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Anyone know about binoculars ?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by HMHB, May 30, 2005.

  1. HMHB

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    I'm after some compact binoculars for bird spotting whilst out walking (maybe Nikon Travelite or something similar). Where's the best place to buy them from, and are those particular binoculars well thought of ?
     
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    There's a good introductory guide here:
    http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/discover/environment/binoculars/index.asp

    and a more thorough one here:
    http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/birdwatching/selectbinocular/index.asp

    I'm not so into birding myself but my Mum is quite keen and I've picked up a few bits of information from her over the years, 8x magnification is about right and don't go for a zoom model as they're inherently rubbish for bird-watching.

    I seem to remember that my Mum bought her telescope from an optics event at a local bird-reserve which was great as she got to try out a wide selection in real conditions with advice from actual birders and enthusiasts rather than whoever runs your local camera/optics shop. :)
     
  3. Ian J

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    I bought a pair of Minolta Activa compact binoculars a couple of years ago. I can't remember where from but they cost me about £70 and I find them really good for both bird watching and cricket with their 10 times magnification.

    We have a 640 acre water park near us where I often take the young 'un for a walk.
     
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    You want a good ratio between magnification and aperture i.e. 8X32 is the magnification 32 is the aperture. 8 into 32 gives a view of 4. Which is the amount of area that can be seen.
    Do not go silly and get anything below 3, e.g. 16x40 which is that high powered you cannot really hold in your hand steady enough.
     
  5. HMHB

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    Thanks chaps, I'm still not sure if it's best to get them from a shop or from the net to be honest.
     
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    A good online shop. (as well as an actual shop)

    click here for Pennine

    I bought a beautiful "Carl Zeiss" spotting scope from them a while back, and they seemed spot on.
     
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    You certainly need to get down to a shop to get your hands on a few pairs and see how they feel. It's a bit like buying AV really isn't it... :)
     
  9. HMHB

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    I've had a play around with some Nikon Travelites and liked them, so will probably go for something out of that range as they are pocketable and light.
     
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    don't Jessops do binoculars as well as cameras?
     
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    Funny you should mention that, I had the same thought about an hour ago and bought them from Jessops on line :)
     

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