[Tweeters] binoculars: 8x, 10x etc

Paul Hicks phicks at accessgrace.org
Fri Jan 8 15:49:14 PST 2010

Tweets, Here are some binoc tips I've picked up from others -- not the
result of intensive research:
- 7 or 8x may be better suited to woodland/closed habitats due to field of
view, light intake, and weight/quick maneuverability (and quick focus I
would assume).
- I've heard 7x are preferred for migrant hawkwatching, mainly for field of
view (I assume).
- Some birders really like a large magnification (10x+) with image
stabilization for use in open expanses. A guide I was with swore by this
combo -- he could certainly spot the birds with speed and ease, and then the
scope came out if necessary. I think his were 15x, maybe even 20x, but I
don't remember and I didn't ask to view thru them -- kind of a "personal
space" thing. What few reviews I've read are a mixed bag on these type
binocs, though I'd assume the technology has been improving.
Ten+ years ago I borrowed a friend's lightweight/compact Nikon 7-20x zoom to
take to West Africa instead of my high-priced and bulky binoc--much easier
to tote and replace if necessary. While this set has its
drawbacks/limitations, I have ever since taken it with me everywhere in my
car (after purchasing my own, less than $200) and use it in combo with my
main binocs--I carry both pair in the field. I can pull birds in closer and
it saves on hauling the scope everywhere. Perhaps I grew accustomed to
relying on the extra magnification since I was scopeless for many years. I
think much about binocular preference is personal/personalized and what one
gets used to, especially if you have to make do.
Good birding!
-- Paul Hicks / Tenino / phicks AT accessgrace.org

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