I received a pair of Bushnell 16x32 binoculars as a gift years ago. A week ago I began using them for birding and realized they were wretched for that–16x is worthless without stabilizing, a 16x32 (32/16=2mm exit pupil) runs dark, and it’s hard to digiscope it with a smart phone perhaps also due to that small exit pupil.
I’m test driving a Nikon Trailblazer 8x25 and it’s superior and amazing in every aspect during the day. Still, I had a hard time hand-holding my iPhone to the binoculars to shoot sparrows 6min after sunset. The phone couldn’t focus in low light.
What’s the best solution for this?
- Upgrading to the Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 for more light? (+$25, 2x weight)
- Buying a phone-to-binocular adaptor ($20-$80, bulky)
- Buying an app and use manual focus ($5?)
- Read more on digi-scoping.
Thanks in advance for any guidance you might provide. :)