Get a Better Birding Experience With Binoculars

When you are birding, being able to see creatures in detail without getting close enough to startle them is important. With birding binoculars, you can get a clearer view of the coloration, habits, nests, and markings of birds. These helpful devices are useful when you want to identify and observe various species as they fly through the sky and perch on high objects.

What features do binoculars have?

Each product is unique, so you normally cannot find the all the exact features in every device. Here are some of the features you can generally find when shopping for binoculars:

  • Night vision: These lenses let you see when it is dark.
  • Camera: Camera binoculars allow you to capture the birds you view.
  • Zoom lens: Instead of just having a fixed ability to magnify, these lenses let you move from close focus to far away objects.
  • Camouflage: You can use these when you want to blend in while birding.
  • Weather-resistant: Some options may have special coatings on the lenses that help to keep weather conditions from impairing vision through the lens.
How are binoculars sized?

Most binoculars use a set of two numbers to specify the details of the object. The first number will show magnification strength, which is defined as how many times closer the bird is to you. The second number tells you the diameter of the objective lens in millimeters.

What magnification levels are available?

Regardless of whether they zoom or have a fixed level, binoculars are ranked based on the highest level of closeness they offer. Most binoculars for watching birds can be found at these levels.

  • 8 to 9X
  • 10 to 14X
  • 15 to 19X
  • 20 to 25X
How do you choose the right birding binoculars?

When you are trying to pick out a pair of binoculars, these tips will help you to find the ones that are right for you.

  • Decide on a magnification: Binoculars with a higher number have a close focus can show things farther away more clearly, but the image will be slightly lower in brightness and not have a wide field of view.
  • Choose your prisms: The prisms used for the binoculars affect both overall binocular size and image clarity. Porro prisms tend to be larger than roof prisms.
  • Consider eyecup shape: If you have glasses, you may need eyecups that accomodate the shape of your glasses. It is also helpful to get eyecups that will be comfortable and shade your eyes for long periods of time.
  • Select a size: Compact lenses may be easier to carry when you are traveling, but larger lenses tend to have higher clarity.
  • Pick extra features: Once you settle on your overall binocular size and specifications, you can pick helpful features for your unique birding plans.