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Bird Watcher's Digest

Mid-Priced Binoculars Review

For Bird Watcher's Digest, January, 2012

by Michael and Diane Porter

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Michael and Diane Porter wrote the following review, which appears in the January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest.

This is page 8 of the review.

How we scored the binoculars

In order to integrate more opinions into our test, we invited some local birders for a testing day. They had access to the same testing tools we used to compare binoculars. We have integrated their evaluations and comments into the reviews.

BinocularsThe chart is sorted by overall score, with the best at the top. We scored the focus knob, diopter mechanism, fit-and-feel, and optical resolution on a scale of 5 to 1, with 5 being the best.

The overall score derives from these four categories, with the optical resolution weighted most, focus knob and fit-and-feel next, and the diopter score least.

Close focus, field of view, eye relief, and size are not scored, because people’s concerns for these features vary individually. However, the actual specifications appear in the chart.

The street prices were determined by market research as of October 2011. They are not written in stone.

There isn’t enough room in this article to review each binocular individually. However, click the "Binoculars of note" link below to see binoculars that we singled out because they were top scorers or good buys, or because they were interesting in some other way.

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