The Many Roles of the Common Binocular.

Sure, you can use them to look at the neighbor mowing their lawn, but here are some binocular uses you may not have thought of;

FIRE STARTER- The basic tech­nol­ogy in most binoc­u­lars is made up of con­vex and con­cave lenses in a tube, essen­tially an upside down micro­scope. In a seri­ous emer­gency sit­u­a­tion a pair of binoc­u­lars can be dis­as­sem­bled and used to start a fire. This method is accom­plished in much the same man­ner as doing so with a mag­ni­fy­ing glass.

SMART PHONE ZOOM LENS- Update your social media sta­tus with a pic­ture of a wild crit­ter. Most smart-phone cam­eras are equipped with an auto-focus much like the human eye. Sim­ply hold the cam­era lens up to the right eye­piece and let the image come into clear focus. Some adjust­ment to the binoc­u­lars focus may be nec­es­sary. While not exactly pro­fes­sional grade, this option is lighter and cheaper than any tele­photo lens.

SIG­NAL MIR­ROR- Many light­weight pocket binoc­u­lars uti­lize roof-prism tech­nol­ogy. This basi­cally means that there is at least one small mir­ror inside each tube. In an extreme, emer­gency sit­u­a­tion the binoc­u­lars can be dis­as­sem­bled, aka smashed, in order to get at the mir­rors. These angu­lar mir­rors are small but could be used to sig­nal search air­craft. The lenses could also be used in the same fash­ion if backed by some dark cloth or other material.

BAIT BUSTER- Some­times it seems that every boat on the water is catch­ing fish but yours. Take a sneak peak at what the other anglers are reel­ing in. Good optics will reveal shape, color, and if close enough even the size and type of the bait, fly, or lure. Binoc­u­lars are also great for spot­ting schools of bait ­fish on open water, and can quickly dis­cern whether that flock of gulls is harass­ing some her­ring or just a jet­ti­soned ham sandwich.

SPLIN­TER SPOT­TER- Invert­ing a pair of binoc­u­lars essen­tially turns them into an awk­ward micro­scope. Even though awk­ward, the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion is extremely help­ful in locat­ing for removal those tiny splin­ters com­mon in out­door set­tings. This method works even bet­ter with a part­ner, as the extra set of hands can help with the tweezers.

BEAR AWARE- Dis­cern­ing the dif­fer­ence between a griz­zly bear and a black bear can be dif­fi­cult even at close range. Binoc­u­lars can help one dif­fer­en­ti­ate one species of bruin from the other. Optics are also use­ful in locat­ing cubs well in advance of stum­bling between them and their pro­tec­tive mother.

STARGAZER- Some­what less expen­sive, and by far less bulky than a tele­scope, binoc­u­lars are an ideal way to view the night sky. Even inex­pen­sive mod­els can give depth to craters on the moon, and enhance the color and shape of stars and plan­ets. Field glasses are also a fan­tas­tic way to give a more visual ‘pop’ out of meteor showers.

What, you don’t have any binoculars? Well, you’re in luck, because I just happen to have some nice models on hand here !

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