Better values for front lens, eyepiece, brightness, twilight factor, compensation and imaging characteristics make easily be seen in the price. Binoculars cost 25-2000 Euro, in reasonable quality at least 150 euros. For entry the sufficient. If one has the BirdWatch virus packed, you can invest more, because a top-class binoculars is a companion for years or decades. A walk without binoculars I can not imagine.
Construction technology differentiates binoculars with reverse and roof prisms. The former are square, shock-prone and expensive, the latter leaner, lighter and easier. Good binoculars can be to focus to four meters, which facilitates the observation of small birds at close range. For intensive use to recommend an inner focusing and rubber armouring against shocks and humidity. For eyeglass wearers, the distance between the eyepiece and glasses over the full Sehfeldnutzung decides. Quality binoculars have adjustable Okularblenden, so the field of view with glasses should not be lower than without. Try before you buy from dealer binoculars is the “third eye” of the observer, his purchase is therefore an individual matter that requires careful selection. The best bet is go to a dealer, who advises well and can imagine several variants. Test identical to the shop door, the glass and pay attention to weight, portability, ease of use, ergonomics and optical quality. For random observation extends a glass with 7 x 42, 7 x 50 or 8 x 42, for passionate observers is a 10 x 40 or 10 x 50 optimally and at dusk a 8 x 56 advantageous. Compact and foldable pocket binoculars with 8 x 25 or 10 x 25 are, for example for mountain tours. For “TV” preparation is needed: Both eyepieces are set to the viewing distance of the user and ease of vision defects with the diopter compensation when looking at a distant point either adjusted the eyepiece or central focusing. Glasses look better with glasses through binoculars and remove to the Okularblenden. Zielanpeilung and fast focusing are routine and need to be trained – then the binoculars is an indispensable, useful and productive while observing. Spotting scopes: One-eyed enjoyment of nature A valuable equipment supplement is a telescope or spotting scope. It can be used undisturbed nests, watching on the coast waders or aquatic waterfowl from a greater distance. Difficult to determining species are easier to identify. For serious birders a spotting scope is “close-off be-” a must and a unique nature experience.
Telescopes are usually one eye (monocular), only a few, expensive and heavy models offer binocular insight. Depending selectable eyepiece Zoom spotting scopes 20- to 60-fold. However extreme magnifications often make little sense, since the image quality suffers. Cheap and manageable is a 25- to 30-fold magnification. Already in this field, the field of view is very small and requires precise target bearing. This is easier with straight spotting scopes, if you have the look at eye level in front of him. For tall people, and at low stand up spotting scopes are with 45 degree angled oblique viewing, which requires no bending. Fantastic opportunities opened photography with digital cameras through the spotting scope. With such a super telephoto lens arise photographs of astounding quality. Shaky Photos only with Tripod Stand is but it’s not. The durable and thus heavier the tripod, the better the image. Tripods are available with clamping device for the car window or as a tripod whose legs should be adjustable to accommodate the height or weather (wind). Usually a compromise between stability and weight is necessary: Heavy wooden tripod stand firmly, Alloy models are handy. Practical is a quick adapters to fit the telescope on the tripod. Tripod heads must move freely, pivots and tilts. Who is working with a scope, the leaves a certain carrying costs not spared, he will be rewarded with stunning nature experiences in a new dimension. The aim of searching and focusing requires some practice. Useful Accessories for Sport Optics products are straps, mounts and Okularkappen against rain. For bird excursion includes good identification books, a notebook and meals in the backpack. To take care of objective and ocular lenses are cleaned regularly with a lens cloth, sand optionally blown with compressed air spray and freed hinges and focusing transmission of dirt