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    Default Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

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    The other was that all evidence to the contrary, there is a lot of freaky shit I have never heard of...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SigSauer226 View Post
    Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn of it.

    We better stop threadcrapping Bern, we might get whacked by the banhammer!
    Girl watching optics should be a lounge thread I think.
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    Dear heavens this isn't the lounge. Whats all the peeping tom foolery then?
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    Smile Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

    Quote Originally Posted by nfafan View Post
    Thanks in advance all!

    Started into searches for binoculars in this sub-forum but will never live long enough to read it all...

    I work on an upper floor of a building and the babe watching is good from that hide but it could be downright incredible. Found a Bushnell somethingx50 in Walmart that could probably reveal a wardrobe malf at that distance, but wonder if there is something even better.

    Looking for a suggested pair that is easily found in-stock ready to buy at pretty much any Dunham's or Wallymart. Don't want to wait on mail-order and I want to see what I am buying first.. And want as powerful a pair as possibly found in an over-the-counter store. I did like the fast target acquisition the x50 provides.

    Thanks!
    What you likely have is 7 X 50 or maybe 10 X 50. The first number is the magnification,the second is objective lens size. One thing to keep in mind is once you go over around 10X magnification, unless you have a rest, it is harder to hold steady, and your view is actually worse. The objective size affects how well the lenses collect light and affect viewing in low light situations.

    My first pair was 8 X 30 which was a nice balance between power and size. A bit more discreet if you will, and much nicer to carry around.
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    Default Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

    Does the OP not know that porn is a thing?
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    Default Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

    Quote Originally Posted by gghbi View Post
    What you likely have is 7 X 50 or maybe 10 X 50. The first number is the magnification,the second is objective lens size. One thing to keep in mind is once you go over around 10X magnification, unless you have a rest, it is harder to hold steady, and your view is actually worse. The objective size affects how well the lenses collect light and affect viewing in low light situations.

    My first pair was 8 X 30 which was a nice balance between power and size. A bit more discreet if you will, and much nicer to carry around.
    Thanks guy!

    Based on what you said, these Bushnells would have been 10x50. They did the job; I could have counted the onions on the chili-dog picture on the sign at the far end of Walmart. (Will have to check back as they did not have a saleable example, just the display and he would not sell it to me.)

    Meanwhile, me and my male AND female coworkers have been suffering with my crappy pocket Tascos. Its just a fun diversion for all, but by the time you see your "target" to check out, they have moved and your struggling to find them again - no doubt the 10x50s will do fine.

    Thanks all!
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    Default Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

    You should compare the different magnifications side by side. 7-8X is popular in birding and for general use. The higher the magnification the harder it is to find the bird and you might have a hard time holding it still. The image jumps around a lot. Over 10x and you will need a tripod.

    Like buying a cheap telescope advertised magnification is relatively meaningless. More important is a scope with good resolution and no image artifacts. Why do you think birders will buy a $1000+ for a pair of Swarovski's? It might have the same magnification as a cheap pair from a box store but you can see everything with much more detail (even if it is a lower power)

    I would not recommend buying a $50 pair of binoculars. Those are toys for kids. You should look for discussions and reviews on binoculars on a birding site and focus on their budget brands (at least budget for birders). And if you are looking for something local skip the big box stores and look in local photo / camera stores.

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    Default Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

    Leupold 8X or 10X. You can find some that won't cost you $800. More in the $250 range that blow anything from Walmart out of the water. I have an old pair of Leupold Acadia 8X that I use for hunting. When I am not hunting, they stay in the vehicle for "bird watching".

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    Default Re: Looking for an "over-the counter" birdwatching binocular recommendation please

    I have different sets of binoculars, different magnifications. What I have taken to using is a digital camera. I can zero in pretty well with the lens, take a shot, review the photo and zoom in closer. I get much better detail. For the expense of a set of binoculars, the camera is a good alternative. Binoculars will last longer, though.


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