Bird Watching Binoculars: Do’s and Don’ts

by Larry Jordan on September 21, 2008

Stokes DLS 10×42 Binocular

I found a good article on some do’s and don’ts for bird watching binoculars at the About Bird Feeders website.  They have some good advise in their article about what you should be looking for in a good birding binocular.  This Stokes DLS 10X42 Binocular in the photo above is a higher end binocular that you can see the specs for here: Stokes DLS 10X42 .

As I stated in an earlier article, make sure you try out different binoculars in your price range before buying.  That is truly the only way you will know if you have the right fit for you.  Go check out the article at About Bird Feeders and then do some research before you buy.

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Nina September 26, 2008 at 4:56 am

It’s likely I’ll be buying a better pair of binocs soon. I’m interested in knowing what others are using and what they like/don’t like about their choice.
Do you know of a survey out there?

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Larry September 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

Hi Nina, The best source I found for mid-priced binocular evaluation is an evaluation done by Birdwatcher’s Digest that you can find here:

Do your research and make sure you find a place you can actually play with the product you think you want to buy. Especially if you wear glasses with your binoculars.

I use Celestron Noble 10X50’s. Most birders use 8X42’s but I like the extra power and can hold my binoculars steady at this size. That link will give you all the information you need to find the right binos for you. Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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