Wouldn’t it be nice if we just use a mathematical equation to choose which binoculars, spotting scopes and telescopes are best for us so that we can get that one perfect model? Believe me, it’s been tried by many folks, but, in the end, all such quick answer schemes fail. Why? For one thing, we are not really always mathematical when it comes time to make a large purchase. Spending a lot of money on anything is typically as much an emotional experience as it is an objective exercise. For another thing, there are always some features on a binocular, spotting scope or telescope that appeal to us very strongly, some features that interest us, mildly, and some features we could care less about. How do you weight all these likes and dislikes, especially when you are not sure what you will like or dislike? Do you have to take a chance and just buy a binocular, buy a spotting scope or buy a telescope to find out? No wonder some customers agonize over purchasing binoculars, spotting scopes, telescopes, digital cameras and so on.
The good news is that there are resources to use to become better informed about all those binocular, spotting scope and telescope features. I know, because I have written many of these optics articles for OpticsPlanet in the hopes that customers can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. First hand knowledge of optics that comes from buying many binoculars, spotting scopes and telescopes, as I have been doing for forty years, is a great way to learn, but it can be expensive. So, if you are getting ready to make that big purchase, check out our Learn section and start reading.