Choosing the Right Binoculars

When in comes to choosing a pair of binoculars, make sure to choose one that fits your personal and individual needs. Despite popular belief, there isn’t a single ‘best’ pair of binoculars. Before choosing a set for you, make sure to take into consideration what specifically you will be using these binoculars for. The following is  a short description of some of the different kinds of activities you may need a pair of binoculars for, and how it effects your buying decision.

Binoculars for Bird Watching

When it comes to buying a pair of binoculars for bird watching, a magnification of 8 times or greater is sufficient. Many bird watchers typically want a compact set of binoculars; about 8 x 25 in dimensions. The smaller binoculars are great because they fit right into your pockets for easy storage and quick access. Also, because day time use is generally what is called for in bird watching, compact binoculars are bright enough for this kind of exposure. Not to say that a full sized set of binoculars wouldn’t be worth taking along. A larger set of binoculars, about 8 x 40, are great for those who like to see their birds in greater detail. With full-sized binoculars you get better image and color quality.

Binoculars for Butterfly Watching

There are three main comparisons when purchasing a set of binoculars for Butterfly Watching. One is the focus ability of the binoculars. Another is the magnification. And the third is the binoculars’ ability to gather light.

The focus ability of binoculars depend on the specific design of the binoculars and, in some cases, the traits if the individual’s eyes. What you must understand about butterflies is that they tend to allow watchers to observe them from close range. So when choosing a pair of binoculars for butterfly watching, it is important to get a set that are great with close range focus; about 10 to 6 feet.

Because of one’s ability to get closer to butterflies, the magnification of the binoculars need not exceed 8 times. Magnifying the subject too much will be difficult as butterflies move rather quickly.

Larger objective lenses for your binoculars means more light which improves detail and clarity of your view. This is important for those who prefer to watch butterflies in wooded areas. For those who go to open fields to watch butterflies, larger objective lenses may not be a necessity for their binoculars.

Binoculars for Hunting

For those who enjoy hunting, a good pair of binoculars is essential in success and overall enjoyment. When purchasing binoculars for this type of activity, waterproofing should be at the top of the checklist. Purchasing a full to mid-sized pair of binoculars is also ideal for hunters. Fixed power binoculars should also be a preference as they allow for a larger field of view; a necessity for spotting your prey. Besides, holding the binoculars steady at the higher magnifications is quite difficult and tends to be a hindrance in the hunting field.

Well, I sure hope this short article can give you an idea as to why it is important to take everything into consideration when it comes to purchasing your own personal pair of binoculars. So take your time as a good pair of binoculars is a great investment no matter what event(s) your into.

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