Nighthawk Boom

The Booming Sound of a Nighthawk’s Dive

What was that noise? There it goes again! Is someone beating on a plastic trash can lid? I am often asked, “Do you know what makes this sound?”. Then the person asking the question starts to hoot, cluck, chirp, or squeak. I try to pick up the cadence of the sounds and run through the usual suspects. Then, we stand …

Spotting Scope or Binoculars for Target Shooting?

Spotting Scope or Binoculars for Target Shooting?

Should you choose a spotting scope or binoculars for target shooting? I have heard this perplexing question asked often. To decide what is the most useful and practical tool for the job, let’s look at some important points before I announce my personal pick. Let’s examine this question together with the facts about both binoculars and spotting scopes. Spotting Scope …

Best 8x42 Binoculars

Best 8X42 Binoculars of 2021 (Buyer’s Guide & Review)

Almost everyone who does outdoor activities needs a good pair of binoculars.  By bringing nature closer to us, binoculars drastically increase the beauty we observe. However, a bad pair of binoculars is as good as dirt… you need the best you can get, and since you’re reading this article I assume you need the best 8×42 binoculars you can get! …

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3 Best .22LR Scopes for Target Shooting (2021 Edition)

“Optics Empire, what’s the best .22LR scope for target shooting?” There has been a massive wave of folks asking us this question recently. At first, we were answering these questions individually, but over time we became overloaded with them. To solve our problem, Adam Jones, a knowledgeable sharpshooter, decided to write this article for us and post it here. It …

Best binoculars for fishing

The 3 Best Binoculars for Fishing (A 2021 Review)

If you have ever used binoculars for fishing, you know that a good pair can make a surprisingly big difference.  With the right binoculars, you will be able to see further into the horizon, identify when fish may jump out of the water, and even magnify any life swimming close to the surface of the water. All of this ultimately …

Binoculars or spotting scope for bird watching

Spotting Scope or Binoculars for Bird Watching?

I love nature, and started taking note of my natural surroundings at a relatively young age. That’s when I began to notice the plethora of different species of plants and animals, and how they related to each other. It naturally followed that I would need some type of visual magnification, especially for the observation of the members of the Animal …

best porro prism binoculars

2021’s Best Porro Prism Binoculars (Every Price Range)

Since the 1890’s, porro prism binoculars have been known to be a great, standard option for anyone looking for a good pair of binoculars. They can be used for viewing nature, birding, hunting, hiking, or anything else you wish, so you can never go wrong with a good pair of porro prism binoculars. The first binoculars I ever used were …

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The 4 Best Binoculars for Backpacking (2021 Edition)

This article was written by Adam Jones, a freelance writer for Optics Empire. He is a fantastic analyst that specializes in researching and writing comprehensive articles. He also happens to have a large amount of knowledge on optics and the outdoors. When going backpacking, you need a good pair of binoculars to fully experience the beauty of the things you …

how to use binoculars like an expert

6 Tips for Using Binoculars like an Expert

Binoculars are an investment, and generally a very expensive one. When you’ve never used binoculars before, the idea of investing and learning how to use them can be overwhelming to tackle. Or maybe you’ve used borrowed pairs on guided tours, but always had a trained professional with you to answer questions or help you with focusing. It’s a bit daunting …

best lightweight binoculars for birdwatching

The 4 Best Lightweight Binoculars for Bird Watching (2021)

Many people want a pair of birding binoculars that is lightweight so they can hold them for longer periods of time. Typically, light binoculars are cheaper and not as good, but we have done extensive research and have found lightweight binoculars that are great value.   Why would we make this list, you may ask? I was on a trip …