Binoculars and Spotting Scopes
We keep over 80 different types of binocular and spotting scopes in stock, with something to suit everyone. The most popular lines are listed on our website but as well as Opticron, Zeiss, Swarovski & Hawke we also have other brands such as Bushnell, Nikon, RSPB and Viking. We pride ourselves on offering competitive prices with a high level of service not just being "box shifters".
Our most popular ranges include:
Binocular Buying Guide
When looking to purchase a pair of binoculars, there are a few things to consider.
The first, and most important point is comfort. We are all different and a “one size fits all” approach is not applicable here. The binocular must be comfortable to hold and the focusing wheel easy to reach and turn. It must also be possible to look through them without straining your eyes - you want to enjoy using them after all! This is why we strongly recommend visiting our shop so you can try a few pairs to see what is right for you.
Size and power is next on the list. Binoculars have a formula, such as 8x25, 8x42, 10x42, what does it mean and what should I choose? The first number (8 or 10) is the power, or magnification, so the amount the subject will appear closer to you. With an 8x pair of binoculars something that is 8 miles away will look like it is 1 mile away. The second number (25 or 42) is the diameter of the front, objective lens. The bigger it is, the more light can enter giving a brighter image. This will affect the size of binocular as an 8x25 will be a lot smaller and lighter than an 8x42.
For normal hand held use, we would suggest you select a magnification of no more than 10x. This is mainly due to handshake, as the higher the magnification power of your binoculars, the more noticeable the shaking of your hands becomes. It is better to have a slightly smaller image, but one you can see clearly.
Most binoculars will have twist up or pull up eyepieces. This is to provide easier viewing whether you wear glasses or not. For non-glasses wearing people, the cups should be up and for glasses wearers, they should be down. This ensures that the eye is the same approximate distance from the optic. Binoculars that offer “long eye relief” will be better suited for people who wear glasses.
These are some basic factors to consider for more in depth explanations we look forward to seeing you in-store.