Binoculars for Birding
How much magnification do you need?
8x binoculars work well in a variety of situations. Wide fields of view make it easy to spot birds in woodland environments and scan for animals at a distance.
10x binoculars give you greater detail for observing raptors, waterfowl, and wildlife in open terrain and at long distances. As magnification increases, eye relief, field of view, and brightness often diminish, and images may shake.
Do you need waterproof binoculars?
Use a waterproof and fogproof binocular for protection of the optics in any weather. Waterproof binoculars are sealed to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the optics. Fogproof binoculars are filled with nitrogen or argon gas to inhibit internal fogging caused by temperature extremes.
Will you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses?
Choose a binocular with a minimum eye relief of 15mm for comfortable viewing with eyeglasses or sunglasses.