Steadier Glassing Picture

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While I was up on the mountains looking for some elk, we spotted some off in the distance.  And while I was glassing these elk I couldn’t quite pick up the details of these elk because they were clear out there, and because I couldn’t keep steady enough to get a clear picture of what I was looking at.  I told my brother, “I can’t really tell ‘cause I’m shaking.”  He gave me the best piece of glassing advice I’ve ever been told (‘cause how many glassing tips can there really be?), he said to grab my hat. I asked him what he meant by, “grab your hat?” He then showed me that he holds his bino’s up to his head, takes the index finger off his bino’s and grabs the brim of his hat.  So I tried it, and of course, it worked.

It’s something so simple I’d never even thought to do something like it, but what it does is totally anchor your bino’s to your head and gives you a third point of contact that gives you a much steadier picture while you’re glassing.  Even if you sit there right now and hold your hands in front of your eyes as if you were holding bino’s then you would see the movements in your hands (without the bino’s actually there), now grab you hat with you index finger and you’ll see how it works.  Good luck out there this year!


SGM's picture

I did try this when I was out

I did try this when I was out hunting this past  season and it worked very well. I have to admit I was somewhat surprised but very pleased. Sometimes it is the simple stuff you overlook.

BikerRN's picture

Great Advice

I like this tip!

One thing I usually do, if I don't have a tripod, is rest my triceps/biceps on my chest to sort of replicate a shooting stance when I'm glassing freehand. Your tip seems to work better, depending upon one's body position, and is a great tip to keep in the memory bank to pull out when applicable.


COMeatHunter's picture

Simple and Awesome...Thanks!

When I read this hunting tip I was thinking, "yeah, that sounds like it'll work".  So I dug out my binoculars and gave it a try.  It worked great.  Yes, I'm pretty surprised.

Thanks a bunch for sharing something so simple but will probably be one of the most useful tips I've picked up in a long while.

groovy mike's picture

Thank you for sharing this great idea !

Thank you for sharing this great idea !  This is a new one to me too.  I will surely be trying it.  It makes total sense and I have never thought of it before - so you are not alone by any means!  It's little things like this that make reading the 'Tips' section on so very worthwhile - and anything that can make me a more successful hunter or make my hunts easier or more conmfirtable is well worth taking the time to read through the tips here - your willingness to share the wisdom of your experience is much appreciated!  - Mike 

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Yep a great tip and in fact

Yep a great tip and in fact it does work really well..another thing that can help when glassing is to cover the light coming into your eye pieces with your hands takes some glare away and you may not have to swint as much and sometimes it really clears up the picture along with holding onto your hat.

ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the great tip. You

Thanks for the great tip. You are definitely right, so simple most people would never think of doing it. This should help out on those long distance glassing jobs.

SGM's picture


Thanks, I have never heard of that one before.  I will have to try that next time I am out with the binos scouting. So simple but never crossed my mind.

m.parker_jr's picture


Instantly grabbed my hat and binos and just cut my shaking way down!