You know what? I always get frustrated for not capturing the perfect shot, even after spending countless hours in the field with my binoculars. People around me always seem to get the perfect shot while I’m left with blurry images or, worse, nothing at all. Fortunately, I could detect the problem right away, and it was simply the diopter adjustment on my binoculars. Well, most of you probably already know this, but adjusting your binoculars can make a world of difference when it comes to getting that clear and sharp image.
Granted, adjusting this setting may seem like a daunting task at first, but I think that with the right instructions in hand, you can do it in no time at all. In this guide on how to adjust diopter on binoculars, we’ll be going over the basics of diopter adjustment and show you how easy it is using step-by-step instructions. So without further ado, let’s dive right in:
What is a diopter on binoculars, and where is it located?
For those who are unfamiliar, diopter adjustment is the act of adjusting the eyepieces so that different focus distances are optimally aligned for a perfect viewing experience. If you are a binocular user, then you might have noticed that the eyepieces have a number on them, such as 3.5 or 10x. This number is the diopter (3.5 being a common example), and it tells you how far apart your eyes need to be for you to focus at different distances without binoculars becoming blurry together.
The diopter adjustment setting on most binoculars usually resides right near the eyepiece lenses themselves. Carefully look for that little “+” or “-” sign next to each lens if it’s not already there. Once you find this setting, Just make sure to use it before beginning your hunt for that perfect shot.
What is the purpose of a diopter?
Ok, so you know what a diopter is and where it is located on most binoculars, but why would you need to adjust it? Here is the answer if you don’t know the purposes of diopter adjustment. Well, adjusting your diopter can help improve the clarity and sharpness of your images by correcting the focusing distance of your eyes. Trust me! Diopter adjustment is as important as proper binoculars field of view selection.
In other words, if you have eyepieces that have a “+” or “-” sign next to them (like most do), then this setting will tell you how far apart your eyes need to be for those lenses to focus properly at different distances. As I mentioned earlier, binoculars become blurry when the focus is too close or too far apart, so diopter adjustment can help you get the perfect viewing experience by correcting these issues. The 3 main purposes of diopter adjustment are:
1) Improving focus and sharpness of images.
2) Reducing eyepiece blurring caused by focus errors.
3) Maintaining an accurate viewing distance.
How to adjust diopter on binoculars?
A study in the journal of America revealed that eyepiece diopter adjustments could improve focusing accuracy by up to 20%. In other words, if you make an adjustment using your binoculars’ eyepiece diopter setting and find that your images are blurry or off-center when viewed at different distances, then it is likely that you need to focus closer or further from your subject. Here is how to do it:
1) Ensure that your binoculars are correctly focused.
2) With the eyepiece fully extended, focus on an object or subject a few feet from your eyes.
3) Rotate the eyepiece diopter knob from right to left until you achieve sharp focus at this focusing distance.
4) The “+” and “-” markings will indicate how far apart your eyes need to be for focusing at different distances to work properly.
5) Remember, you should always use the center focus knob on your binoculars when viewing objects at close range (within 3-5 feet) to avoid focusing errors.
6) “+” means your eyes are too close together, and “-” means your eyes are too far apart. It all depends on the number of diopter adjustment clicks you make.
What problems will you face if you don’t adjust the diopter?
Fine, We have already successfully adjusted the diopter on binoculars with focus problems and eyepiece blurring. If you ignore the adjusting procedure above, then you will face several significant problems. Let me mention some of these here, so you will understand why diopter adjustment is so important.
1) Adjusting the diopter will usually improve focusing accuracy. However, if you don’t adjust it, your focus will be incorrect.
2) If you have eyeglasses or contact lenses (especially progressives), then they will affect how well the diopter works. If this equipment causes eyepiece blurriness when viewing distant objects with binoculars, then adjustment of the diopter can fix this problem. Cool, right?
3) 80% of people focus too close when viewing objects with binoculars. If you don’t adjust the diopter, then you will be focusing your eyes too close together. This can lead to headaches and fatigue because of eye strain.
Above are just three reasons why it is so important to adjust the diopter on your binoculars if they don’t come preset to do so. I hope this article about how to adjust diopter on binoculars has been helpful. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.