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How to choose between binoculars, monoculars and spotting scopes ?

Are you a birder, a military man, a fisherman, a sailor, a supervisor of a particular place or you are simply a passionate hiker or wildlife watcher? You know you need an optical device but you don’t know which one to choose between the existing models?

As a vendor, we have the information you need to help you differentiate between binoculars, monoculars and spotting scopes.

The optical device is an instrument that allows us to observe and form an image of an object. It combines different optical systems including the objective and the eyepiece. People who need to observe an object located several kilometers away often use binoculars, monoculars or spotting scopes.

If you want to know how to choose a pair of binoculars, here is a short video that will help you choose your device. This information will also help you make a better choice if you prefer to choose between a monocular or a spotting scope.

How to determine which device to select for a good long distance observation ?

Because of their experience, professionals can easily determine the type of observation instrument that suits them, amateurs and neophytes get lost in the jargon used in the world of observation devices. It is indeed difficult to know at first glance the device that could be suitable for your use. Thus, it is necessary to be well informed before the purchase to avoid making mistakes. In any case, there are some criteria that should be taken into consideration because they help refine your choice. These are:

  • The place from where the observations will be made ;
  • The purpose for which the instrument is going to be used ;
  • The budget available to the user.

From these criteria, it is possible to have a more precise answer of the type of instrument instrument that you need. Here are some examples of our devices according to their type:

12×50 binoculars for bird watching

This pair of binoculars is perfect for outdoor activities. It has an elegant design. It weighs only 757g. Besides being waterproof, it has the advantage of multi-layer lens coating and high reflectivity prism coating. It represents the perfect observation device for campers, explorers, hunters, birders, etc.

Professional Monocular Telescope 10-30×50

This monocular is perfect for observing animals in their natural environment. It is therefore suitable for professionals who work in the wilderness and wildlife enthusiasts. It has the advantage of having a stylish design, being light and compact, having a wide field of view, having eyecups and multi-coated lenses with high reflectivity.

Long distance spotting scope

Our 15-45×50 mini long distance spotting scope is water resistant and anti-fog. Its weight is 667g. It is perfect for hunters, campers and hikers. It’s also a great spotting scope for people who sail, fish or work in ornithology.

Definition of binoculars

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Binoculars are optical devices consisting of two glasses arranged in parallel and symmetrically to each other. It allows the observation of nature, birds, astronomical bodies, watchers of specific places, etc. This equipment is therefore suitable for ornithologists, hikers, astronomes, and any other professional who needs to see distant elements. It can also be used by people who want to enjoy a sporting event from the stands.

Definition of monoculars

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The monocular is a device that has the same function as a pair of binoculars but is more compact. It has only one viewfinder and therefore only one lens. It uses the same technology as binoculars by using crystals and prisms to magnify the image and reflect the light of what the user wishes to observe. It is mostly used by individuals attending a concert, a game, etc. It is also suitable for the needs of hunters or hikers. Some more sophisticated models are still used by professionals such as ornithologists who wish to take advantage of their ergonomics.

Definition of a spotting scope

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A spotting scope is a monocular optical device that allows you to observe objects at a great distance. Unlike a simple monocular, it is mounted on a tube and allows observation of astronomical objects. Vastly used by the military and professionals who need to make an observation in natural sites, the use of the telescope is now democratized. Regular people, including hikers and astronomy enthusiasts, also use them. Less powerful than the astronomical glasses, the telescope nevertheless allows a magnification bigger than that of a pair of binoculars or a simple monocular. These few points characterize the telescope:

  • Magnification ;
  • Diameter ;
  • and Accessories.

Choose your optical device according to your needs

Now you have all the information you need to select a device. You can select the right optical device that suits you the best without any problem.

Take a look at our site Arinscooptics to discover our high quality devices and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions if you need more information.

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