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Binoculars for baseball

Postby mattsid on Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:39 pm

I want to get a compact pair of binoculars for watching baseball. Given that we normally sit way out beyond the 3rd base foul post.

I've checked numerous sites and it seems I should be looking for something around 8x40. However, given my location and price bracket I seem only be able to find full size binoculars or compact ones that are too expensive.

Therefore I am trying to work out what the best compromise pair I could get. There are some many magnifications I will write down the ones that seem to occur most frequently:

8x25, 8x21, 8x22
10x21, 10x25,
12x21, 12x25, 12x26
20x21, 20x40
30x40, 30x60

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Binoculars for baseball

Postby Jne_K on Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:04 am


The first number is magnification, the last number is the size of the front lens in millimeters and that number determines if you have a compact. Compacts give you more portability, but you sacrifce some performance and ease of viewing to get it. For more on the basics of compact binoculars, see my article, Buy Compact Binoculars (How to Guide)

In a compact, especially, stay with 8x for ease of use. Other than that, the most important thing is quality. Under $100, the best compacts are the Nikon Travlite 8x25 and the Pentax UCF X II
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Re: Binoculars for baseball

Postby ET on Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:24 am

In the economy category, Nikon Action 7x35. It has a wide field, will see moving ball at efge of field.