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Binoculars are the most important piece of equipment that you should have when you are going for a hunting expedition or even for a birding session. The reason being that there are special needs for each kind of hunting is it deer hunting or turkey hunting or it is simply elk hunting.

The size of the objective lens is the second number in our 8×42 example. The number 42 is the width of the large lens of the binoculars in millimeters. The bigger the number the more light is allowed into the binoculars and in turn this affects the brightness the image being viewed. The brighter the image the better you will be able to see in low light conditions such as early morning or late evening or even cloudy days. A lens diameter of 42mm is a good place to start for a newbie.

I always used bargain-basement type optics growing up. I just didn’t know what I was missing. The clarity is so much better than discount optics. It really makes a difference. Cheap binoculars actually gave me a headache. These Nikon’s don’t do that. I can use them for hours on end without eye strain. I just thought that was normal.

Nikon Monarch ATB Binoculars are a truly great set of binoculars. The only thing that I’m not fond of is the ocular lens caps. They don’t stay on well, but that doesn’t really become a problem for me. I don’t usually use the lens caps while hunting. I absolutely love everything else about these binoculars.

The reason objective lens size is important is that the larger the lens, the more light that will be allowed in; which means less light is required to see objects. If you were a hunter you would probably want a larger lens; given the typically less than ideal lighting conditions hunters deal with. On the other hand a larger lens would not be as important if you were using you mil vs moa to watch sporting events.

Navigator Compact Series – The models in this series are both compact and lightweight and without any loss of performance. Each model has good balance and a slim design which makes them perfect to have while watching the waves or navigating across the seas.

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.