Bring your binoculars for a checkup, try out several models and find out what’s best for backyard birdwatching, watching butterflies, sports, hunting, kids and travel. Learn what the numbers (7×35) mean. See what’s best for eyeglass wearers and how to find the right “fit” for your face and hands.
If you’ve got questions about optics, Agassiz Audubon’s Heidi Hughes has the answers. She’ll show you how to select the “right” binoculars based on design – and how you plan to use them. It’s all about the numbers – and she’ll explain the meaning of magnification, eye relief, exit pupil and objective diameter.
She’ll have several models for you to try out – compacts, wide-angles, roof prisms and porro prisms and close-focus models. If you’re having problems with your binoculars, bring them with you. She’ll show you how to make them work for you.
Heidi Hughes managed a retail business that sold birding supplies – including binoculars and spotting scopes- for more than a decade. She’ll tell you she never leaves home without binoculars. She keeps a pair in her car, by her kitchen window, in her briefcase and around her neck – and she uses them every day.