Best Monocular for Bird Watching

The 3 Best Monoculars for Bird Watching

What is the best monocular for bird watching? Birdwatchers of all types need a good piece of equipment for viewing birds at a distance. For most people, this means buying a good pair of binoculars. I, however, am a huge fan of using a monocular instead. The benefits of a monocular for bird viewing are pretty straightforward. By using only …

how to digiscope with a monocular

How to Digiscope With a Monocular (8 Steps)

This article is by Lucy Heiderscheit, a writer for Optics Empire with a ton of knowledge on optics. In this article, I’ll explain how to digiscope with a monocular in eight short, easy to digest steps. First, let’s start with some background info. What is Digiscoping? To put it in simple terms, digiscoping is when you couple an optic scope …

Why use a monocular?

Why You Should Use a Monocular (7 Reasons)

A monocular should be used during any activity that requires long distance viewing and a compact device. Some key hobbies that a monocular should be used for are hiking, camping, hunting, bird watching, wildlife viewing, astronomy, sporting events, theatre events, and art viewing. In addition, a monocular should be used as an alternative option for individuals who cannot use binoculars. …

what are monoculars used for

What Are Monoculars Used For? (7 Main Uses)

What are monoculars used for? To answer this, we first need to address what a monocular actually is! What are Monoculars Used For? Monoculars are like your own personal tiny pocket telescope. A monocular is a small modified refracting telescope that is easy to transport. They are an optical instrument used to view objects that are far away using one …

why use binoculars for watching sports

Why Should I Use Binoculars at Sporting Events?

Do you carry binoculars with you to sporting events? Well maybe you should start. Here are my reasons why using binoculars at sports games is a great idea. 1. History Repeats Itself Remember that high school football game you went to? Well you got there late and the only spot you could find was way up in the bleachers. When …

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 (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! …

best .22lr scopes

3 Best .22LR Scopes for Target Shooting

“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

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 …