If you are looking for wide angle binoculars you may be considering the Bushnell Falcon 10×50. You don’t want to have to pay full price for your binoculars so you need to read on to find where you can find them for the best deal.
What objective power do I need? This is probably the most commonly asked question in determining which pair of binoculars to choose. Magnification averages from 7X to 16X for most manufactures, with larger magnification models available. I personally like the magnification of a 10X binocular. Some hunters who primarily hunt dense brush or thickets don’t need that much magnification, while other hunters out west need magnifications greater than that while glassing distant ridges for big game. Most archery hunters don’t need more than 7X or 8X best ar 15 scope, but if you are also a rifle hunter that extra little bit of power can be a tremendous help. Magnification is also dependent on the size of your objective lens for how well they will perform during those early mornings, late evenings, or cloudy days.
Mistake Number Two – buying binoculars that are not waterproof. You say you’ll never go birding in the rain? That may be true, but even water vapor from humidity in the air can be a problem. If your binoculars get any amount of moisture inside them they can fog up inside when that moisture condenses due to a change in temperature just like your mirror gets fogged up when you take a hot shower. Even if they dry out later, that day of birding was spoiled. Good, waterproof binoculars are filled with nitrogen to keep out moisture and even these can be found in a relatively inexpensive pair.
This is something you’ll have to determine based on what you’re going to do with them, what the chances are that they’ll get lost, and how often you’ll use them.
I found prices ranging from $1 to $1,000 for binoculars on the Internet; but remember that you get what you pay for, at least up to maybe $200-$400. I think you could get a nice pair for around $35- $75. Check Wal-Mart and Radio Shack.
I have also found that these 42mm lenses are still good when the Sun starts to go down. They still provide a measure of light for viewing until it really gets dark. Of course I know that the larger the lens the more light gets in and that most night vision binoculars have 50mm or larger lenses. But for my purpose these 42mm lenses do just fine. I am rarely out late at night. Only on an occasion do I want to see the stars.
This might seem trivial at the first thought. But, it’s got clear influence on the degree of clarity of your view. The binoculars’ exit pupil actually is an amplified view of whatever image you’re seeing in the binoculars eye-piece. For getting the finest image from bird binoculars, you’ll need a quality exit pupil, which is not below 4mm.