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Top 10 Best Opera Glasses to Buy Online 2020

You’re at a concert and, as always, the band is a series of impressionist blurs on stage. You need opera glasses. After all, sporting events, concerts, plays, and the opera are all more exciting when you can actually see what’s going on.

Opera glasses aren’t limited to those dainty lorgnettes you see in movies, exclusive to Victorian era ladies up in their boxes. There’s actually a diversity of types and features. So let’s talk about what opera glasses are and how to find one that’ll work for you, in the 21st century.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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How to Choose Opera Glasses – Buying Guide

There’s so many numbers and terms that come with a good pair of opera glasses: objective lens diameter, real field of vision, magnification. What does it all mean? Let’s try to make everything a little clearer.

How Far Are You From the Stage? Magnification

How Far Are You From the Stage? Magnification
A common misconception: higher magnification means clearer images. Actually, higher magnification will shrink your field of vision, and make the images more susceptible to shaky hands. As a rule of thumb, go for something that magnifies up to 10 times or less. Anything more zooms you up way too close and is frankly frustrating to use, unless you’re a statue and can hold perfectly still.
When you go to the museum, magnification between 2x or 4x is fine. For small concert halls, like local theaters, try 3x to 6x. For large concert halls with second or third level seating, get a pair of glasses that’ll magnify between 6x to 10x.

Bigger Objective Lens Means Brighter Images

Bigger Objective Lens Means Brighter Images
To see, we need light. The diameter of the objective lens (also known as an aperture lens) directly affects brightness. The bigger the objective lens, the more lighting you’ll get, but the less magnification. Finding the perfect balance is key. When it comes to opera glasses, try going for an objective lens with a diameter size between 20 and 28 mm.
A word of warning: as the diameter of the objective lens gets bigger, so do the opera glasses. And if you get something too heavy, you’re going to hate yourself in the middle of that 3 hour concert.

A Wider Field of Vision is Better

A Wider Field of Vision is Better
“Field of vision” just means how much you’ll see when you use the opera glasses. A bigger field of vision means you see more of the stage. If you want exact dimensions, you’re going to have to do some math, but manufacturers’ll usually tell you where you should be using the glasses (at the football stadium versus in a tiny playhouse).
Something to keep in mind: the higher the magnification, the smaller the field of vision. Makes sense, since you’re zooming in closer.

Get Something That Feels Good in Your Hands

Get Something That Feels Good in Your Hands
Most opera glasses you have to hold up to your eyes, like binoculars. However, there are some that have a long handle, which means you’ve only got to slightly raise your arm. Not only do these look classy, but they’re great for long nights at the opera. (Yes, lorgnettes are still a thing.)

If You Wear Glasses, Pay Attention to Eye Relief

If You Wear Glasses, Pay Attention to Eye Relief
If you have a visual impairment and need to wear corrective lens, then check out the eye relief. Eye relief refers to the distance you can put between your eyes and the opera glasses before things start getting blocked out. If you wear glasses, get something with longer eye relief–because you can’t smush the opera glasses up against the face.
If you want the opera glasses resting on the bridge of your nose, then look for short eye relief.

Top 10 Best Opera Glasses to Buy Online

And now to move on to our list of the 10 best opera glasses available online. Each one takes into account the features listed above.

10. GoEco Quick Focus Binoculars

$19.99

9. Barksa Blueline Opera Glasses

$34.31

8. Life Story Compact Binoculars

$19.99

7. Merytes Portable HD and Blue Film Binoculars

$16.99

6. HQRP Opera Glasses

$18.91

5. Carson OperaView

$27.74

4. Aomekie Opera Glasses

$22.99

3. Uarter Opera Glasses

$19.99

2. SkyGenius Small Compact Binoculars

$15.68

1. Levenhuk Broadway 325N

$29.95

Summary

A recap: when getting glasses, think about what events you normally go to. For outdoor stadiums and grand opera houses, get something that magnifies up to 8x or 10x and lets in good light (which means an objective lens diameter of around 22 mm). For local playhouses, you shouldn’t compromise on light, but you only need the glasses to magnify up to 3x to 5x.
Enjoy your night at the theater.

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