The Swarovski Optik EL Swarovision binoculars are one of the best models of bird watching binoculars on the market. As a birdwatcher, you’ll need binoculars that will allow you to see even the smallest details in nature. With this special type of binocular, even birdwatchers who wear corrective lenses can enjoy the benefits of seeing nature clear and up close, for the first time. Easy to use and simple to adjust, this model can be shared with fellow birders or members of the family. Reliable and durable, these binoculars received plenty of praise from satisfied birders.
Product Overview and Features
Normally, if a person who wears eyeglasses has to remove them in order to see through a pair of binoculars, their view becomes skewed as their eyes struggle to focus. With these binoculars by Swarovski, individuals with corrective lenses will not only be able to see objects with impressive clarity, but they will also be able to enjoy the full span of the view.
Clarity at dusk is also a major problem for birdwatchers who want to enjoy sighting nocturnal birds. Normally, if you use binoculars as the sun is going down, observing birds through the lenses is extremely difficult because of the low light and the blending of color palettes once the reds and oranges of sunset begin. Thanks to the manufacturer’s innovative technology and high definition design that allows for color shading and for the sharpness of lines, you can finally enjoy birdwatching as the sun rises or sets.
The handsome design of these binoculars is also a standout feature. Designed for comfort, this streamlined model allows for extended use. The model’s rounded and smooth silhouette makes for a lighter pair, when other models would become heavy and awkward to hold. Weighing in at just 1.8 pounds, these binoculars can be used for long periods of time, any time of day.
Learning all about Birding
A good pair of binoculars is all you really need and you’re good to go. These binoculars are a marvel of engineering that allow you to capture the distance between yourself and a bird, putting a spotlight on minute details as if the bird was in arm’s reach.
People come in every shape and size and the distance between a person’s eyes can vary. In order to get the best viewing experience out of your binoculars, you need to fine tune them for a custom fit, especially if you’re sharing them with another birder. Start by raising the binoculars to your eyes, folding them into position using the center hinge. If the barrels are placed too closely together you can reverse this position by bending the model upwards. As you look through the eyepieces, you’ll want the circular images to meld into a single image. You should tune this adjustment until you’re able to view a single image.
Correctly tuning the focus is also important. Point your binoculars toward a distant, bright detailed object. A rooftop TV antenna or a distant tree both make good targets. Cover the right barrel with your hand or close your right eye while slowly turning the central wheel. Keep turning the wheel until the image is sharp and clear. Choose a small detail such as one of the prongs on the antenna or a single leaf. Keep adjusting the focus until the image is as sharp as possible.
Now that you’ve calibrated your binoculars, you are ready to explore your surroundings. At first, most people find it difficult to spot a target using binoculars. To start, pick a target, locking your eyes on it as you bring the binoculars up to your eyes. Now make small adjustments to the focusing using subtle, small movements. Keep practicing this technique and you’ll be able to quickly focus on new targets in no time at all.
Keep in mind that binoculars are delicate. If you note any smudges on the lenses, try to resist the urge to use your shirt to wipe them away. Even a single grain of sand can cause major damage to the lenses. To keep your binoculars in pristine condition, carefully remove debris and dust from the lens using a special lens cleaning pen. Once you’ve removed the debris, use a clean microfiber cloth to carefully wipe away any smudges. Never use toilet tissue or paper towels, both of which contain fibers that can scratch the lens.
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Advantages & Disadvantages
- Great clarity
- Excellent design
- Sturdy construction
- A lot of magnification to play with
- Good detail
- Wide field of view
- The eyecups became easily clogged up in sandy or dusty environments, making the binoculars almost unusable. What is more distressing is the fact that the manufacturer doesn’t cover this issue in their warranty. Always remember to use the eyecup caps when not in use in order to protect your binoculars and avoid this major issue.