It may seem cliche to say, but in the end choosing the right pair of binoculars comes down to you! Binoculars are one of those products that come in a variety of different specifications that could confuse any newcomer. The truth however is that with a little bit of knowledge and some guided understanding, you can make use of the large variety of binoculars to find the right pair suited to your exact hunting needs. How do you do that? Well lets get started!
In most cases these ratings are provided as a feature of the binoculars (i.e. exit pupil = 4.5 mm). If this feature is not provided, it can be easily calculated by dividing the best monocular objective lens size by the binoculars power rating (i.e. 8×42 binoculars = 42/8 = 5.25 mm rating).
This feature may not apply to you, but if you are planning on setting a tripod up to look over a certain scenic area, you will want binoculars that can adapt to that tripod. You may also want to use a tripod if you have shaky hands or worry about not having your binoculars be steady and level.
The above statements may sound bold, but I really believe it. I grew up using whatever binoculars we had on hand. Many of them were very old sets of binoculars, and all of them were discount models purchased at department stores for very low prices. To make a long story short, I didn’t know any better. I just assumed that expensive binoculars were for rich people, and I didn’t think they were necessary.
Mistake Number Three – believing the most expensive binoculars are the best. While there is a relationship between price and quality, the average bird watching enthusiast doesn’t need to spend a huge amount of money on binoculars. A fifteen dollar pair will not have anywhere near the optical quality of a $100 pair and it will show in the sharpness of the image, especially around the edges. But the difference between a $100 pair and a $500 pair will be much less noticeable. As binoculars get into the upper price ranges, the quality in general still might get better, but in much smaller, even imperceptible increments. It’s the old idea of diminishing returns. The good news is you don’t have to spend several hundred dollars for good birding binoculars.
Though you can find a wide range at cheaper prices, you are still going to spend money on your purchase so you might as well ensure that you are spending your hard-earned money wisely.
Seeing the Heavenly Delights looking up at the night sky, watching the endless dance of the galaxy and seeing objects light years away from us is an exciting and humbling activity. To experience it to the fullest, purchase a stellar pair of astronomical binoculars.