Bird Watching Binoculars Fort Lauderdale FL

Local resource for bird watching binoculars in Fort Lauderdale. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to sporting goods stores and outdoor equipment, as well as advice and content on binoculars.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(954) 472-8855
The Fountains
Plantation, FL
Jeffrey Allen Inc
(954) 485-6175
2967 Northwest 27th Street
Lauderdale Lakes, FL
East Coast Cycles
(954) 382-1322
8242 West State Road 84
Davie, FL
Family Jewelry and Pawn
(954) 731-6630
5278 North State Road 7
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Our Savior Lutheran Elementary School
(954) 370-2161
8001 Northwest 5th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dick's Sporting Goods
(954) 430-5873
Pembroke Crossing
Pembroke Pines, FL
Links Direct
(954) 453-3400
2701 West Oakland Park Boulevard Suite 100
Oakland Park, FL
Broward County Insurance Tags & Title
(954) 748-0200
2750 North University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Big Wheel Cycles & Fitness Center
(954) 742-3015
2698 North University Drive
Sunrise, FL
Corn Construction
(954) 484-2400
4317 North State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL


Before you start to use a new pair of binoculars, you should check them for alignment and adjust the focus for your eyes.

Focus adjustment

All quality binoculars provide independent focus adjustment of each eyepiece. The actual procedure varies from one pair or manufacturer to the next. In general the process is something like this.

The center focus knob is used to focus in on specific, distant object. It is the prime focus for the binoculars and one of the eyepieces.

The other eyepiece will have a further adjustment to compensate for focus differences between your eyes. Check the user manual for your binoculars to determine which eyepiece has the additional adjustment and where it is located. The adjustment is often right on the eyepiece, but can be located above or below the central focus knob.

To set the focus adjustment:

1. Select a distance object on which to focus

2. Focus on the object using the center focus knob.

3. Close the eye that is viewing through the eyepiece with the fine adjustment, and refocus on the object as needed.

4. Close the other eye and look through the eyepiece with the fine adjustment. Make any focus adjustments needed with the fine adjustment for that eyepiece.

That's it! Your binoculars are now calibrated. Some binoculars have a scale on the eyepiece with the fine adjustment. This can be used as a quick reference for checking the focus.



Binoculars that are not properly aligned can make focusing difficult and result in a headache after long use. You should check the binoculars for alignment before purchase, if possible, or immediately after receiving them. You can check the alignment with the following steps.

1. Adjust the binocular focus using the steps above.

2. Focus on a distant , horizontal straight line. The top of a home or building works fine.

3. Holding the binoculars as steady as possible (use a tripod if possible), position the binoculars about 8 in. in front of your eyes.

4. Alternately loo...

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A good pair of binoculars is your most important tool in identifying a variety of birds. If you have never used good binoculars for this purpose, you will be amazed at the detail and color you will see. You will be exposed to a whole new world of fascinating observation.

There are several characteristics shared by all binoculars that are well suited for bird watching. Your old pair of opera glasses does not have any of them. (Well, I guess they are light weight.).

We elicited the assistance of Sharon Stitler ( aka the Bird Chick ) for information on binocular selection.

For ready reference, here are some of the items covered by Sharon.

1. Magnification
Most binoculars will have a series of numbers printed on the body of the binocular, usually just below the eye piece. You will see a number like 7 X 35 or 8 x 42 or 10 x 50.

The first number, the 7, 8, or 10, is the "power" or magnification of the binocular. Objects seen through a 7x binocular will appear 7 times closer than they really are. Objects seen through a 10x binocular will appear 10 times closer than they really are.

Beginning birders sometimes think that high powered binoculars (such as 12x or more) sound better, but most bird watchers prefer a 7x or 8x binocular. Lower powers do not provide enough magnification, and higher powers have a narrower field of view (making it harder to locate a bird using the binoculars) and can be difficult to hold steady.

2. Exit pupil - Light gathering capability

The second number is the diameter of the objective lens, which is the lens on the big end of the binocular. This measurement is given millimeters. Thus a 7 x 35 binocular has a magnification of 7 times, and an objective lens with a 35 mm diameter.

The diameter of the objective lens has an effect on the "light gathering" or image brightness of the binoculars. In general, the larger the diameter, the brighter the image will be. More specifically, the diameter of the objective lens divided by the magnification provides a good indication of the potential light gathering capability of the binocular. The higher the number the better, in terms of a bright image.
Using this formula for a 7 x 35 binocular means dividing 35 by 7, yielding a ratio of 5.0, which is considered good. Avoid binoculars that have a ratio much below 5, such as a 7 x 30 or 7 x 25.

3. Field of view

Another number that is usually printed on the body of the binocular is the field of view. A large field of view makes it easier to locate a particular bird. You will usually see the field of view measured either in terms of viewing angle (6 degrees, for example), or the number of feet (such as 400) at 1000 yards. Avoid binoculars that have a field of view under 6 degrees or less than 300 feet at 1000 yards.

4. Close focal distance

Another key factor in selecting the right binocular is the shortest distance at which the binoculars can focus. Some of the less expensive binoculars available in the department and ...

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