Q:What does 8x42 mean?
A:The first number is always going to be the magnification. This will tell you how close the image will appear when viewing thru the binocular (e.g. 8 times closer). The second number is the diameter of the objective lens in millimeters (mm)
Q:What is the best way to keep my scope lenses clean?
A:With proper care, your scope should last you a lifetime. When cleaning the lenses, reasonable precautions are necessary. Dry dirt and dust can be removed by air blast or with a soft brush. Fingerprints and lubricants can be wiped off with an eyeglass tissue or a cotton swab and a mild soap solution. Use the lens covers supplied with your scope whenever convenient.
Q:What maintenance is required on a riflescope?
A:None, with proper care and mounting, your scope should last a lifetime. Due to the unique internal seals and special lubricants your scope can maintain a dry gas atmosphere to prevent fogging of the lenses in any conditions. No lubricants or solvents are required to preserve mechanical function.
Q:What are the advantages of Porro Prism Binoculars?
A:Porro prism binoculars have a “traditional” binocular shape, with the objective lenses offset from the ocular (eyepiece) lenses. Although they are bulkier than roof prism designs, porros offer excellent performance and good value, along with slightly greater depth perception and (usually) a wider field of view than an equivalent porro prism model.
Q:I am an eyeglass wearer, how can I see better through my binoculars?
A:Most Simmons binoculars are fitted with rubber eyecups that can be 'rolled down' to permit viewing the entire image with glasses.
Q:What does close focus mean?
A:It is the minimum distance an object must be for it to be brought into focus.
Q:I see two 'tunnels' when using my binoculars, is this normal?
A:No. The distance between the eyes, called 'interpupillary distance' (IPD), varies from person to person and your binocular must be adjusted accordingly. 1. Hold your binoculars in the normal viewing position. 2. Grasp each barrel firmly. Move the barrels closer together of or further apart until you see a single circular field. Always re-set your binoculars to this position before using.
Q:What benefit do I receive from having a larger objective lens on binoculars.
A:The size of the objective lens on binoculars affects the binocular’s ability to gather light. The larger the lens the more light that is captured giving you a brighter image.
Q:What is the advantages of having a Roof-Prism Binocular?
A:Since the prisms in the binocular overlaps closely, the objective lens and the oculars lens are aligned, the binoculars will be slimmer, more streamlined, less bulky and more rugged than a Porro-Prism binocular.
Q:Is it safe to store my mounted scope in my vehicle?
A:As convenient as vehicle storage may be, it can also be detrimental to your scope. Closed vehicles retain very high levels of heat. This intense heat could adversely affect the lubricants and sealants in your scope. Another danger comes from the constant vibration of a traveling vehicle as it can loosen your mounts and affect the zero point of your rifle.