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Recommendations By Use - General Purpose, Walking, Hiking

For walking and general purpose use, a balance of magnification and field of view is required. The ideal all round binocular will have a magnification between 8 and 10x. If you are buying as a gift but are unsure what the binoculars would be used for this range of power is the ‘safest’ alternative.

The size and weight are critical factors for this application so compact designs are the most suited. Look for models with objective lens up to a maximum of 42. Roof prism designs usually offer the most compact designs and the most common sizes will have 20-30mm front lens.

Consider styles such as 8x21, 10x25, 12x30 and similar sizes. We would not recommend exceeding 12x in a compact model due to limitations in brightness, field of view and stability of image.

A robust design with rubber armour is essential to protect the binocular when bounced about in a rucksack. It may also be beneficial to consider a waterproof model where the instrument is likely to be exposed to the elements.

Please visit the Technical Guide for more detail regarding features of optical instruments. 

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