Binoculars would usually cost about $200 to $500, those high-powered and high quality equipment would reach about $1000. Getting a good pair of binoculars is actually a good investment. But how do you protect such a good investment? There are different binocular accessories which can either make or break its performance. Binocular accessories would be able to protect your set from the wear and tear and at the same time enhance its performance, making you a happy owner.
To protect you gear, here are some useful accessories:
- Lens caps – this would protect your lenses from getting scratched. A scratched lens would surely affect your binoculars performance. When you buy a set, a pair of lens caps is already included. However, for some owners they do get lost sometimes which is why it is advisable to get an extra pair handy. Keep in mind that binoculars is an optical equipment, therefore, protecting its optics comes first.
- Cleaning kit – another important add-on. This kit would ensure that the binoculars optics are clean from dirt and grime. Aside from lens wipes, it would include a lens pen which would have a brush on one end and a rubber tip with cleaning solution on the other side. Other kits would include an additional bottle of cleaning solution.
- Binocular case – this would protect your binoculars from scratches and corrosion. Aside from protecting your binoculars it would be great way to pack your field guides and other spare accessories.
Aside from the necessary things that would keep your optics safe and protected, there are other accessories which would make things convenient for you.
- Binocular straps – of course, binocular come along with it but it may get lost or damaged. It can be the standard strap which is attached to the side or the rangefinder strap which is attached on the middle and is thinner than the usual one. There are harnesses which attached around the back, distributing the weight of the binoculars, this is ideal for heavy and big binoculars.
- Tripods – giant, high powered binoculars would surely need tripods. Aside from the fact that they are heavy, high-powered binoculars magnifies the hand-shaking at makes it more difficult to hold the image still. There are different kinds of tripods which would be able to suit your comfort and need.
- Mounts – when using tripods for your binoculars you will need a mount. Mounts would be able to support from 3 to 300 pounds. It could be attached to a tripod or even some railing or window sill.
Getting the right accessories or getting any accessories could be an additional cost. But getting them will surely protect your equipment. The prices vary, aside from retail outlets, there are online store which could help you look for more affordable prices.