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Opera Glasses: 5 Things to know before you buy

Before you order a pair opera glasses, here are a few suggestions to consider that will enable you to make an educated selection.  It is important to know all of the options that are available so you can make a decision that you will be happy with for years to come. 

Which Color?
Your opera glasses are a purchase that you will have for your whole life… With that in mind, it is important to choose a color and style of opera glasses that will match with your outfits for years to come.  The classical colors are probably a better choice since they go with everything and won’t ever go out of fashion.  However, if you really love the bright colors and crystals for your opera glasses, might as well enjoy the flare they will give you in the theater.

What Magnification?
It is important to know what magnification you will need for your opera glasses.  Standard magnifications is 3x to 5x … For your opera glasses, anything less than 3x magnification doesn’t do much good, especially if you aren’t in front row seats.  5x is typically too strong and magnify too much for the wide view of the whole stage.  The 3x magnification is almost always the best choice for most, if not all, of the seats in the theater.  

Handle or Chain?
Knowing how you will use your opera glasses is something important to consider before your purchase.  If you are someone who loses things easily, the chain is probably a good feature for you to have on your opera glasses.  It is also beneficial when you aren’t planning on using the glasses the whole performance.  If you are seated further away and want to use them the whole show, the handle is preferable.  The handle is extendable and is the perfect length to rest your arm on the chair-rest and view through the lenses.  Unless you have great arm muscles, I suggest the handle for most people.

A Light?
This is a wonderful feature that regrettably is not available on all pairs of opera glasses.  For those of you who like to know the details about all of the performers, see the name of each song, know what is coming next,  and see each scene or act, this is a must have on any pair of opera glasses.  The light is discreet so you do not disturb others around you, but you can view the program easily without having to wait until the intermission or hold the program awkwardly facing the stage to catch a bit of light to read by.

Center Focus?
Unfortunately, some cheaper styles of opera glasses do not have a center focus.  It is important to know before your purchase if your opera glasses have the center focus.  If you don’t have the center focus, you will be unable to adjust your glasses for your preferences.  Sometimes, it won’t be an issue, but if you like to have things crystal clear, it is important to have this feature on your opera glasses

We hope that this information has been helpful for you in choosing the pair of opera glasses that will be perfect for your needs in any theater venue.  Enjoy the performance!

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by Davin Perkins

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