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    Default New binoculars must do's



    I'm just wondering if there is anything you should do with newly bought binoculars or are they use able straight away?
    Any videos, guides would be appreciated

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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    Hold them up and use them, nothing more
    That is the joy of using binoculars as you can be outside viewing as quickly as going outside.
    Depending on their size you may want to make/ get a monopod for longer steadier viewing.
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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Hold them up and use them, nothing more
    That is the joy of using binoculars as you can be outside viewing as quickly as going outside.
    Depending on their size you may want to make/ get a monopod for longer steadier viewing.
    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...=1547151546594

    8x40s I didn't know if you had check collimation. I can remember reading an article one time about a process about looking through one side with the cap on the other and then vice versa but I can't remember what this was for?

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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    I’d also recommend doing some astro viewing to make sure that they are properly collimated. If collimation is off it will be more apparent and will allow you to either return/exchange them or get warranty work in a timely manner.
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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogan View Post
    I’d also recommend doing some astro viewing to make sure that they are properly collimated. If collimation is off it will be more apparent and will allow you to either return/exchange them or get warranty work in a timely manner.
    And how would I know this is present what should be looking out for? And if it wasn't for the cloud I'd be out now

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    You will most likely see a doubled image.
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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    You will most likely see a doubled image.
    Would that be the case in daytime viewing aswell or just when astro viewing?

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    You can see it in the daytime also, it will either be a distinct double view are if just slight a inability to get both eyes focused properly.
    It looks good in one eye but unable to focus both.
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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    Hello Sean,

    here is an easy-to-do daylight test on the collimation (alignment of optics) of the binoculars,
    Binoculars: A Question of Alignment

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    Default Re: New binoculars must do's

    A grossly out of collimation binocular is easy to tell during the day or night. A slightly out of collimation binocular is more difficult to tell in the daytime because your brain can still assemble those separate images into a composite image that looks normal. Whereas, at night using single point sources of light (i.e. stars) your brain has a much harder time assembling that into a composite image.

    An 8X40 pair of binoculars is a great place to start. The method of using a lens cap was describing how you focus the binoculars when they have a diopter adjustment for one eye. You put the lens cap over the side of the binocular, typically the right side, that has the diopter adjustment then focus the binoculars using the binocular focus system to get the left eye perfect. At that point you swap the lens cover over to the left side and if it is out of focus for your right eye then you use the diopter adjustment usually a ring around the eyepiece to bring that image into perfect focus. Once you've done this you shouldn't need to do it again unless you hand your binoculars to somebody else and they mess with it.

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