If you own or rent a boat, you'll need a pair of marine binoculars, but where do you start? With boating season right around the corner, you want to make sure everything is in shipshape before you leave land for sea. Over at Abes of Maine, the optics experts can help you find the right pair of binoculars for your needs and budget. Whether you're looking for a basic waterproof pair or a highly-specialized pair for a particular application, we're always here to help.
Let's Start With NumbersIf you're on the Abes of Maine site, you'll notice that binoculars will list two numbers. For example, the Bushnell 7x50 Marine Binocular with Analog Compass lists 7x50. The first number, 7 indicates the magnification, and the second number, 50, indicates the diameter of the lens in the front in millimeters. So this pair of marine binoculars will magnify what you're looking at seven times. The size of the lenses in the front is linked to brightness, the larger they are the more light they can capture.
Protection from the Elements
The Bushnell 7x50 Marine Binoculars provide clear images in severe weather conditions, including fog, rain, and ice. The binoculars are hermetically sealed, nitrogen purged, waterproof and fog proof. Armored in heavy rubber, these binoculars are designed to handle the effects of salt water exposure and will even float if they accidentally go overboard.
Built-in Illuminated CompassThese marine binoculars come with a built-in analog compass that is intended for use in the northern hemisphere. The internal compass illuminates and has a rangefinder reticle. The rangefinder reticle is especially helpful when calculating your distance from an object you know the height of a navigation marker. For instance, if your electronic equipment or battery-operated equipment fails, you have an analog method of knowing where you and how far you have to go to reach your destination.
These binoculars have fold-down eyecups and large exit pupils. Larger exit pupils make it easier to observe objects continuously in low light conditions, especially when you're standing on a platform that's really moving and down.
So before you get into spring de-winterization mode, make sure you don't forget to add "get a pair of reliable marine binoculars" to your checklist. Not sure which pair is right for you? Read the Abes of Maine Binocular Buying Guide on the Abes of Maine blog for a full overview of the different types of features and binoculars out there.