Written by Beth Hrusch
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Binoculars are an indispensable part of any outdoorsman's gear. They allow the hunter to see his prey, the camper and hiker to view their surroundings for navigational purposes, and the bird watcher to observe important details. The latest binocular technology is featured in models that can help the user to see further and even in the dark.

Binoculars Assist the Outdoorsman

These handy little items have come a long way from the time when magnification values were relatively low and focus had to be done manually. Today's binoculars are made to stand up to the weather and to offer more features that will be important to have when outdoors. Image stabilizers and distortion-free lenses make long-distance viewing less troublesome. Close focusing means a better ability to see far away items as if they were quite near.

Ultra compact models are useful when the backpack is stuffed and adding more bulk would be difficult. These offer most of the same features as the larger pairs without the weight. Night vision is available for those who find themselves in low light situations. These have infrared illuminators to help define objects that normally cannot be seen with the naked eye.

When looking for a good pair of binoculars, consider your needs. Some are recommended for sporting events, others for astronomy and bird-watching. Some are waterproof for marine use. Magnification values will also determine whether you are making a wise buy. Outdoor sporting stores are a good resource for finding the pair that is right for you.

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