If you’ve just bought a pair of binoculars, you’ll need to look after them pretty diligently to keep on getting the best results from them.
Using your equipment for the first time
Once you have bought your kit, set the eyepieces at the right distance apart for your eyes by shutting or opening at the hinge. Then, while looking through the, to something at least seven metres away, alter the middle focusing wheel until the image on the left hand is sharp.
At the same time, move the dioptre ring, on or behind the eyepiece on the right, until your right hand image is clear. Once you’ve got this process down to a fine art, it shouldn’t take longer than a few seconds to focus each time.
Use the 60 to 70 Scale
You’ll often find a scale around the hinge’s small front cover screw, displaying numbers 60 through 70, referring to the distance between the centres of left and right eyepieces in mm. Once you’ve adjusted this so that it’s right for your eyes, remember the number.
Caring for Your Binoculars
Especially if you’ve been using them in sandy or dusty places, you will find a blow brush comes in very handy for cleaning your binocular set. If you get gritty particles in your bird watching binoculars, just using a cloth could scratch and badly damage the lenses.
Always clean and dry this piece of equipment after use, before putting away in the case. This gets rid of any potentially corrosive condensation which can occur if you’ve used your eyepieces in very damp conditions, and if they are not waterproof. Leave to dry out for about an hour.
It may sound obvious, but repeated dropping will misalign the lenses and cause the image to lose focus, so be careful.
And clean with a special lens cloth made from microfibres, never just a regular cloth, which could leave marks and scratches on the glass surface. You can also buy special lens cleaning fluids.
What Sherwoods Offers
At Sherwoods, we’re a third generation family with 70 years’ experience in the industry, and a leading UK optical specialist for telescopes and binoculars, as well as night vision and other products. And we supply some of the country’s leading brands, with one of the largest selection of equipment for bird watchers, astronomers and others.
Can’t get to our showroom in Studley, Warwickshire? We have full mail-order facilities for next day delivery on many of the products we hold in stock.
We can help whether you want marine binoculars, bird watching scopes, tripods and clamps, monoculars, portable radios or laser rangefinders. And we’re an excellent place to look for presents for an aspiring astronomer or a budding birdwatcher.
The brands we stock include Meade, Skywatcher, Celestron and others. It’s always worth ensuring we have the product you need before making a journey to our showroom.
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