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Binoculars, field glasses or binocular telescopes are a pair of identical or mirror-symmetrical telescopes mounted side-by-side and aligned to point accurately in the same direction, allowing the viewer to use both eyes (binocular vision) when viewing distant objects. Most are sized to be held using both hands, although sizes vary widely from opera glasses to large pedestal mounted military models.
Unlike a (monocular) telescope, binoculars give users a three-dimensional image: for nearer objects the two views, presented to each of the viewer's eyes from slightly different viewpoints, produce a merged view with an impression of depth.

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  1. Joe Link

    Best all-around power for binoculars?

    I'm buying a pair of binoculars for my father for Christmas, something I literally know nothing about. He doesn't hunt or anything, but he's complaining that his sight isn't what it used to be. I figure most of his viewing will be on his property or from the side of the road (less than 500...
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