Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Experience the Great Outdoors. New Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars. Visit our online shop to find out more!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Monday 1st May 2017, 14:40   #1
pbyrne
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 8
Binocular Safety

Hi all

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, if it has, then I apologise for repeating it, but I feel that it is a subject that needs to be reinforced for anyone coming into birdwatching.

As an amateur astronomer one of the first things that you are told when using binoculars or a telescope is never turn them towards the sun, instant blindness will be the result, this lesson is drummed in, there are warning labels on telescopes about the danger.

When it comes to birdwatching, no one is going to deliberately turn their binoculars towards the sun, however, when you are following a moving bird, then it is all too easy to wander into the sun's glare, remember, all it takes is a fraction of a second for blindness to occur. When I am out and the sun is shining, I am always aware as to the position of the sun, if a quarry is in the direction of the sun, if you cannot get into shade, then leave it alone. Even the rarest bird is not worth going blind for.

Always play it safe with the sun.

Paul
pbyrne is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 09:08   #2
andyadcock
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Nottingham UK and St Petersburg, Russia
Posts: 6,048
More danger from sunburn


A
andyadcock is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 09:51   #3
pbyrne
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 8
Not in Ireland.
pbyrne is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 17th May 2017, 15:19   #4
pbjosh
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 170
I think most people will inadvertently cross the sun with their binoculars at some point. I sure have. It is not pleasant but I'm not blind.
pbjosh is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 24th May 2017, 14:39   #5
comaderek
Registered User

 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 11
I thought the stare into the sun you will go blind was during a partial solar eclipse.
comaderek is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 24th May 2017, 20:19   #6
Nutcracker
Northumbrian

 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 12,688
Quote:
Originally Posted by comaderek View Post
I thought the stare into the sun you will go blind was during a partial solar eclipse.
That's just because people are more tempted to stare then, than at other times.
Nutcracker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 24th May 2017, 21:31   #7
CalvinFold
Registered User
 
CalvinFold's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: San Leandro, CA, USA
Posts: 1,195
Still wise advice, even if you won't go insta-blind it certainly can't be good for you, especially with high magnifications.

I read similar advice about digital cameras years ago: that you can burn-out pixels on the sensor if you accidentally point it at the sun too long. Not sure if that still holds true.
__________________
Kevin (aka CalvinFold)
My Gallery Equipment used: 2013 | 2014 | 20152017
CalvinFold is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2015 2016 2017 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Safety stopper for binocular strap NoSpringChicken Binoculars 30 Thursday 25th August 2011 15:45

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.14457297 seconds with 19 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 20:19.