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Old May 4th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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Can anyone give me advice on what type of binoculars to get that is not to expensive, I know I read somewhere on different strengths and can't remember if it was 7/50 or 7/35 or what. Please help. Viewing wild life, marine life, glaciers etc.


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Old May 4th, 2005, 02:50 PM
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The first number is the power and the second is the aperature. So a 7 x 50 is a 7 power and a 50 mm aperature. Not a bad choice at all.

The larger the aperature the brighter and clearer the object you're viewing is. This is more important than the power.

You may want to take a look at 10 x 50 to start. If they're too bulky go to the 7 x 50.

I used 7 x 35's in Alaska from the ship because they were smaller and more convenient and I was completely happy.

I suggest not to go higher than 10 power. Too hard to keep steady. Remember that not on is the image magnified but also any little shake is magnified as well.

You won't need to spend too much either. The off the shelf Bushnell, Tasco, etc are just fine for travel purposes. Go to any Walmart of Target and you'll be happy I'm sure.
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Old May 4th, 2005, 04:04 PM
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Whatever you decide, add a harness. They are invaluable when hiking, viewing etc. No neck strain, they are always within easy reach and your hands are free when not using them. They were one of the best things we purchased for our Alaskan adventure last year. This year we will be taking them alone for our week at Glacier National Park. Enjoy your trip!
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Old May 5th, 2005, 06:24 AM
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My clear preference is a 10x50 wide angle, absolutely necessary for any marine wildlife viewing. I find a 7 power just doesn't cut it in Alaska.
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Thanks for all the advice!!!!
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