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Buying Bird Watching Binoculars

Aug 17, 2007
If you are not a person who enjoys shopping, then trying to find a pair of bird watching binoculars may be tiresome. All companies spend a lot of money on printed information to espouse the merits of their own brand, but this can make comparison-shopping difficult if you are hoping to buy through a mail order catalogue or over the internet. Ideally, you can find a shop nearby that sells the type of merchandise that interests you. This scenario lets you put your hands on equipment before you buy it. For many though, written guides and product reviews are the best resources.

There are several such guides available to those who are in market for bird watching binoculars. Bird Watchers Digest publishes a review of the latest models and improvements every year. Additionally, a number of Web sites publish product reviews on a regular basis. Some sites even have entire sections devoted specifically to binocular reviews and evaluation. Experienced birders offer their honest opinions about the products that they use on a regular basis and what they did and did not like about each one.

When researching bird watching binoculars, keep in mind several things that may affect which style will work best for you. If you wear glasses, then some binoculars may not work well for you. Do you wish to use the binoculars to focus on small things that may be relatively close? There are models like the Pentax Papillo, which will work very well when trying to zoom in on things like butterflies.

When considering any binocular, a bird watcher needs to give careful thought to how much magnification power they need. While many are under the impression that they need the most powerful binocular available to enjoy watching birds, often times the most powerful optical tools can be very difficult to keep focused and to hold steady enough to get a clear image.

Another factor for many enthusiasts who are shopping for bird watching binoculars is price. As with any hobby, a birder must invest some degree of money in equipment and gear. While it is possible to spend thousands of dollars on state of the art binoculars and spotting scopes, it is certainly not necessary. There are a number of reasonably priced products available from manufacturers like Bushnell, Leupold & Stevens, Pentax, Nikon, Minolta, Canon and others.

Take the time to do some research before you buy. Make sure that you are familiar with the range of products that are available. Ensuring that you have the best pair of bird watching binoculars for your needs will only heighten your experiences in the field. Bird watchers want to spend the day looking at birds, not fiddling with equipment that does not suit them.
About the Author
John Edmond writes regularly for a number of websites on on oudoor recreation and pursuits including spotting rare birds and ice fishing.
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