10 Tips For Choosing The Right Binoculars

With so many types, sizes and specifications of binoculars on the market, it is difficult to know which one to choose. Marta Leocádio, from the SPEA store, gives you 10 tips to help you decide.

1. Establish the available budget and what type of use you are going to give your binoculars

2. Try before you buy

3. Know the meaning of the numbers

There are two numbers that are usually indicated on the binoculars themselves, for example 8 × 42. The first number refers to the magnification (8x), and the second to the objective diameter (42 mm). The greater the magnification, the closer the bird appears. And the larger the diameter of the lens, the more light enters the binoculars and therefore the sharper the image is and the better it can be seen in dusky situations. But beware: more is not always better! The larger the lens, the bigger and heavier the binoculars will be. To find out more info on binoculars, you’ve to browse Binocularview site.

4. Beware of magnification

5. Choose the format that is most comfortable for you

There are two formats of binoculars: the Roof prism, in which the eyepiece lenses (against our eyes) and the objectives (those at the other end of the binoculars) are aligned, and the Porro prism, the “classic” configuration in which the eyepiece lenses are closer to each other, and the objectives are further away. These configurations have to do with the positioning of the prisms that direct the light inside the binoculars; neither is inherently better than the other in terms of image quality. However, Porro binoculars are generally cheaper, but they are heavier and larger, so many users find them less comfortable.

6. Invest in quality glass and coatings

7. Pay attention to eye comfort

8. Prefer water-resistant binoculars, with eyepiece and objective protection

Because binoculars are mainly for walking in the field, where there is rain and dust, they should have some degree of protection. Therefore, we recommend binoculars with protective “caps” for both eyepiece and objective lenses, and if possible waterproof. However, be warned: waterproof does not mean suitable for diving!

9. If possible, avoid buying the cheapest binoculars

10. Estimate your binoculars

Finally, enjoy your binoculars, using them whenever possible!

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