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Ever shopped for binoculars? The terminology and numbers can be daunting. Have no fear. OneCall is here to help. Before you look at your first binoculars, though, you’ll need to answer three basic questions:

How will the binoculars be used?
Where will they be used?
Who will be using them?
 
Binoculars offer features designed for specific uses and particular users. This doesn’t mean you can’t go birding with the binoculars you buy for watching football games. You certainly can. But if birding is your primary activity, you’ll get more out of your hobby if you look for binoculars with features optimized for birdwatching.
 
Binoculars Quick-Pick Chart
USE
WATERPROOF
MAGNIFICATION
OBJECTIVE LENS
FIELD OF VIEW
General Use
Yes
8x
25
290 feet
Birdwatching
Yes
8x
25
290 feet
Boating
Yes
10x
50
340 feet
Sports
No
8x
25
290 feet
Astronomy
No
10x
50
340 feet
Theater
No
6.5x
21
375 feet
Figures listed are recommended minimum values.
 
  • For more in-depth information, see our Binoculars In-Depth
  • For usage comparison, see our Binocular Usage Guide
  • For definitions of terms, see our Binocular Glossary
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