What size and power binoculars should I bring on an Alaskan cruise?

by admin on December 16, 2009

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penrod December 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm

The strongest possible
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rick d December 17, 2009 at 12:12 am

Walmart’s sell a small size that fits into your pocket for $10.00 that are X30 that work great. The bigger ones get heavy after awhile and these work great. They sell them on the ship for $25.00. I had many people try these and they went in port and bought them. Afriend bought a pair to watch the deer.
I have taken them on 20 cruises to Alaska and would not go without them.
Enjoy.
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muncie birder December 17, 2009 at 12:49 am

If you do not wear glasses, then a pair of 8×25 will be nice and compact, easy to carry around. I used a pair for years even though I do wear glasses, but I had to take my glasses off to use them. You might consider a larger pair 8×30 or 8×40, but for this trip I would not. If you wear glasses, you will want to give the problem more consideration. There are binoculars especially designed for that purpose. Look for a pair with eye relief of 17 mm minimum. They will be more expensive and they will not be compact.
More powerful than 8 power are subject to shake and jiggles. Some people can hold 10 power steady enough but beyond that it is virtually impossible.

Here is a link to a pair of 8×25 that should serve just fine.

http://www.binoculars.com/products/bushnell-8×42-natureview-plus-5655.html
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