What type of binoculars do I need?
by: OZScopes - The Australian Telescope Experts


A good pair of birding binoculars should have high light gathering capacity and a wide field of view. Therefore, magnification should take a backseat to objective lens size. Larger objective lens size will ensure reliable performance in all light conditions from dawn to dusk. Larger objective lenses also increase your field of view, allowing you to spot birds more easily. Objective lenses that are too large however, result in bulky binoculars and thus unstable images. Therefore, balance is the key. As a guide, an 8 x 40 binoculars provide the right balance of size, power and light gathering capacity. Binoculars at or near this size will provide the best birding experience.

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Hunters have to consider the tradeoffs when it comes to choosing their binoculars. While many hunters desire a binoculars that is compact and lightweight, that means smaller objective lenses, but smaller objective lenses means less light gathering capacity and dimmer images. Look for objective lenses that measure 40 or 42 mm. These will provide reasonably bright images even in the low light conditions of dawn and dusk. For power, binoculars with 8x magnification provide a wide field of view which is ideal for surveying surroundings. 10x magnification may be a better option if you require a view of longer distances when hunting. Keep in mind that binoculars at this magnification require steady hand. In this case, image stabilization may be a

feature worth considering.

Hunting binoculars also need to be durable. Look for water resistant or water proof options. Also, roof prism binoculars are generally lighter and more durable than traditional porro prism binoculars.

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