Eyenoculars, that’s what Holly calls them. I was having a rummage when I was round at my folks during the week and found these in their little case, as good as new.
They’re pretty old, and the magnification is probably a bit weak compared to whatever’s out there these days, but a combination of peering at stuff in the distance from camp wondering what it is and reading all these old books where carrying Eyenoculars seemed to be standard for bird watching and the like, will see me packing these on the next couple of trips.
If  they’re a good idea and a fun addition to my day I’ll maybe have a look at what’s new and better and lighter.
Hmm, might mean leaving one pastry behind to get these in though.

10 thoughts on “Eyenoculars”

  1. I never go anywhere without my nikon travelite nocs, I like my wildlife so are more than happy to carry the weight (275g) for the pleasure they give me. Usefull too for checking out if distant bridges, stiles gate etc are actually where you think they are. Magnification of yours is spot on for carrying in the pack.More mag bigger lenses bigger weight.

  2. That’s good to know adi, I’ve got nothing to judge against.
    I was watching the waders on the far shore of the Clyde and I can see them quite well, so I was hopeful that they’d be okay.
    I’ll stick them in my chest pouch with the camera.

  3. I wouldn’t ever go out without mine. For me, they can add so much to the day/evening. I shopped around for weeks before settling on some. I bought a pair of Hawke Nature-Trek. I took advice from a bird watching forum, where these are very highly rated. Not the lightest, 500g, by any means, but, I’ve made a carrying system (that I may patent :)) that balances the weight a treat, once used to them, I hardly notice them, now. As Adi mentions, the benefits, for me, far outweigh the weight, which is roughly equivalent to two Montane Atomics. Most of my other gear is lightweight so I’m happy.

  4. I’ve often said that going lightweight makes room for other stuff as well as opening up the possibilities for camping, usually it means snacks and a bottle of Irn Bru for me, but the binoculars fit into that same catagory. I’ve plenty or room for stuff to make my trips more fun, so I’m quite happy. Looking forward to trying them out on the next trip.
    Which might be sleeping in a cave, so peering out might be a lot of fun!

  5. Who needs a tent when you can see things a long way off :)

    There are plenty of lighter ones out there, but, most of my interest is at distance; so I needed the bigger lenses. The scope/monocular option is also worth a glance; some of the high end ones are staggeringly good. If you ever see a bird-watcher out and about they’ll be delighted to give you a demo.

  6. Here, after some of the tents I’ve slept in recently I think sitting outside with binoculras would have been better…

  7. Aye Neil ,the top end optics are wonderful, I have a Leica scope bought off flea bay for a not inconsiderable sum a few years back, it’s fabulous and i wouldn’t part with it tho’ I don’t get to use it as much as i’d like, it’s strictly beefy tripod and head stuff so heavy, scope alone about 2.5k i’d guess. Quality glass in camera lenses , scopes and binos comes at a hefty premium, but i think ultimately worth it (for me). It does hold it’s price tho and can be moved on with no problem, quality glass is always quality glass, the rules of physics don’t alter with fashion :-)

  8. “the rules of physics don’t alter with fashion”

    That’s a phrase I’ll be quoting at somewhere at some point!

  9. Some binoculars like the small set I carry have a screw off cap so that the lens can actually be removed. A nice fire starter in a pinch!

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