Birds are one of nature’s most colourful wonders, making them fun to watch and document with the top equipment from a camera warehouse. An interesting means to explore science, the activity makes for great therapy and being connected to the natural world. You don’t even have to travel far to see them, as they’re everywhere, with at least a hundred species proliferating your backyard, parks, cemeteries, camping sites, fishing trips, airports, and other places where you expect them least. Don’t miss out on the opportunity and get a binocular and a field guide to get you started.
The best choice for all the distances you will encounter when birding is the centre focus, which is the most convenient to do. There’s also the close focus, which is done at only 15 feet, or even less. This allows you to really see everything that the birds are doing. Then there’s also the smooth and speedy, where you’ll find yourself following the birds as they move around at various distances. Hence, it’s recommended that you get a good pair of binoculars that focuses quickly and smoothly to keep up with all the action.
The Numbers in Your Binoculars
Binoculars come in numbers. The first binocular numbers come in 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, or 10mm,magnifying things up to only 10 times above. These have too narrow field of view and are too difficult to hold steady, especially when examining fine detail. Obviously, these adjustments aren’t good for any birding. Meanwhile, there’s the second binocular number, which come in numbers between 30mm and 50mm.
While you’re free to use a compact binocular, you’ll be wasting your money as such models comes with a 20-25 for a second number, which will not have the performance or the viewing comfort of a larger binocular. On the other end, one with more than 50 for a second number is too heavy to wear around your neck. Hence, your best choice might be getting an 8×40 or an 8×42 with the size being useful for many other applications.
Porro Prism or Roof Prism Binoculars
Binoculars also come in two body designs, with one being the porro prism, which are bulkier and optically efficient, while the other is the roof prism – impressively slender and compact, but more expensive, requiring to be phase-corrected.
Indeed, there’s a treat for everyone in bird watching. Especially with the new smart phone apps telling you where to sight them, the activity is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities today. Meaning there’s plenty of help and lots of enthusiasts to get a group started.