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Poll: does NL glare depend on eyeglasses? (3 Viewers)

Does having a significant problem with glare in NL models depend on eyeglasses?

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james holdsworth

Consulting Biologist
I voted no glare, no glasses….I got glare initially but it mostly disappeared with eyecups mostly all the way down. I can see where eyeglass users might have a problem as they might not be able to get there eye close enough to the ocular.


Anglesey Birder
I use 10x42 daily, very rarely some glare at the very bottom of the view, which is easily removed with eye positioning. I don’t use glasses. I have yet to find any binocular which completely eliminates glare, and would be very surprised to find a pair that does.

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I had the exact same glare in the bottom of the FOV as described in Binomania in my NL 8x42 and I don't wear glasses, and what really bothered me was I knew just what angle to hold the binocular to get it. Binomania describes some methods to reduce the glare.

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Glare ”problem” is a bit harsher than I would describe it. I easily see glare with and without glasses in the 10x42s, but am not too bothered by it.

Richard D

what was that...
United Kingdom
I wonder whether it's more to do with height of the central axis in relation to a persons pupils - some people seem to place the top of the eyecups just under the orbital ridge others on it. Preference for eye-relief must have an impact on the optical path too. are everyone's pupils, perfectly centred? There seems to be range of views from not seeing glare through seeing some glare but it not being problematic to the glare being problematic.


Another interesting viewing variable is the angle of one's head relative to the binocular, since people do hold their heads somewhat differently and may be accustomed to looking a bit up or down to see level.

(Eranou is quite right that glare can occur in any binocular, so by "problem" I mean more than is typical, or in circumstances where one wouldn't have expected it. I haven't spent enough time with an NL myself to judge this or experiment with repositioning.)


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United States
Tenex, I've looked through Nl842, 1x and 832, 2x. Dont feel it'd be right to vote, as the conditions were limited and time too short. So I'll report but not vote. I saw no glare, period, full stop. Never see it in my EL 1042s either... Finally did see it in 35 year old Zeiss 1040B. Thought, "Oh thats what these people are talking about"


Staff member
Viewing objects below a bright sun using NL 8x32, I always experienced glare (I wear spectacles) but pointing the binos in any other direction there was none and on cloudy days there was none. So the circumstances of when glare appears is quite specific and if members don't experience these circumstances they won't experience glare whether they wear spectacles or not. So when discussing the issue of whether glare is seen or not it is critical that the circumstances under which the NLs were used is made clear.



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I voted I use eyeglasses and do not find glare a problem. I can see glare like in the picture in post 6 in some situations but mostly not. And I do not consider it as a problem.


Judging from the response on this thread, I would say the the topic of glare in the NL has been beaten to death already, (for the last year).

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