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lilbirdie

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Hi,
I am very new to bird watching and want a basic set of binoculars for using in garden/at bird hides. Looking at second hand, budget of about £30 max. Need some advice, dont want anything amazing just something basic to get started :) thank you
 
HI.... take a look at Ace Optics, Focal Point Optics, and their 2nd hand selection. They may have something, but thats a fairly tight budget.
They may be able to give good advice too.
Someone on here may even donate a pair if it's a £30 budget...... never know your luck.
Get the best you can afford though, it will make your viewing more pleasurable.
Good Luck.
 
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You can take a look at the products of the Celestron brand, or see what RSBP offers. A used product is a good choice for what you intend to do with it.
 
I'd have recommended something like an Opticron Adventurer T WP 8x32. But they are a bit more than 30£. Rather good however. Better in my opinion than a Nikon Aculon for example. A used porro might be as much fun however as a new one. But best if bought from a professional vendor with return policy. I buy a lot of used ones on ebay from private sellers but I'd say about half of them require some small alignments of the lenses or diopter. So chances are 50/50 you're getting something that cannot be used. Sometimes a prism is tilted. All of that requires at least a lense wrench (good ones are more expensive than a used bino) and a couple of screwdrivers.
 
HI.... take a look at Ace Optics, Focal Point Optics, and their 2nd hand selection. They may have something, but thats a fairly tight budget.
They may be able to give good advice too.
Someone on here may even donate a pair if it's a £30 budget...... never know your luck.
Get the best you can afford though, it will make your viewing more pleasurable.
Good Luck.
Thank you!!
 
I'd have recommended something like an Opticron Adventurer T WP 8x32. But they are a bit more than 30£. Rather good however. Better in my opinion than a Nikon Aculon for example. A used porro might be as much fun however as a new one. But best if bought from a professional vendor with return policy. I buy a lot of used ones on ebay from private sellers but I'd say about half of them require some small alignments of the lenses or diopter. So chances are 50/50 you're getting something that cannot be used. Sometimes a prism is tilted. All of that requires at least a lense wrench (good ones are more expensive than a used bino) and a couple of screwdrivers.
Thank you!!
 
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