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Does anyone swap out their glasses and binoculars

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Topic: Does anyone swap out their glasses and binoculars
Posted By: Canuck Bob
Subject: Does anyone swap out their glasses and binoculars
Date Posted: March/30/2016 at 21:20
I'm trying to understand whether taking glasses off to use shorter eye relief binos is ever done.  My eyes were lasered awhile ago so I can drive safely without glasses and my terrible astigmatism is all gone.  Just wondering if anyone bothers?

Posted By: 3_tens
Date Posted: March/30/2016 at 23:51
I always take my glasses off for the widder field of view.

Folks ain't got a sense of humor no more. They don't laugh they just get sore.

Need to follow the rules. Just hard to determine which set of rules to follow
Now the rules have changed again.

Posted By: Peddler
Date Posted: March/31/2016 at 05:02
Always take them off.

When you are dead, you don't know you are dead.It is difficult only for others.

It is the same when you are stupid.

Posted By: oldfortyfive
Date Posted: March/31/2016 at 06:33
Get binoculars with enough eye relief. Taking your glasses off in the field is a good way to ruin a hunt when they dropped, broke or lost.

Posted By: Bird Watcher
Date Posted: April/10/2016 at 22:45
Depends on the binocular & the type of eyecups.

With older, vintage, Porro prism binoculars I just unscrew the plastic eyecups or remove stubby rubber eyecups.

I then add a rubber O-ring, or O-rings, just high enough above the eyepieces to keep from scratching my plastic eyeglass lenses.
This gives a wider FOV & more eye relief for eyeglass wearers.

With many of today's twist-up eyecups that may not be an option.

Stan  gramps.gif

I prefer Porro prism binoculars especially those made in Japan. (i.e. Minox BD 10x44 BP) 8>)

Posted By: anweis
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 14:41
I absolutely hate looking through binoculars with my eyeglasses: the view is not as good, the field of view is narrower even with the best of binoculars, and the eye cups leave smears on my eyeglass lenses, and there are more reflections and glare. 
For the past 30 years i have lifted the eyeglasses on my forehead when using binoculars. It has become second nature and i don't even think about it. They remain hooked around my ears, they just hand up there on the forehead above the binoculars. When i lower the binoculars i lower the eyeglass as well.  I do need the eyeglasses, i can't just leave them home. Without them my vision is not sharp enough for bird-watching or hunting (but i could drive and function without problem, for example).  
I do pay attention to this when i try and fit eyeglasses. I try the frame to see how it sits on my nose and on my forehead. 
When hunting and travelling i use a safety chord for eyeglasses, around my neck, to make sure that i don't loose them. That has never happened, except when i was looking through binoculars while in a canoe in strong current, instead of paddling, and i flipped and had to swim for my life. I lost both eyeglasses and binoculars, and a cooler full of really nice beer. 

Posted By: Whitefire
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 18:52
I remove my glasses when glassing, also use a cord to secure them... just something I've always done. As was mentioned before, the field of view is much better and glassing is much more comfortable.

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Posted By: cheaptrick
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 18:59
Bino's Forum is the cream of the crop on OT. Always has been. Outstanding participants haunt this place.  

Thank you, Gang.  

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Posted By: Peddler
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 19:12
When I hunt I don't wear my glasses I do wear them when field dressing game ya dig?

When you are dead, you don't know you are dead.It is difficult only for others.

It is the same when you are stupid.

Posted By: cheaptrick
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 19:24
We can dig it!! 

If at first you don't secede...try..try again.

Posted By: Peddler
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 19:27
That goes for undressing also!


When you are dead, you don't know you are dead.It is difficult only for others.

It is the same when you are stupid.

Posted By: anweis
Date Posted: April/11/2016 at 20:48
I went out for a walk for an hour this evening and i tried to use a pair of binoculars with long eye relief, adjusted so i could place them against my eyeglass lenses. I still hate it. I think what bothers me is the fact that when i have binocular eye cups against my eye brows i get a more stable view, when i place binoculars against eyeglasses i don't have such a stable view and i just push the eyeglass frame into my nose and face. 
Even the best long eye relief binoculars are not so pleasant to use for me, because the long eye relief design produces a bit of tunneling and soda straw view effect. Also, positioning and adjusting the binoculars for a comfortable view is more difficult  with long eye relief. 
Different people have different eyes and needs. 

Posted By: tahqua
Date Posted: April/12/2016 at 07:31
Yes, eyeglasses on the forehead when glassing. Better yet are contacts that I have been wearing since last September. Contacts have also made getting behind a rifle scope a lot easier too.


Posted By: Canuck Bob
Date Posted: April/12/2016 at 14:25
Thanks this is much appreciated.  I ask because the availability of good used porro prisms skyrockets when the older shorter eye relief are thrown into the mix.  The slight loss of field of view is often referenced for even modern long eye relief binos.

I did a little experiment with some cheap Bushnells and found the no eye glass method much more natural looking and the view was outstanding and the tendency to flick to black was greatly reduced.  I suspect operator error mostly.

Hunting is done for me so that consideration is off the table.  

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