Whether you are a birder or seeking for larger animals there is something special about being able to view them up close and in detail. Binoculars are used for observing objects that basically can be seen with the naked eye, but not with clarity so they allow you to zoom in on those objects. Binoculars come in a variety of sizes and magnification and lens sizes.
- Full-Size: Common specs are 8 x 42, 10 x 50. Captures more light performing better in low-light situations. Provide a steadier image and wider field of view, but are heavier.
- Mid-Size: Common specs are 7 x 35, 10 x 32. Most common choice of binoculars as they balance moderate size and above-average light transmission.
- Compact: Common specs are 8 x 25, 10 x 25. The lightest, smallest binoculars.
- Understanding Magnification and Lens Size: Measurements are read by looking at the 2 numbers,which have an “x” separating them. For example, 45 x 60. The first number is the magnification. 45 means the object you are viewing will look 45 times closer than it would without the binoculars. Note: the magnification may present a variable zoom range (for example 16-45 x 60). The second number is the lens diameter size. 60 means that it has a 60mm diameter lens. The larger the lens the more light it will capture producing a brighter view, particularly in low-light conditions.