Of course, there are the manufacturers’ guarantee and their after-sale service. By knowing what not to do with your binoculars so as to avoid these problems is advisable to save time and frustration
We discuss in this article some maintenance tips and what not to do with your binoculars.
Binocular Problems and Maintenance Tips
Specialized sellers who care about their customers will tell you that they always see the same problems come back. They are only occasionally related to defects of origin but often from misuse and because of this only very rarely taken care of by the guarantee. Better to be informed!
Problem 1: The Double View
Despite their rubber coatings binoculars are very sensitive to shocks and falls. Obviously, the top of the range models stand up to it better, but it still remains the number one problem.
In the event of an impact caused by a fall or prolonged vibrations in the trunk of the car, for example, can cause the internal prisms to move slightly and result in a “double view”: no way to make the images of both eyes coincide!
If the problem is pronounced, the binoculars have become unusable. If it is minor you may only have an imperfect focus, but this can cause headaches in the long run.
This lack of parallelism, as we call it, is repairable for high-end models, but the cost can exceed $100. For a budget model, there is nothing you can do to fix it
Problem 2: Branded Lenses
If you are careful and regularly clean your binoculars make sure you are careful to eliminate all the dust before cleaning with a cloth? This is crucial because small quartz dust (sand) is harder than glass and can scratch the lens.
There are maintenance kits that contain everything you need to maintain your binoculars correctly, and they are much cheaper than replacing a branded lens.
Therefore, the principle is simple:
1. BLOW first
2.Clean and Polish
As far as accidents are concerned, you will limit them by using the protective caps and using a carrying case.
Problem 3: Loss of Accessories
The binoculars are now supplied with eyepiece and lens caps to protect against rain and dust. These caps can get easily lost, in with some manufacturers it is complicated to obtain new ones, even though it is an inexpensive accessory.
If you find them unnecessary, store them and forget them. If you use them, it’s best to attach your rain cap to the neck strap and attach your lens caps to the body of the binoculars with a point of glue.
Problem 4: Fog Inside the Binoculars
If it’s not a waterproof model, it’s not impossible. Fog will disappear after a few hours if you place them in a warm, dry place.
If it is a waterproof model, the warranty may cover it, but only if your binoculars show no signs of shock as a shock can cause a loss of seal at the joints, and the manufacturer will then probably refuse to apply the guarantee.
Again, AVOID SHOCKS. It’s the No. 1 enemy
Problem 5: Defective Eyecups
The rigid adjustable eyecups of modern binoculars are certainly a comfort element, especially for the wearers of spectacles, but they are relatively fragile. In the case of a shock they can break, or they can jam with dust, grains of sand, etc..if they are introduced into the mechanism.
A repair is only possible for pricey models. It is, therefore, best to be precautionary with the shells and to clean them regularly so as to avoid the accumulation of dust inside.
Problem 6: Foreign Bodies in Your Binoculars
If you look in your device “upside down, ” and you observe black dots inside them. This does not necessarily influence their normal use and you should not worry about it unnecessarily. It may happen that small dust settles on a prism and is of no importance.
But if it is a pale aureole, it is probably a colony of mushrooms that signals that your binoculars are no longer watertight, and that will slowly grow. If there is no shock and your binoculars are supposed to be waterproof, intervention under warranty will be possible.
If “big objects” move in your lens, it is because there has been breakage due to a major shock like shards of prisms, for example. For high-end binoculars, a repair fee is possible, but it will cost several hundred dollars.
Again and again, AVOID SHOCKS.