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Subject: binoculars
From: "Michael J Hunter" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 21:56:30 +1100
Like a lot of things, it pays to buy the best binoculars you can afford, in
particular WATERPROOF ones, but not the yachtsmans type with individual
eyepiece focussing, central focussing is a lot easier.
         Other factors; Weight, ( withou a harness, heavy ones will turn you
into a hunchback)
                                Angle of view - the wider the angle the
easier it is to get the bird into your field of view.
                                Depth of field - deeper means easier to get
into focus once you do find the bird in your bins.
                                These last two are important in seabird
watching from small boats.

                                Magnification - start and finish you careers
with 7x or 8x. In the prime of life, when your hands don't tremble,and you
can instantly pick up a bird but still need a good look to identify it, 10x
                                There is a trade-off between these last

                                 Best general-purpose choice is probably
Swarovski 8x30 WB SLC .

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