Sunday, October 12, 2014

Need a binocular for beginning birdwatching

Dear All:
I went to a bird banding event this past weekend in Fort Morgan, AL. I have a small backyard (double size lot in Birmingham) and have bird feeders out including a couple of humming bird feeders.
I would like to get a closer look at the birds that come and try to identify them - and have no idea what kind of binoculars would be best for that. I'd like to spend around $300.
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Hello Jutta,
Thanks for your inquiry! I'll be happy to help you choose a binocular for viewing birds in your yard and at your feeders.  

Most birders choose  8x42, but for a binocular that is a bit smaller and more lightweight, you may want to choose 8x32. To understand what those numbers mean, check this informative video: Understanding Binoculars: Magnification

Basically, the more you spend, the better the glass quality--and the more bright, crisp, and clear the image.

One very popular binocular in the $200-$300 range is the Eagle Optics Ranger for its light weight, durability, and exceptional warranty. There is an ED and a non ED version (the ED improves the view).

You can certainly spend less on a binocular (or more). I'd be happy to chat about some other possibilities, so if we may be of further assistance, please call.

Eagle Optics

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