Choose the best telescope for bird watching

When it comes to bird-watching, the most important equipment is the telescope. A good quality telescope may accompany a birder all his life and is the tool he uses most frequently in daily life.  Telescopes can shorten the visual distance between people and birds. Through telescopes, we can appreciate the birds around us more closely.  

The bird-watching telescope is a kind of special bird-watching set, in the telescope bird-watching telescope occupies an important application field, given the number of domestic bird-watching enthusiasts gradually this many, so there are common bird-watching telescopes and astronomical bird-watching telescopes.  So, as a birder, how do you choose the best telescope for bird watching?  Let’s take a look.  

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1. The basic classification of telescopes  

The way telescopes work is very complicated.  In simple terms, light is processed by refraction.  Specifically involved in the light in different media in the propagation of the law, as well as the change of perspective on the impact of visual effects and so on.  

The telescopes we speak of can be divided into astronomical telescopes and terrestrial telescopes.  Astronomical telescope pursues high multiple, high sharpness, and does not have a high requirement for chromatic aberration, which leads to the astronomical telescope’s large size, heavyweight, and difficult target search, so it is not suitable for bird observation.  

Most of the telescopes we use to observe birds are land telescopes, which are divided into two types: binoculars and monoculars.  

Binoculars: the binoculars can be observed with both eyes. The power ratio is usually 7-12 times. The binoculars are lightweight and suitable for hand-held viewing of relatively close birds.  

Single telescope: can only use one eye observation, magnification is usually adjustable, generally, between 20~70 times, the weight is heavy, the volume is related to the diameter of the objective lens, it is recommended to use a tripod and head, mostly used to observe the distance and relatively slow movement of water birds.  

2. Choose the best telescope for bird watching  

The performance of telescopes in the field can be summed up in three categories: image quality, ease of use, and water and earthquake resistance.  The perfect bird-watching telescope should show the exact details and colors of birds, just as we see them in front of us, at all distances and in all light conditions.  You can carry them around all day without feeling mentally or physically tired.  In the rain or accidental flooding, in violent temperature changes, all possible collisions and vibrations should be safe.  

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For beginners, general birding can be done with 7X50 binoculars.  Bird-watching telescopes originally, strictly speaking, have referred to the optical quality of is a very good high-grade telescope.  The bird-watching telescope also refers to a high power table telescope, developed from the military target scope, later used by bird-watching enthusiasts for observation.  

Telescopes used for bird watching are generally of high optical quality.  Because bird-watching, if the mirror is bad, can not distinguish feathers, bird-watching is very boring.  The size of the bird-watching mirror is generally 20-60*80, and the multiplier is 20-60.  The caliber is 80.  This specification is a single barrel mirror, used for long-distance observation.  Birders also carry a double-barreled roof mirror for closer bird watching.  

If you are an avid birder and frequent birder, it is best to start with a mid-range telescope.  The telescope with too low a price usually has problems such as lens color deviation and poor sense of reality, which affects the user experience.  If you are a beginner birder, the telescope may be eating dust at home for a long time, and expensive models may not be a wise choice.  Apexel’s telescopes are good and affordable for your birding needs.  

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