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Is FOV important when choosing binoculars?



Binoculars Field Of View, the field of view (FOV) refers to the width of the area that you can see through the binoculars at a specific distance, usually measured in degrees. In other words, it represents the extent of the observable world that you can see through the binoculars at a given moment.


The FOV is determined by the design of the binoculars and is influenced by factors such as the size of the objective lenses, the magnification, and the design of the eyepiece. A larger FOV means that you can see more of the surrounding area, while a smaller FOV means that you can see less.


FOV is usually specified as either angular or linear. Angular FOV is the angle, in degrees, of the visible area when looking through the binoculars, while linear FOV is the width of the visible area in feet or meters at a specific distance.


For example, if a pair of binoculars has an angular FOV of 7 degrees, it means that the visible area through the binoculars is 7 degrees wide. If the same binoculars have a linear FOV of 367 feet at 1000 yards, it means that you can see 367 feet of width at a distance of 1000 yards (or 122.3 yards at a distance of 100 yards).


A wider FOV can be useful when observing fast-moving objects, such as birds in flight, or when scanning a large area, such as when observing wildlife in a field. However, a wider FOV can also result in some distortion at the edges of the image, especially at higher magnifications.


In summary, the field of view is an important factor to consider when choosing binoculars and represents the extent of the observable world that you can see through the binoculars at a given moment.

At Focalpoint we carry a wide selection of equipment from all the best manufacturers for you to test in ideal condition so you can decide what suits you best.






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