What to Look For When Choosing Binoculars

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When going out for a hike or bird watching, wouldn't it be nice to have a pair of compact binoculars. Sometimes the price can prevent you from doing so. One of the solutions for this problem lies in Tasco. They hay been in the business of manufacturing quality optical products for over 50 years. Which means that Tasco is affordable to the American family, and also are the favorite choice for sport binoculars.

Tasco has exacting quality control standards in place and utilizes the latest advancements in optical capabilities and they are built to last a lifetime. No matter what you need binoculars for, they make models that are ideal for bird watching and sports, and work good in low light or bright light and any other adverse viewing conditions. They make a variety of fixed and variable models that offer magnification ranges from 7x up to 30x.

Ranges of Fixed Magnification:

6x, 8x, 10x, 12x, 16x
7x is all that is available in the Offshore model.
The widest variety of magnification is in the Essential series.

Essential and Sonoma series have variable magnification that goes up to 16x magnification. The Sonoma series has three models with variable magnification available: the two 8-20x50mm and the 7-21X40mm. 8-24x25mm, 10-30x50mm and 8-20x50mm are available in the Essential series.

The most popular for the sport viewer is the Tasco Essentials 8-24X25 Porro Compact zoom binoculars. This little beauty is a mere 10.3 ounces but there is a lot of power and extras built into it. Like variable zoom, the casing is made of rubber to absorb impacts, is somewhat weather proof because of the rubber casing. But it is not waterproof. The objective lenses are Rubicon coated and the range of view is 212 feet at 1000 yards. Included of course is the pouch and strap to carry the binoculars.

Another highly recommended binocular is the Bushnell Elite. This is the latest version of the old and much revered Bausch & Lomb Elites. This binoculars series has been completely redesigned to create a new identity when Bausch & Lomb licensed their name to Bushnell in the 1970's. Bushnell in turn produced all of Bausch & Lomb's sporting optics. This agreement ended in 2004 at which time Bushnell manufactured under their own name. Bushnell still continues to produce bright, lightweight and ergonomically optimized binoculars.

The new Elite is available in 8x43 and 10x43 versions. The new Elite is dramatically differently from the old. Gone is hard and slick rubber armoring, replaced by a finely grained pebbled surface that sticks to the hands. There are grooves for the fingers on the underside of the barrels. The next thing that is different is that the weight has been trimmed as well as the size. It now is a petite 4.75 inches wide, 6 inches tall and weighs only 24 ounces. The next big change is that they have gone from a single hinge that ran the length to a double bridge hinge. However they did keep a few things from the older versions. Such as they are still fully sealed, roof prised and nitrogen purged to be waterproof, fog proof and dust proof. Bushnell also has Rain guard coating on the exterior of the lens surface.

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John Montana has 1 articles online

John has been hiking now for more than 20 years and always brings his compact binoculars. He gets to see things most people dream about. He once saw an eagles nest in Alaska filled with babies looking out for their mother. He has also watched as the climbers scaled The North Face at Zion. He never leaves home without them. Visit his store and save 25%-30% on all Binoculars.

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This article was published on 2010/04/03