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How to test binoculars.....

Originally Posted by JohnnyChristo View Post
Hi any advice about suitable binoculars ? Are the ones with built in compasses any value?
If you go night sailing at all, transmission is a big deal. The all look fine in broad daylight, but I've learned that there is a good way to compare transmission in a store or boat show. Find a store cabinet or closet far away, at least 60 feet. Open the door and make sure it's dark inside. The difference between a 95% transmission and 92% transmission is quite evident, as long as the thing you're looking at is really quite dark.

Compass is good, but in my experience the usability depends a lot on your dominant eye. If you shoot a rifle, do you shoot left handed or right handed? If the compass is on the correct side for you, it works great. If it's on the wrong side it's just sort of distraction and very difficult to read.

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