Opticron Discovery WP PC Binoculars

OpticronSKU: 5036422304520

Size: 8x32
Sale price£135.00 Regular price£179.00

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Product Description

Opticron Discovery WP PC Binoculars

  • Compact roof prism design with textured protective rubber armour
  • Lightweight magnesium body
  • PC phase corrected prisms integrated into a fully multi-coated optical system
  • Long eye relief, wide angle eyepieces for extra viewing comfort and fitted with twist-type eyecups
  • Click-stop right dioptre adjustment and wide wheel focusing

Binocular Basics--What to Look for and Why
One of the main ways to classify a binocular is by using a combination of its magnification and its size. For example, you will see that the Discovery WP PC range includes an 8x42 model. The number 8 denotes the magnification and means an object appears to be 1/8th of its actual distance away. In other words, an object 40 feet away appears to be only 5 feet from you and another 200 metres in the distance appears just 25 metres away.

For general wildlife or sports watching, an 8x binocular makes the perfect choice. This level of magnification makes the binocular easier keep steady for extended periods of time but still takes you closer to your subject. But for those that want to get even closer, the Discovery WP PC range includes 10x magnification models.

The second number is the diameter in millimetres of the objective lens (the lens at the end of the binoculars furthest from your eyes). This is the lens through which light enters the binoculars. As a result, a larger objective lens will generally allow the image viewed through the binoculars to appear to be brighter. This means that the binoculars will be effective in lower light conditions such as at the start and end of the day or when there is heavy cloud cover.

However, a larger objective lens also means the binocular will be heavier so you need to decide which feature is more important--a larger objective lens to help extend your viewing days or a smaller, more compact and lightweight binocular.

For astronomy, you might want to consider either the 8x50 or 10x50 models--the larger 50mm objective lens collects even more light.

Size Field of View (m@1000m) Close Focus (m) Eye Relief (mm) IPD Range (mm) Dimensions LxWxD (mm) Weight (g)
8x32 131 1.2 17 52~75 108x117x41 391
7x42 136 1.5 25 53~75 133x126x52 680
8x42 131 1.5 22 53~75 133x126x52 690
10x42 105 1.5 17 53~75 133x126x52 685
8x50 122 1.5 21 58~75 145x133x58.5 797
10x50 115 1.5 22 58~75 145x133x58.5 813

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Understanding: Magnification

Understanding magnification, typically denoted by a number followed by an "x" (e.g., 8x42), is essential for choosing binoculars suited to specific activities like birdwatching, hunting, or stargazing.

Higher magnification offers a closer view but may sacrifice field of view and stability, while lower magnification provides a wider field of view and is generally easier to stabilize but sacrifices detailed observation of distant objects

Understanding: Field of View

Field of view refers to the width of the area visible through the binoculars at a specific distance. A wider field of view allows you to observe more of your surroundings, making it ideal for activities like birdwatching or sports events where tracking fast-moving subjects is essential.

Understanding: Objective Lens Diameter

The objective lens diameter determines how much light the binoculars can gather, directly impacting image brightness and clarity, especially in low-light conditions. A larger objective lens diameter results in brighter and clearer images, making it ideal for activities such as stargazing or wildlife observation at dawn or dusk. However, larger objective lenses also mean heavier and bulkier binoculars, which may not be suitable for all users, especially for long periods of use or travel.

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