Binoculars Accessories you've got to have for archery competitions
Every tournament archer needs a good set of binoculars. Whether you’re shooting indoors or out, 3-Ds or spots, you need to know exactly where your arrows are hitting the target.
To have binoculars handy at all times on the line, and to use them in varying weather conditions, you’re going to need some accessories.
Following is our list of recommended binoculars accessories for tournament archery.
SLING: You need a handy way to carry your binoculars so they are readily accessible, but don’t interfere with your shooting. Slings will help you do just that.
Binoculars slings come in a few varieties. You’ve got basic shoulder slings, which keep binoculars on your hip. Most compound archers loop the sling over their bow shoulder, so the binoculars sit on their opposite hip. After a shot, you hold your bow in front of your body, grab the binoculars with your release hand, and set them on top of your cam for support as you look at the target. Long slings made of paracord are popular because they are solid, lightweight and they don’t stretch, which means they don’t bounce when you walk.
A harness system goes over both shoulders and holds the binoculars against your chest. The straps are usually elastic, so you can lift the binoculars to your face as the straps stretch. This is probably not a good choice for recurve archers, because you could encounter string interference. Compound bows have a steeper string angle, so it’s usually not a problem for them.
Another option is to get a short loop that will allow you to hook your binoculars to a clip on your quiver belt. The loop connects to the two rings on either side of the top of the binoculars, leaving just a bit of slack so you can slide it into an open hook, carabiner or some other connection point on your quiver belt.
CLEANER: Mud, dust, water and other debris are sure to find their way onto your lenses during an archery tournament. You need to keep the glass clean so you can see your arrows clearly. Always have a lens cloth or lens pen and some cleaning solution to take care of your glass. It’s not a bad idea to have some anti-fog treatment as well, if you’re going to be shooting in rainy or humid conditions.
ANTI GLARE: The way we look through binoculars, light from the sides can impede our sight picture. Outside, sun glare can be so strong from the side that it blurs what we're trying to see down range. A glare blocker will take care of that. It keeps light from getting into the sight picture from the sides of your eyes.
MAGNIFICATION BOOST: Maybe you don’t have the most powerful binoculars on the market. Or, maybe sometimes you just want a quick boost in magnification to get a better look at your arrows in the target from the shooting line. There are magnification boosters which will double the power of one side of your binoculars. Just snap it on one lens, and go from 10-power to 20-power in an instant.