How to Select Binoculars for Birding


A frequent question we are asked is how to select a pair of binoculars to use for birding. It can certainly be confusing!

  • What power (i.e. magnification) is best for birding?
  • What does the “objective diameter” mean?
  • Porro vs Roof Prism?
  • How important is the quality of the optics?
  • What brand should I purchase?

In doing some research, we found an excellent article that will explain and provide opinions on all of the above topics.  So if you are thinking of investing in a pair of binoculars, read this article.

We would definitely agree with the article, when it reports, “Without exception, every birding expert we spoke to said the same thing: Get the best pair of binoculars you can afford.” Binocular prices range from $100 – $2,500. Once you decide on your budget, read the article and to answer the questions above, and you are on your way to owning a pair of binoculars for your birding.


Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

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