Doublehanded Hold

You may sometimes wish to hold a larger binocular for short periods and find that the balance of the binocular makes the triangular arm brace method unstable. The double-handed hold uses both hands on one optical tube of the binocular. Assuming your right eye is dominant, use the triangular arm brace with your right hand and hold the right objective barrel of the binocular with your left hand (Figure 6.4). You support the left objective barrel with your left wrist—if you wear a wrist-watch or bracelets, you will probably find it more comfortable if you remove them first. For extra stability, you can combine this with the rifle sling method.

An inherent source of fatigue and instability with all hand-holding methods is that your upper arms are extended in front of you. If you can support your elbows

Figure 6.4. The double-handed hold.

Figure 6.4. The double-handed hold.

or upper arms, you will notice a drastic improvement in stability and reduction in fatigue. The number of possible arm rests is limited only by your imagination, including the car roof, fences, gates, boulders, height extensions to the armrests of deck chairs, and even the shoulders of a companion. If a suitable arm rest cannot be found, you can increase stability to some extent merely by leaning against something such as a wall, car, boulder, telephone pole—or the ground!

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