How to Choose Binoculars

BinocularsIt is time to get out there and enjoy the wildlife in your own backyard — or take your new binoculars and spotting scopes to an area park and view the wonders of birds and other critters in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

When looking for new binoculars or a spotting scope, plan on spending an hour or so to properly pick out the best one that fits your eyes. Rather than buying online, where you have no idea if the product you have selected fits your eyes, always go to a reputable dealer.

You wouldn’t buy prescription eyeglasses online. Same logic applies to buying binoculars and spotting scopes. When buying optics, figure out first what your primary use will be, such as around the home, off your back-deck viewing areas or in the field watching wildlife on a routine basis. In all cases, you will want a high-end, quality binocular or scope to use on trips, camping and around the yard.


When trying out new binoculars, remember to fine-focus the left-eye lens first, and then focus the right-eye lens. Once that is done, both eyes will always stay in focus as you move from one object or bird to the next.

Always do some close-in viewing to see how close you can go and still see a crisp image, then do some midlevel and far-out viewing to see the quality of the image as you compare binocular to binocular.

When making a binocular or spotting scope purchase, always have five to six models to choose from of similar power and dimensions. Always comparing apples to apples, so to speak.

This way when you make your choice, you will know that you found the best binoculars for your eyes.

Happy birding and have a great summer and fruitful vacation.