Birding with Compact Binoculars

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Serious birders often debate the pros and cons of 8x42 or 10x42 binoculars. An eight power has a wider field of view, and ten power is better for viewing high-flying raptors. A 42mm binocular is appropriate for a variety of situations, but don't discount the convenience of using a smaller, compact binocular for watching our feathered friends.

Older models of compact binoculars may be noticeably darker with poor resolution. But advances in technology have upgraded the performance of today's compacts. With increased glass quality and improved optical coatings, newer compacts will deliver a bright, sharp view under normal daytime conditions. Having a compact to carry in your pocket will guarantee you are never caught without binoculars for unexpected nature encounters.

Although a compact will never replace full-sized binoculars for the best viewing in low-light situations, one of today's compacts is worth the investment for its convenience and performance. Eagle Optics has a large selection of compacts to choose from. Call us at 1-800-289-1132 if you need help finding the right binocular for you.

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