boost that optical zoom

I personally have a 10×50 model pocket sized but some unknown company years ago. Did some research for a new one recently. I’d suggest not to spend too much time on reading into all the details, its never ending 😅 So here’s a summary…

The main criteria to consider for your specific needs are:

  • magnification
  • weight (often ignored in reviews)
  • ruggedness – because you’re going to be using it outdoors. Any good company one should be fine, but don’t go for any ultra-cheap deals. They may be very good… but a little cold or damp – not even rain, fogs up the glasses.
  • And of course, budget – but I’d suggest in investing for the right long term good one.

Important thing to note is to understand the numbers

Model numbers on binoculars essentially tell you their

– strength (magnification power)

– size (objective lens diameter).

In 8×42 binoculars, for example, “8” is the magnification power and “42” is the diameter (in millimeters) of the objective lenses (the lenses closest to the object you’re viewing)

~ Rei Learn – Expert Advice on Binoculars

Which is better 10X50 binoculars vs 10X42 binoculars?
The 10X50 has bigger objective lenses, and does a little better for brightness and focus around the edges. The 10X42 may have better focus at the center, Advantage: 10X50 – albeit you’ll only see that advantage in low light conditions, like early morning or early evening.

One good friend Deepa Mohan, an avid birder among a long list like naturalist, writer, musician etc… posted this recommendation:

Krevia Binocular for Long Distance with Bag – Zoom 8×40

Apart from that, maybe one of the following can also be considered, depending on one’s budget. You can check out a few reviews, though with some budget on the time!

  • Celestron 71256 G2 10×50 Upclose Wide-Angle Porro Binocular (Black)
  • Celestron 71009 15×70 Skymaster Binocular: This comes closer to one that is too heavy to hand hold, but seems to be manageable.

The next level zoom will need a tripod, or even if younger kids are trying to use this. The advantage of the 15×70 is one may try star gazing as well.

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