What to expect from binoculars for wildlife viewing
Binoculars for wildlife viewing have some common characteristics including:
Most binos for wildlife viewing have a magnification of 8x or 10x. Though you can find models with lower or higher magnification.
Since you are expected to be out in the wilderness exposed to harsh weather and environmental elements, most binoculars for wildlife viewing are built to be fully weatherproof. They are Argon or nitrogen purged to be fog-proof and build sturdily with a water-resistant exterior.
There are compact, mid-size, and full-size binoculars for wildlife viewing depending on the diameter size of the objective lens.
Most binoculars for wildlife viewing have eye relief for the comfort of glass wearers. It helps prevent eye fatigue.
Since you will be viewing a variety of dangerous beings in the wilderness, the binoculars are built to offer the best image quality with great optics. The optics include lens materials and coatings, prisms, and ED glass.
Features to consider when choosing binoculars for wildlife viewing
There are certain features that you have to look out for when buying binoculars for wildlife viewing. They determine the quality and efficiency of the binos.
Dimensions and weight
This determines the size of the binoculars. For convenience and portability, you better go for a lightweight and compact model. Binos with greater dimensions are likely to have an ultra-wide objective lens, which is good for high-quality images. You should choose a size and weight that suits your needs, and you can always mount the bino on a tripod if you find it too heavy.
With wildlife viewing binos, you will mostly have a choice of 8x or 10x magnification, though some models have a lower or higher magnification.
With the 8x magnification power, you will have a wider field of view and clear enough images, while with a 10x magnification, you will have a lesser field of view but a closer and more detailed look.
Objective lens diameter
This determines the amount of light your binoculars can gather. Binos with a larger objective lens diameter will gather more light, thus, providing a better, clearer, and brighter image.
Field of View
A wider field of view lets in a lot of light that makes images brighter. It also makes it easier to locate small and moving objects like birds. Be sure to go for a bino with a wider field of view like the Wingspan Optics Thunderbird Ultra HD reviewed above.
This is a critical aspect to consider if you wear specs. It is the distance between your eye and an eyepiece when the whole field of view is visible. Be sure to go for Binos with a long eye relief more than 11mm like the Athlon Optics Midas reviewed in detail above.
Lenses and prisms
Binoculars with multi-coated lenses and prisms guarantee you of crystal clear images with true color and brightness. They are the one that direct light from the image through the binoculars to your eyes.
The higher the number of the exit pupil, the brighter the images.
With a higher number, you will be able to have better viewing even in low-light conditions or when your hands move and shake.
Choose binoculars with a rugged housing that can withstand the harshness of the wilderness. Ensure it has a rubber coating for absorbing shocks. It should be lightweight but durable as well as water-resistance. Housing made with magnesium material is highly suitable because of its lightness and durability.
Water and fog resistance
Go for binoculars that have been nitrogen or argon purged to be fog-proof and water-resistant. This will allow you to view in extreme weather conditions that expose it to water, snow, or condensation.
This allows you to mount the binoculars on several types of tripods whenever you need to.
The longer the warranty, the better. In case you encounter any trouble using the binoculars, you can always get help from the manufacturer.