The other day I found some binoculars that I like. They are the 8×42 waterproof, long eye relief, BaK4, multi-coated binoculars by Alpen. They are easy to handle and carry well.
If your bird watching experience is just getting started, there are a couple things you have to consider. Your first binoculars for bird watching shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. You should purchase an inexpensive pair that still gives you several benefits. This will allow you to see if you really like it before you start spending a ton of money on your new hobby.
The magnification and the field of view are two binocular features that work in opposition to each other. In general, the more powerful binoculars (12 X 50) will have a smaller field of view (290FT/1000YD), while less powerful binoculars (8 X 42) will typically have a wider field of view (380FT/1000YD).
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.
A few springs ago we went on a Coastal Bend birdwatching boat tour and every person was outfitted with a pair of best thermal scope. The tour director explained that people with glasses could fold the eyepieces toward the binoculars to use the binoculars.
To fine focus close your right eye and turn the focus wheel. Then with your right eye open, close your left eye and adjust the diopter focus until the view is in sharp focus.
Avoid these three mistakes when choosing your binoculars for birdwatching and you’ll do just fine. Look for a pair that is waterproof and around eight to ten power. You can find a great pair of birding binoculars in the one to three hundred dollar range. If your budget won’t let you go over fifty dollars or so, don’t worry. You can still have a lot of fun and perhaps upgrade in the future.