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How To Buy Binoculars
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How To Buy Binoculars

Digital cameras and telescopes may be more sexy, but any astronomer or bird watcher will tell you that they would be lost without their binoculars. The task of what binoculars to buy seems daunting at first with literally thousands or options out there, but once you know the differences between the different types of binoculars the choice is usually fairly easy.

How to Buy Binoculars: What Do The Numbers Mean?

First up, what are you going to use them for? Bird watchers require different gear than astronomers. Every pair of binoculars will have at least two sets of numbers associated with it. When deciding what binoculars to buy these numbers are very, very important.

8X50 binoculars are a very popular version. The first number, the 8, denotes the magnification or in this case that objects will appear 8X closer than with the naked eye. The 50 denotes the diameter of the lenses. The larger the lens, the brighter the object will be. Once you know what the numbers mean, what binoculars to buy becomes much, much easier.

How To Buy Binoculars: What Type Do I Need?

Astronomers are viewing relatively stationary objects in the sky, usually at night. That means that the amount of light that the lens can capture is incredibly important. Remember when deciding what binoculars to buy the second number is the diameter of the lens and larger lenses capture more light. Many astronomers use 8X50 binoculars. Higher magnifications are also used since the field of view is very narrow in astronomy.

Bird watchers have other concerns. Magnification is still important in bird watching, but unless you are birding in the early morning or evening the amount of light isn't as integral to the experience as it would be with astronomy. When deciding what binoculars to buy, bird watchers also have to take into account the weight of the product. Astronomers often set their gear up on a tripod, but bird watchers panning the area don't have that luxury. Sometimes a more portable model is best, sometimes waterproof is important.

How To Buy Binoculars: Does Brand Matter?

The short answer is yes and no. Most products today are built to last and many consumers still have the first pair of binoculars that they ever purchased. I know I still have my old trusty lenses from when I was a boy. More importantly is to buy from a trusted vendor; one that will take the product back if you are not satisfied.

Now that you know what binoculars to buy, get out and enjoy your hobby!


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