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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 23-01-2019, 13:01 Thread Starter
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Recommendation for binoculars

I finally got my Christmas gift bird-feeding station up, and the birds have finally found it.

So now I need a pair of binoculars to see them properly!

I have a very small, lightweight pair in the van somewhere and want something similar for the house. Small and lightweight are paramount. And not expensive.

I found this advice online for birdwatching:
8◊42 is the standard, 10◊42, 10◊50 & 12◊50 for Details in Smaller Species at a Distance, Compacts with a 30mm or
Greater Objective Lens size, Any Binocular with Long Eye Relief and Good Close Focusing Ability

Does anyone have experience of what I'm looking for? Any recommendations?

Thanks.

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Iím not a binocular expert by any means.
That said I bought myself a pair of Avalon 10x42ís BAK4 prisms, nitrogen filled and waterproof.
I canít recall the price but I do know that they werenít horrendously expensive.
Just found the current price....£139.
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Distance is the key Jean, and field of view, I'm sat about 20 feet from our feeder array and using my Hawke Nature-Trex bins I can see individual nyger seeds, there is also a tree about 40-50 feet away and I can see the marks on the bark with ease, I can also see the wind farm about 5 miles away, you need to get the close range stuff to suit you, they will all focus to infinity, not too big or heavy to use, and quite rugged.


https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk...inoculars.html
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Thanks folks, I'll keep those in mind. I was hoping for something considerably cheaper....

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A top price would help Jean, I bought Joyce a pair of new ones for a trip a few years ago but they may be out your price range for me to recommend them. Whatever your choice keep away from any with a zoom they are utterly useless, impossible to keep in focus.

Opticron and Hawke are popular makes, but please remember, with binoculars like most other optical items, the more you pay the better the quality. More so with binoculars as you will want to see your "whatever" as clearly as possible.
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I was thinking about £40 Drew. I want to see clearly but not every pore in the feather (smiley)

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You will see the same distances with cheaper ones, the tech is very old, but the more you pay the clearer you will see the objects, there is a lot of science in the way lens are coated these days, so whatever you buy use the lens covers, cleaning removes the coating over time.


I thought £120 was cheap after having to throw away "cheap" ones after a couple of years, had these about 5 years now, still crystal clear.


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I have picked up a few off stalls at boot sales for Ä2 to Ä5 and after three or four found a fab pair just perfect for viewing birds. 8x35 and clear as day.
We already have 10x50 and 12x50 and they are just too large and cumbersome to see birds.



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I've a decent pair of small Leica bins but you won't like the price.

The National Trust have/had an offer of a free pair if you pay by Standing Order, so with no cost implication to me, I did.

They are also neat and small, but rubbish.

I suppose we get what we pay for.

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Can't always agree there John.
Look at Apple and the Ä1 quartz watches that go on perfectly telling the time for generations.


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