Scopes and Binoculars

To: Chris Ross <>
Subject: Scopes and Binoculars
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:19:21 +1100
There is a (fairly technical) leaflet at
describes the optics and considerations for bins - such as your age!
Important also (if you wear glasses) is eye-relief. ANd even if you do not
wear glasses now you might as you get older!

On 18 December 2011 23:18, Chris Ross <> wrote:

> Hi Jenny,
> Scopes and binoculars tend to be a personal matter and then of course
> there is your budget, I highly recommend trying out binoculars as what is
> right for one person may not work for another.  The best way to do this is
> go to a shop that carries a good range and is happy to let you try them
> out. you might get them a few $ cheaper from an overseas source, but you
> don't get the assistance and service backup provided by the local dealers.
>  Magnification is also very much a personal matter the most common being 8x
> and 10x with perhaps more people preferring the 8x.  Something in the range
> of 8x32 to 10x42 is most common, the choice depending on how much weight
> you are prepared to carry.  You will have a choice of roof and porro prism
> as well, most high end binos are roof prism (straight barrel style) at the
> low end of price range the porro prism binos are likely to be better
> quality as roof prisms are more costly to make well.  As price goes up you
> get features like waterproof and nitrogen filled and better optics and
> build quality
> Decent quality binos will start at around $250 and go as high as $3k plus.
>  There are some reasonable porro prisms in 8x40 for around $250, a lot of
> people like the Nikon Monachs for around $450 in 8x 42.  Swarovski have
> just released an economy line going for about $1100 in 8x30.  The Leica
> 8x32s Ultravid HDs are about $2200 and they go up from there.
> Bintel has a good range of binoculars and they are happy to help you find
> the best for you., they are in Glebe.
> regards,
> Chris Ross
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