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Glossary | Binoculars | Area of application | Theatre

Whether it's serious opera, a romantic operetta, folk theatre or a musical; with opera glasses or small binoculars, you'll be part of the action.

Everyone knows the situation: although the front seats are good for watching the action on stage first-hand, the stage is often very high and therefore there is a danger of neck tension. In the back seats, you feel distanced from the action.

With opera glasses, you can get closer to what’s happening and focus your eye on the stage. With small binoculars, you can even observe the gestures and facial expressions of the individual actors.

What is important when selecting binoculars for the theatre or opera?

The "very good" rating for binoculars is achieved if they meet the following criteria:

  • The magnification should not exceed 6 times
  • A front lens diameter of more than 25 mm only makes the binoculars large and bulky
  • The weight should be no more than 250 grams

For a "good", binoculars must achieve these values:

  • Magnification: max. 10 times
  • Front lens diameter: min. 25 mm
  • Weight: max. 400 grams

For a "medium" we will accept:

  • Magnification: max. 10 times
  • Front lens diameter: max. 30 mm
  • Weight: max. 400 grams

Binoculars weighing over 400 grams, or whose front lens diameter is over 30 mm, are rated by us as "not recommended" for the theatre.

Many customers also use small opera glasses. Their imaging capabilities may not be as good, but they provide a larger field of vision and thus a better view of events on stage.