A decent pair of binoculars is a must for bird watching. There are a multitude of bird watching binoculars available and choosing the right pair can be quite daunting. Here are some things to consider when purchasing a pair of pocket binoculars specifically for bird watching:
Binoculars can range in price from under £30 to well over £1000. Cheaper binoculars may well be lacking in features needed for bird watching, thus decreasing your enjoyment. If you are on a strict budget then £50 – £100 will buy you some decent bird watching binoculars.
High magnification is not necessarily the best option. As magnification increases, your field of view decreases and slight movements made by an unsteady hand are greatly exaggerated. For general bird watching, a magnification of 7x or 8x is fine, while 10x is best when viewing birds of prey over large distances.
Binoculars with large lenses are useful for viewing birds in shrubs and woodland. A larger objective lens allows more light to enter and so creates a brighter image. A lens diameter between 35 and 50 is fine, but remember, a larger lens may mean heavier binoculars.
Your binoculars will spend a lot of time hanging round your neck so it is important to find a weight you are comfortable with, although very lightweight compact binoculars can be a sign that they are poorly made.
For more information and to view a comprehensive range of bird watching binoculars, visit Sherwoods Photographic, a family owned company who specialise in telescopes and binoculars.