Fielder's Choice

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What is the field of view?

Fielder's Choice

Say you are looking for binoculars to bring to a sporting event. You want to not only get a great look at your favorite player, but also see him or her in action. For this reason magnification might not be the only feature you pay attention to. You'd also want to make sure you have a big enough field of view. Which is the total area seen through binocular lenses. It is measured in degrees. Sometimes if your view area is too small it can cause you loose site of your subject. So if you are testing out binoculars before you buy make sure you take a good look at how big a field of view you're getting.



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