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Binoc's - individual v. center focus
I was using my binoculars last night on a lovely after work sail, and I got frustrated enough to finally ask for some advice. I have a pair of waterproof West Marine binocs. Nothing fancy, no built in compass or anything, just your standard, rubber housed binocs. I got them as a gift, but find that I rarely use them. Why? Because focussing them is such a pain in the ass. Each eyepiece focusses independently, and it is such an effort to do so that I can't believe I'm doing it correctly.
For example, if I am using my small center focus binocs, I must focus on the object I want to view. This is easy to do by spinning the center control. However, I find doing this same thing with the individually focussed eyepieces is almost a never ending effort; it seems that every change on one side leads to the need for changes on the other, which again leads to changes back on the first, etc. I never get it right. When I try to roll both eyepieces simultaneously, it never leads to a focussed view.
Am I doing something wrong, or does everyone else have the same issues as me? If this is really just my inability to do a simple task that others have mastered, I am ready to use my non-waterproof binocs on the boat until I get a new pair of centerfocus waterproof binocs. But before I throw in the towel, I'd like to hear from the collective group. Any help?