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Experience a New World of Bird Watching with Birding Binoculars

Aug 19, 2008
When it comes to birding, binoculars are a must have item. With binoculars you can identify birds easily that would be nothing but a speck on the horizon to the unaided eye. There are quite a few different makes and models of birding binoculars on the market, ranging in price from as little as a few dollars to sophisticated models costing thousands.

Binoculars with Magnification and Front Lens Diameter

For beginners, a pair of binoculars such as sold in any hardware store or sporting goods shop should fit the bill nicely. They can be purchased for very little and are generally quite durable, as well as doing an adequate job of magnification. These binoculars will bear two numbers by way of ratings. One will be the magnification power of the binoculars, the second number will be the diameter of the front lens, in millimeters.

These numbers will be written as in this example: 4x22. Thus, these binoculars would have a magnification power of four and front lens diameter of 22 millimeters. Magnification power needed is dependent on from what distance you want to observe birds. For merely watching birds in the trees near your home, a smaller magnification power is likely to be just fine. However, if you plan to head out into a more natural setting, then a stronger magnification will be needed for your birding binoculars.

Changing the Level of Magnification

The basic styles of binoculars have just one level of magnification and allow for a small amount of focusing. Then there are the ones which let you alter the level of magnification and the focus of the lens as well. These kinds of binoculars are particularly useful when switching from a close object to one further away and means you will not need a separate set of binoculars.

Make Sure Your Binoculars Are Not Too Heavy

When you are buying your new binoculars, make sure they are not too heavy. Some pairs are difficult to handle and holding them up for a long time can become tiresome, so this is something you should take into consideration. There are many lightweight models and in choosing one of these the full range of features does not have to be compromised. After all, if you intend to carry them around with you whilst out on your adventures bird watching you do not want to be struggling with a heavy pair of binoculars.

There's nothing to spoil that dream bird watching trip like being unable to spend all the time you need admiring the birds you came to see like inconvenient, heavy equipment. You should also seek out birding binoculars which have a scratch resistant lens coating and some way of carrying them around other than around your neck or in your hand. After all, you want your binoculars to give you a clear view, yet be out of your way except when you are marveling at avian wildlife.
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William Scott contributes bird watching articles to http://BirdWatchingAdvice.com, a website committed to providing helpful tips on bird watching binoculars.
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