The 2014 Audubon Guide to Binoculars

The 2014 Audubon Guide to Binoculars

When it comes to birdwatching, what you choose to look through makes all the difference.

Wayne Mones
Published: 11/18/2013

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Wayne Mones

Wayne Mones has been an avid birder since childhood, and leads bird walks. He has written about birding optics for Better View Desired, Bird Watcher's Digest, and on The Perchthe Audubonmagazine blog.

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I've used a10X40B Zeiss Jenna

I've used a10X40B Zeiss Jenna Notarem glass for over 30 years and have never had a problem sighting or following birds.

When my Parkinson's tremor

When my Parkinson's tremor made holding binoculars steady impossible, I thought I was going to have to give up birding. But then I tried the Canon 10x30 image stabilized binoculars. I bought them from Amazon (http://amzn.to/I7fmhU) and it's brought joy back into my life. Best optics in the world? No, but damn good for the price. Uses easy-to-find AA batteries. Visit the Amazon site (http://amzn.to/I7fmhU) and read the reviews. If shakiness is your problem, these may be your answer. They sure were for me!

I am so glad you are able to

I am so glad you are able to continue enjoying birding. My husband and I have had a pair of Canon 18x50 image stabilized binoculars for many years. They are wonderful. You do not lose light. I have stared at common birds just because of the detail I'm able to see. We are novice birders and get into the woods, swamps, and prairies of Northwest Wisconsin as much as we can. Yes, they are heavier, but the detail one gets from these is amazing. We invested in "eneloop" rechargeable batteries and a "Powerex" charger and are very happy with the total configuration. If you are willing to deal with the extra weight, Canon image stabilized are the way to go. I have to say I was really bothered by the article saying not to consider them. Imagine looking at a Bald Eagle in a tree at least l/8 mile away and seeing that it has a talon missing and so you always check "that" tree for "that" Eagle as you go by. I am just a very satisfied customer of all of the products recommended above and have no financial connection to these companies. Thanks Chris for your post.

I'm glad to see the Canons

I'm glad to see the Canons with the image stabilizer mentioned in the comments. As a Canon videographer and photographer, I know how radically better a stabilized image can look as compared to an unstabilized image.

I am so, so sorry that I

I am so, so sorry that I didn't have an article like this available before I bought my 10x42 Zhumell (even though, fortunately, they are noted as "Waterproof/Fogproof Nitrogen-filled) Further notation on these binoculars says that they have a near focus of 1.2m and a field of 6.5 degrees. Another set of numbers is unclear to me and says, simply "114m/1000m."

In any event, thanks, so much, for this article!

The "114m/1000m" simply means

The "114m/1000m" simply means that if you look about one thousand yards(meters) away, you'll be looking at a scene that is 114 yards wide.

I am so, so sorry that I

I am so, so sorry that I didn't have an article like this available before I bought my 10x42 Zhumell (even though, fortunately, they are noted as "Waterproof/Fogproof Nitrogen-filled) Further notation on these binoculars says that they have a near focus of 1.2m and a field of 6.5 degrees. Another set of numbers is unclear to me and says, simply "114m/1000m."

In any event, thanks, so much, for this article!

I thought that my wife's

I thought that my wife's Leica 8x32 were the cat's meow, until I bought the Zeiss Victory 7x42. After one look she took them away from me. The Zeiss has wider field of view, is much brighter, and has more eye relief. Seven power make it easier to locate birds and the magnification is insignificantly less, when the other plus factors are included.
For my money Zeiss Victory 7x42 is the ultimate birding binoc in a size suitable for carrying.

I thought that my wife's

I thought that my wife's Leica 8x32 were the cat's meow, until I bought the Zeiss Victory 7x42. After one look she took them away from me. The Zeiss has wider field of view, is much brighter, and has more eye relief. Seven power make it easier to locate birds and the magnification is insignificantly less, when the other plus factors are included.
For my money Zeiss Victory 7x42 is the ultimate birding binoc in a size suitable for carrying.

It's very frustrating that

It's very frustrating that you put up an article but hen the 2nd & 3rd pages will not load!

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