binoculars

How to select the right binoculars for you and your budget?

Binoculars are one of the most important tools for bird watching. Like most people, you’ve certainly used them before. Binoculars use two numbers to notate their difference. The first number, magnification, is the power times 1. So a 8x is eight times closer. The higher the number, the more the magnification. The second number, the diameter of the lens, is measured in millimeters. The bigger the diameter, the more light is let in, but bigger lenses are also heavier. And more expensive.

Most binoculars come in these popular configurations: 8x or 10x magnification with a 32mm or 42mm lens, or the following sizes best for birding: 6x32, 8x32, 7x35, 8x40, 7x42, 8x42, or 8.5x44. These options provide the best magnification to price and quality. 

 

For beginning birders on a budget, we recommend the following options based on our experience and reviews. Note: Spark Birding receives a small commission if you should buy a pair. 
 

Vortex DB-217 Optics Diamondback HD 12x50 Binoculars, Black

by Vortex Optics
$259.00

Why we like these: best optics, solid brand, won't be disappointed. 

Vortex DB-217 Optics Diamondback HD 12x50 Binoculars, Black

by Vortex Optics
$259.00

Why we like these: best optics, solid brand, won't be disappointed. 

Vortex Optics Vulture HD Binoculars

by Vortex Optics
$259.00

Why we like these: best optics, solid brand, won't be disappointed.