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Old 10-12-2012, 14:34   #1 (permalink)
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Hi would these http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg//...&ar=10&nf=TRUE be any good for watching the spuggy's /spuggies/sod it birds in the garden ?or would I be wasting my money ?
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Hi Terry, at that price you won't waste a great deal.

With bino's you do get what you pay for as far as the optics are concerned but so long you have a steady hand yo should be ok for a bit of birding.

I have a pair of 8x42 which serve me well as I can't hold steady anything with greater magnification, Joyce has a pair of 10x50.

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Hi Terry, at that price you won't waste a great deal.

With bino's you do get what you pay for as far as the optics are concerned but so long you have a steady hand yo should be ok for a bit of birding.

I have a pair of 8x42 which serve me well as I can't hold steady anything with greater magnification, Joyce has a pair of 10x50.

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just spotted they are 10 x 30 don't want to spend a lot on them because no doubt grandson will get his mits on them and claim them Not me being soft but he will ask SWMBO and she will tell me not to be mean and let him have them
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just spotted they are 10 x 30 don't want to spend a lot on them because no doubt grandson will get his mits on them and claim them Not me being soft but he will ask SWMBO and she will tell me not to be mean and let him have them
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I think they have a zoom facility and the "-30" mentioned in the add refers to the maximum magnification. They are not designed to focus very close-up (17m) but at 16 are not bad value, specially if your g/son wants to use them.
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Hi Brian you have lost me now I thought I had it at 10 x 30 but the 17 mtr bit has got me confussed does not take a lot Will they be OK to watch the odd blue tit etc, at the bottom of the garden (prob 15 to max 20 mtrs away )or should I look elsewhere ?I don't intend G/Son getting them but he rakes through drawers etc so that he knows what goes where
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The 10 is 10x magnification, the 30 is the diameter of the lens.

10x is good, 30mm is a bit on the small side, restricting the amount of light they'll let in (on the plus side, they'll be compact); but for the price you can't go badly wrong I reckon (bear in mind you get what you pay for).

I have a pair of Opticron 10x42 which are really very nice, but cost me ten times that!
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Cheap zoom binocs, just say NO.

I found that the hard way and a lot more expensive than that.

On the other hand, you might be lucky. Anyway you must try before buy, look for serious fringes and poor focus as you zoom and note how dim it gets when zoomed.
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