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Monthly Archives: July 2011

31 Jul

There are some birds that can drive you nuts when trying to see them in the birding binoculars or any binoculars, for that matter, during the summer months. The Great Crested Flycatcher is one of those for me. We have one just outside our door in the surrounding woods, but even though I have one of my compact binoculars constantly at hands reach in my trusty Nikon Premier LX 10×25 and even though I dart immediately out on the deck when I hear that “wheep” call from the woods, I haven’t seen the darn bird in months. What’s even more…

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29 Jul

Zoom binoculars often get a bad knock for poor optical performance and notoriously bad mechanical reliability and, yes, I have been especially critical of zoom binoculars for these reasons. Catch me in a bad mood and I can (and I have) written long discourses on the evils and shortcomings of the zoom binocular design. In every case, you really are better off with fixed power binoculars if you value optical performance and mechanical reliability. Anyone who knows binoculars, at all, will tell you the same.

Still, zoom binoculars are good sellers for binocular manufacturers, so they will continue to be…

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29 Jul

Open bridge design binoculars are hardly a new development on the binocular scene, but what is new is that this binocular design with an opening between the binocular barrels has now made its way down to the lowest binocular price points and even into the compact binoculars realm, a la the Carson Raven 8×26.

Should you buy binoculars with an open bridge design or just stay with a conventional binocular bridge design?

The main draw for open bridge binoculars is mainly handling qualities – most folks find the open bridge design to be more comfy in the hands, but the…

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27 Jul

Is there such a thing a carrying too much binocular? Absolutely. There is always a point where the extra size and weight of large binoculars cost you more than the optical benefit gained from having those larger binocular objective lenses. Size and weight are important factors when it comes time to buy binoculars, so think twice before buying more binocular than you need. Just how big is too big, though, when it comes to binoculars? That, of course, is very much a matter of how you use your binoculars.

For birdwatching out of a vehicle or hunting from a stand…

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26 Jul

At the risk of sounding apocalyptic, the day is coming when it is going to become cost prohibitive to travel due to the cost of fuel and that means most of us we will be faced with restricting travel to necessities, only. In other words, getting in your car and driving across the country for the family vacation or even opting for an airplane flight to do it are going to be but memories of the good old days for most of us. Now, I’m not about to predict when, but many experts in the energy business, itself, are saying…

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25 Jul

One of the things that keeps me going when it comes to birdwatching is that, no matter how well I know the birds in any one specific area, there is always something new to see in the birding binoculars or birding spotting scope. Birds don’t notify me when there is a bird is in the neighborhood that I haven’t seen in the binoculars and I’m glad they don’t. That would take much of the fun out of it. This potential to always see something new is one of the great thrills in bird watching.

I was down at our dock…

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22 Jul

From how I write about premium quality and very expensive binoculars, you might assume that I am wealthy and that was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Truth is, most of my life has been spent just trying to stay in the middle class with occasional forays into the lower class as incomes go. I do feel the pain of so many in this economy and would not want to give the impression that the only good binoculars are expensive binoculars. Cheap binoculars can be good binoculars, too and may be the best choice for some binocular users.…

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20 Jul

Hardcore birders and bird watchers have sometimes been accused of being snobs and, okay, yes, I have encountered birding snobs over the course of my forty years of birdwatching. They are out there, but then, so are birders at the opposite end of the spectrum – birders like me who love to help beginners and get them started in bird watching and welcome them with a big hug. In my opinion, we have the snobs greatly outnumbered.

One of the way birding snobs like to intimidate is by passing judgment on other birders based on what birding binoculars they are…

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20 Jul

Long range observation binoculars are a special breed of binoculars, no doubt about it. If nothing else, their sheer size makes a statement that these are serious observing instruments. Indeed, it takes a good size living room to accommodate something the size of the popular Oberwerk 100mm Binocular Telescope, tripod and all.

Observation binoculars are a popular viewing option for folks that have a home with a view and they do provide some advantages. For one, viewing with two eyes is always more comfortable than viewing with one eye, as you must with the other option, namely a spotting scope.…

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19 Jul

The early bird gets the worm, as we all know. Now, if you are into doing some birdwatching this time of year, this old proverb is very appropriate, so get out of bed you sleepyhead, grab the birding binoculars and be at your favorite birding spot as the sun comes up in the morning.

Birds, overall, are diurnal (daytime) creatures, much like humans, and to avoid the heat of hot muggy July days, they will be most active early in the morning, which, of course, is typically the coolest part of the day. Yes, I know how tempting it is…

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