Using Binoculars in the Field

Because they're handheld, binoculars usually aren't steady enough to fully exploit their optical capabilities. This is operator error and easily solved. First, to minimize any movement or vibration between binos and your eyes, hold them so the tops of the eyepieces are actually in firm contact with the bottom of your eyebrows. It will feel a bit odd the first time you try it, but the results are impressive.

Additionally, though, think of your binoculars as a rifle in need of support for best results. Brace yourself and the binos along, on top of, or against some solid, stationary foundation like a wall or heavy tree. Just these two techniques will markedly improve long-range image resolution.

You can also improve image clarity by blocking light around the eyepieces with your fingers, as shown in die accompanying photograph. By blocking bright

I think every sniper should have a pair of these handy and convenient binos, but only in addition to, not instead of, full-size binoculars. Since they're so compact, these mini binos can be in your pocket and go everywhere you do, instandy ready to check anything your eyes find curious. Instead of digging into your ruck for two minutes to retrieve full-size binos, you've placed optics to your eyes in 20 seconds.

A handy pair of mini binos allows a sniper to quickly check targets in the middle of a stalk.
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M144 Spotting Scope

Nearly indestructible, the Korean War-era M49 spotting scope is still in service today.

M49 Spotting Scope

mirage to learn wind speed and direction, which is no minor field task.

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Much better than most binoculars.

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Nearly indestructible, the Korean War-era M49 spotting scope is still in service today.

The Army M144 Spotting Scope

The U.S. Army's M144 spotting scope, shown here in Iraq, is a military-ruggedized version of Bushnell's Elite 15-45x60mm mode!.

about 6-7mm at night. What! There's not a single spotting scope that comes anywhere close to your pupil's night width—which is the optical trade-off we make when employing higher magnification. A spotting scope can only complement, not replace, binoculars.

And this underlines my earlier point: optics must be mutually integrated to be effective.

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