Tips for Buying Your First Pair of Bird Watching Binoculars

If you are interested in bird watching and don’t have binoculars to help you out, you are definitely missing out on quite a bit. When you buy a quality pair of bird watching binoculars you no longer to squint trying to see what exactly you are looking at or climb up a tree to get the best view. You will be amazed at what binoculars can do for your hobby and they don’t have to cost a fortune.

Many people avoid buying binoculars because it can be confusing with all the different styles and models available. Some people also assume that a good bird watching binocular will cost you several hundred dollars but that is not true at all. The thing to remember when buying binoculars is that they all have two numbers which can tell you a lot about them. The first number is the power of the lens while the second is the field of vision or how much area you can see through the lens. So, for example, the Bushnell Falcon 10×50 would mean it has a power of 10 magnification and it has a 50 millimeter lens.

When looking to buy bird watching binoculars you need to keep a few things in mind such as how fast you focus on an object. Some of these products will have instant focus levers and buttons that make the job of focusing so much easier. You don’t want to miss seeing a bird flying away because you can’t focus your lenses properly.

Another thing to consider is the weight of the binoculars. If you like to bird watch for several hours at a time you don’t want to get a heavy pair that is gets too heavy for you to have around your neck or to even hold. Look for lightweight options so that you can use them for longer periods of time.

Lastly, realize that you may have to negotiate on some aspects of your binoculars. For example if you want a higher magnification to see birds up close and personal you may have to look for a pair that doesn’t have as wide of range. On the other hand if you want to have wide angle binoculars you have to remember that the magnification or power may not be as good as some of the higher priced models.

If you are still having trouble looking for a quality pair of bird watching binoculars that doesn’t cost you a fortune you may want to see if you can get a recommendation from other bird watchers. If you belong to a bird watching group, an outdoorsman group or some kind of bird watching forum online ask other people what model they are using. This is probably one of the best ways to find a pair that works well and will have you enjoying your hobby all day long.

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