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How to Choose a Binocular
Do's and Don'ts

By Scott Gray -

How to Choose a Binocular - Do's and Don'ts

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you go to buy a pair of binoculars. Just like glasses, your binoculars will act as your eyes in certain circumstances. You will rely on them to be able to magnify an image and to see it more clearly. But, that's not all! There is so much more that you will need and expect from your binoculars.

Here are some handy, do's and don'ts to keep in mind when shopping for a pair of binoculars.


Research the product. Try to learn all the good and bad qualities of the binocular you want to buy. That means not only visiting the web site of the maker of the binocular you want but also look at various reviews, or talk to people who own that particular make of binocular.

Look at the accessories that come with the binocular you want to buy. It is very likely you will want some kind of accessory at some point, even if it is just a neck strap. Again, consider what you're planning to use the binocular for, and then match the accessories to the binocular.

It's a good idea to look for a warranty. Who knows if the binoculars will break, or be defective in the near future. Protect your pocket book with a warranty.

Ask as many questions about the binocular as you can. Many people are afraid to ask questions and that is a mistake. Any question is a good question.

Look at the magnification level and see if it's got the power you need. After all, the whole reason you're buying the binoculars is to magnify objects. Getting a binocular with 7X magnification will satisfy most viewing needs, but this isn't always the case. You might need a pair of high power binoculars to view the stars so consider what you expect to use the binoculars for, and then buy your binoculars with the magnification you will need to be successful.


Don't choose a binocular that doesn't fit your needs. If you are going birding, don't buy image stabilizing binoculars. A good birding binocular has totally different features than an image stabilizing binocular.

Don't buy the cheapest thing you find. It's great to compare, but if you buy a binocular for $19.95, the chances are you're going to get $19.95 in quality too. Try to spend as much as you can afford, and you will reap the rewards that come with quality.

Don't buy binoculars without trying them. At least hold them in your hand and see if they fit. Check the moving parts (if there are any) and make sure they aren't loose or defective. Try looking through them and seeing if there are any scratch marks or defects on the lenses.

Knowing how to choose a pair of binoculars is just as important as the actually buying and using them. The best thing you can possibly do is research. Know the binocular, the company and what your needs for the binoculars are. Knowing this you will be one step ahead of the game.

While buying from an unknown company isn't a bad thing, it is probably better to consider buying from companies who have been in the business for a while, and know their stuff. These companies aren't likely to close up shop in the near future, and since they specialize in binoculars, they are good at what they do.

I hope this helps in your quest to find the perfect pair of binoculars.

About the Author
Scott Gray is a freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast who loves to provide useful information about the different types of binoculars including wholesale binoculars.


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