Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Choosing the Best Bird Watching Binoculars

We all know that trying to spot a warbler flitting around in the conifers with binoculars is a bit more challenging than focusing on an elephant on an African safari! Needless to say, birders need more in a binocular than the average elephant-watcher. Having a good pair of binoculars may make the difference between identifying that life bird or not.

So what is a good pair of bird watching binoculars? There are a lot of features these days on binoculars that need to be considered when making a purchase.

What do all the numbers mean? Should I choose porro or roof prism? Do I need my bins to be nitrogen-purged? Fully multi-coated? What does it all mean? Let's start with some of the basics to ultimately choosing the best bird watching binoculars.

Note:  We recently purchased a new pair of binoculars after having our one and only pair for 30 years.  We bought the Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binoculars and have really been enjoying them.  It's amazing how bright they make the object and the clarity is totally wonderful.  I was surprised to find that they focused within 8 feet as clearly as long distance.  We are definitely happy to have a quality pair of binoculars for our next 30 years of bird watching.

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