I highly recommend people getting a small pair of binoculars

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Being able to quickly identify something with a pair is amazing. I’ve been using binoculars for a few years now, I started off with a pair of Olympus 10×50, which were great, but they are weighty and personally too big to carry around as a “just in case”. Last year I bought myself a pair of Pentax 8×25 and wow, these things are small, pocketable and have a great crisp image.

I try to bring them out with me whenever I remember, as they will easily slip into a coat pocket, or even just chuck them into a bag. I’ve seen multiple objects where it looks almost “tic-tac” like, I’ll pull my binoculars out and then realise it’s a just plane or on the odd occasion a birthday balloon.

If you have been thinking of getting a pair but are a little confused/overwhelmed by the numbers following the binocular name, here’s a simple break down:

The first number is the magnification, simple. The second number is the objective lens in millimetres (the ones you don’t put your eyes to), this will greatly affect the overall size and weight of the binoculars. The objective lens size in a nutshell is the amount of light it will let in. For daytime viewing, 25mm is absolutely fine and I also find that ~8x magnification is plenty. You don’t want to go above 10x for handheld viewing as it can get shaky and also hard to track objects.

You can pick up binoculars for next to nothing, but no-name/Chinese random brands can vary greatly in terms of quality, so test at your own peril 😅 Everyone will have a different budget, but here are a few of my brand named suggestions to some entry binoculars

Some pocketable suggestions under £100 on Amazon:

Celestron 8×25 Outland X – £44.99 Pentax AD 8×25 WP (currently £159, but I’ve seen as low as £70) Nikon Sportstar EX 10×25 DCF – £89

If you’re planning on sitting at home and don’t mind a bulkier pair for some garden viewing, Then I highly recommend the Olympus 10×50 for the price.

Visit r/Binoculars if you have any more questions!

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