How to Buy Binoculars for Hiking

Are you interested in learning how to buy binoculars for hiking? The binoculars that you purchase to take with you on hiking trips have to not only suit your needs but also be easy to transport and be durable. They will need to be able to be tossed in with the rest of your hiking gear without needing a whole lot of special care. Here are some tips to make binocular shopping easier.

Perhaps the most important thing you'll have to consider when choosing binoculars is their power. You can tell the power of a pair of binoculars by their pair of numbers. These will read something like 7x42. The first number represents the magnification of the binoculars. For example, you would be seeing a bird seven times closer than you would without the binoculars. The second number stands for the lens size. Keep in mind when choosing the amount of magnification that you want your binoculars to have that the higher the magnification ability of the binoculars, the harder they are to keep steady.

The lens size will depend on when you plan on using your binoculars. If you are strictly a daytime hiker you won't need your lens to be quite as large as if you hike at dusk or evening. The larger your lens is, the more light it will let in. This means that you'll be able to see things more clearly than you would be able to with a smaller lens. You will also want to take into account whether the lens is coated. A coated lens will allow you to see more than an uncoated lens; it will also cost you more.

You will need to test out any binoculars you are considering purchasing to see how they actually perform and how comfortable you are working them (i.e. focusing them). Check out your field of vision and see if it is acceptable for your purposes.

Make sure that whatever binoculars you buy have a neck strap. Not only will this make carrying your binoculars easy when you're out for a short hike, it will also keep you from dropping and breaking them. Plus, having your binoculars within easy reach is a great idea in the event that you have an unexpected run-in with some wildlife.

Your binoculars should be lightweight. If you're torn between two models, opt for the one that weighs less. Your back will thank you for this.

Another thing to consider when shopping for binoculars is protecting them. You should make sure that your binoculars come with a protective case. This will keep them from getting damaged if you drop your bag or the binoculars themselves. It will also keep the lenses from getting scratched.

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