Birdwatching is something that many consider a fun and exciting hobby, capable of offering plenty of distractions from the hectic days we live nowadays. Although it is true that spending time in nature while searching for rare or simply interesting birds might seem like a boring activity to the uninitiated, given the large number of those practicing it, I think there is something special to it. However, no matter if you are a newbie in the field or you simply want to switch from using binoculars to using a telescope, this blog entry should teach you just what you need to know about using telescopes for birdwatching.
So, the question many birdwatchers come to ask themselves is `why should I buy a telescope when I could settle for a regular pair of binoculars`? Well, such a question is a good starting point for this discussion. In fact, the two devices are quite similar as the same technology is used. Still, although they both use prisms to fit the focal spectrum into a compact image, the two technologies also part ways, as scopes enhance your birdwatching experience in many ways that binoculars cannot. And, when I say this, I mean that scopes have a greater capacity to magnify the image, the quality of the glass used in making the product is better and the overall brightness of the image is superior.
First thing first, the principal thing one should look for in such a device is easiness to carry. Size is of the utmost importance because you will end up carrying this device for quite long periods of time. So, the model you end up buying should be quite light so that it will allow you to move in accordance with your needs.
Moreover, magnification is another key aspect. To put it simply, If binoculars are capable of magnifying the image up to 10 times, specs are even more advantageously designed, as they have magnification between 15 and 75x. However, this feature depends greatly on the eyepiece and size of the model you end up choosing. So, opt for a model that gives you the possibility to observe in detail objects that are far away from the place you are standing, so that you won’t have to get close to your objective and scare the birds away.
Last but definitely not least, make sure your new acquisition is equipped with a light and steady tripod. In this regard, my advice to you is that you invest in a telescope made out of carbon fiber as this material is both very resistant and light. However, because this material might be rather expensive to most if you don’t want to make a serious investment, settle for a model constructed from lightweight aluminum tubing, as it should do the trick.