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How To Buy Birdwatching Binoculars

When buying binoculars what are you getting? All binoculars have three common parts which allows the binoculars to magnify and direct images back to your eye. An objective lens captures an upside-down image. A set of adjusting prisms turns the image 180 degrees so it is seen right side up. The last piece is the eyepiece that magnifies the image. Even though the first binoculars came into existence in 1608 one thing remains the same. Glass binoculars have eyepieces and objective lenses are each comprised of multiple elements used to magnify and adjust distance images.

Magnification, What Do Those Numbers Mean?

Binocular magnification is measured by two numbers. The first number is the real magnification, and the second number is the lens diameter. For example, 10 x 50 specifies that objects will appear ten times closer and the lens is 50 millimeters in diameter. The magnification needed to see craters on the moon will be greater than bird watching in the back yard. A good pair of astronomical binoculars will have a magnification of 10X50 while that amount of zoom can be over kill if you are just doing a little backyard birding. So when buying a pair of binoculars the first step to making it a successful purchase is to prioritize the intended use of your new binoculars.

The Best Binoculars For Birdwatching

Birdwatching or birding is a very popular hobby that is enhanced through the use of binoculars. For serious birdwatching binoculars are an absolutely necessary piece of equipment. A good pair of binoculars will be easy to hold steady and show the delicate contrasts in colors with clarity and accuracy. Because you never know when a memorable birdwatching moment may occur your binoculars must focus quickly and up close and work well low light conditions like shaded tree cover, early mornings and dusk. Because the birder might be hiking in heavy terrain the glasses must be kept free from dust and moisture.

Compact Binoculars A Good Choice For Birdwatching

First of all compact binoculars are light. No one wants to hike around for long periods of time with a 5 pound pair of binoculars tied around their neck. Compact binoculars can weigh as little as 6 ounces and a majority of them will weigh less than 20 ounces. That lower weight will help reduce neck and back strain. Compact binoculars are easier and quicker on the draw. Because birds can be elusive you will want a pair of compact binoculars that are light and easy to target and track the elusive prey. You can get into viewing position much faster. If the binoculars are lighter, you are apt to taking them out more often when you travel. So really the best binoculars are the ones you are going to get the most use out of.

Which Compact Binoculars Should I Buy?

Buy the best pair you can afford. Think of your purchase as an investment. It pays to invest in the compact binoculars you really want. You will never be sorry you bought the best binoculars. Investing in superior optics really does pay off for birders in the quality of experience they provide. They will stand up to heavy use and keep their resale value. Here are just a few examples of fine compact binoculars we offer for sale at

Carson ScoutPlus Compact Binoculars
The Carson ScoutPlus Compact Binoculars are lightweight birdwatching binoculars designed to provide a truly enhanced viewing experience. Ideal for sporting events, outdoor concerts, wildlife surveying, and more, these portable and user friendly binoculars are best binoculars on the market today.Carson Optical Raven Compact Waterproof Binoculars

Outdoor Magazine declared the glasses a winner of the "Killer Value" award for their seamless combination of functionality, style, and affordability. Because of their high-performing optics they are one of the best binoculars for the price. If you want to look good while bird watching, hiking, or attending sporting events, buy the Carson Optical Raven Compact Waterproof Binoculars from today!Carson Optical Caribou Mossy Oak Camouflage Binoculars

The Carson Optical Caribou Mossy Oak Camouflage Binoculars are full-sized 10x42mm binoculars ideal for hunting, hiking, or birding. Large objective lenses and high-quality BAK-4 prisms ensure sharp, bright images in low-light conditions such as dawn or dusk. The shock-resistant, rubberized exterior is camouflage colored so you can observe wildlife almost invisibly.

Carson Optical JK Series Waterproof Binoculars
The Carson Optical JK Series Waterproof Binoculars are high-quality, close-focus, roof prism binoculars perfect for bird watching and observing wildlife. Equipped with the superior BAK-4 prisms and fully-multi coated optics, they consistently deliver bright, razor-sharp images, even in low light. They are ideal for viewing birds in the wild and can focus as close as 6 feet away.

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