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How useful are 12x42 binoculars for birding?

They would be good on a tripod at an open shore line looking at shore birds but professional tend to use higher power for those circumstances . Most people would need to brace against something like a ...
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How useful are 12x42 binoculars for birding?

What binoculars you choose depends what you're doing with them as much as what you're looking at (birds). If you're hiking a long way, lightweight is good, meaning less glass; you might carry 8x25s. ...
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What exactly do the 2 knobs on my Zeiss 10 × 25B binoculars do?

The basic problem being dealt with here is that your eyes don't necessarily focus identically. So, what these do is let you compensate for that difference. The main focus knob changes the focus for ...
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How can I prevent my binoculars from steaming up?

You can buy any of a number of anti fog gels and materials that are made for scuba gear, but also work great for binoculars. That said, we always just solved this problem by spitting on the lenses ...
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How can I prevent my binoculars from steaming up?

I tend to tuck mine inside my outer layer of clothing if it's cold but dry. This keeps the lenses warm so avoids condensation. It helps with camera battery life too.
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How useful are 12x42 binoculars for birding?

In the Olde Dayes of big, bulky, traditional Porro prism binoculars, the rule of thumb for birding binoculars was that you needed an exit lens:power ratio of about 5 for best results. The power is the ...
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What exactly do the 2 knobs on my Zeiss 10 × 25B binoculars do?

The knob on the left is for adjusting the focus to the distance, the knob on the right is for diopter adjustment. Beside the center focusing wheel, there usually is a separate diopter adjustment that ...
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What specs for binoculars to spot climbing routes?

In binocular I would say 8x25 for size and weight. I don't think you want weight or bulk of a 10x but if you are driving to the face then weight is not an issue. You can find some light 10x but for ...
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Binoculars-Seeing Fine Details at 100 Yards

I found a quite nice explanation of all the considerations for binocular choice here. It gets a little technical near the end though. There's a bit to unpack here - you are a little off about the ...
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Binoculars-Seeing Fine Details at 100 Yards

If you want to see something from 100 yards away as if it were 1 foot away, you can work out what magnification you need. 100 yards is 300 feet. To make 300 feet seem like 1 foot, you need 300x ...
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What should I look for in hiking binoculars

If you are looking for binoculars suitable for hiking, you should look in the category of 'compact binoculars'. So, what are some of the characteristics of these binoculars? They should be small and ...
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Is there a type of binoculars to view both nature reserves (birds, etc.) at a distance, and airplanes?

I find the Bushnel 10 x 90 0r 20x180 do a fair all round job. For around $60 U.S. 70 or 90 mm. lens. 90 is better for low light. 70 for daytime. These are made in China. The India made ones are junk. ...
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