If you are a professional hunter then you probably know the importance of being able spot your prey from a distance without being noticed, and how a high-quality pair of binoculars can mean the difference between bragging your prized game or coming home empty handed.
You also probably know how critical it is for your hunting binoculars to perform in rain-forests or mountainous areas, in wet, cold and foggy climate, and during the low light periods of dusk and dawn.
In this post we will look at features that are absolutely essential for hunting binoculars and will give you our opinion of the best hunting binoculars.
HUNTING BINOCULARS MAGNIFICATION
Many people believe that the higher the magnification the better, but they might not realize that once you go over 10X magnification it can be difficult to maintain a steady image, which is vital when hunting. For this reason, we recommend magnification between 8-10X.
HUNTING BINOCULARS OBJECTIVE LENS SIZE
The best time to hunt is often during dusk and dawn, but the problem during these periods of the day is that there isn’t much light. For this reason it is crucial that your binoculars have large lens sizes so that as much light can enter the binoculars. We recommend you buy hunting binoculars with objective lens sizes between 42mm and 50mm.
HUNTING BINOCULARS FIELD OF VIEW
When it comes to hunting, field of view isn’t as important as the other features such as magnification and objective lens size. As a general guide you should aim for a FOV of at least 100m.
HUNTING BINOCULARS EXIT PUPIL
The exit pupil is basically calculated by dividing the objective lens size by the magnification of binoculars and determines how much light passes through the eyes. You should aim for a hunting binoculars exit pupil of around the same size as your eye pupil or larger. As a general guide children eye pupils can dilate to 7mm and in elderly it can dilate to 4mm.
HUNTING BINOCULARS PRISM TYPE
Roof prism are a MUST in hunting binocular, despite the higher price tag. Compared to Porro Prisms, they are much lighter and smaller, and reflect five times as much light, allowing you to obtain crystal clear images essential for the success of your hunt.
HUNTING BINOCULARS EYE RELIEF
Eye relief is basically the distance you can hold your binoculars from your eye and still be able to see the entire image. This is an important consideration if you wear glasses and you should aim for at least fourteen mm.
HUNTING BINOCULARS OPTICAL COATINGS
In order for your images to be as clear and bright as possible, and to be able to easily differentiate the different shades of green and brown in the forest, you want as much light to enter your binoculars, and minimize the amount that gets reflected. This can be achieved by buying hunting binoculars that have lenses that are ‘Multi-Coated’.
HUNTING BINOCULARS WEATHERPROOFING
Since you will be hunting outdoors during various seasons it is critical that your hunting binoculars are built to perform in even the harshest conditions. You want your binoculars to be O-Sealed to protect it from water and rain. You want it to be nitrogen purged so it doesn’t fog up your vision. You want your hunting binoculars to have rubber coating to protect them from impact and for grip during wet conditions.
THE BEST HUNTING BINOCULAR
At USA Binoculars we believe that the Leica 8x42 Geovid HD-R Laser Rangefinding Binoculars is the Ultimate Hunting Binocular and features:
- Extremely long ranging capabilities of up to 1,400 yards
- Advanced Ballistic Compensation for the precise shot
- A Bright, clear and easily legible LED display that works in any lighting condition
- Sharp, high contrast images with outstanding depth and plasticity
- Extremely high light transmission, and neutral, vivid colours thanks to Perger Porro Prisms
- Aqua Dura Nano Coating to preven dust and dirt from sticking to lenses
- Simple Two button operation, eye cups with Four click stop settings and ergonomic bridge construction
- Fully rubber armoured magnesium body that is lightweight and resilient