I always find myself asking the same question: how does binocular magnification work?
I thought that it was just a matter of making the lens bigger, and then you would be able to see things farther away.
I am not an expert on this subject, but I have researched and found a few simple answers.
It turns out, however, that there are two lenses in each eyepiece of a pair of binoculars.
The lens closest to your eye will magnify the object you’re looking at, while the lens furthest from your eye will make sure that both lenses view the same object at the same time.
This is why binoculars are usually recommended for close-up viewing or when you want to see both of an object’s sides.
However, do you want to know more in-depth? Then you are at the right place.
This blog will provide you with some helpful hints to better understand what binoculars do and why they are important.
What is magnification in binoculars?
To help you get started, the first thing we need to do is define what binocular magnification means in this context.
When we use binoculars, magnification simply means the power of magnification that the eyepiece lens has.
When you use binoculars, both lenses view the same object at once. This is why magnification is usually referred to as “unified magnification.”
For example, suppose you have binoculars with 10x magnification. Here the magnification is 10x.
This means the object you are viewing will be enlarged by ten times in comparison to what you would see if you were looking at it with just your eyes.
So, what happens if we stop using magnification?
Well, if we did not use magnification in our binoculars, we would be looking at the object the same way as if we were viewing it with just our eyes.
Imagine looking at something from 2 feet away with just your eyes. Then, imagine looking at the same object but from 10 feet away with binoculars.
The object would be twice as close, but both lenses view the same image. Sound cool, right?
How does binocular magnification work?
I can understand a few people are there who appreciate a better view of the object.
When I read a post on one of my favorite blogs, since then, binocular magnification has become a pretty exciting subject for me to read.
As I told you above, what is the magnification level of a binocular refer to?
I was thinking, ” that’s it?” But the answer is much more fascinating than you might think.
But before we can understand it better, let’s take a look at binocular lenses first.
The lens of binoculars has two different surfaces that are designed for viewing an object from different angles simultaneously.
The eyepiece lens is on top, and the objective lens is on the bottom.
When looking through the eyepiece lens, you view an image of what is in front of the lenses on a screen or glass window in your binoculars mechanism (this is also where you focus).
The objective lens in the binoculars views an image of what is behind the lens, which means you can view things much closer.
To do this, the objective lens splits the light into two parts – one that goes through and hits your eye lenses and another part that goes to a viewing screen or eyepiece on top of your binoculars.
This second image is then magnified by 10x so you can see it better.
To calculate the magnification level of binoculars, divide the objective focal length by the eyepiece focal length.
But that is not all. Binoculars also have internal optics work together to allow you to view objects much closer than they are.
This is done through the field of view or FoV lenses which come in different strengths. This wider viewing angle gives you a better image of what is closest.
What are the major benefits of binocular magnification?
Ok, fine. I am claiming that you can now understand how magnification works.
But have you ever thought about the number of amazing benefits that magnification has?
Here are a few of the best ones:
1) Binocular magnification allows you to view objects at a much closer distance, which is helpful for things like birding and viewing scenic views.
Picking out an animal in a field can be much easier with binocular magnification since you don’t have to zoom in as close as possible.
2) Magnification also allows people with poor vision to get an idea of what something looks like without having to physically walk up close to it.
3) Another great use for magnification is in photography.
With a good pair of binoculars, you can zoom in on distant objects to get a better shot or get an idea of what the whole scene looks like.
4) If you are someone who loves to hike or explore the outdoors, magnification can be of great help.
You don’t have to worry about getting lost since you’ll be able to see exactly where you are going.
5) Finally, magnification can also come in handy when trying to read something small like a map or inscription.
With binoculars, it is much easier than using your eye alone.
Does magnification affect resolution?
Before I finish our today’s guide, I wanted to answer a question that many people might have.
When it comes to magnification, the resolution of an image can come into question.
However, I want to confirm you is that the resolution does not change with magnification.
What gets magnified is the size of the object you are viewing, but the quality of the image remains unchanged.
That being said, magnification can help improve the clarity of an image.
From the above explanation, it is quite easy to understand how does binocular magnification works.
Now that you know about this mysterious working method be sure to check your binoculars and lenses before buying new ones.
You can check this blog as well for a better understanding.
Many expensive ones in the market can give you a magnified view of as much as 8x-20x.
However, choose the suitable one for you and keep exploring with your binoculars.