’s shite mate.”

    As a keen ornithologist, the dominance issue has caused problems when using binoculars; mainly a double image (not collimation problems).

    What may seem obvious to you lot evaded my thoughts for years (I’m 50). WHAT ABOUT A MONOCULAR?

    Derrrr.

    So I ordered a Hawke Endurance monocular. It’s bloody brilliant. Fast acquisition of subject with my non-shite eye and great quality glass for a bright, sharp image with no aberrations.

    And I’ve sold my bino’s so my mono cost me just £30. Rrp £105.

    Result.

    mav12
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    been using a opticron monocular for years now, cant get on with binos

    More portable too. I’m ok with bins & thought, ‘what’s the point of a monocular?’ but then thought, ‘It’s the same idea as a spotting scope only smaller’.

    The Opticron is highly regarded.

    EGF – exactly. And soooo light. I’m well chuffed with move to the single barrel!

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    Isn’t a monocular essentially just a telescope?

    CraigW
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    I usually seem to get double vision when I try using binoculars. Maybe because I am wearing glasses, so eyes too far from the lenses, or not lined up.
    So I’m thinking I should try a monocular instead.
    I do have a spotting scope, that works nicely. Though a bit too big to carry on a walk, and needs a tripod to set it up. Or I just use my camera with a telephoto lens.

    Flaperon
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    Can you not just close one eye?

    Premier Icon seadog101
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    #metoo.

    And in my job, which involves using bin’s frequently, every day, it sucks. Same issue as OP, very dominant left eye, which came about front having a lazy eye as a kid. Fixed at the time by wearing of an eye patch that made my eyes point in the same direction (unless I’m drunk and/or very tired).

    Kind of got used to looking through bins and accepting that one lens is next to useless.

    I find that bin’s with independent diopter adjustment are better, however, these limit the useful range if you want to look at things nearby and tend to be very very expensive ones.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I always used to get double vision when using bins, back when I was a kid and the only pair I had access to was my Dad’s. Turned out they’d been dropped and one of the prisms was out of whack.


    Turned out they’d been dropped and one of the prisms was out of whack.

    Yep, had that before (Opticron Oasis as it happens) I’ve looked through a few binocs that were out of whack, maybe folk thought they had a dodgy eye?

    mrmoofo
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    I thought it was just me ,,,

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    Sounds just what I’m looking for, can I ask which magnification you went with ? Cheers

    crikey
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    You know that most binoculars come with an independent adjustment, usually on the right eye?

    Not just expensive ones, most of them will have it.

    Premier Icon jamesoz
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    Something I’ve always wondered, in films they show a double circle when looking through bins. The only time I used them I saw one circle, which I assume is correct and films are bollocks.

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    It’s merely a visual aid to allow the viewer to know the person is surveying the scene from afar rather than the viewer deliberating which is the more likely: teleportation or the passing of time. (phew, that saved me making the joke asking why everyone is rummaging through bins while looking through binoculars).

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    Awsome, what a sheltered and binocular free life I’ve led.

    Yes, I just need to pronounce it more slowly.

    Bye.
    Knock.
    You.
    Lars.

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    I’ve got this one;

    https://www.birders-store.co.uk/hawke-endurance-ed-8×42-monocular.html

    Excellent bit of kit & a great shop too.

    Bye.
    Knock.
    You.
    Lars.

    Youv’e been watching ‘Snatch’!

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    You know that most binoculars come with an independent adjustment, usually on the right eye?

    Not really what I Meant. Most come with focus adjust that serves both eyes, and only the right can be set stronger or weaker.

    With independent adjustment there is no central focus puller for both lenses simultaneously. Better bins have greater depth of field, so each eye is set (independently) and forget about it.

    As I said it works great for certain distances, not so for closer ranges.

    PS, I work on a ship, so tend to be looking for things on the horizon, about 12 miles or more.

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    Same here. Got a nice Minox monocular which solved the problem.

    nbt
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    seadog101 wrote:

    You know that most binoculars come with an independent adjustment, usually on the right eye?

    Not really what I Meant. Most come with focus adjust that serves both eyes, and only the right can be set stronger or weaker.
    With independent adjustment there is no central focus puller for both lenses simultaneously. Better bins have greater depth of field, so each eye is set (independently) and forget about it.
    As I said it works great for certain distances, not so for closer ranges.
    PS, I work on a ship, so tend to be looking for things on the horizon, about 12 miles or more.

    Not picking on yopu, but just for those who are unsure how this works – you would normally set the focus on binoculars using your left eye, then adjust the focus on the right to make it correct. I can see that if you have a very dominant eye that the adjustment may not be enough, or that if youre switching from very near to very far you may need to adjust the right eye a bit, but for most people it’s a case of set and forget

    TiRed
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    You’re doing it wrong. I have a +3 difference between my eyes. I can still use binoculars without issue. In fact it’s really the only time I have binocular vision. I set the focus on my left (weak) eye. Then adjust the +\- to my right dominant eye and voila! I can also do this with my glasses (still a +3 difference with correction). Look for a set with a wide correction.

    stumpy01
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    +1 on the above stuff about using the built in adjustment.

    Although,I guess you could have a situation where the difference between eyes is so great that the adjustment range doesn’t cover the difference.

    My Wife’s eyesight is pretty terrible, but she gets on fine with a pair of Nikon binoculars I got her for about £100.

    Youv’e been watching ‘Snatch’!

    🙂 One of my favourite films!

    Sounds just what I’m looking for, can I ask which magnification you went with ? Cheers

    8×42.

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