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Best Binoculars for Watching a 3-Day?

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  • Best Binoculars for Watching a 3-Day?

    I'm not as mobile as I used to be, so I won't be walking the cross-country course from fence to fence to watch, but I'd like to be able to see as much as I can through an affordable pair of binoculars.

    A friend of mine has let me try her 7x30 marine binoculars and I can see really well through them, but they're too heavy to look through for long. I've read about different strengths online but all I understand is that with the 7x30 I can see very well, I'd just like something lighter.

    I also have a very tiny budget, so can't pay $100-$200 or more.

    Is it possible to buy some binoculars that don't cost that much that have good optics? Preferably porro to roof, I think, but I'm not sure of that. I just want to be able to follow some moving horses without a lot of vibration from the weight, or tired hands!

    I've seen some affordable kids' binoculars with descriptions saying they are *not* toys; I've also seen some for under $30 but I know that you get what you pay for.

    Any suggestions?
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  • #2
    I'd start by reading this buying guide from B&H (a well respected name in the camera business).

    Binoculars for birders might fit the bill for what would work for you.

    You can also get harnesses that you can wear that will hold the binoculars and allow easy 'swing up' for use.
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    • Original Poster

      Thanks, Where'sMyWhite.

      Just this morning I decided to Google my really old ones that didn't make the last move with me, and found out their power, and ordered a new pair just like them. They are scheduled to arrive a couple of days before we head out, so I will have time to play with them a little before putting them to work.
      "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw


      • #4
        These are, used to be the gold standard for sporting events. Esp horse racing. Zeizz Dialut 10X40 B. Small, light weight and pretty darn powerful. What makes these the go to is the fact they not only zoom in but they offer a wider field of view then lesser binoculars. This is what makes them pricey along with superior optics that give clarity.

        Lesser priced ones can get you up close and personal, but the more you zoom in the less "field of view" will be had. As WMW said reading up on the what makes for good binocs and what the differences are makes the decision process a lot easier. There are trade offs depending on budget.

        These were very expensive but are more than 25+ years old. I din't buy them, inherited from my father. Haven't looked into what is can be had these days. Might be able to get the same quality for a fraction of the price now.
        Everybody that I have shared them with has said, Wow what a difference compared to mine.
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