Best hunting binoculars
These 8x42 binoculars have a very wide field of view (426ft @ 1000yds) that is substantially wider than the majority and thus will bring a smile to most birders, hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts faces. It is for these as well as many other reasons that I have no hesitation in awarding these the best value for money.
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Bushnell Powerview Binoculars are designed to provide high-quality optics in a versatile and durable format--at an affordable price. Constructed with a rugged, shock absorbing rubber armor for a comfortable, non-slip grip and equipped with the porro prism system to enhance the field of view, Powerview Binoculars are suitable for multiple applications both indoors and in nature.
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How to Purchase Binoculars: What Binoculars to Buy
With the many sizes, styles, and price ranges available for binoculars, it is difficult to know how to purchase binoculars that are right for you. There are many variables as to what binoculars to buy that need to be taken into account regardless of whether you plan to use binoculars for bird watching, wildlife viewing, hunting, sports games, or astronomy. Here we are going to talk about how to purchase binoculars and help you as to what binoculars to buy.
Price and Quality:
There are several factors to consider when buying binoculars that you want to take into account. The first and foremost will be price and quality.
Binoculars range in price from as little as $25 all the way up to $3,000 and more. There is a huge difference in quality between the top and bottom as well. That is not saying that you have to spend a lot of money to purchase quality binoculars, but it is advised you spend at least $300 if you want to buy binoculars that will perform well in all conditions and will last a while.
Purchase the best binoculars you can afford: Like I said, the quality difference between low end and top end binoculars is huge. One thing to keep in mind though is that there is a law of diminishing returns that applies to binoculars and optics in general. What I mean by this is that a $250 binocular will be much better than a $100 binocular, and a $500 binocular might be twice as the $250 set. But eventually, as you go up in price, you will be spending a lot more money on only slightly better quality. For instance, if you put a $1,000 binocular next to a $2,000 binocular, you will notice a difference in quality, but the $2,000 binoculars will most likely not be twice as good while the difference between a $250 binoculars and $500 binoculars can and will usually be quite great. That is why it is best to go with the best you can afford, because you get what you pay for.
Magnification and Field of View:
The amount of times a binocular magnifies the view is known as power. Binoculars typically range from 6 power to 15 power, with a few available with more or less magnification that are used for specialty purposes. One thing to remember is that the more power that a binocular has, the less field of view, or area, you can see while using them. The more field of view you have the easier it will be to find the intended object and to stay on it. That is why it is important to find a happy medium and to choose with regard to what you will be viewing through the binoculars.
Here is a list of activities and the ideal magnification range that is best:
* Sport Spectating 8-10 power
* Bird Watching 8-10 power
* Open Hunting 10 power
* Forest Hunting 8-10 power
* Astronomy 10 + power
Of course, many people will have different opinions, but for a person that can learn easily and has a decent level of coordination, I have found 10 power binoculars to have a good combination of magnification and field of view for most activities, especially the higher quality ones on the market.
Binoculars and Bird Watching: Using the Right Binoculars the Right Way
Binoculars and bird watching go hand in hand together. While binoculars are not a requirement for bird watching, they are in fact the number one tool a bird watcher will need. The great thing about bird watching though, as opposed to other outdoor activities, is the fact that binoculars are all you will ever really need. Of course there are other items that you can invest in that will enhance your bird watching experience, such as a spotting scope, digital camera, and digiscoping adapters. But to get started, your first investment should definitely be a quality set of Binoculars.
When choosing the best binoculars for bird watching, the number one thing to consider is your budget. Your budget will determine the quality of binoculars you are in the market for. As with all optics equipment, as quality goes up, price follows. In fact, in most cases, price rises faster than quality demonstrating a law of diminishing returns. In most cases, $500 binoculars will be about twice as good as $250 binoculars; but $1,000 dollar binoculars will most likely be not be twice as good as $500 binoculars. The difference is even less between $2,000 and $1,000 binoculars. Still though, there is a difference between all of these; it is a difference you will have to pay for. Just remember the following quote and you will be fine:
The best rule of thumb in buying binoculars is to go with the best binoculars for bird watching you can afford because you get what you pay for.
The Best Size Binoculars for Bird Watching
There are many different sizes of binoculars on the market today from 6x50mm to 12x20mm and everything in between. This can make for a tough decision for first time buyers when looking for the best binoculars for bird watching. To make things a whole lot easier, remember that most experienced users of binoculars will agree that the best binoculars have a magnification of 10 power and an objective of 40mm - 42mm. This is spelled out as 10X40mm or 10X42mm. Of course this is open to debate and some will argue to go with less magnification and/or a bigger objective lens. But again, most will agree that 10X42mm binoculars will be the best compromise between size, magnification, field of view, and comfort.
Beginning with Quality Binoculars
Unless of course you can afford it, it might not be a good idea to rush out and buy the best binoculars for bird watching. The thing is that you may find that bird watching is not that exciting to you and then you have high dollar binoculars that do not get used for the reason you bought them. All is not lost though, because throughout life you will have times when fine optics would come in handy. If you are considering bird watching, then chances are you spend some time in the outdoors, or would like to, and you will have a need for binoculars for the rest of your life.