Through the powerful eyes of Binoculars a sailor seeks the distant buoys, the rocks and reefs that are the water's guideposts; and a horseplayer follows the running around the vastness of a track. But in the relatively close quarters of an arena or a stadium, few spectators use binoculars—they are watching but not seeing. These color photographs by John G. Zimmerman, taken through binoculars, show how seemingly ordinary action becomes startling clear. At right: the upended urgency of an Oriole forced at second is brought home to a Yankee Stadium right-field box. For closeups of football, a fight, and fall spectator fashions see the following six pages. Be low are tips for selecting binoculars.
Best all-purpose binoculars are 7 x 35, the 7 for magnification, the 35 for diameter in millimeters of the objective lens. Some prefer more powerful 8 x 40s. The larger the lens diameter the more light is admitted. For example, a 50-mm. lens is better for foggy, twilight or night viewing. All lens surfaces should be coated for best light transmission. A good pair of binoculars, a lifetime investment, costs $100 to $300.
As Iowa Halfback Gerry Mauren carries against Notre Dame, binoculars bring the action up large and clear to the last tier of seats, 70 yards away from mid-field.
Using seven-power binoculars, the spectator 140 feet away in a mezzanine seat of New York's Madison Square Garden gets a ringside look as boxers tangle in a fast exchange.
New styles for long-range looking emerge as the autumn news in spectator sportswear. For women the shape is the cape, like this hooded one by Trig√®re. For men, the way to wear patterns is to mix them casually, as here at Belmont: a checked shirt, a foulard tie, a herringbone suit.
Cape shape appears again in Bonnie Cashin's great-collared coat. And striped shirts and patterned ties give a racy air to men's plaid suits. Women's spectator suits have long, fitted lines. Red hacking Jacket above was designed by Ellen Brooke to wear over black-and-white plaid.
SPORTING LOOK FACTS
Page 41: Trig√®re cape of purple-and-plum plaid wool is at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kislav gloves are su√®de. Man's suit of 60% wool, 40% Orion tweed, by Gordon-Ford, is $70 at MacNeil and Moore, Madison, Wis. Herbert Johnson felt hat is $20 at Brooks Bros. Checked shirt by Manhattan is $6. Page 42: Glen-plaid suit by Varsity-Town is $70 at Lytton's, Chicago. Hathaway tab-collar shirt is $7.50. Red-and-gold plaid mohair coat by Bonnie Cashin for Sills is $160; Lord & Taylor, New York. Page 43: Man's Donegal-plaid suit is $125, by Fashion Park. Hathaway's striped broadcloth shirt is $14. Ellen Brooke (for Sportswear Couture) ensemble (jacket, blouse and skirt) is $173 complete at J. L. Hudson, Detroit. Gold jewelry is from Tiffany.