What binocular power?

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Subject: What binocular power?
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:30:11 +1000
I have read many articles about choosing binoculars, and most seem to
suggest that 8x40 is the best compromise between magnification, field of
view and weight for birders.  One article even suggested 7x or even 6x
in order to get a better field of view.  But I've been surprised how
many birders seem to use 10x.  What do people recommend?

I've also found it a little perplexing that many high relief binoculars
(I wear glasses) have a narrowish field of view to begin with, so what's
the point?  And don't get me started on the amazing price variations
between dealers, and that fact that many are unable to convert between
the different FOV measurements.

Peter Shute

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