Birdwatchers always have a struggle in choosing the best binocular technology that fits their needs and fulfills their expectations. Besides, professional birders have to pay a lot of money to get a good enough pair of binoculars.
Knowing your struggle I have decided to write about one of best binocular manufacturers that targets exclusively birders – Wingspan – the company that used to be known under the name of Polaris Optics and has made a peak success during the last few years and keeps satisfying clients with its amazing products.
Wingspan manufactures binoculars specifically for birding purposes, that’s why its products are of high quality and reasonable price. Users appreciate the optical performance they get on a Wingspan bino and for this reason I will introduce you to this special manufacturer of binoculars.
In this article, I will discuss the several great features you will find on Wingspan products and, as usual, I will review some of the best binoculars made by this company.
Why is it recommended for birders to get Wingspan binoculars?
Wingspan is specialized in birding; therefore it fully understands the needs of birdwatchers and works hard to satisfy them. For this reason, birders will find all what they need in a simple but astonishing pair of binos.
Actually, professionals always look for perfection: from the glass that needs to be Bak-4 or any other type that improves the light transmission to the multi coatings that concentrate colors and enhance the resolution or the putting together of pieces that needs to be fully taken care of to guarantee convenience and durability… Such details are mandatory in birding binoculars and Wingspan has proved that it is a leader in precision and innovation by providing precisely engineered pieces for its users.
What different types are there?
Generally, Wingspan binocular types do not differ a lot since they all target the birding field but diversity is necessary to ensure the convenience of the product. Therefore, slight differences can be spotted such as the focus system which can be dual or central, the outer design that allows for different between interpupillary distances.
However, the binos have the same quality control and the same engineers assemble these products. In addition, the features that make these binos perfect are generally similar in every Wingspan product.
What features to look for?
When you are looking for a perfect binocular, you will pay attention to the tiniest detail in the description and I made a list of the features that you will find on Wingspan binocular descriptions as well as their importance.
The first feature checked by all users is magnification, how much does this pair of binoculars magnify the game? Well, most of Wingspan binos have 8X magnification with some exceptions that have 10X. PrecisionView 10X42 is a great example of the latter size.
8X magnification is perfect to maintain a large field of view as well as a good enough view of the target. Therefore, it is easy to spot flying birds.
This feature defines the diameter of the front lenses. Why is it so important? Well, it is responsible for the quantity of light that gets inside the objective tube of the binocular. In addition, the change of lens size affects field of view, size and clarity; for example, a wider lens means a wider field of view and a brighter image but a bigger and heavier binocular while a smaller lens means a narrower field of view and a darker image but a compact and extremely light binos.
Anyway, Wingspan manufactures a variety of binoculars with different lens sizes, in this article we are going to focus on the 42mm wide lenses because of their efficiency under rough conditions and versatility in numerous activities.
Field Of View
After talking about magnification and lens size, it is important to mention the field of view which is, in some sort, a consequential feature of both of them. These two parameters highly affect field of view and it is a must to learn about it.
Actually, the FOV is a strong feature of Wingspan products to guarantee perfect performance for birders. This feature reaches 425ft at 1000 yards on some Wingspan products, e.g. the NatureHawk Ultra HD making it a very convincing binocular.
What things to be aware of?
Before purchasing any product, there are several things to be aware of. Wingspan binoculars are also subject to a formal check that includes things like size, price and quality.
Weight, size and portability – the size of your binoculars is as important as the quality of material used in its construction. You should put in mind that you will be carrying this item all day long on a hike or a rough trek so you should choose compact size and light weight binos to hold in hand comfortably and make sure that a neck strap is included to make the carrying easier.
Generally, Wingspan binoculars weigh around 1 pound so they are pretty comfortable and easy to carry. Besides, they come with a neck strap, a carrying case as well as all of the other additional accessories.
Price versus quality ratio – Wingspan offers reasonable prices for its products. Its mid-range binoculars are the best on the market and they provide the user with stunning performance for only a couple of hundred dollars. These features guarantee a very convincing price versus quality ratio.
Now that you know all the necessary information about Wingspan binoculars, it is time to check their best products. The products below are more or less in order of price, starting from the most expensive. Remember that in the optics world, “you get what you pay for” applies as much as anywhere else. Wingspan’s pricier items are excellent in every way, but the cheaper you go, the more likely you’ll experience issues, though they’re still excellent value for money.
The Thunderbird binoculars from Wingspan offer literally crystal clear view thanks to the innovative engineering used in their construction. This pair of binos combines convenience and durability at the same time.
It comes with an 8X42 configuration which allows users to target birds from more than a hundred yards while conserving a wide field of view thanks to the 42mm wide objective lenses.
- Low dispersion ED glass that enhances resolution and eliminates fringing and chromatic aberrations.
- Phase correction multi coating prisms which improve light transmission for better contrast and perfect colors.
- Very wide field of view that reaches 425ft at 1000 yards
- Very long eye relief that offers comfort and eases use for glass wearers.
- Strong build that guarantees durability and provides resistance to shocks.
- Water and fog proof.
- Tripod adaptable.
- Sure, there are better binos that also cost a fortune, but at this price, there are no real cons for this special product.
The Skyview is another special binocular designed exclusively for birders to give them an astonishing optical performance and allow them to observe the tiniest birds wherever they are.
It has an 8X magnification and a 42mm wide lens that are useful for birders to get a wide field of view and a nice stable magnification at the same time.
- Fully multi coated prisms that enhance contrast.
- High quality ED glass which is responsible for the anti-reflective technology thanks to which you can observe the details of your image at a high resolution.
- Decent field of view of 393ft at 1000 yards.
- Dual focusing system that allows sharp focus and best quality.
- Comfortable size (weighs slightly less than 1 pound).
- Tripod adaptable
- Comes with a carrying case and neck strap
- Water and fog proof
- Some users say the image focus is not crisp
- Other have mentioned that the focus adjustment is a little bit hard and not really useful in birding.
Another option from Wingspan Optics is the WideViews 8X42 that gives the widest field of view for a binocular (430ft at 1000 yards). I haven’t yet encountered a 8X42 bino that would have a higher FOV. This model is convenient for birders and provides them with similar features as the previous products.
- 430ft at 1000 yards field of view which makes you catch the tiniest details in the background of your image as well as being useful for moving targets and whole flocks.
- Sharp close focus of only 6ft.
- Water and fog proof thanks to its nitrogen purging.
- Rubber armored body that resists shocks and makes the product durable.
- Tripod adaptable
- Includes nylon mesh and neck strap as well as a carrying case.
- People have reported that the body is not well sealed which allows water to get inside.
- Not very durable.
- Focus not very convenient
- Strap attachment is hard
- Eye relief and inter pupillary distance may cause issues: check the numbers to make sure they fit your eyes.
This special item is designed to target small moving birds and for fast movements. They are very useful thanks to their very light weight and wide field of view. Their 8X42 configuration is the same as previous products but the performance may be a bit better with tiny birds.
- Multi coated BaK-4 prisms for clarity enhancement.
- Stunning optical performance thanks to the COLORtrue technology.
- Long eye relief which makes it comfortable for glass wearers
- Very light
- Additional accessories consisting of non-abrasive tissue, lens covers, neck strap and carrying case.
- Water and fog proof.
- User have complained that the bino is not very durable
At the end, I would like to mention that Wingspan has a very wide range of products that specifically target the birding field and provides users with the best in technologies giving them the opportunity to have the best birding experience of their life at a reasonable price.
If you will be making an online purchase, then check the user reviews carefully. Good luck!
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