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binoculars for wildlife viewing in national park

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Initial post: Aug 15, 2008 12:25:59 PM PDT
i would like to know which binoculars would be good for viewing wildlife in a national park?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2008 3:20:49 PM PDT
That would depend on what type of wildlife you were interested in viewing Ronald. A 8 or 10 power would good for large mammals such as bison, elk or deer. They are also good choices for most types of bird viewing (with the exception of shore birds or other birds that you might have a problem getting very close to). If you want to see more details or if you want to look at small mammals you might want to consider a spotting scope and a tripod instead.

As far as what style of binos you should be looking at (porro vs. roof prism) it would depend on both your budget and how often you planned on using them. Porros are usually cheaper but larger and bulkier. Roof prism binos are usually sleeker and smaller. Most really high-end pairs are of the prism type. I would not suggest getting the really small, compact binoculars (like the 8x20 or 10x25). The first number has to do with the power (magnification) and the second number relates to how much light the lenses gather. If you plan on using them in low light you will want the second number to be over 40. If that is not important, anything over 30 should be fine. I am simplifying this a little, but it is usually a good idea to try some first. If you don't have a good camera or outdoor store near you it might be a good idea to sign up with a local birding group for one of their Saturday outings (they are usually open to the public). Bird watchers are friendly people and they would be willing to let you try their glasses out to see if they are a good fit. I prefer big binoculars with high mag. but then I am a somewhat bigger guy. For some people the weight of glasses are very important.

One other option might be to look at the Canon IS line. Since they have image stabilization you can get a pair with much higher magnification that you could with a standard set, such as 12-18 power instead of 8-10x.

I hope that this helps.
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