If you are looking to buy some bird watching binoculars either for yourself or as a gift for someone else, you need to try and get the best value for your money that you can.
With a little bit of forethought and good planning, you can easily skip past the not-so-good binoculars and make sure you pick the binoculars which are most suited for your needs.
If you are going to be holding a heavy set of binoculars to your eyes for hours on end, then you are soon going to become tired and will not want to hold the binoculars for too much longer. So it makes sense to get some which are lightweight and easily portable.
Everyone has their own requirements when they are looking for their own set of bird watching binoculars, and what is important to you may not be as important for somebody else.
These days there are quite a number of different features that you can get on sets of binoculars, so let’s take a look at the features which will be most in need by you. For a start, need to choose binoculars that have the greatest level of magnification possible, however with a higher level of magnification the field of view is narrower so most people tend to choose binoculars with around seven or eight times magnification instead of ones with ten times magnification.
You will also get a bright image as well as being able to see more of the action at the same time (particularly useful if your little feathered friend is hopping around all over the place).
The objective lens (not the smaller lenses where you put your eyes) should be as big as possible, however if you go too big then this increases the weight of the binoculars, so typically 50 mm will be big enough.
If you are choosing compact binoculars then your objective lens size should be somewhere around 30 to 50 mm size, giving the ultimate in comfort and clarity of vision. The larger the objective lens, the more light that can come in, giving you a brighter and more vibrant image, but please remember the weight.
Try to also make sure that your binoculars have good customer reviews from people who have purchased those in the past, and that your binoculars can also be adapted to work with a tripod and even attached to a harness designed specifically for binoculars, allowing you to comfortably wear the binoculars across your chest.
Above all you need to take your time when choosing the best bird watching binoculars for yourself as it can be a big investment if you go for the top quality models and these days even the lower specification binoculars are a good option as they are well up to the job that you need them to do.
A good idea is to borrow birding binoculars from a friend or try out those that other birders own (if they will let you!) just to find out how they can affect what you see and do. They make such a big difference to your bird watching enjoyment and success that it is worth spending the extra time to get this right!
And the good news is that you will have fun while you do this.
Source: hunting binoculars guide