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How to Use Military Binoculars for Strategic Advantages in Hunting

Military binoculars
Written by Toby Daniels
Last Update: August 23, 2021

Do you love bird watching or hunting? If you do, then you may have heard about binoculars. Binoculars are special telescopes that enable you to see objects that your naked eyes can’t normally see. These are particularly handy in bird watching and hunting as you are able to see the birds or the animal from far away. Some specialized items like military binoculars can measure the accurate distance between you and your target, which helps hunters shoot better.

Additionally, the two mirrored telescopes in the binocular provides a three-dimensional image when compared to scopes or monoculars. The zoom can also be adjusted, which adds to the benefits.

Due to their wide range of functionalities, most bird watchers and hunters prefer using the binoculars than a high-quality scope or a monocular. These can be a bit bulky and heavy, but the functionalities make up for the weight.

What Are Military Binoculars?

Military binoculars are one of the sturdy and powerful binoculars that you may find. As the name suggests, these are specially made for military use. This means that these are highly durable and can withstand dust, water and any other precarious situations.

What Are Military Binoculars?

Just like the common binoculars, the military binoculars have the same structure and functionalities. The main difference between a military binocular and a common one is the durability. The military binoculars are also a bit more pricey than most of the common ones in the market.

How to Use the Military Binoculars?

Using a military binocular is just the same as using any other binoculars, but I’ve seen people using these wrongly a number of times which often ended up with them getting frustrated over their binoculars. You must know how to use these tactical binoculars properly to get the best results. To better facilitate your understanding about how to use these binoculars, we’ve come up with the steps to using a military binocular properly. Here is the step by step guide:

Step 1: Choose Your Binocular

Choosing your military binocular is very important. You must know how much magnification the binocular achieves. The higher the magnification, the further you’ll be able to see. You must also know the diameter of the objective lenses and exit pupil so that you can determine how these binoculars perform in low lighting conditions. The lenses used in your military binocular must have a high-quality lens coating or must be made of high-quality plastic. The eyepieces of the binoculars must be further than 5mm from your eye. Also, try out the focusing nob to check if the binocular fits perfectly with your eye.

Step 2: Calibrate Your Binocular

This is the most important step for using your binocular. To calibrate your military binocular, you must at first locate the diopter adjustment ring. This is usually found in between the two lenses on the top of the binocular. Focus on the object that you’re looking at and turn the knob to get a clearer image. Take note that the diopter adjustment ring needs to be adjusted whenever you look at a nearer or far away object. When you get a clear and sharp image, you can stop turning the knob. You can also find another adjustment button which adjusts the focal length of the binocular. Play with these until you get the right match that fits your eye.

Step 2: Calibrate Your Binocular

Step 3: Start Exploring

If you’ve chosen the military binocular which fits you and have already calibrated the binocular, you can start exploring the birds you intend to watch or the animals you intend to hunt. You can use these binoculars in even the roughest terrains, which means that you can take these with you wherever you go.

Step 4: Cleaning the Binoculars

These military surplus binoculars should be taken care of and must be regularly cleaned to ensure the best performance over a longer period of time. To clean these binoculars, you must at first rub off any dirt that protrudes on the lenses with a soft cloth. Never use a rough cloth for this process as you might scratch the lenses while you’re cleaning. After that, add some ethanol onto the lenses and slowly rub it with another clean, soft cloth. You can use small brushes to clean off the exterior.

Step 5: Taking Good Care

You must take good care of your binoculars to ensure that they last for a long time. You must always put on the protective covers on the lenses when you’re not using the binoculars. You must also never scratch the lens. Always store the binocular in a safe, dry place. You can put the binoculars in a binocular harness when they’re with you while you’re bird watching or hunting.


Military binoculars are incredibly powerful and versatile tools to use when bird watching or hunting. These are very sturdy and can perform a lot better than the standard scopes or monoculars. Knowing how to use military binoculars properly can make a big difference when you’re trying to focus on a distant object.

You must know the binocular that you’re purchasing, calibrate the binocular properly and take proper care of the lenses and the binocular as a whole. If you know how to do all these properly, you can extract the most out of your binoculars.

About the author

Toby Daniels

A Camouflage Hunter

This is Toby saying hello to biking dudes. A commuter and a stunt perforer (an amateur) best describe me. Although I’m not an MTB specialist like my buddy James, I tried every kind/style only to see what suits me and gives pleasure. Out of curiosity, I took a short course on biking mechanism, troubleshooting, and maintenance at Broadway Bicycle School. Thus, my experience combines my working knowledge to make me feel it right to share my expertise with others and cooperate with my fellow commuters. Let’s look at some of my articles.

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