Your Best Bets for Binoculars for Birding
Lots of folks come to Jekyll Island for bird watching. There are several outstanding sites to find birds, such as behind the Amphitheater and the South Beach area around St. Andrews Point.
And birders from around the world come to the Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival, based on the island in October.
To get the best from your birding experience, however, you need the best binoculars for birding you can afford. Below you'll find our pick for best budget binoculars for birding, but first check out this
Need to Know Stuff - Binocular Facts
Eagle Optics Ranger 8 x 32 Binoculars for Birding -
I wish I'd asked Santa Claus to bring me these for Christmas.
I tried them out at our local Wild Birds Unlimited, and now I dread having to go back out in the field with my old cheap binos. These will spoil you.
At first I was seduced by the more pricey models and checked out a few of them. But who was I kidding? I couldn't afford $1000.00 for binoculars.
My budget ranged at under $500.00, so I started looking at more budget-priced models. And hit pay dirt!
The Ranger 8 x 32s are almost as good as binoculars priced far more. They're roof-prism models, and have a great wide field of view, and a surprisingly tight close focus (around 3 feet). The view pictures were crystal clear, though I tried them out on a bright mid-afternoon, so I can't vouch for their light-gathering capabilities.
The Rangers are also light and study, and waterproof. You can wear these on a neck strap all day and not be stressed.
One thing I noticed was that there was a slight tunnel vision effect when I tried them with my glasses on. If you wear glasses, try the 8 x 42 model; the tunnel vision is not as apparent with them.
The Rangers come with a lifetime warranty. They'll replace them free of charge if they tear up, even if you're at fault. But these are fine-quality optics and will most likely last a lifetime with reasonable care.
All this for just over $300.00.
For that, you can outfit the whole family!
And that reminds me - I have a birthday coming up soon...