|Guess which lenses are coated...|
About two years ago, I purchased my first pair of binoculars, Bushnell Sportsman 10x42s! I've been really impressed with them, but my recent intrest in butterflies highlighted their main shortcoming, the close focus distance of over 7 meters! Amazingly, I only paid $30 for those binoculars! They were marketed at Nascar Fans that might pick up a pair of bright roof-prism binos at Wal-mart in the states. (My new binoculars are marketed towards hunters... I can't afford binoculars marketed to birders). The old pair of binos will be my spare binos that I leave in my trunk just in case!
This week, I picked up a pair of Bushnell XLT Trophy binoculars, which were only $150. They are a little brighter than my original pair, and colours seem a little brighter, but they are a little heavier. The close focus distance of these binoculars is only 2 meters, so they are much better for butterfly watching. I really think that if you take any pair of 10x42 roof-prism binoculars you have a great tool to go birding. Check out the optical specifications for $500, $150, $30 binoculars. The XLT wins on all measures except for weight!
|Magnification X Obj Lens||10 x 42||10 x 42||10 x 42|
|Close Focus (ft/m)||8.2 / 2.5||8 / 2.4||23 / 7|
|Lens Coating||Fully Multi||Fully Multi & XTR||Multi|
|Field of View ft@1000yds / m@1000m||325 / 108||314 / 104.7||305 /|
|Adapt to Tripod||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Exit Pupil (mm)||4.2||4.2||4|
|Weight (oz/g)||25 / 765||26.1 / 740||22.2|
More Butterfly Watching... Mainly from the Spring garden area of Ojibway
|Male and Female Fiery Skipper - Common at Spring garden|
|Tawny edged Skipper|
|Wild Indigo Duskywing|
|Male Sachem, Unmistakable with large stigma on the upper forwing.|
Birding has been slow, although I did notice a (juv?) Humingbird perched in my backyard near my feeder, as well as my first southbound Warbler, which was associating with some Black Capped Chickadees today.
|My first South-bound warbler for the season. Cool!|
Good birding (& Butterfly Watching!)
|Common Checkered Skipper ... is Common at Spring Garden!|