MDL412 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9250 times:
Hello everybody. I'm hoping to upgrade my Minolta 8x25 binoculars to something a little more robust for watching planes. Basically, I was considering zoom units under $120 or so. What kind of optics do you personally use when spotting? I'm thinking I need binoculars that have a good zoom, aren't TOO huge (to keep a lower profile so the airport cops don't bother me about them), and have accurate color representation (no tinting). The size of the lenses doesn't matter too much, since whenever I spot, there's plenty of outdoor sunlight that can saturate into the lenses anyway.
Thanks for any suggestions. I know that with zoom over 7x or so, a stand will need to be used to prevent jittering. Therefore, the set ought to have a tripod-mount.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7130 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9147 times:
I'd say most people can handhold 10x binoculars okay; I've never used them, but I'm guessing image-stabilized 10x binoculars aren't worth it. But 18x and 20x may well be.
Do you wear glasses? If so, you may not want zoom binoculars. Indeed, any high-power binocular will likely be a pain with glasses.
If at all possible you should try binoculars before buying. But if it's not possible, and 10x is enough magnification, I recommend the 10 x 50 Orion Ultraviews-- especially if you wear glasses. Optically they're much better than you'd expect for $170.