<br>Lots of good points in Doug's post. But I would like to suggest
trying the Seattle Audubon shop - they have an excellent selection of
binoculars and the advantage of dealing with a reputable local source.
Much easier than waiting for on-line and then having to send something
back. Also, your funds go to help an excellent local conservation
resource and help to keep the local source in business.
<br>Brian H. Bell
<br>Mail to bell asoc a t i s o media dot com
<br>From: <a href="http://mailman11.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters">tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu</a> [mailto:<a href="http://mailman11.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters">tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu</a>] On Behalf Of Doug Will
<br>Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:55 PM
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<br>Subject: [Tweeters] Binoculars
<br>I'd like to mention something no one else has:
<br>There really is no "best binoculars."
<br>If you are backpacking a long way, then weight is paramount.
<br>If you are working in low light, then light gathering power is important [larger front objective lens, the second number].
<br>If you use a tripod or are especially steady of hand, a higher power (magnification, the first number) may be better.
<br>If you are trying to follow birds in flight or flitting around, then a lower power with maximum field of view will matter.
<br>If you wear glasses, eye relief (usable distance from the back eyepiece
<br>lens) may make some models unusable.
<br>For much birding, minimum near focus distance is important.
<br>Finally, if like me, you have substantial peripheral astigmatism,
even if it is corrected to first order by glasses or contacts, you may
get a sharper view from a smaller exit pupil diameter (diameter of the
cone of light exiting the back of the eyepiece, equal to objective
diameter [1st #] divided by magnification [2nd #]).
<br>The considerations above are NOT completely independent as several are intimately related.
<br>But the caveat is that you MUST try out the optics yourself.
<br>Start with reviews in your price range.
<br>Then find stores with demo samples to look through.
<br>Then, perhaps, follow Josh Glant's advice to get several you think might work from vendors with free return policy.
<br>Try out your two or three favorites in various conditions for various uses.
<br>Finally, make your choice.
<br>You'll be happier with your choice if you do.
<br>And remember, your favorite won't be perfect in every situation, nor for every other person!
<br>Good luck getting a great pair for a good price,
<br>Senior Research Engineer