Binoculars are a common piece of equipment which can be used in a range of settings to provide those using them with a better view of their surroundings. They can be a useful item to have on a boat and equipment used for this purpose is typically labeled as marine binoculars.
Marine binoculars are a relatively common style of equipment and a while they are intended for use on a boat or ship, they can typically be used for any purpose where binoculars are needed. This can include bird watching, wildlife viewing or any other application where enhanced viewing is required.
There are typically a few attributes associated with marine binoculars which make them useful equipment to have available. They are a rugged style of binoculars which are more capable of taking a few knocks and drops without this putting them out of alignment or damaging them. However it should be noted that they can still be damaged in a fall and care should be taken with them in the same way as with any pair of binoculars.
As they are designed for use around water, binoculars in a marine style are also designed to be waterproof. This makes them especially useful in rainy weather, snow or when used on water as they are less likely to suffer water damage and fog up while being used. A number of models will also float on water such that if you do drop them they can more easily be retrieved. The attributes they have therefore make them a good style of binoculars to own.
If you decide that marine binoculars are an appropriate choice of equipment there are a few models to choose from on the market. Some of the manufacturers that produce them include Nikon, Steiner, Pentax and Bushnell and these can be good companies to look to for marine style binoculars. They can be found for sale in a few outlets with Ritz Camera being an in-store location that has a few pairs available for sale. Online retailers typically have a larger selection available with web stores such as Optics Planet being a good location to look.
The cost of marine binoculars starts at just under the $150 mark, with the Bushnell Marine 7×50 Binoculars being an example of this. They are available on the market for around $135 and are designed to be waterproof and fog proof. They are also fitted with an illuminated internal compass which can be a useful addition to have available. More expensive marine style binocular equipment can cost up to around $1,000. The Nikon 12 x32 Marine Stabileyes IR Binoculars, for example, cost around $980 to purchase. They are a completely waterproof unit and the stabileyes technology enables a steady view to be maintained even when viewing objects at high magnification.
If you typically use binoculars around water or in bad weather, then marine binoculars are a style to consider. Their rugged construction and waterproof capabilities make them ideal for these conditions and will ensure that whenever needed they will be ready for use.