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Shopping for a new pair of binoculars?
Binoculars can be expensive, but many experts suggest that once you have become enthusiastic about birding, you should save up and buy the best binoculars you can afford. That’s also what The Cornell Lab of Ornithology suggests in an article entitled, Six Steps to Choosing a Pair of Binoculars You’ll Love.
The article correctly notes that binoculars are a long-term investment that starts paying off the day you buy them, and factored out over 20 years or more of birding, they tend to look like a pretty good deal. The key is to try out a variety of binocular models and choose carefully.
On to the Six Steps: 1) Decide on your price range; 2) Pick a magnification; 3) Test a lot of models; 4) Look for bright, crisp, true color; 5) Check the eye relief; and 6) Review additional features and warranties. The full article does a nice job of expanding on these six steps without being too long.
Actually, the Cornell Lab’s Six Steps could be extended to a couple more steps considering the article also shares information about field of view, close focusing, eye cups, and it comes complete with a chart of Performance vs. Quality Index.
To get the essential insights into choosing binoculars using the Six Step plus method, refer to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s full article athttps://www.allaboutbirds.org/six-steps-to-choosing-a-pair-of-binoculars-youll-love/